melancholy

Melancholy Portrait Lighting for Photography and The Father of Photography

Title: “Jenan v2, Edit F”.

Creation Date: 20 July 2019.

Copyright 2019 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

Style/Genre: Black & White Portraiture, Above Low-Key Melancholy Lighting.

Lighting: Mid-Morning Diffused Light from Single Window, from the Left of Subject. No other light source, and no reflectors used. No fill light.


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The Father of Photography according to John Werge (1890).

“Charles William Scheele was born at Stralsund, Sweden, December 19th, 1742, and died at Koeping, on lake Moeler, May 21st, 1786. He was the real father of photography, for he produced the first photographic picture on record without camera and without lens, with the same chemical compound and the same beautiful and wonderful combination of natural colours which we now employ. Little did he dream what was to follow.”

(Source: The Evolution of Photography, 1854-1890, by John Werge, Published in 1890.)

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.