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As an Indie Artist or Author, if you don’t Blow Your Own Horn, No one Will, SHELLS AND SANDSTONE EBOOK BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR

SHELLS & SANDSTONE (2013) fine art photography book by Nawfal Johnson Nur

Yes, it is true, if you are an “indie” artist or author, you will have to ‘blow your own horn’, because no one else will — those are the facts — Jack!

So, occasionally, I will list my books here at my blog, so perhaps, someone will be interested in purchasing a copy.  This one will certainly make a nice, artsy addition to your PDF EBOOK reading collection.

This first book, SHELLS & SANDSTONE, is 34 pages, and it is a collection of my black and white photographs of, you guessed it, shells and sandstone from Penang beaches.

Here’s a link to the sale’s page, and a screenshot of the book cover and description.

Please have a look — thank you!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/nawfal-nur/shells-sandstone/ebook/product-20712972.html

SHELLS AND SANDSTONE

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“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

“RAGE – LIBERATE MY MADNESS!”

RAGE, img6260, Edit D, bw-btl4

PHOTOGRAPH DETAILS:

Title: “RAGE – LIBERATE MY MADNESS,” Edit D”
Photo Series: “F-DEPRESSION!”
Series Date(s): 2008 (Nov – Dec).
Creation Year: 2008

Equipment:

  • CANON POWERSHOT A620.
  • SYSTEMS IMAGING 600-WATT STUDIO FLASH.
  • BOWENS 2′ X 2′ SOFTBOX WITH METALLIC SILVER LINING.
  • 3′ X 3′ WHITE FOAM CORE.
  • SUPPORT – bogen 3001 Pro Tripod, bogen 3025 head & Manfrotto #352 Ball & Socket.
  • 3kg weight.

BEFORE GETTING INTO ANY SILLINESS THAT ENSUES BELOW HERE, I did write up a VERY SERIOUS Blog Entry using this Photograph, at one of my other Photography Journals, IF you are in the MOOD for a serious look at Depression and Anxiety, then this link may help:

“BEHIND THE LENS GALLERIES” BY:  NAWFAL NUR

http://behindthelensgalleries.wordpress.com/

PHOTOGRAPHY Crew DETAILS (kind’of kidding around):

  • Art Work – Nawfal N.
  • Lighting – Nawfal N.
  • Photography – Nawfal N.
  • Art Direction – Nawfal N.
  • Site Location Scout – Nawfal N.
  • “Best Boy” (WTF! is this Job?  I see that job in the movies all the time….anyway…) – I’ll take credit for it I guess – Nawfal N.
  • Ka’BOOM Expert! – Nawfal N.
  • Post Production, PhotoImpact X3 Work – Nawfal N.
  • Model – Nawfal N.

Additional Credits:

  • Clean-up Crew – Nawfal N.
  • General Flunky Extraordinaire! – Nawfal N.
  • Assistant to Nawfal N. – ah, Nawfal N.
  • Personal Driver, Body Guard, and Weapons Expert – Nawfal N.

AND…

  • Making da’ Movie,
  • Working Concessions,
  • Selling da’ Tickets,
  • Running the Projector,
  • and’a…Making da’ Popcorn! – Nawfal N.

LMAOBT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

** This is what you call, “One-Man-Show-Productions, Incorporated!” **

Enjoy the Theme Music, by one of my favorite bands, the best band to EVER come out of IOWA!!! SLIPKNOT – “LIBERATE (MY MADNESS)”

This song seemed unquestionably appropriate for this “dark, dark, dark, photograph!”

So, CRANK UP THE STEREO! Drive your family, friends, co-workers insane, go crazy, get nude, (well, maybe not nude), AND go do some HEAD BANGING!!!!

** Form the BIGGEST MOSH-PIT OF ALL TIMES AT WORK!!!!!!! LMAOBT!!!!!!!!! **

** For the first time, you can TOTALLY SLAM YOUR BOSS!!!!!!!!!! **

Bwuah’hahahahahahahaha!

Evil laughter ensues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Can You Feel It?, Edit C

The camera is superior to the eye, and the photograph can, and ideally should, portray the world more graphic than reality itself.” Andreas Feininger (1906 – 1999)

 Can You Feel It?, Edit C, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

“Can You Feel It” is obviously about texture. The original is quite colorful and nice, but I wanted you to “feel” the photograph by creating this version, in this way. The rough textured wall, the smooth metal on the grille, the sharp barbed wire on the water pipe, the battered, gravel, asphalt road in front of the door. So…”can you feel it?”

