transcendent II

transcendent: adjective “beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience”

As said before camera movement intrigues me. For that reason you often see me experimenting with swinging my camera in order to get an image. I want to get it right in-camera though. Except for black and white conversion I will not do any editing, simply because I don’t want to. The image should be created while I take it.

This photo is of an old tree, the bark showing deep relief, in which light and shadows play. The image took less than a second yet by swinging it upwards I got the result I wanted.

Creating such photos is a wonderful way to play while walking around and exploring your neighborhood. There is always a still subject willing to pose, waiting to be captured. You just need to see it.

portrait of goran

It took me a while to convince Goran to take a portrait (not because he didn’t want it, but he had hit his head and a wound was visible and we had to wait for a clear head). In the end, last friday he finally agreed and we took four images. The third one was as I wanted it. Window light, a reflector and several seconds.

It is interesting, with my long exposure portraits I don’t shoot many images of my subjects. Somehow, if a person can’t sit still for the first ones, (s)he is not able either to do it later so I let go. Sometimes it is tempting to do a shot shorter then a second, but that would be cheating so I won’t. In that case, I simply don’t have a portrait which is sometimes a pity…

musical decoration

I had a lunch the other day in a small restaurant near my work. They have quite some nice decorations and I’ve spotted this instrument. A series of four images (as the instrument was hanging high, I couldn’t get closer) in one of my b/w settings.

Some say that editing is part of photography. It might be, but I don’t like to do it at all. I did it when needed for weddings. I will do it when needed for a commercial assignment. For non-commissioned work I will use as less editing as possible. I want to have it right in the camera as I like it, ready to be printed and shared with my friends. I shoot JPEG and selected the camera which fitted my color pallet, as I would have selected a film in the old days.

That said, my long exposure portraits (‘seconds’) are all shot in RAW and than processed to TIFF. From there on wards I convert them to black & white. Editing is not used in this process: the faces are untouched by any brush or whatever.

portrait of tomislav

This is the second session we did as the first session did not turn out the way I wanted. With long exposure photography this happens and especially with portraits one might need to redo a session. 

Back to Tomislav: it is interesting to see how his left side differs from the right. With normal portrait photography one doesn’t see this so quickly; long exposure portraiture somehow strengthens the effect and it looks like I edited two images into one. I didn’t though.

portrait of marko

People in the firm are slowly getting used to the fact that I ask them to sit for me. Finally Marko gives in as well. He is the quiet guy in the office, you won’t hear him bragging around, yet he is always there to do his job. When he sits in front of the camera I manage to take three images, however the first one is really him. Window light, reflector and several seconds.

transcendent I

transcendent: adjective “beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience”

I’ve always been intrigued with movement within photography, especially when this leads to abstract imagery. Though mostly it is of no use in people photography (who wants to have a blurred wedding photo?), it is a great way for a photographer to keep his creative feelings flowing. 

Though the original version is made of blues and yellows, I prefer the black and white one. It is more calming. Except for conversion to black & white there have been no editing. The image is straight out of the camera.

The photo is made two years ago, right here on ‘my’ hill. Snow was melted, spring was just around the corner. A low sun was shining through a forest where leaves were not yet present. Just bare branches and yellow - long time ago died - grass.

Exposure time was slow, yet much quicker than I use nowadays for my portraits. Main difference though is that in this case, no tripod was used: camera shake was desired to reach the effect I was after: a blurred image of a young forest.

portrait of tamara

Friday afternoon, working day is almost over. Outside it is snowing, light is dark and I did not take any photo today. Happily Tamara still agrees on a session. We took three images, the last one lasting four seconds only. Window light and a reflector.

portrait of snjezana

I photographed her wedding years ago and I also photographed their newborn. Now she agreed to pose for me again. Lightning was kept simple: one window, one reflector. Exposure time was six seconds. We took 4 photos, but the first one nailed it.

portrait of duje

Monday morning. I met Duje down in our coffee bar, he had spend the weekend home and was now in town again for work. I told him to drop by for a portrait and so he did. Window light, reflector and slightly more than three seconds.

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