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Dry Leaf on Golden Cracks, Edit D

Dry Leaf on Golden Cracks, Edit D

Title: “Dry Leaf on Golden Cracks, Edit D.”
Creation: 4 Jan 2014.
Series: Presently not part of a series, but it may become part of one soon.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson Photography .
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

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SHELL, No. 13, Edit C

Title: "SHELL, No. 13, Edit C." Series:  SHELLS & SANDSTONE. Series Years:  2010 to 2013 (On-Going). Series Publication Year:  2010, SHELLS & SANDSTONE, an e-Folio Collection. Publication URL Link:  http://bit.ly/1eB9OaZ FINE ART PRINTS & GALLERY CANVAS, Sales Gallery Link at Imagekind.com :  http://www.imagekind.com/SHELL-No--Edit-C-art?IMID=5d5e8dc2-7dfa-4f0c-b9de-b807872cc410

Title: “SHELL, No. 13, Edit C.”
Series: SHELLS & SANDSTONE.
Series Years: 2010 to 2013 (On-Going).
Series Publication Year: 2010, SHELLS & SANDSTONE, an e-Folio Collection.
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SHELL, No. 12, Edit C by Nawfal Johnson

Title: "SHELL, No. 12, Edit C." Series:  SHELLS & SANDSTONE. Series Years:  2010 to 2013 (On-Going). Series Publication Year:  2010, SHELLS & SANDSTONE, an e-Folio Collection. Publication URL Link:  http://bit.ly/1eB9OaZ FINE ART PRINTS & GALLERY CANVAS, Sales Gallery Link at Imagekind.com :  http://bit.ly/1aAvHrF

Title: “SHELL, No. 12, Edit C.”
Series: SHELLS & SANDSTONE.
Series Years: 2010 to 2013 (On-Going).
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SHELL, No. 10, Edit B

Title: "SHELL, No. 10, Edit B." Series:  SHELLS & SANDSTONE. Series Years:  2010 to 2013 (On-Going). Series Publication Year:  2010, SHELLS & SANDSTONE, an e-Folio Collection. Publication URL Link:  http://bit.ly/1eB9OaZ FINE ART PRINTS & GALLERY CANVAS, Sales Gallery Link at Imagekind.com :  http://bit.ly/18NtnIk

Title: “SHELL, No. 10, Edit B.”
Series: SHELLS & SANDSTONE.
Series Years: 2010 to 2013 (On-Going).
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SHELL, No. 8, Edit B, SHELLS & SANDSTONE by Nawfal Johnson

Title: "SHELL, No. 8, Edit B." Series:  SHELLS & SANDSTONE. Series Years:  2010 to 2013 (On-Going). Series Publication Year:  2010, SHELLS & SANDSTONE, an e-Folio Collection. Publication URL Link:  http://bit.ly/1eB9OaZ FINE ART PRINTS & GALLERY CANVAS, Sales Gallery Link at Imagekind.com :  http://bit.ly/15OwiOP

Title: “SHELL, No. 8, Edit B.”
Series: SHELLS & SANDSTONE.
Series Years: 2010 to 2013 (On-Going).
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SHELL, No. 3, Edit E

SHELL, No. 3, Edit E

Title: “SHELL, No. 3, Edit E.”
Collection: SHELLS & SANDSTONE
Copyright 2013 by Nawfal Johnson
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9-SECONDS ONLY

“9-Seconds, v. 5, Edit C”

9-Seconds, v5, Edit C - v.5 Copyright 2011 Nawfal Johnson Nur.  Original photograph created 3 Aug 2008.  The general idea behind this photograph was to capture a certain amount of time in one frame.  In this case, it was 9-Seconds.  9-Seconds Only.  The 9 shadow marks of the second hand movement shows the 9-seconds.

9-Seconds, v5, Edit C - v.5 Copyright 2011 Nawfal Johnson Nur. Original photograph created 3 Aug 2008. The general idea behind this photograph was to capture a certain amount of time in one frame. In this case, it was 9-Seconds. 9-Seconds Only. The 9 shadow marks of the second-hand movement shows the 9-seconds.

MOTIVATIONS:

When photographs are created, one of the silent ingredients that go into the composition is shutter speed.  By looking at the photograph, we can kind of tell what the general shutter speed is.  A photo of a speeding car shown in stop-action may be photographed with a shutter speed above 1/250 second – give or take a stop here or there.  A low-light conditions photo, shot at ISO100, will likely have  a slower shutter speed, and depending on MANY VARIABLES, the shutter speed used could be anywhere from a half-second to several seconds.

The point I’m attempting to make is that without having access to EXIF data, the viewer really does not have a clear idea of the shutter speed used to capture a photograph.  And in many cases, most viewers don’t care to know the shutter speed.

WHAT MAKES “9-SECONDS” DIFFERENT?

What was needed for this photograph was to create an image where the subject was time itself.  In the case of this photograph, “9-Seconds”, the magic of time is illustrated by the movement of the seconds hand.  In a way, the viewer may become curious and count the shadowy second-hand lines.  The viewer becomes involved in the photo in this way.  One thing for sure, this photo was created using a 9-seconds shutter speed, give or take a few milliseconds.

Balance Conceptual, v.4

Balance Conceptual, v.4, originally uploaded by fine-grain.

This is a concept photo I did today, and as the title states, it’s all about “balance.”

I wanted the image parts to connect in purpose and convey a similar message.

There are four main connections: 1) Color: Yellow and gold emphasized, and the black and white push those colors out into the foreground. 2) Shape: The shape of the egg and the shape of the spirit bubble are the same. 3) Line: The lines in the spirit level help gauge the viewers understanding of how level a surface, and these lines are augmented by the straight set of lines on the egg. And last but not least, 4) Balance: The spirit level bubble is approximately in the middle of the two lines; and, the egg is balanced on top of the level.

This image is cohesive because of the connections, and its ability to convey a specific message. In this case, the message is one of Science/Physics and can be applied to “Balance”, as well as, “Equilibrium.”

Getting in Close

Cat’s Eye, Edit B

Our eye must constantly measure, evaluate. We alter our perspective by a slight bending of the knees; we convey the chance meeting of lines by a simple shifting of our heads a thousandth of an inch…. We compose almost at the same time we press the shutter, and in placing the camera closer or farther from the subject, we shape the details – taming or being tamed by them.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson – on composition. “American Photo”, September/October 1997, page: 76

Another way of getting a very close view of your subject, as in this shot, is to crop the image to include the ‘main subject’ AND DISCARD the rest.

The cropping method is also a safer way of photographing when your subject is an ‘eye’, which is highly sensitive to light (don’t want to damage anyone’s eye by being careless). I backed up the light considerably on this macro shot, and then positioned the light at a slight angle (the light is off-camera). In the final image (shown here), the main subject remains, and the rest was cropped. You can see the ring-flash makes a cool catch light in the eye.

The freedom to liberally crop brings up an important point in favor of high megapixel cameras: A high-MP camera (12 or 16 megapixels for example) is beneficial, because there is plenty of room for cropping…the original image will give you more leeway for tight cropping than a camera with less megapixels, naturally.

This image was shot with a Canon G2 (4.1MP), so the original image was not very large; thus, the initial image needed to be very accurate and the main subject positioned to take up more space in the frame. Therefore, less cropping was necessary. It would have been nice, however, to have the “freedom to liberally crop.”

Over all, when shooting for detail, move in close; and if that is not possible (or safe), then considering cropping the image to get to the main subject.