Wisdoms on Photography

Getting the Ball Rolling to Avoid Procrastination in Your Photographic Life.

Keeping the Ball Rolling…Heck, just getting the Ball Rolling, is a Great Way of getting things Planned, Worked On, and Completed in Photography and your Photographic Life.

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Lord Chesterfield

Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.
Victor Kiam

COMING APART, Dance In Motion, Edit C_DSC4303, NJN667
[ “Coming Apart” – Dance in Motion.  2012, Nawfal Johnson Nur]

It is really easy to fall into the trap of, “When the situation is right, then I’ll get to it.”  Or, “When the situation is just right, I’ll continue those photography projects that are lying dormant in my rusty mind.”  Or, “When I get that equipment, ahhhhh, then I’ll have everything necessary doing that photography.”

Those are all great things to say if you never want to get anything done, or accomplish something.

Procrastination kills the creative spirit.  Getting stuck in the damned dam that encircles your comfort zone also kills your spirit!  As the commander of your own life, you have stepped on purpose, or by accident over a long time, into a Major Cluster F&^K!  In fact, if you never make the effort to escape the procrastination villain, then you might as well change your name to Major Cluster F&^K.

Sometimes, you just need to say, “Enough is enough, to hell with it, it’s already in me, and if it isn’t, then I’ll find that out when I’m working on the project, but at least I will have gone out and done something… to discover something about the world, and perhaps more importantly, to discover something major about myself.”

As Brooks Jensen (Editor and Publisher of LENSWORK), says often, if you’re not falling on your face very often, then you’re not doing very much, because it is the photographers who try and fail a lot who are getting places.

Well, these posts are usually just therapy for me, but if you get some good use from them, then that’s an added benefit.  I just modified an old (maybe 17-years old) Vivitar Flash unit and I plan to see what kind of results it will produce with the new attachment mods.  I also plan on looking thru my camera bags and seeing what exactly I use 90% of the time.  That should give me a good indication what is in my bags that are less useful photographically, but are just adding poundage to my pack, and strain on my already strained back.  No need to take paperweights around with me – seriously.

BLADE BLUE HAND-667, No.1, Edit F

Blade Blue Hand, 667, No.1, Edit F, by Nawfal Nur

Blade Blue Hand, 667, No.1, Edit F, by Nawfal Nur

Title: “BLADE BLUE HAND, 667, No.1, Edit F”
Series: “BLUE HAND”
Number in Series: No. 1.
Genre: Abstract-Geometric-Expressionism
Mediums: Painting & Photography

Painter: Nawfal Nur
Photographer: Nawfal Nur
Art Direction: Nawfal Nur
Model: Nawfal Nur

Investment in Time:
* Prep Time for Equipment Set up: 1/2 Hour.
** Painting: 5 1/2 Hours.
*** Photography: 1/2 Hour.
**** Clean-up: 1 Hour.

Paint Supplies Used:
-1- Schmincke PRIMAcryl (Feinste Künstler-Acrylfarben).
-2- ZIG – KURECOLOR Permanent Alcohol based Ink.
-3- BUNCHO Water Colors.
-4- ALBRECHT DÜRER, Watercolour Pencils by FABER-CASTELL (8200 Series).
-5- Crayola “Brush Tips” Markers.
-6- Artline 70 High Performance Markers.
-7- MonAmi ACCU Liner Permanent Markers (Metallic Series).
-8- Pentel Permanent Markers (N850 Series).
-9- ESTĒE LAUDER Artist’s Eye Pencil – (01 SOFTSMUDGE BLACK).
-10- ESTĒE LAUDER Artist’s Lip Pencil-Crayon – (08 SPICE WRITER).

CANON Powershot A620 with Modified Internal Flash Bounce Attachment. Aperture @ f/8.0 and Shutter Speed @ 1/80 sec. (I think…) ;^)

One 600-WATT SYSTEMS IMAGING Studio Flash with 2′ x 2′ BOWENS Softbox. MIRA Hydraulic Light Stands. Modeling on Cont., Power @ 1/16th Output. Distance to Subject, approx., 3-feet.

Additional Lighting or Lighting Aid Gear:
One 3′ x 3′ White Foam core bounce.

* bogen 3001 Professional Tripod.
** bogen 3025 head.
*** Manfrotto #352 Ball & Socket.
**** 3kg weight.

Computer Software:
* PhotoImpact X3.
As I mentioned in the text of the photo above, this will be my last photo addition to my Photostream at Flickr.

I have made a promise (to myself) to keep the “F-DEPRESSION” Series Images as close to the TOP of my Photostream as possible. Because with each new image addition, the older images get pushed deeper and deeper into the photostream. And that means, that these “F-DEPRESSION” photographs would eventually get lost in the masses of photos.

The ONLY way these images may help someone who is suffering from Depression, Anxiety or Chronic Pain is to see them, feel the shock value, read the text and GET HELP!!! And, that was the main reason I ventured into this very negative and self-expressing Photo & Text Series.

One of the key components of this type of work (body art), and one that I experienced firsthand, is that IT (the artwork) IS NOT LASTING!

Paint – Photograph – Wash – Rinse – Repeat the Wash & Rinse. Then, the painting is gone for ever! The final product, the actual artpiece is the Body Painted Photograph Portrait: The photograph – that is the lasting art work. The Painting is just part of the preparation! Get it!

