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Painting with Digital Light #inspiration

16 Nov

I am sitting here, planning to do this post, but I know if I let it go, I may not be able to do this post any time soon. So I just have to do it.

I stumbled on some of the most epic digital painting by a French artist that I have just got to share. He goes by his name, (I think studio name ) Live Rasoloarison is a malagasy freelance graphic artist who lives in Paris. He is specialized in illustration, graphic design, photo retouching and digital photography. ( from his ‘about me’)

Any who, without further ado,…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

more sooner..maybe tonite. BE INSPIRED!!!!!

Amazing Retro/Vintage Light Streak Photos of Christopher Kilkus

26 Aug

About a year ago, I did not like Fashion photography that much. Matter of fact, I always felt like it was really boring to shoot people. You see, I am that person who loves nature and all that encompasses it. Well, I have to admit that regardless, I still valued fashion photography and how in essence, it is a very powerful medium of expression. There is a certain technique in photography that I really find beautiful, and that is the Retro/Vintage style in post processing. If I do get the time, which I’m hoping I will, (btw, today is my all I want to do is blog day) I will post various other photographers who have done this technique and made it look so awesome.

Christopher Kilkus is a professional photographer whose works speaks of themselves. He discovered his passion for fashion and photography very early in life. He is originally from San Francisco. Christopher has successfully created himself as a household name in fashion photography, branding forever 21 and Heritage 1981 (now you kinda get the Retro vibe right)

He has worked with a solid cliantelle list  such as BCBG Max Azria, Herve Leger, Forever 21, Macy’s, GAP, Banana Republic, Wet Seal, Fox Girls, Billabong, Sony Music, Island Def Jam, Interscope Records, Vogue Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Interview Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Surface Magazine, Teen Magazine, & others.

Here’s some of his Amazing work.

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And now.. ( Drum rolls)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I am having trouble posting links on the videos at the moment,.. but will sure get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

The Krox magazine

25 Aug

I am one of those people that when I get so consumed by an idea, I will go ahead and do it, with a bid to be able to give it a shot.  I want to give a magazine a shot. Yes, a magazine.

So this is my idea. Like a weekly magazine. Maybe on the weekends. To design one, a digital format one, pdf, then available it free for download. I am also thinking of getting an account on the itunes store and post them as iBooks. It sounds sorta hard to pull off right? well worry not, because the initial plan is not to do a really big magazine. maybe 5 – 10 pages. Weekly.

I am shooting for a very intricate magazine design. I love design, I will not lie. Editorial designs have been what I have been into lately and I know that is one thing I want to explore now as I continue with a bid to expound my wings and fly away. The Krox, as it maybe called, well, incase I come up with a really cool and creative name, will be focusing majorly on photography. Just an extension of this blog.

It is not hard to pull off a magazine all by yourself. You know, the deesigning, the writing, the creative energies that go into a project and all, but I know that with time it will be able to kick off.

So, yeah, that is what I am thinking about at the moment. I will redo or update this post later on when I work on the specifics. It is going to be one of the most interesting projects, that I plan to undertake very soon, so, watch this space (cliche` much?)

The Krox.

Inspiration: Wedding Photography by Daniel Griffiths

23 Aug

Daniel Griffiths is an Australian based photographer his style of Photography is deeply authentic and has a photo journalistic feel. It is no surprise, as he is a seasoned photo journalist.

I found his work on Youtube a little over a year ago. Over time, I have not been able to find his other work online, although he has a beautiful website and a blog. Visit his blog here. And Website Here.

Well I really do not have much to say, but, this is defintely a talented wedding photographer.

For some time now, I have wanted to do a research on wedding photography, so I went back, collecting inspiration and looking all over for photographers whom I feel inspire me much when it comes to photography. Here is one of them, the angles, composition and the editing of these photos is just superb. Not to mention the lighting and the location.

My hope is that you are able to grasp some inspiration from his work, as his work is truly something to marvel at. I wouldn’t be exactly able to define what his style is, but it is unique and beautiful. And that is what counts. I have heard a whole lot the discussion about wedding photography not being an art, and I disagree. It is, this work is proof that it is.

Check this out.

 

And well, here are videos from his Youtube Channel. Hope you watch them, enjoy, then get inspired.

1. the one I fell in love with totally.

2. A randomly beautiful one.

3. A later one with newer beautiful images.

 

Be inspired.

The Krox.

 

 

Diary Of a Photography Enthusiast. : Point Pleasant.

2 Aug

I did this post last week, and it might as well just be relevant for this week. so I thought, hey, why not post it, I mean, its my last weeks diary entry. The weekly diary post I usually do.

