Sunday, March 28, 2010


Originally uploaded by Metal Rain.

A Black & White rendition of a miniature abstract, clay model I made.

"Distortions, No-4" is a my interpretation of distorted and twisted thumbs, as least that is what I see.

The key to this look was using strong directional lighting, which created deep and burning black shadows.

The finger prints that are apparent on the clay forms a cohesive unison with the distorted thumbs idea that I 'attempted' to portray in this work.

The miniature clay 'sculpture' no longer exists. It existed only for about 30-minutes, the length of time it took to take the photographs.

The goal of this project was to create a photograph that captures the contrasting shadows and light void spaces, using very specific studio lighting.

I guess I was kind of influenced to do this piece, having seen some HUGE metal sculptures (constructions) by Tony Smith (September 23, 1912 - December 26, 1980), who was an American sculptor.

Uploaded by Metal Rain on 28 Mar 10, 2.31PM MYT.

Friday, March 19, 2010

DROP, NL4174, v1-NNP

DROP, NL4174, v1-NNP
Originally uploaded by Metal Rain.
DROP, NL4174, v1-NNP

High Shutter Speed, Natural Lighting, Splash Photography.
Image Details:
Shutter Speed=1/800sec.
Exposure Setting=Manual.

Usually, I use fast flash to capture splash photography. However, I decided to use the most powerful light source in our solar system, the HOT SUN! No better way to get fast shutter speeds than to use the Sun as your light source.

It was REALLY HOT however, and I burned my hands in very little time: The one body location I didn't cover with something. Dang! I'll know better next time to wear gloves too.

Uploaded by Metal Rain (Nawfal Nur) on 19 Mar 10, 1.35PM MYT.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

L.B.C., 11 March 2010

L.B.C., 11 March 2010
Originally uploaded by Metal Rain.
You know that tag...that stereotypical tag on pillows that says: "Do not remove this tag"? Not really sure if it really exists, maybe it is a legend. However, if there is a tag on the pillow, it often gets removed anyway, the violator risking whatever penalty that may befall them for removing the "legendary tag."

Well, the same ideal exists in the legend, "Do not use a Canon Flash on a Nikon Body, or....." Or what? Your camera will explode; the camera will short circuit; the camera will melt; and, so many other threats the manufacturers tell you IF you EVER try this trick.

Well, I finally, after many, many years, I tried this exact and horrifying thing. I attached my Canon Speedlite to a Nikon DSLR body, and it worked. This is a photo I took with this combo.

Of course, some of the options may not function because of the different pin-structure in the hot-shoe compared to the pin-structure on the flash unit, but I put the camera on M-MODE, and I took some shots. I adjusted the shutter speed a little and a great cat headshot was the result.

This is a vertical shot and I tilted the head of the flash at the ceiling and I got a cool highlight in the eyes.

Fear Not! Try it and you may be surprised too. I will probably do it again.

HOWEVER, if your camera does explode, melt, crumble, self-destruct, deteriorate, perform less well, discombobulate, or turn colors and start on fire, don't blame me, I take no responsibility for irresponsible acts of experimentation with photography equipment. You are doing any irresponsible testing on your own will...and it can be quite fulfilling.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Here's something to Think About

“A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.”

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Publication - SHELLS & SANDSTONE


A new eBook/e-Folio I published at LuLu.Com today for Sale.  Hope you can check it out.  It is a collection of 20-Black & White art photographs of shells and sandstone pieces I found on beaches around Penang Island, Malaysia. Go here to check it out:

Sunday, March 07, 2010


It is stinking HOT today:  Sunburn type of weather.

91° F
Feels Like: 104° F
Wind: From W at 12mph 
I thought it felt more like 105 F!!! 
Well, I'll stay inside and do some studio photography today, no need to go out and get more burned than I already am after doing some weed digging work in the yard.  
Be thankful, I guess, if you live in a cooler location.  Yeah, I know, we always want to be in the opposite place, isn't it:  If we live in the heat, we want cool.  If we live in the cold, we want to be someplace hot.
Just thank God for ICE CUBES!
Take care and stay cool.