This is NOT Airbrush, so the artwork is NOT smooth or finely detailed. I used Acrylic and Watercolours, along with Art Markers and applied them normally, and also with brush and artist’s knife. Some parts of the artwork are smooth and other textured. As the paints dry, the work cracks, so speed is important.

It was extremely painful for me to stand for that length of time – the arthritic A.S. types like myself usually can’t sit-stand-walk-or lie down for very long periods. However, I had to see if I could do it. After the completion of this work, it felt like someone had tortured me (kind of), like someone had been hitting the bottom of my feet with a metal ruler. If you have A.S., you may know that feeling: It’s No fun!!!

5 and 1/2 hours for one Right Arm! It’s the first work like this I’ve done. And, I can say that it was a really good experience and quite interesting to attempt painting oneself and working the camera. Strange feeling!


“BEHIND THE LENS!” (My Photography Journal where I’ve been writing, and where I’ve been exhibiting my Photography, since 2005).


Nawfal Nur
“Behind the Lens!”
27 Nov 2008

PS: “667” refers to what I ‘have seen’ termed as, “Neighbor of the Beast!” HOWEVER, my interpretation is different than probably the person who thought up this novel saying. Here’s how I see it:

“This world is Where the Wicked NEVER Rest, and the Righteous Struggle to just Stand their Ground!” Therefore, I am a ‘neighbor of the beast’ – evil that surrounds us all, daily – it is there, you don’t have to go far to find it.

Of course, perhaps it is much better to pretend that the world is a perfect place, so that you can sleep well at night, but this is just what people who don’t do anything to change it, want you to believe! Or, perhaps, it is what people who have it “made” want others to believe because they have all the resources available to them to ‘escape’ most of the evil that perpetuates itself daily, and around the world.

All you have to do is pick up a newspaper: There must be a lot of “evil” out there, or, the newspapers would NOT be so thick! News of Disasters, Crimes, Chaos, wars, famine, cruelty, and Injustice…this shit sells the News! I STOPPED reading the news a couple of years ago because it just perpetuates in a bad way, whatever stuff you got going on, that isn’t so good.

It is time to go…

Good night Moon!

Good night People!

pss: BTW: The “667” tattoo, I designed by computer software, but I may just have to ink myself with it one of these days!

Shaw’s Wisdom!

Though we have hundreds of photographs of Dickens and Wagner, we see nothing of them except their suits of clothes with their heads sticking out; and what is the use of that? -George Bernard Shaw, said to Frank Harris during talk about nudity. , “Views on nudes” by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312. Focal Press Ltd, London and New York 1971, page: 14


Well, This Journal entry has nothing to do with any viewpoints on nudity, but I see a different angle to what Shaw is talking about here – maybe I’m wrong, but who cares!  It’s my Journal, so I’ll make mention of my interpretation of the quotation, so there!

Maybe I’m just in a really grumpy mood today, or what the f’ever! But, RIGHT ON Shaw! I’m not guiltless on this account, I do my share of taking photographs of the same subject in the same tired way as hundreds of other photographers have before me. You see this all the time on the photo-sharing sites. Even the crappiest of shots seem to be so over-done that it almost makes me sick! Then, if the person has a shit-load of “fans” then they just get inundated with “ata-boys!” Go f’en figure! Yeah, I’m relatively grumpy today, OK! Lumps? No! Not at all…I’m just trying to wrap my brain around how technically crappy photos get so many “ata-boys!” from viewers…It defies the laws of Physics and Good Taste!

“When the photographer takes to forgery, the press encourages him. The critics, being professional connoisseurs of the shiftiest of the old makeshifts, come to the galleries where the forgeries are exhibited. They find to their relief that here, instead of a new business for them to learn, is a row of monochromes which their old jargon fits like a glove. Forthwith they proclaim that photography has become an art.” -George Bernard Shaw, “Views on nudes” by Bill Jay , ISBN: 0240507312. Focal Press Ltd, London and New York 1971, page: 125

Yeap, you don’t have to like critics, but there will always be critics of everything. Better start learning to accept criticism because it’s out there for everything under the sky. My opinion is, however, that Photographers should never shoot for the critics, but be true to themselves. If someone does not like your work now, maybe they just don’t f’ing get it! Maybe they can’t wrap their brains around it, understand it, or appreciate it, the technical difficulties in making it, or how much hard work went into it. Maybe they just don’t like “the different”. F’em! You’ll find your audience, and you’ll always have people who dislike or ignore your hard work. It’s part of the biz of being a photographer. There will, however, be others who love your work. The universe is in balance, it all should even out – don’t worry! ;^ )


Some see things the way they are and ask, “Why?” I dream things that never were, and ask “Why not?” -George Bernard Shaw

Another “RIGHT ON!” Mr. Shaw! Why do photographs have to be the exact carbon copy of the way the world exposed itself to you? Who made up that rule? Maybe Photojournalism, Traffic Control cameras and those Horse Race cameras need to show the exact truth to be worthwhile and trustworthy and telling. However, Fine Art and many other genres of Photography do not need to show the exactness of a scene. Where’s the creativity in that? I personally will go with the “Why Not?” question when I take most of my photographs, edit them in Paint Shop, and display them for the world to see.

That’s enough for now.

No need to agree with me; but if you do, then I guess I’m not totally alone.

Have fun and take the best images you can with the equipment you have. Also, carry a camera with you everywhere, with fresh batteries – that’s the best advice I can give anyone!