Thursday, June 16, 2005

Journey: Blue and White

Blue and White

The corner of the smallest room in the railway station. ;-)

I have deliberately severely under exposed it (using manual settings) and then used my raw converter to put the exposure back to nearly where it should be to create this form of noise.

The attempt was to create a feel of a snatched shot with a cheap concealed camera.

Just playing really.

I love minimalist shots and blocks of colour - the way this creates an optical illusion intrigues me - is this corner inward or outward facing?

19 Comments:

Blogger Metallyptica said...

Oh gosh... that optical illusion i great!! ;)

16/6/05 10:01  
Blogger F. Vissault said...

Good minimalist Ian! Corners are very good subjects.
For me it's a corner inward. Is it true?

16/6/05 10:48  
Blogger ChickyBabe said...

I was about to say it looked like an optical illusion then I read the paragraph. Clever indeed!

16/6/05 12:07  
Blogger Kamakshi said...

wow .. ur right abt the optical illusion! but i guess it faces outwards. is this a bathroom shot? inspired by lara eh? :)

16/6/05 12:12  
Blogger Judy Birmingham (Seeing Anew Blog) said...

I see Lara's influence (the lines!) here, and a playful perspective (the optical illusion), but the deliberate use of noise has given this a lovely texture which I often find in your photos. I wonder if your technique would work with a winter farm scene -- to put snow in the air??

16/6/05 12:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Except from the fact that this is quite an interesting pattern and color (+ use of noise)I find it quite amazing that you go into the smallest room of a railway station to take pictures of the tiles... And I need to acknowledge the fact that you did some very interesting finds. Nice colorful pictures. Indeed Lara's blog is a bit similar.

16/6/05 13:19  
Blogger jane said...

Very illusory! I love the minimalism of this this, nice shot.

16/6/05 13:34  
Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel said...

I say it's in inward corner, as you said that it is "the corner of the smallest room," and room corners go in. I could be wrong, though! :)

You know, it actually looks like a hand-drawn piece with color pencils. Fantastic technique! I may be "borrowing" from you as I'm learning all the things I can do with my digital camera! If you don't mind, that is. ;)

16/6/05 14:04  
Blogger Potpourri said...

Oh my god, Ian..you are a genius. I have many more things to learn from you and others out here..
great shot.
you know what I see, the part where the ceiling is totally white looks infinitely high

16/6/05 14:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phew! Thankfully no one was there then, er, doing their business! ;-)

16/6/05 15:01  
Blogger Ezequiel Mesquita said...

Well achieved results with the noise. A very appealing image. You have a good eye for abstracts compositions!

16/6/05 18:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great pattern....you did a good job to bring the color and brightness....blue is my favorite color too.

16/6/05 18:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be still, my heart! All that lovely blue tile! :)

16/6/05 19:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea to create this style of photo! I love it when experiments come out great.

16/6/05 19:39  
Blogger Rock Kauser said...

Okay, maybe Bren was right! ;)

Like the technique for creating noise. I use 1600 and turn off noise reduction. But sometimes ISO 1600 is to much when you want limited DOF or to portray motion: and I hate having to lug around ND filters. I'll have to try your method.

Rock

16/6/05 22:00  
Blogger Srikanth said...

nice patterns, great find, quite ingenious

16/6/05 22:58  
Blogger ian said...

Thank you all once more! It is indeed an inward corner i.e away from the viewer.

I suspect this may well have been influenced by Lara (though not deliberately) since I tiok it a couple of weeks ago shortly after I started blogging - I have made othr images like this before though. Still being influenced by Lara is an all round good thing i my view since she takes such wonderful images - I am not in her league with this type of image.

jen - you can steal any technique you like - I and others only got most of it by listeming/watching others and then applying it in our own way - nothing new under the sun.

potpourri - I am flattered (naturally) but the word genius has no real meaning - I have been called that before, but it was not true then either.

Hi Bren :-)

Rock - there are quite a lot of ways of creating noise if you think about it - I have played with a lot of them and some noise is better than others :-) In fact it is often easier to create noise when you do not want to than in a controlled way when you do!!

17/6/05 12:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ian! Didn't know what you guys were talking about as far as noise - noise is something you hear not see!

Why not just use a cheap camera instead of simulating a cheap camera?

17/6/05 20:26  
Blogger ian said...

Hello Bren!

Never mind about noise, I suspect that Rock and I are doing that man thing of pretending we know what we are talking about and neither of us wnating to admit we do not :-)

You are right about what it is called though - it should be called snow or sand or grit or something - it is another piece of jargon to make us all sound good.


I guess I did this because I own an expensive camera :-)

Really, I just like to play to see what I can get to happen - it is fun.

I am surprised and flattered that people seem to like it so much.

Rock's stuff is superb (don't tell him) I loved the two light drawings he put up today.

17/6/05 20:53  

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