Capturing the light of the world
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
10:16AM - Photos
Just a question..
Is there any particular image of mine, you’ve seen, that you can think of right out of your mind, that you kinda feel was speical?
Some image you liked, for one reason or another..
Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Saturday, May 29, 2004
10:26PM - Photographing the wild-life..
posted about a dozen more images in..
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
1:24AM - Camera
This is what I usually bring with me, when I go somewhere to specifically photograph something, and I can tell you.. It's HEAVY!!!
Posted this, with comments, in luka91_photo
Sunday, May 23, 2004
2:47AM - Night and Day
One instering thing is that, taking that second image, I was standing in almost the same place as when I took the next one, but obviously at very different times of the day. In both cases, it was the clouds that made me take them, even if it was really close I never took that image above. Had the camera with me, and saw the light in the clouds, but.. thought it was looking sort of good, pondered the idea of taking a photo of it but thought I wouldn't. Then I changed my mind and stopped to take, in fact, two images. The one below was late in the evening, at about 10 p.m. and it was really cold and raining, but something I like is very dark clouds. Especially if they cover only half the sky, where you have the sun shining from the other direction and everything is lit up by the sun, against those very dark clouds. When I took this one, it was slightly too late to get that sun, even if the sky was more or less free of clouds in the direction where the sun was. Actually, was a touch sad before taking the image, wishing it had been some sun to lit buildings. Stopped anyway to take this.
That last shot is actually taken the same evening, only about 15 - 20 mins later. Still some rain, but the sky had turned way brighter and bluer. What's amazing with the image is the fact that, it being so dark etc, the exposure is 4 seconds. And I didn't have a tripod. Was resting the elbows on the rail on a bridge. Still.. at 4 seconds, it shouldn't matter how much support you're having.. Love the way it turned out anyway, with a sort of weird, ghostly atmosphere/mood.
2:29AM - Two pictures from April
I like the way the sun shines on the ice in that second image
2:27AM - Flowers
Been photographing some flowers, whatever there are of them.. or really.. were.. since it was some time since I took them..
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
10:43PM - Surprised..
I became surprised, getting a comment and rating on 2 of the pictures I've got in BareLens.
Uploaded some pictures there a long time ago..
I had checked some of the photo-communities which has a themed contest every week, and that week it was "Body". Weren't that interested in submitting any images for that etc, but got sort of curious, and wondered what image I would take if I had wanted to submit anything..
Thought about something, and had energy and said.. "Gotta test that.. ".
Spent an hour, or something taking pictures of myself.. The camera hooked up to the TV, so I could see what I was doing, the camera on the floor pointing upwards and the photo-light elevated up to the ceiling pointing downwards..
Had two problems.. (well.. 3 really, if you count moving at the same time as you looked at the TV-screen). One had to do with getting the light in the camera. Obviously nothing the camera liked that much. Then focus. When I bent down to set the timer, the camera focused on.. well.. nothing, since I had bent down and wasn't in the position it should focus on.. Came up with an answer.. If I blew out smoke at the same height as my head, when I was in position, that was enough to make the camera focus on something..
Wasn't sure about the images.. I thought it was something, but not if it was anything worth going on with, so I posted it in one or two communities.. artinnudity being one of them, I think..
( Warning. Contains explicit male nudityCollapse )
Actually, got fairly good comments about the image.. including some who wondered if I were anywhere close to them, and able to photograph them..
"Wow! The first one especially, but both are great!!!!!!! How did you do them?"
"... by the way, those are AMAZING photos."
"The lighting and the silouight are amasing man good job. :D"
Haven't seen something like this in a while."
"I think those are really cool shots, and I'm not usually into artsy stuff."
"I love your use of angles and lighting. :) It's a shame you live so far, otherwise I'd pay you to photograph me."
Felt really good reading that..
But.. now.. Close to a year later.. Someone had commented in BareLens.. and rated one of the images a 9 and the other a 10 (out of 10), and.. well.. it sure was a surprise.. that someone had found them.. and.. liked them such a lot.. (By the way.. the one I posted up there, was the one that got a 9.. ).
Sometimes, it feels so good getting some nice feedback. Sort of needed something like that..
Thursday, March 25, 2004
11:05AM - I walked home one morning..
I happened to have the camera with me when I walked home from work..
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
2:20AM - Quality
The absolutely worst thing you can ask an artist is what kind of equipment he/she uses.. Because the quality is with the artist, not the equipment..
As in.. a good photographer will take good photographs whatever equipment he uses.. To ask that question is as if one was saying that they doesn't know one thing. That it is the equipment that does it, and that everyone using that equipment would be equally good.
Then one could always discuss "quality". In what sense? Technical quality or artistic quality.. Technical quality is just technical quality, and technical quality doesn't automatically mean artistic quality, while artistic quality could be in a photo that does have or doesn't have technical quality.
Artistic quality is entirely in the intent. What you want with the image, and how good you are in making the point.
Artistic quality is how good you are at communicating. Technical quality is only in how good you are at using the tools..
If you write a very engaging story, you have artistic quality, even if it's filled with misspellings and bad grammar.. If you write a story without errors, but it doesn't engage the reader, you have technical quality.
Monday, March 22, 2004
here are two of photos i made.. our beautiful city : )
Friday, February 13, 2004
Self Portrait - January, 2004
another one here
I really should post here more often :/
Thursday, February 12, 2004
Monday, January 26, 2004
I love snow..
One of the things I would miss the most by moving somewhere else, would be the seasons (if I moved somewhere where there's not so defined seasons). I want a white winter, a colorful autumn, bright and warm summer evenings etc.
