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Oh I Almost Forgot to Toot My Own Horn Again, But I Suppose it Would Be Good to do that 

I was featured in the December 2017 issue of URBAN HEALTH MAGAZINE.  December is almost over with, but not quite, so I will still mention it.

The article covers my life with my Art Photography, my life with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a VERY long, lifetime degenerative joint, arthritic, autoimmune disease.  The article also touches on my life struggling with chronic depression and how I focus ALL (much of it) OF THIS PAIN into my Art Photography.  

You can get the magazine in Malaysia and probably Singapore.

Here is the cover and first page of the feature story.  The article may be of some comfort to anyone suffering with AS and Depression…perhaps.

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URBAN COLOUR-FIELD #1 ON 22 NOV 2015

imageURBAN COLOUR-FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES 2014 TO PRESENT.

Title: URBAN COLOUR-FIELD #1 ON 22 NOV 2015.
Creation Date: 22 November 2015.
Series Title:  URBAN COLOUR-FIELD.
Copyright 2015 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Print Sales Site Link:
http://www.imagekind.com/URBAN-COLOURFIELD-1-ON-22-NOV-2015_art?imid=f1543376-6a3d-4fc2-872a-e66a134a9267

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Field of White Flowers, Edit B by Nawfal Johnson

Description Title: "Field of White Flowers, Edit B." Creation Day, Month & Year: 12 April 2014. Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Series Year: 2014. Genre: Abstract Expressionism; Impressionism (a mix of the two styles). Mediums: Acrylic Paint. Orientation: Vertical. Dimensions: (W) 9" X (H) 12". Paper: 360gsm acid free. Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia. Print & Canvas Sales Link:  http://www.imagekind.com/Field-of-White-Flowers-Edit-B-12Apr14_art?imid=1905497a-447e-4dc5-abce-c3b19520bbeb

Description Title: “Field of White Flowers, Edit B.”
Creation Day, Month & Year: 12 April 2014.
Series Name: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism; Impressionism (a mix of the two styles).
Mediums: Acrylic Paint.
Orientation: Vertical.
Dimensions: (W) 9″ X (H) 12″.
Paper: 360gsm acid free.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
Print & Canvas Sales Link: http://www.imagekind.com/Field-of-White-Flowers-Edit-B-12Apr14_art?imid=1905497a-447e-4dc5-abce-c3b19520bbeb

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH Art Photography Series

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH, a new eFolio collection by Photographer, Nawfal Johnson Nur.  This is an Abstract Expressionistic Photography collection of 15 Black & White and Color images.  The subject of this collection is old, peeling, and cracked paint on walls.  All of the photographs were captured in the Tanjong Tokong district of Penang, Malaysia.  The images were designed during 2011, to 14 Feb 2012.  The eFolio collection is available for sale at LULU.Com, http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/cracked-chipped-and-rough/18891296

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH, a new eFolio collection by Photographer, Nawfal Johnson Nur. This is an Abstract Expressionistic Photography collection of 15 Black & White and Color images. The subject of this collection is old, peeling, and cracked paint on walls. All of the photographs were captured in the Tanjong Tokong district of Penang, Malaysia. The images were designed during 2011, to 14 Feb 2012. The eFolio collection is available for sale at LULU.Com, http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/cracked-chipped-and-rough/18891296

A New Art Photography Series called CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH is my new eFolio collection of Abstract Art Photography.  The subjects of the photographs are old, cracked, chipped, and rough-looking paint that is crumbling and peeling off from old walls.  Don’t let “old cracked paint” deter you from having a look at my new art photography collection:  The results of my endeavors photographing peeling paint are, if I may say so, pretty interesting.  Please give it a look – there is a Preview at my product page where you can see about half of the eFolio.

I love macro photography, and I like to get in close on small areas of space to design photographs of textures, shapes, lines, and tones.  My cracked paint images, in this series, have all of those characteristics as key focal points.  In other words, I attempted to merge and stress textures, shapes, lines, and tones, in all the cracked paint images.

Yes, cracked paint is a rather ‘dry’ subject, pun kind of intended.  And, that was the challenge.  To make the typical dry paint scene totally atypical and spectacular.  I was drawn to the subject, and basically, wanted to experiment how to give this mundane and rather flat subject (old dry paint on walls), some interest, some 3-D perspective when photographing it from a close proximity.

