Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lighten Up, Phototrain!

Click on the image to find out why I'm wearing shaving cream.

Set-Up For Colour Splash

Here's the set-up for Color Splash.

Put your glasses on before you click on the image .... I go on and on and on in this one! Lol!

Go ahead-be brave ... click on it!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Point Of View

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Colour Splash

Playing with colour. Click on the image to check out the details and the set-up shot.

Sharp Colours

Last night's result. This was the one I chose out of about 80 shots. Click on the image to see the details.

Orange On Orange

Straight Out Of Camera. Click on the image, if you would like to see more.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Glass Is More Than Half-Full

This was really delicious!
Click on the image for the details!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Purple Glass #2

SOOC, slight crop. Click on the image to go you know where.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Rouge Rose

Rouge Rose
Originally uploaded by Phototrain Photography
Doing different things, playing with colours. Click on the image to see more.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Inside, Outside #1

Another little experiment. Click on the image to get the details.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Chinese Vase

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

God Bless Haiti

Haiti needs our help. On CBC Radio 1, a Haitian spokesperson advises that if we wish to help, we should donate to the Red Cross. Haitians and Canadians have already been found deceased. I'm sure most nations of the world, will be sadly represented by the dead in Haiti.

It is at times like this that I pray for goodness.
We are so fortunate to be in a position to help.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Lampshade Light

If I open the eye in my mind, there is always a photo, always a story. A photo is a story, or a part of a story. We hear of people in our lives, that are incredible visual artists despite the fact that they, may be sight impaired.

As a child, I found it difficult to understand how Helen Keller accomplished the things she did. I have come to believe that Helen Keller was capable of vision in her mind. I am speculating that this mental vision in our minds is shared by all humans. Despite that some of us have limited faculties, regarding sight, hearing and so on, I think that people like Helen Keller, in their 'mind's eye' can see and hear.
I believe that this 'mind's eye' is the creative human attribute, that makes us unique on the planet.
I am guessing that this is the human trait that produces incredible inventions, art or good. I believe that it is also the attribute, that when used to evil goals, enables us to wage destruction on a horrific scale.

Coupled with this mental ability, is our physical ability to create and use tools. Applying our imaginations to the practical tools we possess, makes the process of creating even more acheivable.

I believe that as children we are educated and trained to learn the basics. We are regimentalised to 'think inside the box'. I think that is necessary in order to learn how to read and write, and learn many of the skills that we need to possess, in order to succeed in our lives.
I also think we need to impress upon our students, our young, the importance of learning to 'think outside the box'.

I am speculating that the ability to think outside the box, is the mental ability, that allows people such as Helen Keller, to achieve in the manner she did. I am saying that in spite of the amazingly talented teachers she had, if Helen herself had lacked the 'mind's eye' in her mind, that her success would have been limited or lacking.

So how does all this relate to this image? This image is a totally outside the box image. It is an experiment. I had absolutely no idea when I adjusted all the settings in the camera to the extremes that I did, that it would be a viable image whatsoever.

That is why to me, this is a good image. It is a good experiment.
A lot of the things we do in the pursuit of photography, are things that cause us to experiment. Exercises that, in their execution, that is in the 'doing', we experiment. We learn in an unconscious or subtle manner, to stumble upon, or learn to 'think outside the box'.

That is the value of photography projects like 100 Strangers, or 365 Days. Those projects require us to step out of our comfort zone.

That is the reason why I like what 'Lampshade Light' exemplifies. It is not important to me just because I took the photo. It is important, because of the lesson learned, when you do something that you hadn't been taught or told to do.
The other nice thing about this image, is that it is okay to look at. Some experiments that I learn a lot from, don't come out looking good at all.

For my part, the 100 Strangers Group Project is at Stranger #34 or 35. I'll get my 100 Strangers done before I start the 365 Days Project. I already have learned a number of techniques from Dustin Diaz' 365 Days Project, which he just completed yesterday. Coupled with the techniques that I am learning from my own Night Crawl Set, my personal project, and the 100 Strangers that I became invloved in last August, I will be in good shape to start the 365 Days Group, sometime this year. Starting is admirable, but finishing is the goal. The old tortoise and hare fable is apropos here, I think.

Happy New Year, welcome to your life in the year 2010!


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