I was sitting on my bed trying to find some inspiration to create something, scribbling down not so great poetry and enjoying the silence. Then it hit me…A very bright ray of sunlight found its way between the closed window shutters. I have not taken a self-portrait for a very long time. I used to enjoy experimenting with all my crazy ideas on myself, i guess somewhere along the way i stopped finding my face inspiring…Well, that little ray of light made me think that maybe it was worth it to at least try and take a photo and see what happens…
I placed my camera on the tripod, used a manual lens, the Helios 44M (f/2.0 58mm), i had to move back and forward trying to focus myself from the little i saw on the screen of my Canon 60D. It took many tries to get it right but i’m quite pleased with the result…You better like it cause i almost got blind trying to take it! 😛 Hehe, all comments are welcome of course 🙂
Did i ever tell you? I love reflections! Yesterday i went for fishing with my dad and next to the sea there was this little puddle of water surrounded by reeds. I noticed the reflections and next thing i know i stayed there and took photos for like an hour. I even saw two little ducks and another weird bird.
I chose to turn these photos into black and white because the colors were really gray anyway as the sky was really cloudy. Also i think it really adds to the whole atmosphere. For the black and white editing i used Silver Efex Pro. All the elements are purely reflections no actual reed was photographed.
“…And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor shall be lifted…nevermore!” ~ Edgar Allan Poe
I felt the need to expand my style…so i started using my old camera with some old lenses…not caring if everything is perfectly exposed or focused…Just walking around shooting stuff…letting feelings come to surface…For this one i used my Canon 450D + Tokina SD 70-210mm and some editing in photoshop adding the textured layers.
Another Banded Argiope spider that i found laying around at some blackberry bushes next to my house. This photo was taken at sundown so i used a ring flash to illuminate the spider. Again i used the trick of placing a black piece of paper behind the spider to cut out the annoying background and make the spider web more visible.
Canon 60D, Sigma AF 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC macro HSM, Shutter speed: 1/200s, Aperture: f/8, Iso: 640
It’s still windy here. Hence the shutter speed and the not so great depth of field. The spider it self doesn’t move if not poked, so i could have used a slower shutter speed and an aperture of f22+ to maybe get the web focused too. This is the last of the 6 spiders i had located around my house…and unfortunately i don’t think it will be here for much longer.
This photo was taken at the old magnesite mine in Gerakini, Greece. This place is virtually abandoned now. I’ll be making a feature post about this place too 🙂 It was a really interesting place to visit.
I shot it from a very low angle to make the horizon line disappear and make it look more like a sand dune planet. I decided to edit this photo in black and white because the colors were really monotonous anyway and b&w added a little more depth into the image.
The Salem Mansion, build in 1878, abandoned since 1978.
My love for this building is something that i cannot deny so i’ll be making a whole post dedicated to this beauty with a gallery of photos that i’ve taken over the years, everything i could find about her background and a poem just for her. Coming up this week! Stay tuned 🙂