Please have a look at my CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH Photography Collection.

This is what salt looks like when it bounces

“Salt Splash:  This is what salt looks like when it bounces.”

Copyright 2009 Nawfal Johnson Nur

Salt Splash:  This is what Salt Looks Like when it bounces, 2009 by Nawfal Johnson Nur

Salt Splash: This is what Salt Looks Like when it bounces, 2009 by Nawfal Johnson Nur

My New Book, Smoke Art, Arthritis and Depression

What does Smoke Art Photography, Arthritis and Depression all have in common?  Well, these are the main topics inside my new book (just published earlier today)!

The description in the photo caption (above) gives a really good indication of my book’s content.

  • My book shows 34 of my smoke art photographs, the Ethereal Dreams & Hope Collection, which includes photos taken between 2007 and June 2011.

Because I have suffered with arthritis for many years, a little over 30 years now, and have coped with long bouts of depression, I wanted this book project to be more than just a book of photographs.  I wanted to mix in words of hope, and together the photos and the words of hope make up this project.

  • I discuss a little about my beginnings with photography.  I also discuss very general details about ankylosing spondylitis, and depression.  I talk about some of my own personal experiences finding out that I have these conditions, and some story about dealing with these medical issue.

Over all, I just want to offer my book as a way to help other people dealing with pain and despair, a way to see things in terms of ‘hope’, and to stress the importance of ‘action’ to make ‘hopes,’ ‘dreams,’ and ‘goals’ to come true.

  • If nothing else comes out of my book, I will be very happy if someone, somewhere, has gotten some reassurance from my words, that things can be better even when living with pain and sadness.  It does not always have to be this way, but much of the effort will be up to you.

Perhaps by reading my book, this can be a small step, at least to see things in terms of ‘hope.’  You may also like seeing my photographs of smoke art – and that would be a real added bonus.

Thank you and take care!

 

2011 SMOKE ART PHOTOGRAPHY CALENDAR

ETHEREAL DREAMS CALENDAR BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR, FOR SALE AT LULU.COM

ETHEREAL DREAMS CALENDAR, SMOKE ART PHOTOGRAPHY BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR, FOR SALE AT LULU.COM

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

“ETHEREAL DREAMS” Smoke Art by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

This is my 2011 Calendar. Each month of the calendar shows a different smoke art creation. These images are creations of smoke photography. The smoke images create imaginary ethereal subjects.

The subjects seen are very individualized interpretations. In other words, what I see in the smoke may be totally different from what you see in the smoke.

I have included the national holidays of The United States, Canada and Mexico.

Here’s a tip on how to enjoy the photographs of my calendar for a longer time than usual, AND, get more for your money. Each photograph, which is printed on high-quality glossy photo paper, can be removed from the calendar, matted and framed. THEREFORE, you are not only purchasing a calendar, but for the SAME PRICE, you are purchasing 12 individual artwork pieces that you can matte and frame to enjoy a long time.

Thank you!

Macro photography of the Iris

 

Iris-Nawfal, originally uploaded by Nawfal Nur.

Recently, like three days ago, I was listening to a podcast and the photographer being interviewed said that he does not plan the shoot ahead of time. He explained that there is no way of knowing what will happen, or what he can expect when he gets there. Thus, he said that he just goes and when he scopes the situation, he knows what setup and gear will work.

Amazing.

I wish I was more like that.

His strategy of ‘the no-plan-plan’ is wonderful. But, it may work better for some types of photography, than others.

I believe that he was referring to his model shoots and fashion shoots, rather than scripted, storyboarded commercial shoots.

With my Still Life and Art Photo setups, I think a lot before I ever pull out the camera. For this shot of my Iris, there were a lot of considerations to ponder.
1) Where? Studio.
2) Sitting? Yes.
3) Will I need help? Yes.
4) How much help? One person – to help me focus using macro equipment.
5) Lighting? Available or Existing? How much and placement.
6) Camera? Composition, placement with relation to lighting placement, Mode (Manual), Aperture (f/14, I think), Shutter Speed (1/50 sec).
7) Post Production? Yes. Curves, Clarify. Crop. Resize for WEB.

