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A Few Images Added to My “35mm Photo” Set.

“Walking into the Light” by Nawfal Nur

Well, it’s been awhile since I first made my “35mm Photography” Page.

I think, and I must admit, I’ve been busy and a little absentminded…I forgot to add images to the page. My apologies for anyone who has gone to my 35mm Photo Page and found not much there.

I have improved it a little, and now you can see a few images that I took using my 1960’s, Nikon F camera. The photographs were taken in March, for the “This Planet” Project. 146 photographs (from about the same number of Photographers I would guess) covering subjects from around the world, were taken at approximately the same time. For me, in Penang, I think it was around 10:05pm when I shot most of the images for this project.

I still love shooting with film, no doubt about it. I must also admit, it is difficult to not love digital too. And, in this part of the world, getting specialty films, like the ones I used to love shooting with, B&W Ilford, KODAK HC, Kodachrome, IR, etc., is just not so possible. Many of these films may not be made anymore, and some are just plain not available in some areas.

Basic film…yes…can get.

Specialty film, not that I know of…very tough to get.

Well, as I locate older 35mm shots, or shoot new ones (which may not be too often), I’ll send them to my 35mm Photography Page. Thanks for looking!

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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.

Jamilah Bee, Portrait, v1, Edit B

Jamilah Bee, Portrait, v1, Edit B, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

One of my cats, whose name is Jamilah Bee – She’s a Mamak Cat with a “real” Mamak Name! ;^ )

“Mamak”, by the way, “basically” refers to an ethnic-cultural group of South Indian Muslims who settled in Malaysia.

This was shot outdoors with off-camera flash (and in-camera flash), and against a blue-green glass background.

I didn’t record the exposure, but I’d guess (now) that it was 1/60 sec., at f/4.1.

RADIN MAS, v.1159: Malay Folk Dance

RADIN MAS, v.1159: Malay Folk Dance, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

Malay Folk Dance performed during the “Radin Mas” Bangsawan performance. Penang, Malaysia. (11 Aug 2007)

Abstract Photography or an Abstract Mind!

Updated Post: 4 March 2009:  Well, if I can’t find a way to change the url for this post, then I guess it will remain as is, but the topic of this post has drastically changed.

Yes, these are my Abstract Photographs.  And yes, if anyone has the desire to contact me for a purchase, I am very happy to discuss details:  Please send me a note.

Nevertheless, I once heard a photographer advise, “don’t do abstracts because no one loves them but the artist.” 

Is this true?  I don’t think so, but it may just take like-minded people to enjoy particular types of abstract work.

I could say the same thing about people photography:  I see an overabundance of really horribly (technically and interest-wise) designed people photographs, but I don’t go around telling people “don’t take photographs of people because no one will love them but the artist.” 

Perhaps it is just important to have an “abstract mind” to appreciate abstract work?  Could be…

These are abstract times…maybe people will start loving my work.

Just a few abstract thoughts for this update…

Making Thosai, v1, Edit B

 

THOSAI ON A HOT PLATE – Three Thosai being cooked on a hot grill / hot plate. A very thin, but large sized pancake of South India: Sometimes it is referred to as a ‘South Indian Pancake.” You can see how flat they are. The dough is kind of formed / spread out / poured – (not sure what the best term is for it) in a circular fashion. It is quite good, but I prefer “chapatti.”

Updated:  14 June 2008

I’ve noticed that quite a few people visit this entry in my photo-journal, so I will, when I find them, add some links to recipes I’ve noticed for Thosai – I hope this helps you find what you need to make some nice Thosai.

Thosai Recipe & How to Prepare!

Dhosai Recipe (please note:  This is where languages can sometime get tricky.  In the Malay language, the word “Dosa” means “Sin!”  However, I believe a more accurate spelling in addition to “Thosai” would be “Dhosai”, but I’m not the editor of this page for this recipe).  They have chosen to spell it “Dosa”. 

South Indian Pancake Recipe

Black Gram Thosai Recipe

Another Thosai Recipe…

Onion Chutney for Black Gram thosai Recipe

Things for Making Thosai & Other South Indian Goodies, v1, Edit B

Things for Making Thosai, v1, Edit B, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

Ingredients and Tools for Making Thosai and other South Indian “Goodies!” ‘Thosai’ is sometimes referred to as a “South Indian Pancake.” Here we have a roller, dough, flour and a big metal strainer for getting fried foods out of hot oil.

*The dough here is probably for chapatti – a very nutritious and low fat South Indian Bread – my personal favorite.  Atta flour is used for making Chapatti.

Thosai is much bigger than an ‘American-style Pancake’, but also thinner. I took this shot early this morning while photographing in Farlim, which is a planned township on Penang Island, Malaysia.

Here’s a recipe for Thosai if you are interested:

Ingredients : Makes 10-12

1 cup

1/2 cup

1 1/2 teaspoons

1/2 cup

1 teaspoon

1 1/2 teaspoons

2 teaspoons

1/4 teaspoon

1

1

Uncooked rice

Blackgram dhal (urad dhal)

Dried yeast

Warm water

Sugar

Salt

Ghee or oil

Mustard seeds

Small onion, finely chopped

Fresh green chili, finely chopped

 If you want to know how to put all these ingredients together to make Thosai, then go here – I have no clue – but maybe some day I’ll learn how!

“BLUE” Photographic Series

The “BLUE” Photographic Series - Images for Sale by Nawfal Nur

 

Hi All! I just wanted to mention that I now have my “BLUE” Photography Series on-line, and the photographs in this collection are for sale as prints and posters. Also, Royalty Free Licenses for these images can be purchased as hi-res digital files.

Please have a look: If you want to purchase a print or poster of a different size, one that is not listed, then please let me know and I’ll make it available for you. Click on the photo above, or here, to go to the “BLUE” Series Gallery to see the entire group of photographs. Thank You!

Lanterns, Flowers and Fountain – Nighttime Botanical Gardens Image

Lanterns, Flowers and Fountain photograph by Nawfal Nur

 

The image above was taken at the Penang Botanical Gardens during the Annual Flower Festival (2006), and I felt this was maybe a better image for the Dreamscapes category. Please have a look and vote for my image if you like it – thank you!