Archive for September, 2008

Mysterious Commute

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

This morning, I was running late for work. I should have rushed as much as possible without straining my asthmatic lungs, but I kept running across the most interesting combinations of light and shadow — specific combinations that I simply don’t encounter on the days when I’m on time, or on the weekends, when I either don’t go into work (preferably) or go into work at different times entirely.

Running Late

This is a parking lot. The wall is recessed several feet at the bottom, and the light was streaming in almost horizontally, so that it passed below the edge of the nearer portion of the wall to strike the lower portion of the wall, which creates the downward-pointing light patch.

Running Late

This is the same parking lot, standing farther back. The area covered in the first image occupies the upper left hand corner of this image. You can also see the crossed diagonals of the long shadows of trees, the white lines of the parking spaces, and a wedge of light coming off/through a car window.

Running Late

These halos of light are caused by light passing through the thick and filthy glass of the parking meters.

Plus-X Strikes Back

Friday, September 12th, 2008

So, the fall semester is here, and I’m once again using my staff fee waiver to take a film photo class — this time for “Beginning Pro,” which is a pretty highfalutin way of saying “second semester.” : )

The first thing I did was run a couple of rolls of Plus-X through my Nikkormat — including a few frames which were part of an assignment to shoot a self-portrait which “reveals something” about oneself. I developed them as soon as the lab was open, and was rather surprised at the results. Definitely an improvement from what I was doing earlier this year with Plus-X — maybe photography is like level-grinding in an RPG, and all the C-41, E-6, and digital I shot over the summer — plus all those Espers I found while riding my Chocobo — have left me better prepared to deal with black and white now.

Or maybe I just got lucky. : )

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Interesting pictures of boring things

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

I subscribe to quite a few photography blogs, and there are quite a lot of posts floating around promoting this or that photographer and/or exhibition and/or photo-set.

A lot of what I see coming through these channels is either rather familiar or tediously arty. But I also see, fairly often, images that belong to a group that I think of as "interesting pictures of boring things." Here’s an example, via Conscientious.

Images of this kind are sort of risky to inflict on average viewers, because the intrinsic banality of the content may mask (or, indeed, totally annul) the quality of the photography — not to mention, of course, that if there isn’t also some purpose or meaning at work, it’s just a technical exercise. So, when they fail, they fail hard. But when they work, they can be very, very impressive.

Anyone have any examples of this (either of their own, or links to other photographers) they’d like to share?

BTW: I’m not talking about effects-heavy, bokeh-heavy, or macro-tastic shots of mundane objects, so please don’t post those.