The one thing I don't like is early spring. It's lovely when it's "pre-summer", and there's regular warmth as well as flowers and leaves starting to show. Before that, it's grey, muddy and you don't know from day to day what to wear, it being cold one day and warm the other. Also, I still haven't been able to figure out what to photograph in spring. Spring is sort of anonymus when it comes to look. The closest thing, is showing a new flower surrounded by patches of snow. Except that.. there's nothing much. No identity.
Still.. Now it's winter. When I look out the window, there's about a foot of compact snow. The bushes and trees being heavy with snow. There's a lot I doesn't like with winter. It's dark a lot of the time, not helped by the fact that it's often cloudy and grey, making the little litght there is being just boring, and certainly not photographic. I don't like the cold, because you need to put on tons of clothes (Summer is nicer, because you're ready to go out in, like, 10 seconds). In the winter, you always have to sort of prepare if you're gonna go out etc.
Still.. When it comes to look, nothing beats winter. A dark evening with big snowflakes falling towards the ground, the landscape having a very soft look as it's covered by a white blanket of snow which only, at times, hints at what's hiding beneath it. The other seasons rarely are spectacular, but winter very often can be just that. Walking outside a clear, cold, dark evening with the snow being all sparkly. A bright, cold sunny day, when all is sort of extremely clear.
I've tried photographing winter many times, but never been close to get anything that even hints at the beauty I see in winter. I guess one reason being that the camera do provide a limited view. It's lovely to see the lights and shadows in the uneven snow on a field, but there's no way to capture it in the camera. A "mountain" of snow that's been ploughed up might look totally great, but it's impossible to get any good photographs of it because.. if you photograph it without the surroundings, you only get a whitish photograph that doesn't make much sense, while if you photograph it with the surrounding area, you lose the details, making it all look flat. It's hard to photograph snow with the right exposure. All the white has a way of tricking the light meter. If you make it too dark, the snow is just gonna be grey and boring, if you overexpose, the snow's gonna be the bright it is, but you're gonna lose all details making the photograph being just a flat white.
I think I had success capturing the beauty of autumn back in October. Sure getting it a lot better than I've ever done before, and now I've actually been able to photograph winter and getting photos I'm actually happy with. They might not be the best ever, but at least I feel the result was A/ Good enough B/ Way, way closer than I've ever been before, in capturing things that make me love winter.
(Now, despite not liking spring that much, I'll see if I'm able to capture spring (I guess, with my feeling towards spring, I'd be able to capture it in very boring photos :-p), and then be able to capture "Summer" (Even if summer is more about a feeling, rather than look).
One thing with photographing winter. When it's a decent temperature outside, where you don't freeze your butt off, it's usually on cloudy, grey days, which doesn't suit photographing in. When it's clear and sunny, it's usually something like - 15 C outside, making it hard to photograph for any lenght. When I photographed these, I was outside photographing for about an hour (Actually, it was a combination of taking the camera with me, with the intent of photographing, and having to go and get some money and getting to the store to buy food etc). Towards the end, the fingers and toes really started to hurt, becoming extremely unpleasant when I got into the warm store and the blood started to come back). One thing I hate about winter is that. Especially if you're outside long enough to get really cold fingers, because the pain you feel when you get inside is among the worst I know. It's really the kind where you simply don't know where you're gonna go or do, and if it's really bad you really feel like taking an axe and cut off your hands. :(
This, technically, might not fit among winter images, except for the traffic sign being covered with snow. The thing I like about it, is the brick lit by the orangish sun, making it so bright, contrasting against the blue, and in shadow, sign. The interesting thing is the way that the balconys etc of that house in the background, created shadows that very much mimic the sign, and making it possible to surround, sort of like a drop shadow, the sign. And, yes.. I actually shot it conciously in that way. It wasn't the reason I took the image, that was the sign against that background, but when I was gonna photograph it, I saw that it was possible to get that effect with the shadows, and moved to a place where i could get it that way.
This one was extremely hard to get. It might not sound much to some of you, but I actually shot 5 photos of this. Usually I take only 1 or 2 photos of about everything. The combination of getting a sharp image in "Super-Macro" mode of my Olympus (Allows you to get about an inch from the subject), as well as get a decent exposure.
The last two was taken outside of the Public Baths (indoors) here, where they have a heated outdoor pool (Actually, it's an inside pool which extends outside, as well as having water slides which, even if the slides are outside of the building, you enter and leaves inside. Obviously, that heated pool creates a lot of steam when it's cold outside. Better seen in this image:
This community is about everything but rating pictures. Still.. I'm curious, and it's not against the rules. I'm not gonna forbid anyone to do this, if they want to.
From 1 - 10, what would you give these 10 images as a whole?
Which image do you like the most?
Why do you like that image?
Suggestions for images of Spring?
Monday, January 12, 2004
Monday, December 29, 2003
homemade jewelry is fun.
Thursday, December 25, 2003
Sunday, December 21, 2003
11:26AM - Posting
I know I've been bad at promoting this community..
I do appreciate all the help I could get..
Think it's a touch slow in here, both with posting and commenting..
Part of that problem is the lack of members, obviously..
That way.. if you do know people that would be good for this community, please mention them.. or tell them to come here, etc..
Really would love if you did..
Saturday, December 13, 2003
8:41PM - Black-and-white
I haven't posted here for quite some time now. I keep thinking that I will, but I just never get around to it. Here are some recent ones :
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Sunday, December 7, 2003
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