Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

endlessly rewarding

The mere fact of being at the Eiffel Tower is not enough reason to make a photo, but the challenge of finding the light and the moment that help capture exactly how I feel at the Eiffel Tower is what makes photography endlessly rewarding to me.

i love this – fact, moment, light. it really is so well said. thanks to jorge for the link.

new apparently nothing

well, yesterday i launched the new apparentlynothing.com along with my side-project/challenge, 2009.apparentlynothing (yes, such an original name, i know). if you follow my photoblog via a feed reader, please update your feed. sorry for the inconvenience. also, with the redesign, i’ve given IE the big FU. i loathe IE and until they can sort themselves out, i’m just not wasting my time with them. if you use IE, please consider using a decent browser such as Firefox. you’ll thank me, really.

now i am eager to redesign this site, but i am feeling utterly uninspired. work starts up again on monday so i’m sort of hoping i can come up with a design at least over the weekend before i get pulled into work projects. we’ll see. for now, it feels good to be taking photos regularly.

must see photos of 2008

dusting off the camera

solo

it’s been awhile since i’ve felt inspired to take photos. i went through, or am going through, a bit of a slump i guess. i haven’t kept my photoblog up-to-date as i should. i have photos sitting, waiting to be processed. just recently though, i started to feel that familair (and missed) urge to pull the camera out and capture something. something beautiful or intriguing or haunting. something that says something – anything – to the viewer.

this all started after watching zerkala (aka: mirror) by andrei tarkovsky. a beautiful and extremely personal biography with powerful, and sometimes surreal, imagery. the story interweaves dream sequences, past memories, current events and real soviet footage from the time. almost every frame could be a photo. the visual impact is haunting and beyond anything, inspiring. just watching it, i wanted to be able to capture images that evoked such powerful responses or intriguing questions.

this reawakened need to pick up the camera was emphasised today when browsing one of my fave saffa blogs, south of the sahara, and being reminded of an exceptional photographer – jurgen schadeberg – who not only had a great photogaphic eye, but made an impact on south african history.

i realise now that i started to think too much about the photos i took and posted. i started to feel i had to shoot to post to the photoblog, rather than because there was something worth shooting. i guess, i ended up making photography, and my photoblog, a chore when the whole point of it was the exact opposite. i’ve decided to go back to basics. to start over. to start fresh.

playing with actions

road less traveled by lorissa shepstone

i know many photographers are adverse to using actions on their photos, and in many cases i quite agree, but sometimes it’s great to play with effects to enhance the mood of a shot.

i especially love to play with actions and other PS effects when i’m feeling less than inspired. it can be quite encouraging to take a photo that you originally find okay and turn it into something that you really find interesting.

if you are looking for some interesting actions to download, Smashing Magazine recently posted a rather comprehensive list of useful photoshop actions.