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Flokeh! (Flower Bohkeh)

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It has been way to long since I have posted any photos so here is a photo I took while I was filming for a friends wedding!

Had this awesome opportunity due to in-climate weather (overcast and rainy) which was perfect for photos like this, but a bummer for a wedding.

And let me tell you doing video for weddings is a nightmare, from the start to finish I couldn’t catch a breather.

If you are ever considering making a film for a friends wedding, or professionally, consider how much work its going to take.

It surprised me, I’m still having to deal with processing issues months after the video was finally edited.

However I still had a blast doing so, and helped me learn how to work with people effectively.

Managing four individual cameras was crazy but awesome, and overall the couple was happy with my work!

So if I had further filming opportunities, I would first strongly consider the work load, plan for the event, and take it by the horns and hold on tight!

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Back to the Basics

Upon reflection, that is reflecting on my past work, I realized that I have been forgetting to focus on the most important part that make a good photo. So I have gone back to the basics, reading and studying composition, from different sources.

Some are from past greats (Bresson, Bourke-White, and Adams), and some are new professionals and writing books on composition techniques. Each time I look or read about great composition, it points back to simple ideals. A clear subject, and a strong contrast. Sure there is way more that goes into composing a masterful photo, but sometimes the most simple composition can compete with the greats.

So I have challenged myself to look at the mundane around the house and focus purely on composition techniques. Subjects that are prominent and don’t fade into the background (or foreground), clear and clean leading lines, and prominent framing.

Here are some of the results from my perusing around the house.

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This was a challenge, but it forced me to stop, and consider my entire shot. It slowed me down and made me consider the surrounding elements (leading lines, focal planes, contrast, etc.) rather than just the subject. It was a wonderful experiment, and I learned some valuable skills for when I go out into the field to capture other wonderful moments.

It goes to show you that even the everyday household objects can create some interesting subject matter. So I challenge you to take out your camera (it doesn’t have to be any fancy dslr, just check out my other photo challenge) and start shooting away! You’ll be amazed at what you find!

P.S. if any of you found this interesting and would like to learn along side me as I explore composition techniques, or would like this to be a new subject, please vote on the poll! This allows me to get your opinion, and helps me know what interests you! Thanks again for the support and remember to stay creative!

First Roll of Film with the New Analog SLR

Amazing Mistakes

Here are some of the first shots from my analog SLR (Konica).

I loved the outcome of these shots, since the built in light meter doesn’t work (I have been using the Light Meter app on my Ipod). With a few tweaks on the computer, these shots came out great. A few surprised me (seeing that they were a double exposure) but added to the feeling the photo provoked.

Classy

Digital Power Horse

flame on

Abstract imagery

Bokehlicious

Kickin Oldschool

classic

Introducing friends to photography

Denver

Coolest Shop Ever

Ill Style

Lomography

REd Rocks

Is film dead? Some may say so, but there are so many wonderful photographers that still use it to this day. There are numerous benefits to using film (higher pixel count, forces user to take time composing shot, interesting formatting, etc.) that digital cannot recreate.

Winter Tree

Film is like a box of chocolates, as cheesy as it sounds, you will never know what your going to get. I love that feeling that you can’t look into a brightly lit lcd screen to see how the shot came out. It makes the anticipation that much more exciting, as one waits for a roll to be developed.

Tree Limbs

I have only started getting into film and cannot not describe the feeling one gets when snapping a photo. The click of the spool wheel as you forward the roll is like nothing else. If you are feeling that your love of photography is becoming stale, I highly recommend grabbing an old analog camera and start shooting your days away.

-by the way all of these photos were shot on 35mm film with a holga 120cfn (which normally takes 120 format film). I still have yet to find a film developer that would develop 35mm film (or 12o format rolls)with the spools included (since shooting with this camera exposes the entire width of the roll).

BOKEH

I Heart Bokeh

I’m sure many photographers have heard of these wonderful out-of-focus balls before, but for many it is an illusive subject. Bokeh, according to Dictionary.com , is the”…out-of-focus areas photographic image”. The origin of the word comes from japan and not only describes the cute blurring balls in images, but it can also describe a person’s state of mind. Kai Wong of Digital Rev does a stellar job of not only explaining what bokeh is, but he goes in depth on how to create wonderful bokeh in one’s images. Check the video below to see Kai in action.

Grave Bokeh

The photos in this article that I have taken, are very simple examples of what one can do to manipulate the shape of bokeh. All it takes is some black construction paper, a pair of craft knives (exacto-blades), and creativity, and your on your way to “Bokehlicious” images.

Cross Bokeh

Have fun and please, don’t run with scissors (or blades). It will end badly.