I Leave Behind Me The Sunsets Of My Past
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.” – Albert Einstein
I have decided to begin sharing different shots from my more publicly shared series here on my site. It was something I had tossed around last year during my 366 Project, but it kept me too busy to think about processing more than one or two from a session. Now that I have a little more time on my hands, I think I will begin sharing those “extras” exclusively to you all here!
Vintage: Shot Two
Antique lace and vintage glass beads.
This was my second vintage piece, which has a rich, personal history behind it. In high school, I had the most amazing “hippy” art teacher from Soho and she used to encourage my kitschy style and flare for multimedia designs. As a gift at the end of my sophomore year, she bestowed with me many swatches of antique lace and glass beads she used to use in her own creations. It meant so much to me, that to this day, I still have one necklace from my final portfolio project left that I did not sell, and this is a macro representation of it.
The only real revision to this as opposed to the one shared in the hang-out was removing some of the darkness from the bokeh at the top of the image. I didn’t remove it completely, but I did lessen it so the focus was on the subject.
It was kind of funny, but during the hang-out, I warned +Christina Lawrie that I went way of my normal reservation for my shots, i.e. no shots of eyes or myself. I went into the super macro world (with macros and extension tubes), used my lighting, used different techniques, and vantage points to learn, make mistakes, and learn more!
For the +Photography+ Project January “Vintage” Theme, I give you “Dreams In Pure Clarity”.
Vintage: Shot One
Unrestored classic costume jewelry from earlier generations.
This was my first vintage piece, which was old costume screw back earrings (well, one of the two in the set) from at least 3 generations back in my family. I liked this one more because it did have the missing stone and some real age and decay.
The only real revision to this as opposed to the one shared in the hang-out was brightening of the stones and a decrease in the glare from the highlights per a suggestion from +Christina Lawrie.
Earlier in the month, I broke my Faberge tea light holder, and it made a fine, broken addition to this shot by adding complimentary tones and hues.
For the +Photography+ Project January “Vintage” Theme, I give you “The Screwback With One Missing Stone”.
Not Another 52 Project?!?!?!
A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Color Portraiture
Week 4: The Visage of Shape and Contour
Another week, another staged and carefully snooted lighting portrait session.
I am in absolute adoration of of the shape that light can create and enhance. It can pull you in, draw the eye, and create balance – harmony and variety – in how we perceive the world and each moment.
For this week, I went back to a very simple set-up, one used before, and decided to expand on what lessons I learned the first time, and continue on with the experience one more time before I move on to my next lighting strategy.
This is almost a throwback to the Streisand-esque or old starlet profile with the snoot really casting that glow of polished perfection, which is not a norm for me.
PS, this is not an easy pose to do yourself repeatedly!
Here is my shot for Week 5 of this portraiture project!
The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:
1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.
picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy
My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!