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Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
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I found myself looking for a term to name this piece, and ‘bowl’ did not quite fit. At once it is so natural in appearance and yet so refined in its proportions, that to place the common kitchen name of ‘bowl’ on it seems quite wrong. And ‘vase’ doesn’t quite work either…
Dan Johnson does a lot of wood turning, with results that run from the true ‘bowl‘, to the fantastic, to the down-right ‘gnarly‘; however in my eyes, this piece that I have photographed above is by far the best: it is a work of an artisan. He has managed to take a lump of old poplar, riddled with tunnels of insects, and has turned it into the most exquisite form, without losing the effect that the stresses of the environment and insects had made in the wood. It also happens to be very satisfactory to hold, fitting so well into cupped palms, and the fine texture under the beeswax finish leaves a pleasing sensation when turned in the hand.
A hand-held panorama. Using a regular or telephoto lens would have provided less distortion and a greater chance for good stitches. Of course, that means doing more overlapping rows to obtain a similar or better effect…that’s what GigaPan was designed for!
(30 May, 2012: 7:05 AM.Canon Eos 5D Mark 2, 24 – 105mm lens @ 24mm, 1/200 sec.@f11, ISO 200)
For someone who does not photograph full time, there is the danger of allowing your skills to become rusty: your technique, your eye for design and your dedication may falter in direct proportion to the time between photo-outings. Often my camera lays idle because I feel I do not have enough time to devote to a photo session. But how much time do we really need?
The best photos can emerge from the amount of effort we devote to a single subject. Thoroughly exploring a simple subject, close to or in the home is what makes the successful photo-quickie possible. A likely prospect is a single flower purchased while still in bud, but it could equally be a shapely fruit or vegetable or even a leaf. Set up a scoop or a background of some sort in natural window light, in an area where you can leave the set-up undisturbed for a few days or weeks. Set your subject with it’s best face forward and then let the shooting begin. Using only one macro lens and a reflector, begin to ‘work’ your subject. Explore the nuances of light as seen from different angles, the subtleties of form and line and texture. Explore with different depths of field, use the camera hand-held or stabilized on a tripod. Try some of the many features that can be found on your camera such as multiple exposure or by changing the white-balance settings. Use the self timer and vary exposures lengths, try deliberate vibrations during exposure. The possibilities are endless.
The benefit of the semi-permanent set-up is that you can approach the same subject several times a day, the next day or every few days. Flower buds will open, fruit will ripen and all will eventually move to decay or dessication. Each stage will present a new wealth of opportunities. You need only spend the time you have – it may be only a single exposure or perhaps a half hour of shooting -the subject is there and waiting.
The joy of digital photography is the freedom to experiment: you lose nothing by being venturesome and at the same time you keep your hand and eye fully in the photographic realm. With persistance you may even produce a series of unforgettable photographic gems.
NB This is a re-post (with a new image) from my first photography blog, Voyages Around My Camera:
Making the pages of a national magazine like PhotoLife is always appreciated, but what happens if they use your photo without proper credit being applied?
Recently PhotoLife magazine used one of my images for the article ”5 Spectacular National Parks”. However, in print, the images were indistinctly credited, so the unwary reader may have assumed they were made by the article’s author instead of the actual work of the individual photographer involved. I complained, and PhotoLife listened. They apologized and published the names and websites of the contributing photographers online. Don Martel (donmartel.com), who made the cover image; Terry McDonald (luxborealis.com); Parks Canada (www.pc.gc.ca); and, of course, myself, have now received the credit they deserve. Thank you.
Protect your rights as a photographer: make sure you are heard, and amends will usually be made.