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!

 

MENARA MAXIS – Kuala Lumpur’s Built Environment

Menara MAXIS, by Nawfal Nur, 2003, All Rights Reserved

 

MENARA1
MAXIS, v.2
© 2003 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Photo Taken from Nikko Hotel

Chances are that if you travel to Kuala Lumpur, one of the first things that stands out are the Petronas Towers. You start seeing the towers from many miles away from the city (with clear skies). These towers are difficult to miss: They stand 452 meters (1,483 feet), with 88 floors, and a skybridge holds the two towers together at the 41st and 42nd floors.

When you stand outdoors in downtown Kuala Lumpur, many people, especially tourists will automatically be drawn to the Petronas Towers, ignoring, possibly, every other piece of architecture in the surrounding built environs.

If looking for a landmark to keep your bearings in Kuala Lumpur, the Towers make for a good indicator of where you are, and if you want to go to Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), just head in the direction of the tallest towers in the city.

Now with that all said, you may be thinking that this is yet another photograph of the “Towers”, and some other building just stepped in the way as I triggered the shutter button…Wrong! This is actually a photograph of the Menara Maxis (the cool looking building in the foreground).

I purposely took the photograph to position the Towers in the background. This perspective is unusual as the Petronas Towers are typically the center of attention in Kuala Lumpur architecture photography. This composition may seem blasphemous to some; but
sometimes, rules of composition are meant to be broken, or at least, experimented with.

In this photograph, the Towers are put to work as a backdrop for the building in front, the Menara Maxis. The over all architectural designs, the lighting styles, the size differentials, and the flow of lines are different enough between the two structures (the Petronas Towers being two structures, but spoke of as one whole building here), and these design characteristics keep them visually separated without needing to blur (by camera or software) the Towers in the background.

The composition is made whole with foreground and background. The cropping is kept close and vertically panoramic, thus forcing the viewer’s attention on these structures only. This compo-cropping strategy may also create an illusion, making the buildings appear impressively tall – even though they are impressive and tall anyway.

Though dwarfed by the Petronas Towers, the Menara Maxis is quite an imposing building on its own, standing at 212 meters (696 feet) tall, and with 49 floors. The architect of the building was Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates, and construction finished in 1998. The Menara Maxis is a stunning building in daylight, but even more interesting flooded by a sea of illumination at nighttime.

I think the Menara Maxis is a really super design and great addition to the Kuala Lumpur skyline.


1Menara means Tower.

 

EXPLORER – Another Platinum-Digital Image of a Modern Ship

 

“EXPLORER” Cruise Ship, taken by Nawfal Nur.

“EXPLORER”
Copyright 2007 by Nawfal Nur
All Right Reserved

This is another of my Platinum-digital images of a modern ship. This is the “Explorer” – a modern cruise ship.

I took this image while crossing from Butterworth to Penang, on the ferry.
Keep in mind that taking pictures from a rough rolling platform, like a ferry, is not an easy task.

There are three things to keep in mind and watch out for if photographing
from a sea-going vessel:

1) If it is a double-decker ferry, move yourself to the top deck to avoid ocean spray. Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time wiping sea water from your lens.

2) Support yourself! Forget about camera shake – worry about photographer shakes! If you can support your elbows on the side of the boat as you take photographs, then do it. You may not have brought a tripod with you, and it may just get in your way in this case. Your elbows become your makeshift tripod.

3) Because the ferry moves up and down with the waves, so do you and your camera. If you have a grid (split into thirds) in your viewfinder, or on your LCD screen, then use it! With my camera, there is an off/on option for the grid screen, and it became very useful in this instance. Use it if you have it! Attempt to keep the horizon along one of the horizontal lines as you take photographs.

Bonus Tip)  Keep the sun to your back!  Glare at sea is a photo-killer.

Good Luck!

Ocean Osprey – Old Looking Print – New Ship

Ocean Osprey, v.6 A digital image of the Oil Product Tanker by Nawfal Nur

This shot was taken a few days ago while crossing the ferry on the Butterworth side of Penang, and attempting crossing over to the island of Penang.

This was the same day when there was such a ruckus on the Penang Bridge. Apparently, a 10-wheeled trucked broke down near mid-bridge, and then, there was a bomb scare also – this all happened on 4 April 2007.

The Penang bridge is one long bridge: 13.5KM (8.4 Miles) long, and it is the only drivable way to reach the island from the mainland. With all the fuss on the 4th, thousands of motorists were stuck in jams going to or from the island.

