As i’ve recently bought the Lensbaby fisheye lens, a few examples of which can be seen in my last post here, i decided i should try a few nudes as well.
Perching the camera on a Gorillapod, i tried a few simple poses to see how the extreme distortion worked with the body. As the camera was kept in the same position for several shots at a time, i thought it might be worth trying a few poses that could later be layered together to make multiple exposures. Here are three examples.
The first image, made up of four photos, just manages to be Facebook friendly. When i posted it on there my friend Pixi said it looked “Almost Spectral” and so that gave me the title of this blog.
The next two images are made up of two photos each. It’s quite obvious that the foremost figure in one becomes the background figure in the second. I quite like the way they work together.
Posted in Fisheye Photography, Monochrome, Nudes
Tagged art nude, art nude photography, black and white, circular fisheye, decay, derelict building, dereliction, fisheye photography, full frontal nudity, graffiti, Lensbaby, Lensbaby fisheye, male nude photography, male nudity, monochrome, monochrome photography, multiple exposure, Naked UrbEx, nude, nudity, photography, self portrait, selfie, UrbEx
The other day i posted that i’d just bought the Lensbaby circular fisheye. Well a couple of days ago i went out for a bit of a play with it. I decided to head to an abandoned farm i’ve visited a few times as i know the place reasonably well. Something i’ve already realised is that i’m going to have to think about composition differently.
How does something curve around the frame?
Is something to to look too distorted?
What, if anything, needs to be in the foreground?
These are just a few of things to think about. It’s not really any different to any photography, but the way the lens works does make you look in a new way when you’re not used to it.
In many ways this is how i’d frame it normally, but here it has to ft the circle.
I like the way the walls curve around the door, then the curves in the door itself. This is quite different to how it would normally work.
I’ve photographed this window a few times and never really been pleased with them. This just seems to work a bit beter withing the circle for some reason.
This is another one where i’ve never really felt happy with previous photos. In this one everything just seems to fit better in the frame.
It’s amazing how much you can get in with this lens…
Posted in Fisheye Photography, Urban Decay
Tagged abandoned, abandoned buildings, abandoned farm, circular fisheye, decay, derelict, dereliction, farm, farmhouse, fisheye, fisheye photography, Lensbaby, photography, see in a new way, urban exploration, UrbEx
I have a new toy to play with!
Posted in Outdoors
Tagged countryside, countryside walk, Derbyshire, Higga Tor, outdoors, Peak District, Peak District National Park, photography, snow, Stanage Edge, UK, walk, winter, winter sun, winter walk
When out and about doing a bit of Urban Exploration you should always make sure you wear appropriate clothing…
Posted in Ideas, Urban Decay
Tagged cross dressing, dark, drag, flash photography, funny, humour, man in drag, night, nighttime, photography, silly, tutu, urban exploration, UrbEx, wig
It’s a cold night, not many people about. With your scarf around your neck and hood up your protected from the cold of the night. You walk along the path above the sea front and plan to wander down to the sea and enjoy the clear winter sky along with the peace and quiet.
You see someone sitting on a bench, maybe out to enjoy the quiet and the clear night. You glance across as you pass. You say “Good evening!”
He replies in a soft voice with his head down “Yes it is, cold, but a lovely starry night.”
“It is indeed” you say as you carry on walking past.
As you keep walking you get that feeling, that one where you think someone is following you. You glance behind and see that guy is now walking at a distance behind you. You smile as you think to yourself that he must be cold after sitting there for a while.
You’re now at the steps down to the sea. The tide is mostly in but you want to go down anyway, it’ll get you away from the street lights so you sit and enjoy the night sky.
You walk down the steps to the sea. Something makes you glance back. He’s there!
In that quick glance and brief exchange you never noticed the knife casually held in his right hand…
As you looked back earlier you again failed to see the knife in his hand…
But now! In the silhouette the knife is clear.
In that first moment as he takes a step towards you, you’re trapped!
Posted in Ideas, Low Light, Monochrome
Tagged black and white, concept photography, fright, horror, light, low light photography, monochrome photography, nighttime, photography, shadow, sinister, street light
This photo was taken on the same night as my last post, which was looking towards Hythe. This is just a short distance to the west of Hythe on the south coast in Kent. The steps take you down to the beach but the tide had been in so i didn’t make it all the way down. The view is towards France across the English Channel, so yes, that’s light pollution and not the remains of a sunset.
This is a 30 second exposure and i lit the walls with a small torch. It also added some light to the sea which i think works nicely.
The line in the sky is from an aeroplane. I thought about removing it but i actually quite like it. Besides, it shows what’s in the sky and what we capture in photos.
December 15, 2014
Tagged English Channel, France, Kent, light painting, low light photography, nighttime, nighttime photography, photography, sea, UK, water