Friday, December 29, 2006

New Images at my Gallery!

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Check out my new images at my gallery at Imagekind. They all follow, more less, the same theme, although there are a couple of variations and images that hug the edge of the "Alien Water" Series.

Thanks and talk more with you all later.

Nawfal

Monday, December 25, 2006

Anti-Fungus Day



Happy Holidays, anyone who stops by to read this!

Well, besides being a holiday, it is 'Anti-Fungus Day' here in this Tropical Wonderland of Fungus. Fungus is the number one enemy of lens glass, next to clumsy fingers. Fungus has got to be the worst invention next to Typhoid, now I'm just being nutty! However, if you ever spend any time in the tropics and I guess that would include Florida, you better be prepared to fight the fungus battle. If you are unlucky enough to have fungus grow on the inner lens elements, your lens is nearly doomed! So, in honor of Anti-Fungus Day, I took my lenses and filters out in the tropical sun, which must have been damn near 95 degrees, and just let them bake for about 30 mins., each. When I'm not using a lens-product, it stays in my dehumidifier box or my camera bag with dehumidifier.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

New Calendar Published TODAY!

Hey Everyone! Just wanted to update you on what's going on...I published my second 2007 Calendar today, it's called: "Cosmetics Radiant 2007," and you can see it by clicking on the title of this blog entry, or clicking on the photo above. If you like cool cosmetics images, then check it out. There is a preview at the sales page where you can see a couple pages from the calendar. Each month features one of my cosmetics photos, and I included a quotation from a well known photographer to accompany each of these images. According to reports I have received from customers regarding my first calendar, each photo is suitable for framing - the quality is VERY HIGH! I've chosen a 100% linen paper finish and the calendar is a very big, 13.75" (W) x 19.25" (H) - it is the flip over type of calendar. Therefore, just a hint of what you can do further with my calendar (more bang for the buck, so to speak), you can take finished months photos off the calendar, matte them and then have them framed. For the price, that is a great deal! Hope you like it. Regards, Nawfal

Saturday, December 16, 2006

New Image For Sale at Imagekind.Com



Print & frame my art at Imagekind...

Here's my latest addition to the "Alien Water" Photographic Art Series. Click on the banner above to go to my store at imagekind where you can purchase this unique photograph, printed on museum quality paper.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Water, Lime & Glass, v.2



"Water, Lime & Glass, v.2" is the latest addition at my Imagekind gallery...just click on the link or on the picture to take you to the sales page. You can navigate from there to see my other works at Imagekind.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

5-Degree Sky

Here's an update to my BoundlessGallery Store: You can order this photograph from there and see my other images for sale also.



Thank you!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

I have a new calendar for 2007!


Hello Everyone!


I have a new calendar published and it is ready for the Holiday Season. So, if you are looking for a calendar with cool flower photographs, please visit the link http://www.lulu.com/content/551105 , that is where you can take a look at the preview and buy my calendar!


My new blog for this calendar project is here: "Bursting with Color."


This is the cover design for my new calendar. I think it's pretty d&%$ hot! If you happen to drop by here, please take an extra couple of minutes to look at my 2007 calendar by clicking on the first link.


Thanks bunches!

Nawfal

Thursday, November 30, 2006

You Can Now Purchase Poster Prints of My Collection, "The Heavy Machines."

These four samples are from my new photography series, "The Heavy Machines" Collection. Currently, I'm selling poster prints of this collection at ART.COM, you can click on the link to go take a look.

Here's the Link!

As you can see, there are many framing and matting options, or, you can just purchase the prints. Also, because of the array of colors in the images, my photographs really stand out and blend well with many wall colors. So, if you are shopping for new wall-art, please have a look at my new photography collection. Thank you!















Saturday, November 25, 2006

In Front of the Lens...

Well, I guess it was time again to put the "Maniac" in front of the lens...


The last time I did self-portraits was in 2003; considering that, I believed it was high-time to do it again. I'm not the type who enjoys being the target of a photo-session. Nevertheless, when I have a choice, I prefer to be the one taking portraits of myself. I think I capture who I am better than anyone, at least, thus far. That is probably because I know myself better than anyone else...right!

I went into this photo session with the following goal: To capture my expressionistic qualities. And what do I mean by that? I didn't want to end up with a snapshot: I wanted to capture a glimpse of who I am, at least, who I am, part of the time.

I guess what I don't like about a lot of the 'corporate' portrait studios is that they are quite impersonal; they don't even get to know who you are before taking your photograph. Has anyone else had that experience?

In my opinion, and coming from the perspective of a photographer, you should get to know your subject, at least a little. You need to know a little about your subject's likes, dislikes, mannerisms, attitudes, etc. All of this knowledge helps (the photographer) communicate to the subject what sort of poses, settings and props will be best for the shoot.

I mean, you don't have to spend all day on this, but for God's sake, take some time to figure out what makes your subject 'special' or unique and target those qualities when taking portrait/character shots.

With any luck, if there is a strong sense of trust between photographer and subject, the shoot should work fairly smoothly and automatic within a suitable environment, and with props targeted for each particular subject.

Alright, so 'corporate' studios don't have that sort of time to figure out the Psyche of their clients and what makes them tick, their likes and dislikes, and that is why people have a choice to go for the 'quickie' or to go to a 'shop' that will spend more personal time finding out who they are as a person and what they really want out of a portrait photograph.


In my opinion, I want it to be personal...and I want the results to express who I am.

Taking a self-portrait is not an easy task, especially if you want to take a photo of yourself doing more than just sitting there. I want expression and animation in my photographs and that is a difficult task. I used a single, 600-Watt studio light with soft box. I set the white balance on the camera to make the images warm-toned. I chose my Canon G2 specifically because of its good remote control system...forget that it is a bit of an older camera, the remote works very nicely in this circumstance. The camera was set on Aperture Priority at f/5.0 and the shutter speed was roughly.6 of a second, meaning that if I moved, the image would be blurred. Sometimes I wanted to show motion, other times, I kept positively still.

Good luck and Happy Shooting!








Saturday, November 11, 2006

Nawfal Nur in Group Exhibit | f-stop magazine | fine art photography magazine

Hi All!
I just wanted to put in this link (below)

group exhibit | f-stop magazine | fine art photography magazine

I'm featured in the Group Exhibit at F-STOP Photography Magazine for the month of November. There are a number of photographers in the group exhibition; my photograph depicts a number of dried leaves frozen in very cold looking, light-blue, icy rock. When you click on my photograph, it brings up a pop-up window to display a larger version. Make sure to disable any pop-up blocking software in order to see the larger version. Thanks and more later!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

TAKING BETTER CAT PHOTOGRAPHY




"Taking Better Cat Photography"

Story & Photography by Nawfal Nur

© July 2006 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved

Have you ever wanted to take better cat photographs? Do you find that your cat just does not cooperate?

I'll tell ya', a photographer must have a lot of persistence to photograph cats, and I do, I really do, and that is the only reason I can handle the 'pressures' of photographing cats!

It's not easy taking pictures of cats. Cats work according to their own schedules. They are lazy. The are insensitive to everyone else's concerns and time limitations. They don't care about much else other than eating, sleeping and looking good. However, I love cats and I have three such rascals: two Calicos (Tortie Whites) and one that I call a "Malaysian Hook-Tail".

There is a strange breed of cat here in Malaysia that has a hooked tail. I'm not sure if it is a genetic defect, or, perhaps it is just a natural attribute of this genealogical line of Malaysian cats.

The bone at the end of my cat's tail is like the hook of a clothes hanger - it is very strange - it gives me that "Ee'ak!" feeling inside. I have never seen a cat like this in the United States (which is where I'm from).

Believe it or not, the 'hook-tail' is actually my best ‘cat-face’ model - she is very pretty; however, she has this skinny body. If you only see her face, she is the most beautiful of my three cats.

If you see her body, you would probably scream at me: "Don't you feed your cat!?!"

Yes, I do!

They get all the food they want, 24/7! She is just a stick with fur, but she has this very beautiful face with emerald green eyes.

The Torties are pretty too, but they are so lazy and don't cooperate much when it comes time to be cat models. They expect me to be a good slave-to-cats, and they expect me to wait...and wait...and wait some more.

Eventually, after many frustrating moments, and missed frames, I eventually get some nice portraits of my cats. Never fear, there is hope and virtue in having patience!

So, if you want to take Cat Photography, be long-suffering. If you lack patience, find another subject to photograph.

Cats move to a different beat altogether, and most of the time it's slow, and definitely it's totally on their terms. When you least expect it, they race around like a bullet as if a demon is chasing them. In the next moment, they are off to the food bowl and in this house, the food must be fresh, meaning it must have been poured into the bowl within the last 3 or 4 hours. My cats start panicking if they can see the bottom of the bowl; they freak out, so that is viewed by my felines as a MAJOR infraction in cat care etiquette.

Most of the time my cats do four things: Eat, Sleep, Groom, and Play. In fact, I think that's all that cats do. If they tried to fit in a fifth activity, I'm sorry, but it just wouldn't fit into their hectic schedules; these activities take up all 24-hours of the day.

As a photographer, you just have to work around your cat's busy schedule, be aware of photo-op's, and this is going to take tenacity. There's no trick in waiting, just try to stay alert, a few cups of coffee and positive self-talk helps. Attempt to visualize a cooperative cat posing for you and being as photogenic as a Cover girl model at a photo shoot. Ah, yeah, right...on second thought, maybe just follow the few general rules below:

1) You can't force a cat to have her portrait taken; you just have to catch them at the right time.

2) You also can't count on every cat to be good subjects, so to cut back on your time, locate a cat that seems to want to get your attention, and then focus on that one.

3) When taking close-ups, if you can, cut back the flash by -2 EV, or you will burn out part of the photo. I prefer the tone of the early morning light, or, late afternoon sunlight, these are the best times of day for cat photography outside. In post production, you can adjust the color, brightness and contrast with photo-editing software to suit your taste.

4) A little fill-flash will help with unwanted shadows.

5) Make sure your own shadow is NOT in the picture. You need to move if you notice this issue.

6) When the cat moves, you move, but don't get them irritated, or they will become fussy little models and not cooperate any more.

I think you get the general 'picture': Cats can make wonderful photo-models, but this is entirely on their own terms.

CHIMPING


"Chimping"

Story & Photography by Nawfal Nur

© August 2006 Nawfal Nur



Do you feel like an ape? Well, you do not have to be a monkey to perform this newfangled behavior, a behavior best defined as the ‘Continuous checking of the LCD screen on a digital camera after every shot – an activity termed “Chimping.”

You can see “Chimping” almost everywhere there are photographers. It is popular with amateur and professional photographers alike. Here is the general perception about “Chimping” between amateur and professional shooters.

Usually, amateur photographers benefit from seeing their photographic results right away by admiring their shots in the LCD screen. For most, it seems to be no big deal to enjoy photos right away; or, to see the results onscreen and then decide if there is a need to improve the shot by doing a retake.

Professionals seem to be a bit embarrassed about “Chimping” because if you are a professional photographer, you should be more concerned with keeping your eye to the eyepiece of the Digital-SLR. Professionals are invariably expected to use their years of training and experience to make sure the composition & exposure are correct before hitting the shutter button. Some professional photographers may view “Chimping” as a kind of weakness in photography skills. Others may see it as an obsession.

Yoda said the following about “Chimping” (Well, he didn’t actually say this, but he could have, OK!):

“Think I will help you young Photo-Jeti, do you? Hmmmmmmm… Look at the LCD screen…. “Chimping”….you cannot. Miss many photography opportunities, you will. On the viewfinder, keep your eye….yes…. At halftime or intermission or at home, review your photos you must….yes….”

If you cannot trust Yoda, then whom can you trust, yes!

Yoda appears to have a definite stand on the subject of “Chimping,” and I agree for the most part. Nevertheless, and I’ll say this very quietly so none of the anti-Chimping camp can hear me…come on, come closer so you can hear….”does it really matter?”

Reviewing photos on the LCD screen can save you a lot of grief. If you don’t “Chimp” now a then, especially when you are questioning a shot you just took, then you may really blow it!

If you are not sure if you got the right exposure, proper focus, acceptable tones, appropriate DOP [depth-of-field], the right expression on a model’s face, or whatever, then, you had better review your shots after taking them.

In sports and other action photography, such as stage photography, “Chimping” may not be such a good idea. The more time you have your eye away from the viewfinder focusing on the action, the more missed opportunities you will experience. If you are using an advanced or simple point-and-shoot digital, it is very easy to “Chimp” each frame, as the LCD screen is typically more effective than the viewfinder to compose your shots.

There’s no need to be embarrassed if you are a “Chimpaholic.” You decide on how serious you are about photography and how much dependence you need to have on reviewing your images after taking them. This statement is more intended for those of you using DSLR cameras.

There is probably a complicated formula that can calculate photography skill in direct proportion to the amount of time spent “Chimping”; however, I would not worry about your reliance too much.

There is one thing I must strongly advise you about, try not to participant in “Group Chimping”…that can look a little silly. “Group Chimping” is especially prevalent at sports and political events. After important shots, you may see a ridiculously big group of photographers looking at their LCD monitors and admiring their shots, and that is “Group Chimping.”

Good Luck and Happy Shooting!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Two General Rules of Thumb for Taking Photos: 'Privacy' Issues...


Story by Nawfal Nur
Copyright Nawfal Nur 2006
All Rights Reserved


Two General Rules of Thumb for Taking Photos: 'Privacy' Issues...

This question comes up sometimes..."When & Where can I take Photos without 'privacy' issues messing up the works?"

There are two easy answers. However, by no means is this a cut-and-dry legal question and you should, for the obvious reasons, seek legal advice if you have specific and exact questions regarding your work and how it can be used.

The only reason I'm covering this topic is that it is a concern nowadays more than ever, especially when you have things like the indiscriminate incarceration of Photo Journalists for alleged connections with insurgents, as is the case for AP Photographer, Bilal Hussein:

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(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 17 September 2006 CPJ press release:

AP photographer held by U.S. military for months without charge

New York, September 17, 2006 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news that a Pulitzer Prize-winning freelance photojournalist working for The Associated Press in Iraq has been held by U.S. military forces for five months without charge.

"U.S. authorities who have detained Bilal Hussein in Iraq must either charge him or release him from custody," said Joel Simon, CPJ executive director. "This is not an isolated incident. In the last 18 months alone, seven Iraqi journalists were detained for periods of many weeks or months before being released. No charges were substantiated in any of these cases. The long-term detention of Hussein is especially troublesome given explicit commitments made by U.S. officials that journalist detentions would be promptly reviewed."

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In another report, AP Photo Editors said they have gone through all of Bilal's photos and only a small fraction show insurgents in them. They said what good does it do to show only one side of the dispute! What...photographers in war can only show the goings on of one side, hummmmm., that doesn't quite sound like unbiased journalism to me.

Anyway, here are a few General Considerations to keep in the back of your mind when taking photos:

1) If it can be seen, then it can be photographed...Period!

*Some people have fits if you photograph them, or if you photograph their homes, or if you photograph a power plant, or factory or whatever. Sure, you may seem suspicious pointing a camera at people and places, but if you are on public property and you want to photograph something, and your intentions are in the right place...Then, no one can bitch and moan that you are taking photos. Just be on high-alert if you see any axe-wielding lunatics coming at you...Then run really fast!

Of course, another thing is be courteous if people ask you what you are doing.

If you are 'on the job' then show the inquisitive person some tearsheets of your work, or explain to them the 'look' you are attempting to create. Then, they may be more cooperative and not give you a hard time.

Having Photography Credentials, Press Pass, or a Photography Membership Card of a Nationally or Internationally recognized organization is also a plus, just in case you have to prove that you are a freelance/pro shooter, and that you have an actual purpose for being where you are and taking photos.

2) If you can be there legally, you can shoot there legally!

As long as you are on public property, you can photograph almost anything you want.

There are at Least Three Exceptions to these Two General Rules regarding 'Privacy Issues' and Taking Photographs. Meaning, you could be held liable for trying to publish photographs you took if the photos meet any of the following criteria:

1) If your photo reveals any 'private facts' about anyone.
2) If your photo were to show a person in 'false light' - being misleading or defaming someone in any way.
3) If you use someone's 'likeness' for personal gain - publishing someone's photo in a magazine or for advertisement for personal gain without them signing a release form is a pretty big NO-NO! This, I suspect, goes for use of photos showing someone else's personal property as well. The owner would most probably need to sign a 'Property Release' form.

The only real exception to any of these rules or exceptions after 9/11, is that you wouldn't want to be pointing your camera in the general direction of any military establishment...That one can get you into a boat-load of trouble.

Every person with a camera seems to be suspect any more with the 'rage on terror' out of control around the world. And whomever said, "violence begets violence" was a very wise person indeed.

And here is the DISCLAIMER!
I'm not a law expert, but ONLY a photographer concerned with the Rights of Photographers and their ability to do their job, or, to just have fun taking photos without being harassed.

If you wish to have a more exact idea of 'Privacy Laws and Photography' within your State or Country, then please go see a Law Expert.

Thanks, Happy Shooting and 'Watch Your Six!'



Sunday, September 10, 2006

Purchase my "Alien Water" Series of Photographic-Art





Print & frame my art at Imagekind...

Hi All!

Now you can see and purchase photo-art from my "Alien Water" Series.

My store has four images in it so far, but all good things take time, right. More to come soon.

One thing nice you can do as a customer at Imagekind is that you can purchase only prints; however, if you want, you can create your own gallery quality combo of mattes and frames to go along with my photographs.

Here are the images I have up on my store gallery so far!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Blue-Steel Guitar Photograph


Good Morning Malaysia (and the rest of the world).

I recently shot photographs at a rock concert, and many of the images ended up in post production as "eXperimental" - one in particular, was a blue-steel toned image of the lead guitarist from the Malaysian rock band, PAKU (English = NAIL); it turned out especially interesting.

The band is really good, in my humble opinion…lots of heavy guitar riffs, fast, loud, and the vocalist style is reminiscent to the sound of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, not necessarily the tone or pitch, but a little bit of that style. After seeing PAKU, I would sum the band up as a mixture of something like the music style (genre) of Disturbed and the vocal and stage presence of Bennington. Nevertheless, PAKU has their own originality.

Please click on this link to see the image at my website...
Blue-Steel Guitar

I’m not surprised that I like PAKU; I listen to heavy rock music like Shadows Fall, Disturbed, Creed, Damage Plan, PANTERA, P.O.D., Drowning Pool, Slipknot and Staind; however, I fully appreciate classic arena rock bands, especially RUSH, BOSTON, Van Halen and Guns N' Roses.

Stage Photography is one of the more difficult types of photographic specialties to go into: this is not only from a business point of view, but also a skill point of view. Stage work can include concerts, dance performances, dramas, and plays - basically any performing art that takes place on stage, inside or outside, using available lighting without flash or any ultra-special equipment. It's similar to sports photography, meaning, you have to be ready for the action at all costs, at all times. However, with sports work, the equipment requirement is very heavy in weight and cost!

Performing Arts Photography is more modest, but no less demanding and difficult. At least now, with digital technology, you can get a fair indication when reviewing your shots ("chimping") that you captured the moment, or, you totally blew it! ARGH! Hate it when that happens!

More often than not, I get the shot I'm going for. Digital film just helps me verify the work quickly and gives me more breathing room. Nowadays, I don't have to worry while the film is developed and printed. More next time....

You can see more of my photography at http://www.nawfalnur.com/

I'll tell ya', a photographer must have a lot of persistence to photograph cats, and I do, and I do photograph cats!

It's not easy because cats work on their own schedule. They are lazy, insensitive to my concerns and time restraints, they don't care about much else other than eating, sleeping and looking good - but I love cats and I have three such rascals: two Calicos (Tortie Whites) and one that I call a "Malaysian Hook-Tail".

There is a strange breed of cat here that has a hooked-tail. I'm not sure if it is a genetic defect, or, part of this genealogical family of Malaysian cats that has this end-of-the-tail hook. The bone at the end of the tail is like the hook of a clothes hanger, very strange. I never saw a cat like this in the United States, which is where I'm from.

Anyway, believe it or not, the 'hook-tail' is actually my best ‘cat-face’ model - she is very pretty, but has this skinny body. If you only see her face, she is the most beautiful of the three cats. If you see her body, you would probably ask me, "Don't you feed your cat!"

Yes, I do!

They get all the food they want, 24/7! She is just a stick with fur, but she has this very beautiful face with emerald green eyes.

The Torties are pretty too, but they are so lazy and don't cooperate much when it comes time to be cat models. This is where I have to be the good slave-to-cats, and they expect me just to wait, and wait, and wait some more. Eventually, after many frustrating moments and missed frames, I get some nice portraits of my cats. So, there is HOPE in having patience!

So, if you want to take Cat Photography, be long-suffering.

If you lack patience, find another subject to photograph because Cats move to a different beat altogether, and most of the time, it's slow, and then fast, and then sleep, and then eat, and then cat box and then sleep, and then "don't bother me" and then, when you're not ready, BLAMMO! She's ready for a photo.

Here's some things to consider:
1) You can't force a cat to have her portrait taken; you just have to catch them at the right time.

2) You also can't count on every cat to be good subjects, so to cut back on your time, locate a cat that seems to want to get your attention, and then focus on that one.

3) When taking close-ups, if you can, cut back the flash by -2 EV, or you will burn out part of the photo. I prefer the early morning natural lighting, or late afternoon warm lighting because they tend to be the best times of day for cat photography outside.

4) A little fill-flash will help with unwanted shadows, especially with the long shadows you may encounter with early morning or late afternoon sun. Bright overcast conditions are good as they cut back shadow problems.

5) Make sure your own shadow is NOT in the picture. You need to move if you notice this issue.

6) When the cat moves, you move, but don't get them irritated, or they will become fussy little models and not cooperate any more.I think you get the general 'picture': Cats can make wonderful photo-models, but this is entirely on their own terms.

Go here to see a photo of my "hook-tail's" Cat Portrait.Cat Portraiture You can see more of my photography at http://www.nawfalnur.com/

KODAK NO.3 BULLS-EYE MODEL A


This is a photo of the inside of my antique wooden, box camera, the No. 3 Bulls-Eye.

The date on this camera is c.1908, so, almost 100 years old.

The only problem I'm having with it is that the outside leather covering is powdering off...some sort of leather rust.

Otherwise, if I could still find film for this camera, I'm sure it would take decent, vintage style photographs.

Happy Shooting! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 20, 2006


� 2006 Nawfal Nur
I was out taking photographs yesterday with my old G2, and as usual, my cat, Jamilah Bee was a willing model. Sometimes, however, she gets in the shot in the weirdest, and funniest ways: And I believe, this shot has got to be the funniest one yet. It almost appears that she is trying very hard to get in this photo even though she wasn't supposed to be in it, so she just stretches far enough up and gets the top of her head and eyes in the shot - very funny stuff!
(c) 2006 Nawfal Nur ~ All Rights Reserved

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Title: "Cracked Paint, v.0772" by Nawfal Nur. Again, this is a test to see what is going on with the uploading of images. Each of the Cracked Paint images are in focus and sharp in my photo editing programs, such as Paint Shop Pro and PhotoPlus; however, when loaded up to this blog and others, some images seem very soft, as if they are being optimized on entry to the site. Well, optimizing images to such a degree will certainly mess up the effect of a sharp image. For a Photographer, such as myself, that sort of auto-optimizing can portray images in a poor light and is quite unsettling to me. I put up my images to share with others who like my photography and who want to learn. If my images are "fixed-smaller" on the way during the upload, it does me nor my viewers any good. I just wanted my visitors to realize that if they see a blurry image on my blog, it's not my doing! Thanks for your visit and please come again.
(c) 2006 Nawfal Nur ~ All Rights Reserved

This is a Test!


I have decided to run a test here.

I posted an image entitled "Cracked Paint" at another of my photo-blogs, and using that service, the image uploaded blurry. Although, I know that it looked fine in Paint Shop Pro. I was starting to get irritated!

I thus, uploaded Hello and thought I would try that program and upload the image directly to my photo-blog, here. Guess what? It still looked blurry, not as bad, but still blurry.

So, I'm thinking, "What the hell is going on here!"

Now, I'm attempting to load up the same image right inside this text box and see what happens. You see too. I'll let you know what the results are as soon as I see it.



"Cracked Paint"
(c) 2006 Nawfal Nur ~ All Rights Reserved

Somtimes, it's about the Format


"The color format of this scene is softer, much calmer, and the focus is on the strongest color, the color of the boats. Even though the cropping of the color photo is a little tighter, these two images were photographed minutes apart on the same day. You can see the impact of the B&W image right away!" - Nawfal Nur -
Sometimes it’s about the Format

There is an easy way to decide if a photograph may look better in Color or B&W. Of course, the nature of color photographs makes the color prominent and when you look at color photos your mind immediately focuses on the rich hues of the scene. However, with B&W photography, the focus zooms in on the emotions, textures, key sections of interest (eye leading), and the over all impact of the photograph.

Consider the follow aspects of a photograph: EMOTION, TEXTURE, EYE LEADING and IMPACT.

What EMOTIONS do you want to get across in the scene?

What TEXTURES do you want the viewer to virtually feel in your photograph?

What is the first thing you focus on when looking at the photograph; this is what I term ‘EYE LEADING’.

What over all IMPACT did you intend your image to communicate?

In this example, I photographed the scene to show the anger in the clouds…the turmoil that the clouds possess before a major storm.

The fluffy, rain-filled mass of dark clouds jumps out at you when you look at the photograph in B&W format.

My eye immediately focuses in on the stormy clouds in the B&W version and that is what I intended when creating this photograph. In color, I see the pretty fishing boats first.

In B&W, the impact is exciting and you get the feeling that there is going to be an environmental confrontation about to happen. In color, that energy seen in the B&W version, just isn’t quite there, it is only a pretty seascape.

So, when deciding on the format of your photographs, you can put them to this photographic litmus test: compare the color and B&W formats, consider what you wanted to achieve when taking the photograph and then see which format adheres best to the intended EMOTIONS, TEXTURES, EYE LEADING, and IMPACT. Posted by Picasa

Monday, May 29, 2006

Glass Photography



Glass Photography is not as easy as it looks. As one very observant member at a forum, for which I'm a member, mentioned, although I thought I had all the bases covered with my photo, it still could look better! :)

Yes, and after careful examination, that person was right. The original of this photo was color and had more color streaks in it, but this Copper Version is cleaner, I think.

Really, the key to making great glass photographs is the lighting and being able to see fine details. Dust is a killer for glass photography, so be careful during the photo shoot as well as during post production. Too much glare from lights can detract from the glass's natural beauty and form.

There are more things that can go wrong, but careful planning, preparation and execution will help ensure better end results.

Happy Shooting!

Nawfal

Friday, February 10, 2006

Thaipusam in Penang


I thought I would post a couple photographs of 'piercing' since Thaipusam is tomorrow.

I've attended the celebration a few times here in Penang. As a Photographer, this celebration is definitely something you would want to attend, at least once. There are thousands of devotees who visit the temples here in Penang, especially at the Waterfall Temple.