And then, there are other considerations: Why? Why take this photograph. What applications would this photograph serve? Medical field. Macro photography example. Practicing my skills with macro photography.

I would have to say that I think a lot before I photograph. Maybe I worry too much about it.

Being able to go into any environment and instantly check the scene and know what to do is a skill, perhaps a skill that works better for some types of photography than others. Nevertheless, a wonderful skill to have.

I would have to say, however, that I usually plan and visualize most aspects of a shoot ahead of time, and this works for me…sometimes!

BLUE SPRAY BOTTLE IN THE RAIN

BLUE SPRAY BOTTLE IN THE RAIN, originally uploaded by Nawfal Nur.

La Salsera says:
How did you manage to make this one??? Great!

Nawfal Nur says:

Thank you! The first thing is that it has to rain really heavy. Then, the next thing is that you need to be able to let yourself take your camera out in the rain, and know that it will probably get wet. You can always use some underwater casing, but oh well, I don’t. These are the biggest things that are needed to take this type of image. Then, it is a matter of trial and error – a lot of error!

“SHELLS & SANDSTONE” – My new e-Folio

“SHELLS & SANDSTONE” Fine Art Photography, ebook by Nawfal Nur, now available!

Hey, sorry for the blatent self-advertising, but if I don’t toot my own horn, I know for a fact that no one else will, so I hope I’m tooting a loud enough horn to get a least a few folks to hear me.

Hi All!

I have released a new work, out into the world…

You can get to the site where I’m offering this work, by clicking this link:
SHELLS & SANDSTONE

SHELLS & SANDSTONE,  a new e-Folio photography ebook by Nawfal Nur.

"SHELLS & SANDSTONE" by Nawfal Nur, 2010

Photographing Rain

 

Shooting Rain, v.3, originally uploaded by N. Nur.

“What to photograph in the rain?”

Sometimes I get that question asked; or, sometimes readers search for an answer to that question.

The answer to that question is easy: Anything! Anything you want to photograph when it’s sunny, can essentially be photographed when it’s raining, it will just look different.

However, beware:

You will get your camera wet. That is, unless you use some waterproof housing for your camera. I do not use a housing, but I do use an umbrella and a dry cloth to wipe off any droplets from the camera, if necessary.

Three things, no, there are more like seven (7) things/techniques/settings that I like to use, set, or implement, to capture actual rain-streaks falling, and these include:

1) Wide Angle Lens Setting.

2) Shoot downward (from a standing position).

3) Rain streaks are whitish, so try to shoot rain against a darker background, like you see in the dark green (flooded) grass.

4) Use flash: I just use the internal flash of my camera most of the time.

5) Use a fast shutter speed, perhaps in the range from 1/250 second to 1/500 second, in Manual Exposure Mode.

6) Experiment with your camera settings until you find a setting that works for you.

7) Move around and try various locations, subjects and backgrounds.

With some practice, and CAREFUL HANDLING of your camera, you can get some interesting rain photographs.  If you use these Seven ‘tips’, you may find yourself trying something new, or different from what you have done before.  And, that’s a good thing, right!

I would say, that if you are doing this alone, and you have to hang on to an umbrella in one hand, and a camera in the other, then use a compact camera that is easy to handle with one hand.

Good luck with your rain photography; however, remember that you can dry off, but your camera equipment may drown.

“THE 44” – A new Photography Collection with a Purpose…AND a TIGHT Timeline!

Well, March 2nd was one of those landmark days for me, it was my 44th Birthday. Yeap…double 4’s!

I was wondering what exciting idea I could come up with on this day, and at about 11AM, I thought, “Ah Ha!” One of those “Ah Ha” moments: I’ll put together a new photograph collection, but it had to follow rules.

1: All Images MUST be made on the 2nd of March.
2: All images MUST be edited and ready to be published on-line, by Midnight.
3: All images MUST be good – not just snapshots.
4: All images MUST be macro, and also still life / table-top photography.

This proved to be more taxing and difficult than I thought, but I decided to do it, so I HAD TO do it!

Any other “Spondies” out there? Well, you will certainly understand the next statement…

By 1PM, I was already ready for 100mg of Celebrex (or Tramadol, or Diclofenac, or…you fill in the blank with your favorite pain killer!) But ‘bring on the pain‘ – I told myself that I was going to do this: I only turn 44 once, and this was a project that I must complete on time.

