41 A narrative picture essay

Tell a story in a set of pictures.

Originally for this exercise I took a number of images that to be frank where just too ‘static’ which never made it into the final cut for the exercise. The images I have used are ones I have tried to liven up with movement either by freezing or blurring the action in the image! I don’t have any DTP software so have had to lay them out using my limited knowledge of WordPress. The subject of my photographs is making pancakes..

Equipment used Fujifilm X-pro 1 and 18-55mm lens. Nikon DSLR with 105mm lens, Nikon Speedlight flash. Processing with Nikon NX2 and DXO.



The star ingredients


Place about 100g of flour into a bowl


Then add an egg into the flour


Whisk the flour and the egg together with a splash of milk.DSC_6388_DxO

Heat up a pan


And pour in the mixture and cook till golden 


Add some sugar


And some juice if you wish…


But most of all … Enjoy!

I deliberately went down the path of excluding people in the images, as I considered it would de-tract from the story. I have consciously kept the text brief below each image brief just enough to give context to the proceeding image and action, wanting it to be more about the pictures than the words. I feel there is more to explore here in my approach and intend to come back to this at a later stage.


36 Softening Light

This exercise requires the setup a still life shoot and lighting with a ‘naked’ or point light source, then to diffuse the same light and location and compare the results. Equipment used Nikon DSLR, 105mm Macro Lens, Tripod, Nikon Speedlight, diffuser, black backdrop, lighting stands. Processing via Nikon NX2 and DXO.

The subject, a carved wooden statue of a boy and girl sitting, was lit from the about 40 degrees left and down at about a 40 degree angle down, so that there would be an obvious shadow onto the girls face.

Point light source


As you would expect the point light source produces very defined harsh and dark shadows. The detail of the carving in the wood i.e. surface detail is pronounced.

Diffused light source


The diffused light source produces a much softer light as you would expect, there are of course still shadows but they are not as harsh as the point source, less defined and not as dark. The surface detail is still visible but less pronounced.