Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 2014 – Fractals

Wow do I have a lot of process to document here.
I was having such a hard time coming up with something for this month. I decided to save my awesome portrait idea for September (autumn light should be even better for shooting). So I was completely at a loss for what to shoot this month. Feeling completely uninspired I turned to an old standby for coming up with good ideas….Brainstorming!

My wife and my sister happened to be around so I recruited them and between the 3 of us we came up with a page full of strong visual images themes and ideas. It was actually pretty cool and may have inadvertently inspired some future photo shoots. Still lacking ideas and the time to execute any other plans I decided to try and do something I always said I wanted to do.

Admittedly this should be a photo series, but I have always said you don’t need more lenses you just need mirrors – different shapes sizes and curves and you can create pretty much any angle you need.
I also have a deep seated fascination with fractals. So I thought I would put the two together and try to make a fractal reflected in mirror.

I wanted bold colors so I decided I would try a high key shot (exposed to the right) using acrylic paints to create really bright vivid colors……..

As you can see from the picture above my first attempt turned out ok, but I really was shooting for somethign with an even stronger fractal. So the plan now is to get several more mirrors and using even larger painted surfaces try to capture multiple reflections in one shot.

Don’t stop at your first effort
Keep going and try to create something even more engaging.

If you care you can also check out my youtube video of a timelapse I shot on vacation. It’s short, so you won’t have to spend hours getting through it.

August 2014 – Uninspired or timid.

I have been sitting on a storyboard for almost a year now.  Having just returned from a refreshing vacation I haf thought inspiration would come a little more freely.  That doesn’t seem to be the case…at least not at the present moment.  I have absolutely no ideas for this months shoot.  Absolutely none except for the one I have had for a year. 

I am a little unwilling to shoot it.  First because I have such a clear idea of what I want it too look like that I am afraid my own expectations will ruin the creative process.  Secondly I lack the lense I really need to pull it off (a 24mm wide angle)  and lastly I have no idea who I can use for a model.

So the real question becomes is this something I am willing to try to do in the next 20 days. 

I think perhaps I am better off waiting for september. 

If you have any ideas for photos you are willing to share.  Please leave a comment.  I am always open to suggestions.  For now you will have yo pacify yourself with this shot from my vacation in yellowstone.