At one point, it was reported that the jam getting onto the bridge stretched back some 15KM on the highway. I wouldn’t doubt it. I was stuck in the jam getting onto the ferry to cross over to the island.

We crawled along at a snails pace: Only after 3 and a half hours were we able to fight our way the 500-meters it took to get from where we were originally stuck, to where drivers pay the toll to WAIT IN LINE (some more), to board the ferry.

Damn-the-Frustration of Penang Traffic!

There are works going on now to widen the bridge, but that may be too little too late. A second and perhaps third bridge is needed to give Penang traffic some relief, but these things don’t happen quickly. Maybe a Light Rail Transit System would be good too, and that is something that is also being discussed by the relevant departments.

Anyway, I was glad that I had my camera with me on that day. I was able to get some shots of ships as we crossed over on the ferry. This image is a digital-Platinum-stylized photo of some activity at the Penang Port.

The ship at mid-right is the Ocean Osprey:

Country: Singapore.
Ship Type: Oil Products Tanker.
Deadweight Tonnage: 7,624.
DOB: 1996 06

I decided to make this image look a little antique: Thus, I incorporated this image into a Platinum-style layout and look. However, if looking closer at the ship, you know it is not antique, but modern with “SAFETY FIRST” and “NO SMOKING” signs painted in huge print. Also, the modern communication towers and equipment on the ship shows us a modern ship. If that isn’t enough to put a general date to the scene, add to that the modern lifting machines loading containers onto the ship on the left hand side of the photograph.

Well, maybe using digital software to come up with Platinum images is not very “pure” – but at least for photographers who never had the opportunity to work with this printing process, we can see our work similarly, or differently, using digital processes. It’s kind of fun to experiment with many kinds of looks for photographs, and this is just another technology that allows us modern day photographers to do such experimentation – digitally.

Here’s a little history on the Platinum Process by the very interesting and enlightening expert of photography at about.com, Peter Marshall:

“Platinum prints are one of the family of processes based on the light sensitivity of iron(III) (ferric) salts. In the presence of organic material such as oxalate ions, these are reduced using energy from light to give iron(II) compounds. These then react with platinum salts to produce platinum metal. The iron salts are then removed leaving a stable platinum image. Like the other iron processes, platinum printing is slow and requires a UV light source (you can use the sun, but UV flourescent tubes or mercury vapour lamps etc are more repeatable) and large negatives as all exposure is contact printing.

Platinum printing was patented by W. Willis in 1873 (with later improvements) and materials were available commercially for many years. Increases in the price of platinum around 1910-20 led to a rapid reduction in their availability and use, although production did not finally cease in the UK until 1941. A few photographers continued to print in platinum, making their own papers, but most used other materials. A revival of interest, using hand coated papers began in the 1970s, and at least one platinum paper was commercially produced from 1998 until around 2000.” [SOURCE: http://photography.about.com/library/glossary/bldef_platinum.htm ]

Clear the Stone of Leaves…

Dried Leaves on Stone, Edit B

 

Title: “Dried Leaves on Stone, Edit B”

Creation Date: 9 March 2007

Original Color Image Shot in 2006

 

Dried Leaves on Stone, Edit B,” is a very high contrast Black & White digital image, inspired by the opening lyrics of SLIPKNOT’s song, “Wait and Bleed“:

 

I’ve felt the hate rise up in me…
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves…
I wander out where you can’t see…
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed…

 

The EXtreme contrast of this image and the imagery itself reminded me of the opening of this song by Slipknot: They may not be everyone’s cup-of-tea, but hell, I like’em. They are a bit angry, a bit EXtreme and probably the best band to ever come out of Iowa. I hate disco and electro-noise and this is the antithesis of all of that. EXtreme Black & White for EXtreme words.

“The inspiration behind a lot of my work comes from wanting to express something within myself and usually associated with the things I love (or dislike) about life or have experienced. Some are metaphor, others more obvious. Music is big influence and of course emotion plays it’s part.” – Leith O’Malley – Artist

 

Storm at Sea, v5

Storm at Sea, v5, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

Storm at Sea, v.5” is an image made in 2006. It was originally a color digital image made with a Canon G2. The sky was amazing and dangerous looking. The little fishing boats stuck in the muddy water during this low tide seem helpless…they were going to get it! The blackened sky looks like it is going to eat up what is remaining of the bright portion on the left and then let loose with a hell-of-a storm.

Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.” -Elliott Erwitt

For that same reason, I always like to remind myself that my “best” camera is also the one I have with me.