It is yet another week. And honestly, I did not think I would blog this week. I had exams in school piled up like crazy. As a matter of fact, this may be the first week in my life that I went offline for 4 days. No internet, no cell, just me. Have to say it really gave me time to prep for my school work and occasionally get lost in thought.

As always, I thought about photography over the week, a whole lot of it. The getting my first DSLR subject is really consuming me up. But then again, there’s the financial constraints thing on the budget that I have to work on. Apparently I had not saved too much for an expensive camera. But that one makes sense. But I got occasionally lost in thought of what I could be able to do with such. I’m totally amature and I want to pursue photography at the moment purposely as a Hobby, then probably make it a professional hobby. I have a rough sketch on my mind where I think I may be going. But that is as it is, guess we have to wait to see where it goes.

I have also been organizing minor personal projects. I have been doing some digital art stuff tutorials. Post processing techniques. This may be illegal, but been getting those photographers who do Before and After photos on their blogs and trying to post processing like them. For me, its learning. I ‘ll never use their work anywhere else. Now since that is other people’s work, I will not post any of that on this blog or anywhere else. But you can make a guess, if you know an amazing photographer who posts before and after on his blog, I ‘m trying to copy his post processing style. Though its tough, but hey,… A brother’s gotta try.

On the same post processing vibe, there’s this really awesome dude, who does post processing. His name is Thomas Egan. He inspires me too much and it’s only fair that I say here that I have tried for some weeks now to recreate a post processing technique he did, but all I hit were dead ends. I will learn this one time. I suggest that you check him out. He’s a designer, not a photographer. He post processes already available images… you know what, just check him out. You will be seriously impressed and wowed.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a before and after,…

 

 

I also did a post for the blog that I haven’t posted up yet. It was about David duChemin’s new book, Photographically speaking. In my opinion this is a powerful book that I have not read yet. Those who know me, know I’m a huge David Student. I support his notion of Vision being the most important artistic asset compared to Gear. This new book talks about photographers getting able to speak about their photos. Being able to put what they see in words. Being able to talk about vision makes an artist more in a position to recreate, and create, and interpret. In a nut shell, I think that is what the book is about. Hoping to get it this weekend. If I do, will surely do a post on it.

Apart from all that, definitely I have kept myself inspired.  I will do a post. Actually the next two posts on my inspirations. Those that I have kept for the longest time. I also added some concepts to my big book of concepts. These are photographic concepts I create from imagination, along with composition, angles and all, that I hope to achieve one day. Actually, sooner rather than later. The images span, from fashion to surreal. Just things I like.

Do What You LOVE.

21 Jul

Ever wanted something so bad that you would give anything up for? Ever had a serious craving for something that you have not at the moment. Have you ever had such a burning passion for something that you wanted to do, get or whatever?.  That is how I usually feel at times.

 

 

 

I have read, watched, and listened to some people in this world who have really challenged me. In dimensions I can’t even explain here. In High school, I started reading the Rich Dad series, those books opened up my mind to think excellence, to think independence, to think freedom. There is no reason to live a boring stressful life, while a happier one is at your disposal, only if you want to go get it. The other day I watched a Gary Veynerchuk video that was done back in 2008 about doing what you Love. I really really felt challenged.

There is no reason whatsoever, in this age, in this time, to do what you hate. Or, to do what you do not love. He talked about Passion and Patience and how it plays a big role to anyone’s life. Anyone who wants to go get what they want. In that regard, he was talking about social media, ( it was a web 2.0 conference kind of thing) and how the internet is a powerful tool in sharpening someone into what they want to become. Which also reminds me of a book I read about Creating yourself as a brand, of which I forget the Author’s name.

You see, there are dozens of unexploited opportunities in whatever thing you are interested in. You just have to give it your all. Regardless of what you do, or where you are. People come up with excuses of why they can’t do something they love because of laziness. If you really want it, really really want it, you are not going to be lazy. What? You got a 9-5 job, you are in school, in a new relationship? That takes up most of you day, you have from 7 in the evening to 2 in the morning to do some extreme damage. To create, to build, to do what you love.

Time should not be an excuse for us living a boring life and not doing what we love. 24 hours is A LOT of time in a day. Heck, Donald Trump, the Billionaire sleeps like 4 or something hours a day. The rest of his time he dedicates it to work. Serious meaningful work that pays off. Definitely there is time for rest and play but an extra effort is an added muscle to the passion. The drive. One has to work hard to acquire what they want. To

Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. I LOVE photography. I am really passionate about the art of image making. I also really love anything that is creative. That doesn’t mean I can only become a photographer. I mean, I would love to become a photographer one day, but that is not all that one can achieve with this art. It is possible to be a writer about something specific, like HDR photography for example. Trey Ratcliff has made himself a brand name in that category. There are magazines, there are video blog opportunities that can give rise to money. Look at Jared Polin’s you tube page for example, or that dude Kai who does a review of any camera and sells cameras in their website. Look at gadget makers. From Tripods to Bags and all. All aiding to the enhancement of photography. But I can never get anywhere if I sit around and lazy around, people are working hard to get it. I need to work extra hard, do something, however hard or difficult the goal may seem. Today I read this quote-  “Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.” Liz Smith

