Mirrored Objects

THE-CROOKED-ROAD-into-OBLIVION-EDIT-C, BY NAWFAL JOHNSON

Title:  "THE CROOKED ROAD into OBLIVION, EDIT C". Creation Date:  18 August 2014. Medium: Digital Photography. Genres:  Abstract Expressionism; Cubism. Influences: Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian. Collection:  ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Collection Years:  2012 to Present (On-Going). Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: “THE CROOKED ROAD into OBLIVION, EDIT C”.
Creation Date: 18 August 2014.
Medium: Digital Photography.
Genres: Abstract Expressionism; Cubism.
Influences: Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian.
Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Years: 2012 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

** SPECIAL NOTE **  I am no longer on FaceBook.  I just couldn’t take it any longer.  I thought the first time I deleted my account I would have learned my lesson.  This second time around just confirmed for me that FB is NOT a place I want to be, nor is it worth my time to put any of my photographic artwork up there.  I am 2,000-times more passionate about sharing my artwork here on my Photo-Blog and my LinkedIn Profile.  Thus, no more FB for me.  There has never been a social networking group like FB that has ever been as intrusive as they are and continue to be.  They have complete profiles on EVERYONE that gets sent directly to B i G     B r o t h e r .  They have such a detailed analysis web they know who and what you like, who your family and friends are, what everyone’s faces look like (using their face recognition technology – scary shit there man!)  And, they can t r a c k you by your cell phone numbers.  Ignorance is not bliss.  So, I just don’t need more violations of my First Amendment Rights, and I don’t need the fake friends FB that don’t give a damn about any of my work.  So long FB – you won’t be missed by me at least!

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.