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June 2014 – Open Spaces

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Please click image above to view full size. I promise it’s worth it.

I had really thought June would be a snap.  All sorts of things were supposed to slow down and a pile of my non work commitments ended.  However june is full of fun things, like birthdays and fathers day and rain and yard-work and on and on…
I can’t say I have been uninspired but lacking the time to properly plan a shoot I have not managed to sit and post anything this month. 
Granted I have shot some photos (see above)

I still wanted to share this months theme…open spaces.

Last year I had set out to shoot a panorama a week, I admit I had a lot of fun with it, but I did eventually peter out. I love large format panos and landscapes, so this month I plan to setup and shoot a beautiful prairie scene with open skies.

I’m a prairie boy what can I say. 

Yes I do know it’s the 23rd already….that’s still 7 days to plan shoot and edit one epic panorama.

I have included a tone mapped pano example below. Let me know what you think. Personally I feel like it’s too much, as with most tone mapping I think it just goes too far. Your comments are always welcome.

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April 2014 – On location

I have done tons of travel photography but this months image will be a bit of a challenge.   Scout a location plan a time to setup and shoot and take a picture that is publication worthy in 1 week.  The idea is not to just grab a good image in the moment – although I’m definitely going to- but to actually plan every aspect of the shoot.
I am heading to a conference in ny for the first week of April.  This gives me the opportunity to shoot one of the most famous cities of recent history.   I think it will be an editorial and experiential challenge but im up for it.  I’ll keep you posted.

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March 2014 – Motion

March 2014 - Motion

March 2014 photo project. Motion.

January 2014 photo project – Planning

It took almost a full week to decide on an idea for this months shot  O_o .  I have to admit the temptation to say “forget it” and just go out and shoot whatever I feel like is strong.  I won’t say I won’t do that at all this year, but these monthly shots are an exercise in the craft of conceiving and executing unique shots that capture and communicate ideas through a single photo.  So I persist, if only for my own benefit…

This months theme: Light and Shadow

This concept was not born in a photographic technique and the idea is not to simply create a shot that includes lights and shadow (most good photos do), but to actually take the tension of good and evil and the story darkness verses light that has been told and retold as part of Christian heritage and somehow in a single image capture that conflict.

I chose this month to play with projection, both the projection of light and the projection of a silhouette (shadow).  I will not simply include a silhouette figure in the image, but actually use methods of projection to show simultaneously a snake like shadow and a cross like beam of light.

I am torn on a main subject.  A heart?  A self portrait?  A Bible?  I want a subject that isn’t a massive cliche.  I have enough classic imagery planned for this shot already.  As a result of this lack of decision on a subject I came up with a crude storyboard featuring only those two elements (I said it was crude and I mean it, you probably couldn’t even tell it was a snake, and for that reason I won’t show it here.  Fortunately for me I’m a better visualizer and photographer than I am a sketch artist.)

My basic lighting plan consists of a background horizontal plane lit by a flash behind a sheet of cardboard with a cross shape cut into it, the cross proportionally smaller at the top so the the projected image will look proportionally even in the light source.

The second light will be a weaker direction light which will provide the main fill light and will most likely be a medium source light like a window.

The shadow element will be a projection from a softbox through a narrow opening to give more directionality for the projection and a simple black stencil on cellophane will serve to create the image of the snake (The images I have contracted to my wife to draw for me.  She is a crazy good artist and it gives me an excuse to involve her in the project.)

This post is getting to long and lacks the visual luster of my typical work, so I’ll end here, but take a moment to look at my gallery page.  You won’t regret it and it will give your brain a chance to focus on visual aspects and less on the language center, if that’s even a thing (I’m apologetically not a neuroscietist,  maybe when I’m older…)

-Ed

Welcome to Landshot Photography

I will be using this blog to document my 2014 photography project.
The idea is to improve my photography workflow and share the progress with others.  You can follow along here and/or on twitter @Edforthought

I will be posting the planning process my story boards the setup of the photo and the post processing. 

I hope this can be an interactive process.  I also hope you learn something about photography as well.

Thanks
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