Moab–What If Environment Is Overwhelming?

Went on a photo shoot in Moab with Rick Cummings and several other photographers. Moab is Utah’s red rock playground. The scenery is spectacular. It is large. It can be overwhelming. The challenge is to make great photos that don’t allow the environment to take over. Actually, managing the environment is always a issue. Moab just blows that problem way-way-way out of proportion. So what to do?

I tried doing the unexpected as in putting silhouettes against the iconic red rock and blue sky. See photo above.

I tried to forget the environment, pick up a broken bottle and zoom in on the figure.

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I tried letting the size of the environment overwhelm the figure because that was true to the experience.

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I tried capturing lots and lots of detail as well as the figure. Note there is even a second figure.

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I tried letting the shadow be the subject.

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What do you think? Love to read your comments on what worked and what didn’t.

Noon and Midnight

Noon and Midnight are times when most photographers don’t shoot. Midnight is obvious–little light. Noon is avoided because the light is harsh.

However, I like to shoot at noon or near noon when water (ponds, rivers) are involved. The harsh light can sparkle the water and cast shadows that look like night time. Check it out.

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Shadows are Complicated–Have Own Image

We all know that depending on the angle of the sun, shadows can be elongated or shortened.

Sometimes shadows can multiply or fatten or become the focus. You have to look carefully to see that.

Check out these two images of evening shadows caught on a cloth interacting with the form behind. Nothing simple about them.

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In this one, the shadow seems to walk away from the actual person casting that shadow.

 

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In this one, the shadow seems to be holding the cloth rather than the other way around.

Keep your eyes open. Notice shadows!!!!

Going to Show in Providence, Rhode Island

This one has been invited to a photography show at the Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island. Show was juried by Rob Van Petten. Photo was taken in Vermont so an east coast outing seems appropriate. Show runs from May 21 to June 12, 2015 if you happen to be in the area.

Taken in the shade with light filtering through the trees, the play of light on the pond and body was what appealed to me. Works best in b&w because of that filtered light.

Hope you like it, too.

Leaving Fashion Behind

I’m trying a new style of photo that almost looks like a line drawing. Don’t want to discuss the technique just yet. Interested in reactions. Like it? Can pass on it?

These print large or small. I’m thinking I would like it framed with white mat and white frame–white on white on white. Perfect for a dressing room.

Silhouette Times Six


I’m no fan of silhouette photos. Most of the time, I think the same image, not in silhouette, would be more interesting so why go the gimmick route? This is an exception because the plastic dress forms, on either side, create a second repeat of pattern and then for a bonus, the dress forms reflect the silhouettes (look closely). Result is six images with two models. Now, that adds up to an image that is more than just setting up some backlit lighting.

The other criteria is that the silhouette shapes need to be eye-arresting. I think these are because of the angled arms and slight hand movement. I like that one model is facing the camera, the other is turned sideways. Even the hair hanging down adds something.

This one is best big enough to show all the silhouettes, even the reflected ones, 11×14 or even larger. It does well matted black or white. It would be fun in a dressing room or walk-in closet. It is modest enough for a public space. Printed in series of 25 prints.