Abstract

Medley of Wood

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Just a mix of old, new, texture and chiaroscuro. While I like photos that have a more general subject like texture, I recognize they break some of the established “rules” of photography.


Not Graffiti (Two Photographs)

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The designs on most coloured cardboard packaging like Kleenex boxes are dot matrix, up close it’s just dots and ink bleeds. I thought it would make good modern abstract art.

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Bluenose (Two Photograhs)

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This is a detail from a Canadian dime, it shows a portion of the deck of the Bluenose Schooner at 5:1. The dime at 1:1 is below.


Wood (Two Photographs)

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This is a continuation of my work at 5:1 (at that magnification light and sharpness are a challenge). The first photo is of a pencil shaving and the second is of a scratch in a wooden spatula.


Fabrics (Three Photographs)

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Shot at 5x life, fabrics can look quite interesting. The subjects here are a tie, a table cloth and a wool scarf.


Abstract Macro (Three Photographs)

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At a magnification of 5x on a cropped sensor many things look abstract. The Jackson Pollack type abstract is attractive. But with macro at this level you almost always have to tell your audience what they are seeing. In order:  toilet paper, paper towel, Kleenex.

 

 

 


Colour Bubbles No.4

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This is last of the bubbles. Next week I will try something altogether different. Definitely less messy and finicky.


Colour Bubbles No.3

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I have seen better photos of a space station but this seems to have come close. I was shooting against a black background, so the colour is entirely due to the soap.


Bubble Cheat

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I found a way to avoid most of the fuss and bother with bubbles. Using a macro lens, and a bottle of dish soap shaken not stirred, I got some interesting bubble photos. If I had removed the label I might have been able to avoid the use of a macro lens.


Colour Bubbles No.2

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When the bubbles break up there can be some spillage, I used plastic petri dishes with the lid under the main dish but I still had some splash over.


Black and White Bubbles No. 2

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When photographing bubbles, the colours are sometimes a little strange, however bubbles make nice black and white photos. I used flash in all of this week’s bubble shots, and while not a studio flash head, the Godox 200 (200watts) was just enough power for the work. I know others use 300 and 400 watts of power or very bright window light.


Backlit Glass

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Backlighting glass is one of the ways of avoiding problematic reflections. Glass is interesting to work with given the various shapes and sizes available.

 


Common Things

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Shooting things around the house may look easy but shiny surfaces, angles of light, types of lighting are all a little complicated to solve. The many tutorials on line help, but in the end, I think table top lighting has an interesting and fun learning curve.


This is as close

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This was as close as I will ever get to Czar Nicholas II and frankly he’s not in such great shape. Reflection was created with a black acrylic sheet under the coin. The coin was held steady by some wax.


Reflection No.1 (Two photographs)

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Normally when I talk about reflections it’s about a bird on the water, but it’s a bit too cold for that now. So a scotch tasting glass made for an interesting subject. Even alone the glass looked great, but stacked on top of another similar glass you would think that a mirror was causing the effect.


Cufflink

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In the studio as out in nature a good background is important. Old scarves, coloured paper, out of focus furniture etc. etc. can be made to work.


Putting Things Together (Two Photographs)

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The pandemic has lead my wife and I to do some table-top photography with flash. It’s been a long time since I have so I am relearning old skills, putting it all together so to speak. See the second photo.


Looking Down

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One of my approaches to photography is to constantly look up, down and around for things to shoot. Some perspectives can be a little vertiginous, even if we cannot spot exactly why. In this photo there is a slight tilt to the plane of the photo and I hope it adds to the mood.


Local and Surreal (Two Photographs)

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At some point we all take well lit photographs of skyscrapers, they have great potential. Shoot a bracket of shots at different exposures and use HDR, the clouds move and often the software compensates with interesting patterns. I use Photoshop and not one of the stand-alone HDR tools for this, and it works very well.


Studio Setups (Two Photographs)

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Studio work is something I’d recommend trying. I worked in pro studios as a teen and it taught me the basics. Since then I occasionally take the opportunity to try setups at home. I continue to learn new techniques, about lighting, backgrounds, exposure etc. For backgrounds here I used scarves; the camera was fitted with a 50mm lens and the light was generated by flash.


More by Silas Qayaqjuaq (Two Photographs)

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The two statues by Silas gave me an opportunity to play with light and some close up photography to get the details I wanted; especially from the material (bone) in this carving. There are a surprising number of things around the house that make for good photographic subjects.


Needles and Chilis To Beat the Pandemic Boredom (Two Photographs)b

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My efforts at true macro continue, finding subjects to photograph can be challenging. I began by pinning the chili to cork so it was held in mid air. After several hours of fiddling with lights I got a shot of the chili, and then more time was spent in Photoshop erasing the pins and learning more about how to fix backgrounds. The needle also took the larger part of the day. I have great close up vision but had a hard time seeing the hole in the needle to centre it on the camera. Both of these photographs are efforts at learning what works and doesn’t in true macro. It’s early days.

 


Simple (Two Photographs)

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They say that sometimes simple is best. And in these uncertain times simplicity and clarity would be a godsend. In photography it’s not always easy to get that artistic background that makes this kind of photograph work.


Street Glass (Two Photographs)

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I found these as they are. They made me look twice and that is my objective, to shoot photographs that make people look (often popularly called “impact”). There is a lot of “language” in photography, some is not entirely clear to everyone and I have seen several dictionaries on line, none of them complete.