Why not add drama to ordinary landscape by going low + add split toning (warm-cold contrast)
Do you feel attracted to geometric lines and repetitions in your photography. Try to visit a parking garage. This one is new built and only few cars were parked at -2 level. Also the lights are only on where a car comes through, so light conditions changes all the time.
Location: “Quartier Bleu” in Hasselt – Belgium
I knew it exist but never had a close look at the “Xanthoria parietina“? So I took a small branch with this greenish moss on it at home. I took the 50mm f1.8 and the macro extension tubes to the maximum. Wow, the fantastic world of the micro cosmos showed me its secrets.
Na de regen, als de zware wolken nog voorbij komen, een laag standpunt (fototoestel op de grond als het kan). De kleine plassen zijn dan prachtige spiegels van de wolkenlucht. Locatie: “de wolverdel” gelegen tussen Halmaal en BevingenSpiegelingen in een plas — Sint-Truiden en omgeving
Never stop looking for the that special composition, even at ugly places there is beauty
Take a walk between the orchards where the blossoms are ready to emerge and the fields that are nicely plowed. I enjoyed the beauty and meanwhile I took pictures and searched for compositions. This series was made in my hometown which is known for its fruit growing and now has thousands of visitors to come and admire the blossoms.
The nifty-fifty aka 50mm f1.8 is the must have lens for low budget. At f8.0 it performs extremely good, however at f1.8 it can or shall be used as a creative lens.
With post processing you can create pictures “Worthy of hanging in an Art Gallery”. The series I made is from a rusty iron wire fence, used to cage sheep, dog or other small animals. The details at f1.8 become abstract images with extreme shallow DoF. The post processing is split tone (cold and warm tones), adding high contrast and vignetting.
Dare to pull the sliders in post-processing to the limits, contrast, S-curve to enhance pale colors. Dare to change the color temperature. Be careful because not all subjects survive it. I made this series of an artwork called “Labyrinth” at a cloudy day to avoid hard shaddows. It is a 4meter high maze of big steel plates welded together.
Give yourself a challenge to take a random object and make a series of creative pictures. My object were 3 screws which I found when grabbing in the used screws box (everybody has such a box!) So I took my 50mm f1.8 and the macro extension tubes. The light was the warm-hued fluorescent lamp above my desk and the cold blue outdoor light entering through the window. With the tripod I made various compositions using the live view mode.
A series of pictures to explain the process and light settings to make a crumpled paper abstract.
Backlight mixed = PC monitor with cold blue white, and Fluorecent warm white light
No front light!!! when making the picture.
Canon Nifty-Fifty 50mm, f1.8 MK-I, @f8.0 and exposure 4″
Macro extension tubes Meike 13+21+31 mm, Tripod,
Post-processing: S-curve, contrast, color temperature corrections