Month: September 2007

Trishaw Peddler Resting along Lorong Madras

Trishaw Peddler Resting along Lorong Madras, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

A trishaw peddler rests inside his trishaw along Lorong Madras, Penang, Malaysia.

The key to showing the image like this is diligent cropping until I had only the subject showing in the frame. Everything else was distracting to me.

A tight crop works well to isolate your main subject. That is one benefit to a larger pixel count camera – the more cropping can be done and still have a good sized final image.

Be Happy! Crop until you Drop! Isolate your Subject!

Cloaked Figure & Masked Demons, Edit F

Cloaked Figure & Masked Demons, Edit F, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

Series: “ETHEREAL”
Category: Fine Art
Genre: Smoke Photography

A white cloaked (shrouded) figure among masked demons.

This is a very “figurative” and “interpretive” shot. Abstract at the extreme, and a bit of an obsession for me. A constant battle in this world between the good and the bad, the righteous and the wicked. One apparently cannot exist without the other. This image probably exemplifies these concepts more than any of my other images, that is, in an abstract dimension.

A Few Series I’m Working On!

A Few Fine Art Series in the Works!

Ethereal“, “ONE Glass” and “Penang Trees” are fine art photography series, which I have been paying particular attention to over the past several weeks.

Click on the photograph (above), and the link will take you to the Artist Statements for these three series. I thought I would provide a little more information behind the works. If you are interested, please have a look.

Thank You!

 

ONE Glass – Sarong Material-Blues, Edit C

ONE Glass – Sarong Material-Blues, Edit C, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

Series: “ONE Glass”.
Title: “ONE Glass – Sarong Material-Blues”.

This is the third work in my “ONE Glass” Series. This is another ‘high-key’ sample from the collection.

Again, the glass blends into the bright, seamless background; but in this case, the sarong material kind of looks like it has transformed into a solid, thus, making up the rest of the container (as if there is no glass). Only when you see the rim of the wine glass, do you really notice the glass again.

Lots of Details to Consider – Product Shot: ESTEE – Deluxe Pure Color EyeShadow, Frame 77, Edit C-NP

ESTEE – Deluxe Pure Color EyeShadow, Frame 77, Edit C-NP, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

ESTEE – Deluxe Pure Color EyeShadow.
In my humble opinion:  Makeup containers made of lots of different materials are probably some of the toughest subjects to photograph well – and by no means am I saying mine is perfect.

Here’s what makes this type of shot so tough:

1) Lots of Color. EyeShadow colors: The photo MUST match the real thing.
2) A mirrored subject.
3) A subject with Gold (or Silver) Reflective Surface.
4) A subject with translucent glass or plastic.
5) A subject where texture may be important.
6) To retain and “edge” to the glass or plastic when shooting against white seamless.
7) No dust, hair, scratches, deformed makeup or “oddities”.

The Photographer must look out for all of these characteristics & requirements.

Lighting:
1) One Systems Imaging, 600 Watt-Seconds Compact Flash with NO Attachments.
2) One 20 Watt Twister Light.
3) One 30 Watt Twister Light.

I kept part of the shadow to retain a little of the 3-D Feel, and made the background seamless.

It ended up with more of a “artsy / painterly” feel to it; and that’s OK, but I was actually intending to do a straight Product shot.

Purple Jug in the Rain

Purple Jug in the Rain, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

This is a purple, laundry detergent container. Some “melting” effects in Paint Shop Pro.

I have to give the CANON A620, about 620 Thank You’s for being such a great camera, and one that can survive getting wet, and I’ve gotten it in the rain quite often.

Keep it dry as much as possible: I just make sure I have a very soft, dry cloth with me to wipe off the camera and lens often.

Believe me, it can take some considerable rain abuse, compared, I suppose, to even DSLR’s. If I had to shoot a photo in the rain and it was a decision between the A620 and a regular DSLR, and having NO protection for the camera but a dry cloth, I’d choose the A620 hands down! You would think it has weather resistance – but it does NOT! I think it is just sealed pretty darn good.