Week 16 – Hidden (Submitted Entry)

Bit of a rush job for a change, that never quite worked out how I wanted it to, but nevertheless ended up working quite well I think.

Week 16 - Hidden

I once saw a photo of a girl in a shower, mascara running down her cheeks. Although she wasn’t crying, the raw emotion on her face that the photographer captured was obvious to anyone viewing.

As soon as I saw this weeks theme, a similar idea started to form in my head because the only thing I could think of that related to hidden was ‘feelings’ or ’emotions’. that led me off on a path of pondering and it occurred to me that chaps, or gentlemen of a certain age don’t deal with emotions particularly well. For some reason we ignore them for the most, and certainly never ever talk about them (unless drunk !). I wanted to try and capture this with an ironic tip of the hat to the girl in the shower shots to say that blokes have feelings too…..
Unfortunately, space and time were a bit short and I never managed to capture the RAW emotion I saw in my head. Partly because I was too much of a coward to face the camera and partly because I couldn’t see what I was taking (I could do wirth a wireless way of triggering the camera) .

I was hoping that the image would be strong enough to convey this without the lengthy description but the couple of people that saw them before I posted didn’t get it at all (Erm it’s a bloke in a shower? being the primary response)…….. I’m kind of hoping that it will get you all thinking anyhow, be interested to know what spring to mind.

Was worth doing, just to get me out of the comfortable still life mentality. Out of my comfort zone for this week’s theme. I could have taken the easy option and gone for hidden beauty, or hidden detail but decided to plough ahead with this one. Didn’t quite convey the message I intended and the composition isn’t quite right (which effectively kills the entire photo) but think it was a reasonable effort and still makes you think about what’s going on a bit.

Week 16 – Hidden (and other projects)

Hidden – So many things sprang to mind for this week that it was almost a bit too much. From magical worlds hidden in the fridge, to lost socks poking out from under the washing machine a jumble of images tumbling through my head, some relatively ‘easy’ to set up and shoot some almost impossible without hair, makeup and models. Importantly though, pretty much all of them don’t involve the tabletop set-up that’s getting quite familiar now, and all of them are different to the previous submissions.

Of all of the ideas I’ve had, it’s the very first one that stuck in my mind. Over the course of the week it”s developed in my head and going for this will be both ambitious, and challenging. Totally outside my comfort zone both on a technical and artistic level (in that I’m not sure that I’ll be able to convey the emotional side of it as clearly as I ‘see’ it in my head. Hopefully I’ll have some time this evening to get it sorted and make it in time for the deadline !!

Another interior itch (which has potential to develop into a minor obsession) has been getting worse and I think it’s about time I scratched it. There’s an old Kodak Box Brownie languishing in my loft somewhere. I thought it was with the Cine8, clockwork movie camera, but had a quick peek and it isn’t. so it must be up there with the other super8 cine camera underneath something else. Guess I’ll be up there at the weekend rooting about. I remember using it as a child and I’m more and more interested in seeing if I can get anything decent out of it. Not sure if it still works, nor am I sure that I’ll be able to get my hands on any 620 film for it, but it’s got to be done at some point this year. The trouble with this is that I can see this going somewhere unpredictable and me ending up with a spare room full of chemicals by the summer…… Not sure how this will pan out but watch this space……

Week 9 – Perspective

Going to have a lot of fun with this one. Unfortunately my head’s bursting with ideas, and that’s before I’ve looked anything up in the dictionary. Going to be a challenge to actually decide what I want to shoot form the list. This was a concept thing (to see if I could manage it on my own or whether I needed a model) and although lighting wise they’re shocking with a bit more effort to make sure that everything lines up where it should (and the shoes are cleaned) this could be an option….

Test Shots

Week 8 – ‘Fast’ – Submitted shot

Late submission, but in my head it still counts.
Wanted to try and stay away from the obvious again, and whilst not really pushing the limits in a photographic sense, I’m quite pleased that I managed to come up with an idea that was again a little different from the first thing that pops into my head. Wanted to capture the ‘fasting’ element with he empty plate and water, but thought about how dieting is almost a religion for some people as well (hence the tape measure).

Week 8 - Fast

fast   [fast, fahst]
verb (used without object)
1.
to abstain from all food.
2.
to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to abstain entirely from or limit food; put on a fast: to fast a patient for a day before surgery.
noun
4.
an abstinence from food, or a limiting of one’s food, especially when voluntary and as a religious observance; fasting.
5.
a day or period of fasting.
Origin:
before 1000; Middle English fasten, Old English fæstan; cognate with German fasten, Gothic fastan, Old Norse fasta

Week 8 - Fast

Week 7 – Slow

Week 7 - Slow

Quite a poor showing this week. Certainly not a lack of insopiration but more a lack of opportunity. Quite embarrased to even have taken these ones (The iphone is a camera too right?) but kind of sums up the week really.
If I can’t get anything tomorrow then one of these will have to do, which will be disappointing to say the least. Already got some ideas for fast. Hopefully I’ll find the time to make them happen….

On the plus side – I haven’t missed a week yet

Week 7 - Slow

Week 6 Submitted shot – Every Day I Die a Little

Bit of a gaffe this week, work’s been an absolute nightmare and have been busy with Pumpkins and stuff indoors (no photos either). Had some really grand ideas for this week and unfortunately ended up rushing this in the last 20 minutes to get something submitted for tonight !! – Quite happy with it as a conceptual test shot but I can tell it was rushed so kind of spoils it for me. Aldso, it isn’t quite what I was after – Wanted me looking in a mirror, with the reflection half edited (so the real me looke whole and the reflection looked rotten). Would have also liked to have experimented a bit more with this to try and make the skin look mouldy and rotten but again, time stole from me again. That said, I can always go back and have a tinker another day.

Week 6 Supernatural - I die a little every day

Turning into a bit of a self portrait 52 this end, hopefully have something obscure for next week…..

If anyone’s interested, had an off camera flash, close and low/ Blended me with a stock photo of a skull (one of which is added to the Amazon wish list along with a smoke machine) .

Added the skull as a new layer and used Transform to get it into place.
Then added a layer mask and painted with a black brush so the background showed through.

Tidied it all up a bit, and then ran a Draganizer action that I’ve had for ages and never seen any need to use.

Week 5 – Who needs Focus – submitted shot.

Again, I found it difficult this week, there are again so many interpretations but I didn’t really want to go for the ‘safe’ approach. The first thing that sprang to mind was to try and get a photo of a sportsman, or student concentrating on the task in hand, focussed if you like. But the usual lack of models and having no time to actually get out and find something to shoot due to work commitments kind of scuppered that. Think it would have been an interesting take, and no-one in the group so far has hit it from that angle. So, leaving that interpretation aside and concentrating on the literal ‘focus’ I went for something a bit more obvious (though in the back of my head, a portrait of an old person reading would have worked much better).

This was a lot more difficult than it looks and whilst I’m quite happy with it, it never really quite came out how I wanted it to.
Ideally, the glasses would have been sharper as well as the text in focus because of the glasses – Could probably have achieved this post production by taking one with both text and glasses in focus and then adding a ‘fake’ blur, but wanted to try and do it in camera.
Think the problem was that my arms just aren’t long enough for the 50mm, Might try later with the 17-50 instead to see if it works better.

Week 5 - I need focus !!

One of the safety shots (the “just so I have something to submit shot”) was this one

SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY