Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Title: "Burnt out car at Night, v.3, Edit B"
© 2007 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved
Date: 3 March 2007
Time: 10:07PM
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Project Name: "This Planet"
Link to Project: This burnt out car photo is my contribution to the March 3rd, 2007, "This Planet" Project started by Travis Spangler

I used a Nikon F camera with Nikon Photomic FTn Viewfinder, a Sigma 24mm f/2.8 Ultra-Wide Lens, which is a non-FTn compatible lens, but I do my best to make it work on this camera - basically without metering. The film used for this image was Fuji Superia 200 ASA. The shutter speed was slightly less than a full minute and the aperture was in the f/11 or f/16 range. I used my very dependable Vivitar Auto Thyristor 2800 flash to brighten up the interior of the car, just a little. The flash was used off camera and fired by hand.

"This Planet" is a project conceived by Travis Spangler, an artist from Minnesota (USA). The idea was to get photographers from around the world to fire off a shot at exactly the same time, no matter where they were located. For me in Penang, Malaysia, that time was 10:07 pm.

At the moment, digital contact sheets of the images can be seen here. A more "designed" site is in the works. I'll let you all know when that happens.

I'm happy to be a part of this project. Thanks for taking a look.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Andreas Feininger Quote

Andreas Feininger (French, b. 1905 - d. 1999), said "Photographers — idiots, of which there are so many — say, “Oh, if only I had a Nikon or a Leica, I could make great photographs.” That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard in my life. It’s nothing but a matter of seeing, thinking, and interest. That’s what makes a good photograph. And then rejecting anything that would be bad for the picture. The wrong light, the wrong background, time and so on. Just don’t do it, not matter how beautiful the subject is."

I thought this quote was worth its own space here at my photo blog - makes enough sense to me.

Happy Shooting with whatever equipment you have - the photograph results are all in your head - there's something to think about...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Dragonfly Portraits, wins Second Place BP Jan 07 Contest

With all humbleness, I am going to mention this, as if I don't "toot my own horn", well you know, no one else will.

So, without further ado, in the January 2007, BetterPhoto dot com photography contest, in the Macro Division, I won a Second Place for this image, a Portrait of a Dragonfly.  It was an extreme closeup taken with my Canon PowerShot A620.  The A620 can get 'in-your-face' shots, and I was lucky this fellow didn't move.  I intended for the front and rear of the scene to be slightly out of focus, by using the f/2.8 aperture and working so very close, the shot ended up looking more like a portrait setting.

There were 25,100 entries in the January contest, by both working professional and 'Enthusiast' photographers, so this contest, which I've entered many times before, is no easy competition.  The winning photographs are usually needing to be, well, "bloody" fantastic if they expect to garner any of the prizes.

Thanks for the look, and if you click on the title, you can see my other images published at BetterPhoto.

Cherry Tomatoes in a White Bowl - Interpretive B&W

This is an interpretive black and white image of Cherry Tomatoes. Some people say (or more likely, brag), that they captured this-or -that subject exactly as it looked when they photographed it. That may be the case, but let me ask you this question: Where is the creativity in photographing something exactly as it is? There is no photographic interpretation in that type of shot, is there. Sure, I take "record" shots all the time, either because I want to, or because I have to, for a job. However, this image is different and unique and it is my vision. I hope to add a few shots, now and again, of my interpretive work. These photographs, for sure, are different from the subjects seen in the "real-world."