splash photography

DROWNING IN THOUGHT

DROWNING IN THOUGHT:  Kick’en the tires of my new, well, homemade, water-proof flash housing / light enhancer.

Drowning in Thought, Version 1, Crop 1, by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 8 Feb 2012.

Drowning in Thought, Version 1, Crop 1, by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 8 Feb 2012.

Photographs Details:

All Photos are Copyright 2012 Nawfal Johnson Nur.
Subject:  Me – Couldn’t ask anyone else to be my test subject.
Titles:  Versions of “Drowning in Thought.”
Lens:  NIKKOR 35-70mm f/3.3 (set at 70mm) – fully manual lens (now).
Shutter Speed:  1/80 sec.
Aperture:  f/16.
Flash:  One Canon Speedlite 420EX, inside my homemade water-proof housing, that’s also a light modifier.  (It’s not much to look at, but I really like the results; and, I had the flash about 9-inches from me as the water was splashing all over – In the end, the flash was totally dry!)  The housing was getting hit with buckets of water, but my flash on the inside stayed dry – awesome – at least that was a success, “Hur’rah!”

Why “Drowning in Thought”?

My self-portrait photographs are figurative, and also literal:  Sometimes it is easier to make images to express feelings and show emotions.  The image is a semi-representative effort of what is going on in the mind, or so I think it can work in this way with some success.

Well, maybe I’ve just run head-on into a strange phase of life, which is, for lack of a better string of words, “Just Heavy…”  Therefore, I thought the titles of these images, “Drowning in Thought” was pretty appropriate.

Drowning in Thought, Version 2, Crop 1a, NJN665, Copyright 2012 by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 8 Feb 2012.

Drowning in Thought, Version 2, Crop 1a, NJN665, Copyright 2012 by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 8 Feb 2012.

Drowning in Thought, Version 3, Crop 1, NJN665, Copyright 2012 by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 8 Feb 2012.

Drowning in Thought, Version 3, Crop 1, NJN665, Copyright 2012 by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 8 Feb 2012.

Sobering Iritis Realizations

Coffee Splash. Stop Action. White & Coffee.

I’m 15-Days into Iritis. Anyone who has experienced even one episode of Iritis will know how HORRIBLE IT IS!!! Triple Exclamation Points.

It got me thinking about how it would be, to be, “The Blurry Photographer.” And, I came to the conclusion: “That would suck!”

Well, I took this photograph today because I am so super bored, because I’m still dilated in the right eye, super blurry in vision, and on a 3-day headache. However, I just wanted to show myself that I can still photograph when blurry. Yes, it was possible.

Was it very fun? No, not very fun.

Part of the thrill, part of the fun of Photography is being able to see the results in all their CLEAR GLORY!

Having Iritis allows a photographer to see all their results in a hazy blur.

I guess I came to a sobering realization today that A BIG part of the thrill of accomplishment in photography is seeing and enjoying the results…CLEARLY!

There are a lot of things that become more clear to me as my eyesight is threatened by Iritis.

And that reminds me…I have outworn my welcome here at the computer and need to go rest my eyeball.

Thanks for your visit.

“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.

MY 150TH JOURNAL ENTRY AT "BEHIND the LENS!"

This is my third restart in writing “MY 150TH JOURNAL ENTRY AT ‘BEHIND the LENS!'”  With each rewrite, the topic has changed drastically.  In this third foray of writing this entry, I have decided to discuss subjects that are not very much interrelated.  Instead, to mark the illustriousness and portentousness of this event, I am hell bent on availing myself to the thesaurus in a Pecksniffian and pretentious mien that would be tantamount to a big’ol cumulus of paddling treddle. 

Now…enough of that nonsense.

At this point, I would like to, somewhat haphazardly, list of few things of interest (of interest to me, that is) that are in no way related in any way (pretty much non-related).  However, if they happen to be so, I hereby release myself from any fault; nevertheless by reading this blog entry you fully understand and take full responsibility for your actions, and hold me, Nawfal Nur, harmless of any ill effects, mind altering experiences, Alien abductions, or thinking that you saw Elvis at 7/11.

Where should I start…

MUSIC:

While you are enjoying this journal entry, please have a listen to the soothing sounds of my favorite Seattle String Philharmonic musician, Jeff Loomis, and conducted by the world renowned, and highly respected, Warrel Dane.  Oh I’m just mess’en with ya!  Here are some AWESOME solos from Jeff Loomis, guitarist extraordinaire of NEVERMORE!     http://www.nevermore.tv/

 

Solos by Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE)

 

PHOTOGRAPHY QUOTATIONS – SOME OF MY FAVORITES:

 

“The idea that any photography can’t be personal is madness! … I see something; it goes through my eye, brain, heart, guts; I choose the subject. What could be more personal than that?” – Cornell Capa

 

“Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked at. This brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which of course is important, but rather what we might call the eyenology (seeing).” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.” –Yousuf Karsh, Master Photographers – The World’s Great Photographers on their Art and Technique , Page: 125.

