19 Curves

The brief asks for curves with movement and direction, see what we can do..

Equipment used for these images; Nikon DSLR, 105mm micro lens, 28-300 lens, speedlight flash, soft box, lighting stand, white colorama paper, clamps. All post capture in NX2 and DXO.

Image 1 – macro view of a chrome spring from a piece of gym equipment, keeping the DoF low to soften the shape and create a sense of movement, with part of the spring exciting the top right of the frame.

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Though not part of the current topic, lighting and reflections become interesting (read difficult) with this type of subject, especially with this type of mirror finish..more on this later.

Image 2 – this is a bike rack in the centre of Melbourne that I found on a recent tour looking for images of for the Elements of Design exercises. To make the shot work i had to get down inside the structrue and use a 16mm fisheye lens. I like the way my eye wants to follow the spiral creating motion in the image.

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Image 3 – a little wine anyone? This is one of a number of images I took whilst I was reading Light Science and Magic. The subject matter was quite deliberate for two reasons, one glass had always caused me the most problems and two I wanted to  take a subject that had purpose for this exercise. After a lot of different positioning of the wine glasses and flute I settled on this composition and positioning of the glass. I find the refraction of the overlapping glass makes the eye move between the glasses.

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Image 4 – water.. Again another studio setup inspired when reading Light Science and Magic. Though this drop of water was frozen by flash at 1/20,000th of a second the curving ripples and the drop caught mid air scream motion and movement. See my ‘extra curricular’ blogs for more info.

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