March’s Themes

My four themed images for the month of March were Number(s), Attractive, Dark and Power.

Theme – Number(s)

A very simple take on the theme and quite obviously the number(s) 5.

Number(s)

I didn’t want anything too simple so took a little time with this to try and ensure that I got both 5’s in as both are on two different faces of two different pillars and so this felt like a perfect time to use a shallow depth of field.
Additionally I like how the rain has added an extra depth to the surfaces as well as a lucky puddle and reflection. The sky is dull and grey, though you would expect that with it having rained. However, by not cropping too tightly and using the floor of the next car park level to contain it, I think the dull sky’s framing is less distracting.

 

Theme – Attractive

The theme for this shot was Attractive and while pictures of glamourous women immediately sprang to mind, I always like to explore alternate meanings as I find it helps with my creativity.
To that end, magnets and their behaviour intrigued me and after some inspiration via google images I set on capturing a magnetic field. Unfortunately someone else had had the same idea which forced me to come at the same idea but shoot from a lower angle to show the 3d nature of the field.

Attractive

The theme for this shot was Attractive and while pictures of glamourous women immediately sprang to mind, I always like to explore alternate meanings as I find it helps with my creativity.
To that end, magnets and their behaviour intrigued me and after some inspiration via google images I set on capturing a magnetic field. Unfortunately someone else had had the same idea which forced me to come at the same idea but shoot from a lower angle to show the 3d nature of the field.
Setting up was a simple matter of laying the magnet on a flat surface, an A4 clean sheet of paper and then gently shaking the iron filings onto the paper to get just enough to show the pattern of the magnetic field. This took about 5 or 6 attempts as I kept putting too much on and obscuring the lines too much.
Lighting was simple daylight from my patio windows and I used my lens on macro mode and set up on a tripod for stability as I wanted a reasonable depth of field and slower shutter speed.
I then converted the final image to black and white to enhance the filings against the plain background and enhance the shadowing at the nearest pole of the magnet.

 

Theme – Dark

Shot at night in a local subway so is dark from that point of view but also, I wanted to do something that evokes dark undertones too, therefore the shot of the hooded figure in a gas mask in a familiar urban environment.

Dark

Shot with one off camera flash at 1/128th power, positioned camera left and above. Triggered using yongnuo flash triggers.
Processed in monochrome and high contrast to give it a harsh menacing feel.

 

Theme – Power

At a local Classic Car show today and love the big powerful American cars!

Power

This car in particular caught my eye as I had only brought one lens with me on the day, this was deliberate. I like to do this sometimes to force me to work within limits and see how creative I can be. The lens was a 9-18mm so would be termed an ultra wide angle lens.

For this shot I just knew the wide angle would accentuate the fins on this 1959 Buick Electra. As is common at car shows there are cars, and often they encroach on each other as you can see either side, however I was in luck as the organisers had set the show up to keep similar themed vehicles together. In this case the American classics were lined together so the stepside pickup and Camaro either side weren’t out of place.

When shooting wide angle like this you have to be very careful when framing the shot and initially I wasn’t happy due to the distractions in the background, however, simply deciding to get down on one knee and shooting from the same level as the car eliminated these as the car then was in the way. This basically throws the car right in your face and forces you to appreciate its lines, furthermore by converting to monchrome I feel it’s enhanced the purity of the cars design and aesthetics. I hope you agree.

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