Thaipusam is an extremely colorful event. The women usually wear very brilliant Sarees, the Kavadis supported by Hindu devotees are elaborately decorated...Saffron, Hibiscus flowers, and colorful foods. It's a celebration for your eyes.

I have a few 'piercing' photographs, some images showing multiple, huge fish hook-looking things piercing the bodies of devotees. Nevertheless, these two images are my favorites as they show a lot of emotion on the devotees' faces and support from surrounding devotees. I think I had to elbow my way into the crowd to get these shots!

Happy Photographing!

Friday, January 13, 2006

IRITIS


Well Everyone, this has got to be fast!

Maybe some of you out there can identify with this; however, most of you can not I'm sure.

If you are in the CREATIVES field, such as a photographer or painter, then you DON'T want to have IRITIS.

You see this picture, well that is how I'm seeing everything right now out of my right eye. Perhaps you've heard of A.S. (Ankylosing Spondylitis) - it's an Auto-Immune disease that is no fun and I've had it for over 20 years. Basically, with A.S., many of the joints in your body start stiffening up, turning to bone material, and half the time, you feel like you are walking around like a stick - stiff and painful. If you have "hard-core" A.S., you may already be pretty immobile. I would consider myself lucky as my degree of A.S., is in the medium range.

Part of the fun of having this disease (joking of course) is that most of us A.S.'ers also suffer from Iritis, which is a nasty and very very painful eye condition where the Iris gets stuck to the pupil. When this happens, it feels like your eyeball is going to explode! This eye problem is very much associated with A.S., it is all part of the same problem just a different part of the body is affected.

Anyway, I just wanted to illustrate to you what I see out of my right eye at the moment and how foggy things are for me. I should not even be at the computer right now, but I thought it was important to share this experience with anyone who may stop by to read my blog.

Of course, the eye sight in my right eye is worse than the overexposed and foggy look of this picture, but it is a fair example.

An additional problem with having Iritis is that if NOT treated and if the sufferer does not rest, it can lead to Glaucoma and even blindness. So, Iritis is nothing to screw around with.

Iritis is even worse for you if you depend on your sight as part of your career or business.

Nobody wants to be without sight! Seeing is a wonder, it is a miracle, it is something that you never want to be without. Most of us, however, probably don't think about this gift of sight much. We probably just take it as a natural part of our "being" and expect it to work all the time. You wouldn't even appreciate it much until you are threatened with losing it.

On average, I get Iritis about every 1.5 years and it is horrible. It takes AT LEAST 4-weeks of pure rest - no work - to recover from. It really makes a mess of my nerves and I hate not doing anything useful! However, to get over Iritis you need to rest your eye, take a ton of meds and that is a job in itself.

So, if you ever have a serious eye condition, don't mess around with it. Go visit an eye doctor right away. I'm sure you don't want to be seeing beautiful things in nature as overexposed and foggy images. I've learned this the hard way, and it still holds true - you never really know and appreciate what you have in your life until you are without it - and that my friends is a very hard lesson to experience.
(c) 2006 Nawfal Nur ~ All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Wow, it's 2006! Can't believe it, but time waits for no-one! Here's a shot of a new car's headlights. Ideal conditions would be a dust-proof, car-sized studio with continuous lighting sources for big objects, like cars. However, when that is not an option, what to do? Well, take your lights outside. A long extension cord or battery powered lights work well - keep the source light close to the subject, in this case the lights. Adjust your White Balance for the color effect you want. Keep dust off the best you can with a hand-held air-blower and keep the painted surface clean. Cursed are the reflections that you will experience when shooting this type of shot, so you will need a BIG reflector of some sort to cut out the distractions, like your own reflection in the glass, metal or mirrors. Most other distractions and flaws can be cut out, or covered over during post-production using photo editing software. Happy New Year 2006 and Happy Shooting!
(c) 2006 Nawfal Nur ~ All Rights Reserved