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White Gladiolus - 120 Film



Tissue paper popcorn. I used a minimalist approach using light & shadow to convey the delicate beauty of the petals. Shop website link for framed & unfr...
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Tissue paper popcorn. I used a minimalist approach using light & shadow to convey the delicate beauty of the petals. Shop website link for framed & unframed prints, wall art, canvas prints, metal prints & more.
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Spring 21 Award
Contest Finalist in My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol12
Contest Finalist in Monthly Pro Photo Contest Volume19
Winner in Objects in one or two colors Photo Challenge
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charterswilliamosborne PRO+
 
charterswilliamosborne December 22, 2020
Congratulations on winning the Challenge.
deekaycee Premium
 
deekaycee December 22, 2020
What an elegant capture! Congratulation on your challenge win.
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden December 22, 2020
Congratulations on your Challenge Win!
terrymccollum PRO+
 
terrymccollum December 22, 2020
Congratulations on your Challenge win!
GerCooper PRO+
 
GerCooper December 22, 2020
Congratulations on your win. Lovely photo!
Katnott PRO+
 
Katnott December 23, 2020
Beautiful photo!!
I love the simplicity in this shot and the soft subtle tones and muted color awesome photo and a well deserved first place!! 😁
margaretgodfrey PRO
 
margaretgodfrey December 23, 2020
lovely shot, congrats on winning challenge 😊
leecheehoong
 
leecheehoong Jan 31
Beautiful light
DAsEye PRO
 
DAsEye Feb 02
Great shot
josephzmuda Platinum
 
josephzmuda Feb 04
beautiful work & gallery.
OBRonTyan PRO
 
OBRonTyan Mar 05
Superb! Well Done!
monikasigrist PRO+
 
monikasigrist Mar 05
Sublime
aliciacole
 
aliciacole Apr 08
Love this photo. Perfect still life type photo. Very Minimalist feeling!

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photograph in my in-home studio. Studio work is somewhat new to me & this is an example of that creative work. When my photography crosses between minimalism & abstraction I get excited & happy.
Time
This photograph was taken some time in the afternoon on a Saturday in early 2020. I had the idea for the photograph the week before - the image slowly developing in my head while I worked on other projects.
Lighting
My approach to the lighting was about austere balance & minimalism. I wanted the textured pedals & the green in the leaves to be subtle details of interest & emotion for the viewer. I wanted shadow & light to cross-balance the image, suggesting ying & yang, opposite or opposing forces creating a complementary image for the viewer. I use a note book to sketch idea out before taking the photo. I also use my camera phone to take test shots so I can review my lighting before I shoot a roll of film.
Equipment
Bronica S2 with Kodak Portra 160, 120 colour film. 2 Godox AD600 Pro Strobes, with 120 softboxes, 3 PocketWizard PlusX, tape measure, calculator for exposure & notebook & pen.
Inspiration
I have always wanted to try my hand at taking creative fine art sill life photography & this photograph is part of that experience. I am drawn to minimalism & abstraction so I wanted to create something that moved away from a more 'classical' still life approach. I am tremendously inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe's photography, including his still life work, so I channeled some of that inspiration into this medium format film photograph.
Editing
The negatives were developed in Ottawa, Ontario at a photolab - before I was developing colour in studio - I scanned the negatives in studio & developed them in using only 'traditional' developing techniques in lightroom that include exposure adjustments, dodging & burning as well as adding a bit of depth & clarity to the negative scan.
In my camera bag
If I am photographing digitally, my bag has a Canon 1DX MK II with a Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art Lens, a 24-700mm f4 macro lens plus a 70-200mm f4 telephoto & a 50mm 1.8 lens. If I am photographing on film, my bag has a Broncia S2 medium format film camera with a 75mm, a 135mm & a 50mm lens & a Canon FTB 35mm camera with a 50mm f1.8 & 28mm f2.8 lens.
Feedback
Let you mind see the photograph before you take it. Plan it, map it out. Use a notebook & draw sketches. Use your camera photo to take test shots to review your lighting. Be intentional in your decisions.

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