24 February 2014
Let me know which you prefer and why.
During my last post (click here) I discussed the evergreen quality of photography, and its current metamorphosis that allows non-traditional digital cameras and filmless devices to create images. This technology has turned the photograph into something recognizable as well as foreign-like. Even in the wake of ongoing innovation and invention, photographers are fearless, staying true to their own vision and developing or maintaining a personal style.
Over the last year those considerations changed the iPhoneography Challenge into the Phoneography Challenge. To make this weekly event more inclusive and sensitive to the reshaping of photography, it’s time to re-title the Challenge and dovetail more fully with the transitory technology-induced nature of this medium.
The convergence and divergence of the digitally-printed or uploaded image also has made for an impressive reign of technology. Still, photography has been unyielding as an art.
The new title should be able to accommodate and reflect the scores of photographers who are exploring these devices and techniques to create their photographs. Additionally, responses to my questions from the 03 February post included a desire to add (along with Smartphones) other devices such as iPods, iPads (plus other tablets) scanners, and various digital tools for photo capture and manipulation.
This challenge is a tribute to the new, which illuminates the SLR and DSLR as a tool for the creative process. Here are a few titles to consider. I welcome variations on them or other suggestions.
Here is the list in no particular order. PLEASE VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE. OR LET ME KNOW YOUR IDEAS about current trends that encourages greater latitude in photographic techniques and tools.
1. Mobileography Challenge, using Digital, Filmless Devices as Your Lens
2. Mobile Photography Challenge using Digital (non-SLR/DSLR), Filmless Devices
3. Mobile Photography Challenge using Non-SLR/DSLR Digital, Filmless Devices
4. Photography Challenge using Filmless, Non-Traditional Digital Devices
5. Mobileography Challenge, using Alternative Filmless, Non-Traditional Devices for Photography
6. Photography Challenge, Using Non-SLR Digital, Filmless Devices as Your Lens
My hope is that increasing inclusion in the challenge will broaden participation and readership. This transition from analog to digital has become part of the collective unconscious, and now mobile masters are becoming more and more part of the world of fine art.
Other reactions to the questions from the 03 February post focused on my inquiry about a virtual juried exhibition as well as introductions and interviews with well-know photographers that have bridged the new and old technology. Those who responded were enthusiastic about both ideas. Stay tuned for them to be developed within the next year and a half.
I have not embraced other social media besides WordPress. This forum to build interaction with other online photo communities was mentioned by a few participants. For the present, I will stick with WordPress, but certainly consider other social media engagement in the future. Comments anyone?
If you are sequestered for a period of time in your home, there will always be a subject to capture. Think about shooting still and moving objects that produce a likeness or abstraction of the object. For months I’ve been contemplating bubbles–that marvelous activity that indulge children’s fancy and laughter. Truly, all ages are intrigued by the seemingly magical surprise that they induce.
While thoughts of tiny and larger floating spheres continued to percolate, another notion was inspired by other photographers’ recent images. I wanted to explore the combination of oil and water, and the way the oil stays on the surface, creating bubble-like circular shapes. I took the minimalist approach for this initial plunge into a slice of food photography.
In the Lens section is the seven images that show a range of results. I choose these two ingredients for their yin/yang relationship. Each is a commonplace source for culinary cooking. Together they are seen entirely differently, especially up close.
Series One is the starting point. Bubbles provide a subject that has a seemingly never-ending potential–a potential that has me contemplating multiple photo shoots.
Oil and water are known for their aversion to each other, yet they blend into a team in the culinary world. Each of the seven images shows a miniature universe of the everyday and its brush with the mysteries of the unseen.
Tip of the Week: Here are some suggestions for photo shoots whose subjects are food. Think about the general photographic techniques that you use regularly, then add some extras. Food photography is a popular genre that has special elements to ponder. It calls for extra sensitivity to design and subject within the lens’ frame. But the subject can easily turn from freshly ripe to discolored by lights and time. Food photography calls for a tripod as well as the following: if possible, use natural lighting; still life is only as inviting as the single or numerous foods selected for the scene; consider temperature of the room and its effects; consider the intersection of form and function in your decision to make a still life; find an original approach to show the aesthetic qualities of the subject; be a purist; or, process the images in various apps to add appeal. Below are two examples of my images of garlic cloves. The first I used a black background and direct lighting. Then I processed it in PhotoStudio.
View other entries for this week’s challenge:
Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.
If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.
Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black and White
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).