“A positive attitude can really make dreams come true – it did for me.” – David Bailey

 

 

MY FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY ACTRESS FROM NEBRASKA:

Marg Helgenberger, was born in Fremont, Nebraska [b. 16 Nov 1958].  Fremont is not too far from Lincoln, my hometown – 44 miles as the crow flies!  Marg is a beautiful and talented actress who plays Catherine Willows on CSI Las Vegas, and has been in scores of TV shows and several movies.  She is FABULOUS at 50! 

 

 

THE EERIEST THING I EVER LEARNED ABOUT MY PARENTS’ SCHOOL-YEARS:

My Mom attended school in Lincoln, NE, and my Dad attended school in Pocahontas, IA.  They both attended the typical Midwestern style schools of the 50’s, although my Mom’s school was considerably larger than my Dad’s school in rural Iowa.  Their classmates too, were basically the stereotypically students we think about from the 50’s, or have seen portrayed in movies and TV programs.  HOWEVER, among their classmates, both my Mom and Dad attended schools with individuals who were anything but stereotypical, and for that fact, unnaturally abnormal.  

They both went to school with notorious Serial Killers!  Bizarre right?  Yeah, I thought so too when I learned this little bit of trivia:  I immediately thought, “Wow, I’m glad that I exist!”

My Mom went to Junior and Senior High School with Charles Starkweather:

Charles Raymond Starkweather (November 25, 1938 – June 25, 1959) was a spree killer who murdered 11 victims in Nebraska and Wyoming during a road trip with his underage girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate. He became a national fascination in the USA, eventually inspiring the films The Sadist,Badlands, Starkweather, Murder in the Heartland , The Frighteners and Natural Born Killers. He also inspired the Bruce Springsteen song “Nebraska”, which Springsteen originally considered calling “Starkweather”.  [Source:  Wikipedia]

My Dad went to Senior High School with Robert Hansen (“From Baker to Butcher” – Robert C. Hansen, the Serial Killer, not the basketball player!)  

Hansen was born in Estherville, Iowa, and went to school in Pocahontas, IA.  He was in trouble with the law from early on including charges of arson and other illegal activities.  He eventually found himself in Alaska.  And of course, if you asked any of his neighbors, they would have said, “Oh, he was such a nice, quiet man.”  Yeah, Right!  Aren’t all Serial Killers like that.  His killing spree started in 1980, where he would hire prostitutes for services; and then, Hansen would fly them (he was a skilled small plane pilot) to his remote cabin in the freezing Alaskan wilderness, where he would do all kinds of unmentionable things to them.  If that wasn’t enough, he would set his victims free, only to hunt them down like animals.  We are talking about ONE SICK PUPPY HERE FOLKS!!!  He is infamously credited with 15-KNOWN murders, but there could be more.

Having both my parents going to school with psychopathic serial killers is one very weird coincidence, and it is pretty freaky too!

 

MY LATEST SPLASH PHOTOGRAPH: 

 

SPLASH-Purples, v1, Edit B-NP2

"SPLASH - PURPLES, v.1, Edit B"
© 2008 NAWFAL NUR
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 

NEW “OLD” ANT SPECIES DISCOVERED IN AMAZON:

Martialis_heureka 

“This new species of blind, subterranean, predatory ant, Martialis heureka, was discovered in the Amazon by Christian Rabeling at the University of Texas at Austin. It belongs to the first new subfamily of living ants discovered since 1923, and is a descendant of one of the first ant lineages to evolve over 120 million years ago. – Photo Credit: Christian Rabeling, the University of Texas at Austin.”  [Source:  WildBiology.Com]

This ant is very tiny actually:  About 3mm long.  I don’t know, but I always wanted to believe that prehistoric ants were the size of Volkswagens…silly me…I guess I was wrong!

THE MOST FEROCIOUS CREATURE TO HAVE EVER LIVED ON EARTH (I mean, the Oceans!)

Megalodon

Artist’s Rendition of C. Megalodon. [artist’s name not listed, otherwise, credit would be given]

Megalodon means “Big Tooth” – We are talking teeth that were in the neighborhood of 18 cm long (or more), with serrated edges, and an endless supply of these death gripping prehistoric teeth.  The oldest remains of a C. Megalodon [Carcharodon megalodon] dates to 18 Million Years ago.  This predator ruled the seas from 18 Million to 1.5 Million years ago, and became extinct during the Pleistocene epoch.  This shark could grow more than 50 feet long.  It would hunt even the largest whales of its time, and according to some experts, it would disable the whales by severing the flippers first, leaving the whales virtually crippled in the water, and then C. Megalodon would go in for the kill.  To put C. Megalodon’s size (at around 50 to 60-tonnes) in perspective compared to say, the Great White Shark of today (at around 2,500 pounds), it would be like comparing a Rottweiler to a Chihuahua (roughly speaking).

Well, perhaps that is enough to round out this, my 150th Journal Entry.  I hope you enjoyed these topics.