Still think you have something to lose?

Day 281 / 365

It’s strange how sometimes a seemingly insignificant event can effect you so deeply.
I think I may have had the jolt that In my heart of hearts I’ve been trying to ignore.
Time to make a leap or two my friends.

Olympus PEN E-P2 20mm

Like I wrote here a month or so back ZA felt he was going a hundred miles an hour down a dead end road, e I feel like I’ve pulled up at a crossroads and just got out and sat in the middle. Time to head off down one of those roads, sure that means leaving some things behind but hey what’s the worst that can happen right? Sure gotta beat sitting here knowing I can reach better places.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

Explosion of Colour

Explosion of Colour, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 167 / 365

Just a little something I noticed whilst heading through the city today.

Fuji X100

Sorry about the random posting to the blog this week, two one day nothing the next etc. It’s been rather a busy week trying to sort out various things. I should even out again next week.

Looking out

Looking out, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 144 / 365

Hey look some colour work!

A simple window shot for today, it’s been a while since the last one, this time though it’s a Jpeg straight out of the Fuji X100. I told you it has some lovely colour rendition.
Get your settings and exposures right, give it some nice light and bingo, straight out of camera goodness. No lightroom for me today.

It’s always interesting to see how different cameras deal with light. In the golden days we chose our film to give the look we so desired, these days we can alter a few settings and fine tune the colour in camera to do the same. Initially I found the X100 files a little green, not so much to make you think hey that photograph is green, just a tendency to favour that part of the spectrum. Anyone who has been around my work long enough should realise that I prefer a creamier tone to my work. Again not so much as to make you notice, just a certain warmth, a je ne sais quoi. This shot is tending more to my taste and look.

Every Cloud . . . .

Every Cloud . . . ., originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 70 / 365

I took the chance to grab an early coffee this morning. It’s nice to sit and plan out the day in differing surroundings. I figured I’d try and find something 365 worthy on the way back & I found plenty to be honest.
Even the rain didn’t dampen my mood and without it this shot wouldn’t have happened. I’ve had this background in mind for a while now but I just saw the pink umbrella down the street and thought pink on blue would rock. So quickly ran to the otherside of the road, framed up and waited a second or two. Luckily the street is wide enough (just) to get the whole window in on the 85mm.

I seem to have been on a street photography thing of late, I’m not sure if it was brought on by shooting film on the rangefinder or what but It’s been fun. Normally if I’m shooting the streets with people in I’m working in black & white, this shot however deserved colour. Without it, the impact just wouldn’t be there, which I guess harks back to by post on colour usage for emotion.
It’s been a rollercoaster week, I started out loving my shots, went through a rough patch in the middle (which due to some very kind words I don’t feel half as bad about anymore) but I’m back in happy land now.
Some of the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed a few shots from a Leica Digilux, well I thought it looked pretty and this guy raves about them, so I thought I’d give it a try to replace my DLux. Well it’s close to what I want from a camera but not enough to make me give up my little DLux. So it’s back to Red Dot for the Digilux and a sigh of relief from the DLux. Although looking at the Fuji x100 the DLux may not be safe yet.
Why am I looking for a new camera??
Well I love rangefinder cameras, there is just something in the operation & design that I love. The old school feel and control. I may have mentioned before that I have a rather bad case of Leica lust, the M9 is somewhat of a dream of mine and one day it shall be realised. Until then I long for something that will give me the joy of using a rangefinder, the portability of a compact (or rangefinder come to that), the control of an old school camera and the image quality of my 5D. Not much to ask I know. There are many micro 4/3 system cameras out there now but I just can’t get on with the small sensor look anymore. The retro styled rangefinder esque dslr sized sensor Fuji ticks more of those boxes than I’d like to admit.

Ah, such is the joy of modern technology. It’s amazing that at a certain age you realise that advertising exists, then a few years later you learn to ignore it, then many years later you come to realise that you ignoring it was all part of the marketing master plan.

Feb review coming this weekend, promise.

Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 63 / 365

Yellow – Colour Week.
I’m loving the natural vignette I get from the 35mm lens. People go all crazy about corner shading and sharpness and all that jazz. Me, I like some character. If I don’t want it, I can easily lens correct it away in post production. This one had a slight four corner burn added too just to enhance it a little. Maybe a tad over done for some but as I say I like the bright centre.
So I thought I’d add a little note of use of colour in photographs to enforce, invoke or enhance emotion. Here’s a little something on the colour yellow seeing as that’s todays choice;

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.

Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning. In heraldry, yellow indicates honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was connected with cowardice.

Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. You can choose yellow to promote children’s products and items related to leisure. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design. Men usually perceive yellow as a very lighthearted, ‘childish’ color, so it is not recommended to use yellow when selling prestigious, expensive products to men – nobody will buy a yellow business suit or a yellow Mercedes. Yellow is an unstable and spontaneous color, so avoid using yellow if you want to suggest stability and safety. Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy.

Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.

That’s basic colour theory for the use of the colour yellow. Interesting stuff for photographers (or any visual artist). Knowing how colour works and the effect it has on the human mind can produce some very emotive images with huge visual impact. Wanting to know a little more on other colours? Here’s the website I pulled it from.
On the flip side though, the incorrect or over use of colour has the very opposite effect (more often than not the colour used here is red, don’t know why it just seems to be that way.)

So colour is just another tool in the visual artists arsenal, lets not forget that some of the most compelling photographs created are often black & white.


Magnolia, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 62 / 365

This door was all scratched up and blue last week, aparently since then it’s enjoyed a little paint.
Was loving the similar tones leading the eye inside fading into the shadows. The chair propping the door open had a certain charm of its own too.
Magnolia (Cream) that’s a colour too, I’ve seen it in paint catalogues so it must be. I was wanting to throw some yellow in today but can’t remember where I saw that shot, plus it’s been a busy old day and this shot was just around the corner (luckily on the way to coffee too, double win (actually it was Green tea today as I was working outside in the freezing weather all morning and even after a two hour drive home I was still cold.)
Maybe yellow tomorrow.

Green on White

Green on White, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 61 / 365

That’s right, it’s colour week. I’m feeling a need for strong vibrant colour this week so the aim of the game is head out and find single colour photographs. A bright and rainbowesque celebration of all things colourful.
Plus it make for a good journal of portrait locations, heh heh heh.

I guess I decided it was colour week today while sitting in my local coffee shop at 8:30 planning out the day. I’ve been thinking about my use of colour in photographs a bit lately this has partly been brought on by my strive to reclaim some of that look of film.

I remember back in the day if you wanted strong vibrant colours & tones you’d load up some fuji velvia and be done. What came back from the lab was what you got. These days you shoot away then back in Lightroom / Aperture / whatever, you can click away changing colour balance, saturation, contrast etc. Now I think that’s great but it’s a little like going to a restaurant with a menu three hundred pages long versus going to a place with three specials and soup to offer.
Often the more choice you have, the harder it is to be clear on what you want. I’ll use another analogy, remember ordering coffee, you know “I’ll have a coffee please.” non of the contemporary “de-caf, low-fat, columbian, flat-white, grande, syrup, choc-on-top, slow-pour, upside-down” that goes along with it, just coffee.

Sure we all want choice, but sometimes it’s nice to just get what you’re given right? You knew when you loaded that roll of velvia into your camera that your colours were just going to pop (you didn’t shoot a whole lot of portraits with it either (right tool right job again see)) but when you got the final photographs back you didn’t think wow I just need to dial back the saturation a bit, well maybe you did but you couldn’t easily do it.

So what am I getting at, I guess I’m headed along the know what it is you want from your image.
My ethos is to; Identify the intention, minimise distraction, maximise the mood and lead the eye.
To me, all these things should be in your head when composing the shot, then they should come back in post production when refining the image to portray your vision in the strongest possible way.
Well that’s my goal when i’m photographing anyway.