Saturday, 4 June 2011

Door to Brightness

R1231774L (Camera: Ricoh GX200)

This is probably the feeling that Saturday gives to the working people.

Friday, 3 June 2011

An Imaginative Way of Seeing

R1231739L (Camera: Ricoh GX200)

The way we see things can be traced back to our formative years as a baby. Our parents taught us to associate words with the respective stereotype images. Say, at the very mention of a tree, what immediately springs to your mind is probably a usual tree that you see in the neighbourhood -- very likely the similar tree that you parents first showed you when you were small. A tree is a tree; how can there be anything special about it?

That will pose problems to a photographer.  There is not just one to stand for many.  To the contrary, even a simple image can be viewed and interpreted fairly differently.

When we do a general seeing, most images are seen in a way which confines to our mind's perceptions. They become as mundane as the learning of A for Apple, B for Boy and C for Cat. We are therefore deprived of many chances to do some eye-opening images.

The initial impression this scene arose in the author's mind was how the two larger boughs spread from the tree trunk.  The spreading is reminiscent of the shape of a person's walking legs. There, the author waited for the right complementary subject to walk past to reflect this thought in this final image. The post-processing to turn it into a negative representation was meant to make the reflection stand out, as well as to highlight the importance of envisioning with imagination the possibilities of a common scene.


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Strong Arms

R1231733L (Camera: Ricoh GX200)

Whether this is a strong arm hinges on one's perception. To the author, this is a strong arm which, with the man and his body shape, remains the author of his once youthful father from the eye of the small boy then. The slightly blurred image rightly reflects the distant memory the scene recalled in the author's mind.

All these perceptions are enough to make the arm and the man subjects. It is our perception that spurs us to or stop us from using certain subjects. When the perception bestows on us good feelings about a particular thing or scene, it moves us to press the shutter; or, on the contrary, not.

So, in effect, we can make everything a subject in an image while refraining from using some. This is all right. There is no right or wrong about our perceptions. There is only the task to transcend it. Since perceptions never criticise, the task will not be an easy one because we seldom objectively notice if we have transcended and to what extent.

The gist is that whether in the final image we simply reflect the perceptions we have in mind or bravely expand them, the subjects we use should always be those which interest us.  This is the first step to liberate a photographer to make a truly eye-catching image worthy to be called his or her own creation. So, even you may follow the footsteps of masters, refrain from using their subjects in the images.  Use subjects that, first of all, interest you.  This is an important rung to take you to a higher level of the photography ladder.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Stopping on the Highway

R1231678L (Camera: Ricoh GX200)

The problem with seeing is not that it is too difficult. On the contrary, and paradoxically so, the problem is that seeing is too easy. We take it for granted, except for the less fortunate people who however are endowed with greater courage to live in a world of different senses.

But if we give what we see a second thought, how differently will the scenes impact on our thoughts or even our lives. Immediately, that will change the way a photographer frame and produce the final images.

Here, the author frame the scene to crop out the unrelated elements, hopefully making viewers to reflect on how possibly dangerous it can be to make a living. The composition was also done to create tension to make viewers reflect on the fact that serious accidents can happen in no time during a probably everyday activity of the man -- tidying up the boxes on the highway -- or of us, for that matter.

Another photographer may just pass by such common scenes in this part of the city. But once we overcome the habits of ordinary seeing, we will stop at things only we can see. There, with some techniques, your images will stand out among the others.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Running Into

R1231664L (Camera: Ricoh GX200)

Whether you are just running into this place, or a long-time reader, this is a note of thanks for your visiting.

Just because the length of the posts has been shorter in recent months, doesn't mean that the author is losing interest in photography or posting. The truth is quite the opposite. It is exactly because of the passion in both that even though the the author has been in the throes of busyness, the posting has continued without a break. The world is constantly under the observation of his cameras.

Our poll just closed reveals the reasons for love of photography among the however small number of voters are mostly to observe the world and to use different cameras.

After having tried over a dozen of new cameras in the past year, the author has great reservation over the second commonly voted reason -- to use different cameras. It is safe to say that using any camera virtually has nothing to do with doing intriguing shots.

Keep coming and see the reality of this side of the world unfolding to the cameras. This week, the theme is on some common scenes you would probably pass by and ignore in a city.  But these scenes can make interesting final images too. The difference is made in the observing, with your heart.

Again, thank you for visiting.



Monday, 30 May 2011

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Tête-à-Tête

R1231872L (Camera: Ricoh GX200)

Talk to someone to mend the relationship today.

This is Sunday.  Time to forgive and forget.