Over all, work on the photos ran quite smoothly, from subject to subject. I started out with water-splash-cosmetics photographs of several ESTEE LAUDER Nail Lacquer containers. I then moved on to rock salt; and then sugar, and then an egg, and then the worst thing for a Photographer to run into, came head-on and hit me…I was stuck!  The BIG BLACK HOLE of ‘No Ideas!’  A ‘Mind-Meld’ with an earthworm!  The Hypercane of Nothingness!  Shall I go on…I had nothing in mind.

However, I needed 44 images, and they must follow certain stipulations…

Well, what I discovered was that it was not as easy as I thought it would be; in fact, it was quite challenging because my ‘idea-train’ got derailed.

By 6PM, I was running out of ideas, and I still had 8 photographs to fill the 44-photo prescription for this, “THE 44” collection.  What’s a Photographer supposed to do when this happens?

Instead of dwelling on what I could not think of, I went onto the second task, “minor editing” and resizing. Why “minor editing”?  Because I could not spend the time that I normally spend on a single image.  I had 44 images to view, scrutinize and then edit all before midnight.  Thus, I went into the next task knowing that each image would get only “minor editing” with minimal time spent on each image.

Rule are rules!

By 10PM, the editing of the images I had, was completed. The resizing was also completed. However, I was still stuck! I was still short of 8 photographs.

But then I got very lucky: My youngest daughter was pondering my predicament and had an idea. My mind was cloudy but she was thinking clearly: She suggested that I just go around the house and find “things” to shoot. And that was all I needed to get going again. The solution was easy, but when your mind is cloudy, sometimes the solution that sits right in front of you remains hidden until someone helps you find “a way!”

“Thanks Jenan!!!” ;^ )

Within a matter of 20 minutes I had at least 10 decent photographs in the “can”! I even had a few moments (in between shooting), to watch some of the “Samurai” special on the HISTORY Channel! Awesome!

By 10:30PM I had the final images uploaded to the computer and the editing and resizing began.

Finally, by 11:55 (maybe 57), I had 46 images completed for “THE 44” Photography Collection. COOL! 44 and 2 to spare.

SUCCESS! I was able to follow all my self-imposed rules and complete the project with a couple minutes to spare.

Today (March 3rd), I was busy in the morning and early afternoon with a funeral, a close family friend passed away. And now, at 5PM, I’m about ready to add the 44 photographs of the project, to this journal entry.

Remember that there is no one subject in this Collection. The main focus of this, “THE 44” Collection was to stick to the rules I imposed on it, and also, to complete the project on time. And perhaps most of all, to do something meaningful for myself on my birthday.

I hope you enjoy seeing these photographs.

Photo Nomenclature: “Collection Name + Photograph Number out of 44”
Photo Descriptions are found below each image.

THE 44 - 1 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 1 of 44”
Photo Subject: Suit jacket.

THE 44 - 2 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 2 of 44”
Photo Subject: Yellow belt fabric.

THE 44 - 3 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 3 of 44”
Photo Subject: Various scarf material.

THE 44 - 4 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 4 of 44”
Photo Subject: Various scarf material.

THE 44 - 5 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 5 of 44”
Photo Subject: Wood.

THE 44 - 6 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 6 of 44”
Photo Subject: MAYSA’ – my cat!

THE 44 - 7 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 7 of 44”
Photo Subject: Cat fur.

THE 44 - 8 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 8 of 44”
Photo Subject: Curtain fabric.

THE 44 - 9 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 9 of 44”
Photo Subject: ESTEE LAUDER Eye Shadow.

THE 44 - 10 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 10 of 44”
Photo Subject: ESTEE LAUDER Eye Shadow.

THE 44 - 11 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 11 of 44”
Photo Subject: Egg on CUTCO Fork.

Note: This is one of the last images I did before
I started getting stuck, and I guess, in the process
started to get a little “demented” – I was thinking:
What if I stabbed a AAA-Sized Egg with a very
sharp object – what would that look like
?”
LOLOL!!!
Actually, this was one of the toughest images
to photograph. Silver, metallic objects are so
fantastically difficult to photograph, but this is
essentially how it should look – with no reflections,
and the silver will really look “whitish”.
Cutlery is very cool!

