Monday, September 27, 2010

Tilt-Shift Photography

 I came across tilt-shift photography this past spring. Of course, my initial reaction was that I was looking at model trains and toy cars when in fact shallow depth of field and a special lens were tricking my eye. Tilt-shift photographs are usually achieved with aerial shots or high vantage points and the focus is very specific. High contrast around the central subject and blurred edges produce an optical illusion. Cars, trains, and people from a distance are ideal subjects to photograph. You can get this effect with Photoshop as well but MUCH cooler when done with the tilt-shift lens.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Jeff Wall produced this photograph with exceptional talent. His accurate use of lighting in key areas create almost a silvering effect across the image. The image almost seems quiet due to the muted quality of the hues. 

The fireflies have emerged from their day slumber, leaving a trail of blinking lights. This photographer has used long shutter speed accompanied by a small aperture opening to gain maximum depth of field. 


Like pods holding the embryos of fairies, globes of soft light glow gently in what appears to be mist. The photographer, unknown, seems to have used a fog machine which they have backlit. Etherial and calm is the photographer's intent and is clearly seen.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Phoenix Down

Long exposure is one of the key ingredients to Dennis Calvert's work. Combined with creative and playful use of lasers, LEDs, and various gelled lights etherial sceneries map themselves out before us. As if she is fighting the Devil himself, his model fights "fire" with LEDs. She is more focused than the lasers writhing with uncontrolled anger. She should prevail.

Oslo Subway

Color contrast, movement, and reflection define this image taken by photographer Tyler Sparks. Although the people are frozen in time, the reflection casting back off the ceiling of the handrails provides a sense of fast movement. Golden light calls the eye straight down the escalator where the chariot awaits us.

Everything in photography lends itself to the power of light. Without light, photography would never have been established. Here photographer Dennis Calvert uses various forms of lights to create resounding effects. His striking silhouette anchors the photograph which performs mysteriously against his precise use of luminescence.