Reality? What is reality?

It is topic that has been on my mind lately.  Trying to see the bigger picture and the interconnectedness of everything.  The more I think about it the closer, I feel I get; however more and new questions are spawned.  What is the point?  What is our collective reality?

I took this photograph a while back when I was on a shoot.  In the afternoon, when the sun was high, its light was cast upon a glass bannister.  The shape of the glass acted like a prism, dispersing the sun’s light into its different wavelengths, creating a “rainbow”.  It made me think, this is the sun’s light, and these are the different wavelengths that we can only perceive.  What else can’t we see and hear?

“One light, many colours”

“Until the 20th century, reality was everything humans could touch, smell, see, and hear. Since the initial publication of the charted electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear…is less than one millionth of reality.” excerpt from an Incubus song, New Skin, off the album S.C.I.E.N.C.E.

I found this article very interesting and informative, have a read here if this topic interests you.

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Triptych kids

Yes.  I’ve been somewhat consumed with the idea and concept of triptych portraits, thinking of where I can take it.  I decided to bring it a little closer to home and do some really quick portraits of my nieces and nephew.   Blogosphere, meet the triptych kids…

Caitlin

Jenna

Callum

Game of shadows

I’m really enjoying the whole triptych portrait concept and it is something I’m going to continue doing, maybe shake it up a little and see what ideas can come from it.  Since I’ve been editing multiple photographs together for the triptychs, my cat gave me an idea.  I thought it would be kinda cool to have many frames of my cats shadow in one image.  Just a little idea I thought I would have fun with…

 

Fun with long exposures

The same evening I took the triptych portraits, I also took a few photographs of the show.  I purposely brought my tripod with me to see what interesting shots I could get using long exposures, keeping the ISO as low as possible to retain as much detail as possible.  The flip side to this is that the shutter speed is going to be a lot slower, especially in a dimly lit room, so movement is going to be captured very easily, giving you ghostly kind of images.  I also played with the zoom lens while the shutter was open, giving pretty cool zoom effects which were exaggerated by the lighting in the room.  Fun fun fun…

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Triptych portraits – Musicians

trip·tych

n.

  1.  A work consisting of three painted or carved panels that are hinged together.
  2.  A hinged writing tablet consisting of three leaves, used in ancient Rome.

I finally made my first attempt of taking and creating a triptych portrait.  I was initially inspired by a blog here on WordPress, per Z pective (check out his stuff).  I really like the idea of using three images to describe a subject, so I thought I’d do some triptych portraits, in this case of musicians.  Every musician is different, from style, inspirations and influences.  I wanted to try to capture the different aspects of each musician to better describe them, tell a story with a triptych.  So these are my first attempt at triptych portraits, I hope to do quite a few of these and so hopefully with time they shall get better!

These triptychs were taken with available ambient lighting, so the grain is quite high.  All shot on my 1.8 50mm at 1.8 at ISO 3200.

Natalie Lucia

Darren – The Confederates

Ryan – The Confederates

Mike – The Confederates

The balance of opposites…

“Safety in numbers”

 “The loner”

To find a balance in life is something to be achieved.  To understand the world, we have to interact with it; interact with others.  There is a safety in numbers.  We need others in order to exist, but to understand ourselves wholly is essential.  If we do not wholly understand ourselves, how are we to interact with others successfully?

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”   ―      Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Night watch

I haven’t really posted any night photography shots on my blog before, so the other evening I thought I’d quickly snap a scene I thought would be cool.  What originally inspired me to take this picture was the light above the gate and the light of the security hut.  I thought it would make a nice little photograph, balancing them on either side of the scene.  I was hoping to catch the security guard in the hut, but he was obviously out doing his rounds.  A human element would have been awesome.  I wanted to retain as much detail and clarity in this photograph, so I used the trusty ‘ol tripod and kept my ISO down to 100.  The exposure was obviously a good couple of seconds, so it picked up the trail of lights of the cars passing, which I found cool.  I think I’m going to have to take more night-time shots with the tripod…