THE 44 - 12 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 12 of 44”
Photo Subject: Cup of hot, black tea with steam,
and salt grains. Salt looks better than sugar, but
can be substituted in photos.

Side Note: LMAO!!! Right before the “tea shots”
I took some salt shots. I poured the salt
into this cup. I then poured the salt back
into the container. However, some salt remained
inside the cup. I quickly forgot about the salted cup
and poured the tea in it for this shot.
After the tea shots, I put the hot tea in the freezer
to cool down. Of course, I wanted to drink the tea!
Nevertheless, I had forgotten that the tea now
was wonderfully salt flavored!
BLAH!!!
I don’t recommend salt flavored tea to anyone.

THE 44 - 13 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 13 of 44”
Photo Subject: Hot tea being poured into a cup.

THE 44 - 14 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 14 of 44”
Photo Subject: This is what it looks like when salt
is sucked into a vacuum nozzle at 1/500th of a second.

THE 44 - 15 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 15 of 44”
Photo Subject: ESTEE LAUDER NAIL LACQUER and Salt
Crystals.

THE 44 - 16 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 16 of 44”
Photo Subject: Bouncing Salt.

THE 44 - 17 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 17 of 44”
Photo Subject: Bouncing Salt.

THE 44 - 18 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 18 of 44”
Photo Subject: Salt Still Life on Black.

THE 44 - 19 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 19 of 44”
Photo Subject: ESTEE LAUDER NAIL LACQUER (ELNL) on and in
the water.
Note: This subject is what I spent the most time
working on, the ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 20 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 20 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 21 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 21 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 22 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 22 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 23 of 44, OpB

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 23 of 44 OpB”
Photo Subject: Spiral Notebooks.

THE 44 - 24 of 44, Edit B

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 24 of 44, Edit B”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 25 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 25 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 26 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 26 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 27 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 27 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 28 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 28 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 29 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 29 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 30 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 30 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 31 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 31 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 32 of 44, Edit B

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 32 of 44, Edit B”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 33 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 33 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 34 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 34 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 35 of 44, Option B

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 35 of 44, OpB”
Photo Subject: Scarf material.

THE 44 - 36 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 36 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 37 of 44, Edit B

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 37 of 44, Edit B”
Photo Subject: ELNL Splash Photography.

THE 44 - 38 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 38 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL, Pure Color in B&W.

THE 44 - 39 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 39 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL, Pure Color in Color.

THE 44 - 40 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 40 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL, Pure Color in Color.

THE 44 - 41 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 41 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL, Pure Color in Color.
Red drop of NL and its shadow.

THE 44 - 42 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 42 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL, Pure Color in Color.

THE 44 - 43 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 43 of 44”
Photo Subject: Soap Bubbles.

THE 44 - 44 of 44

Photo Title: “THE 44 – 44 of 44”
Photo Subject: ELNL, Pure Color in Color.
Note: This may be titled “44”, but it is
the first image I took for this collection.

COLLECTION NOTE: A word about my lighting for anyone interested in gear. I attempted to use the same light source for all of the 44 images: I almost did that. I used my FAVORITE “Lighting Tool” – an 11-Year Old, 600 WATT, SYSTEMS IMAGING Studio Light with BOWENS Snoot. I think these lights were built to last forever! For the final 8 images, I needed some quick mobility, so I used my VIVITAR THYRISTER 2800 Strobe with a DIY Light Reflector.

OSK PLAZA ABSTRACTION

OSK PLAZA ABSTRACTION

Title: “OSK PLAZA ABSTRACTION”
Building: OSK PLAZA
Completion Year: 1984.
Floors: 24.
Location: Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Photo Year: 2009.

Uploaded by BEHIND the LENS with Nawfal Nur on 12 Jan 09, 11.20AM MYT.

Side Note: Make sure that if you are shooting architecture in the urban environment, that you DON’T BELIEVE that the names on the building are the names of the building! Did you catch that? The biggest name on this building is BANK OF CHINA, although, OSK is on the building as well, if you don’t know any better, or don’t do your research, you would believe it is the Bank of China Building, but it is NOT. It is the OSK PLAZA (I’ve also seen PLAZA OSK).

Good Luck!