Point is, if you love it, you will work hard to get a niche, and equally hard to exploit it, thus, the issue of patience. People grow. No baby walks the first time. Everyone has to  crawl and learn small steps first. What is different however, is the speed at which you learn, change and adapt. You see, we are living in a world where information Doubles every 18 months – Moores law. That means everything you knew about Apature and Shutter speeds would have doubled up in that time. Just how irrelevant are you willing to stay?

Another insanely important thing that people must realize when doing what they love, is that they can create businesses out of it. That is the reason I went to business school and I take my art seriously on the side. I f you can be aggressive enough, you can be in a position to create a lot of money in time. The main point still is to give it your all. Work yourself out of the Job you hate. Get into what you love. It’s your life anyway and you decide how you want it to go.

Life is too short to do what you hate. Life is too short to chase other people’s dreams. Life is too short to want to do it like how someone else did. Its time to get down to the HUSTLE. Gary said that is the most important word ever invented. HUSTLE. Sacrificing your time for the greater good of your own life. If you keep pushing it to tomorrow, you will probably never do it or go anywhere with it. Dare to live your dream. Dare to do what you LOVE.

I took the dare. Lets see just how far it can get me.

Here is the video I was talking about By Gary. Powerful.

 

Beautiful photography in Music Video : Alaine- You are me.

21 Jul

If there is one thing that really makes me say ‘YUM’ to a photograph, then it has to be lighting. (and composition, but lets stick to lighting)

In a nut shell, this video is beautiful in a manner that lighting is used in a very beautiful way. The video is shot along the beach, and the photographers, (video?) were able to light well in times of Hard Light, Soft light and Reflected light.

Let me explain a little bit on that lighting part. There are 4 MAIN types of Light. 1) Hard Light, 2) Soft light, 3) Transmitted Light and 4) Reflected light. Hard light is when the light is coming from a small sharp source, for example the Sun, and it produces images with Sharp Shadows. Soft light is when light comes through a large dispensed source, say the sunlight on a cloudy day, or something that functions like that. Transmitted light, is when you are able to identify the light source, and you can see the light source in the vicinity, whereas Reflected light, as you guessed it, is light that has been reflected. Its not a must to see the source, but you can see light shiny off a reflective surface, say, an ocean sunrise with beautiful reflected light. ( see my Malindi sunrise Gallery here, here, here and here)

Good use of lighting is important. We see that not only Natural light was used in this video, but also artificial light. Which artificial lighting technique, I do not know, but I can tell you they used continous lighting (ha! Hows that for an answer!!) The blending of artificial light and natural light gives such a beautiful result. Lighting the subject evenly and at the same time, accentuating the environment.

I would say this video is really awesome and simple. Simplicity in its essence is actually greatness. Wonderful video, wonderful shots.

Check out the snapshots from the video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the beautiful video.

 

The Creative Fuse of Digital Art with Photography by Michelle Monique

21 Jul

For some time now, I have been doing research about fusing digital art and photography. In a world with millions of stories to be told, not all of them will be classically told as the way  the normal eye sees them. This revolution has already taken in print literature, with fiction, in movies in fantasies and other fiction genre. We see this in works like Harry Porter, Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, just to name a few.  Very few photographers have told their fictional stories as they see them in their minds. While conceptual photography exists, normally, it does not exist to the level that Michelle Monique has done so.  With the advent of digital photography that grows each and every day, more artists are given a platform to transform their imaginations into their photography.

What I wanted to find out is how many photographers have gone a mile longer, taking their imagination out of this world, not only thinking outside the box, but thinking the box inside out. I stumbled upon some awesome people who have tried this, but who stood out for me most was Michelle.

In her website, she describes herself not only as a photographer, but as someone who creates, more of a painter. She comes up with these crazy out of this world concepts, shoots, then digitally, transforms the images into something the world has not seen. Here is one photographer that I would love to interview one day just to really understand what fuels her creative juices, and why she has decided to take this form of photography in the industry.

I am inspired so much by her work, and would love to see this trend continued in one way or another. Encouraging photographers to give a shot at recreating what is essentially fictional and unrealistic to their photography. I know I am one of the people who  would love to see this happen. It really spices up the message of vision that every artist should have. Vision is more important than anything else.

Here are samples of her vision. Please visit her website HERE to view the rest of the images. It should also be noted that these images are the creative works of Michelle Monique and not me. All credit should be given to her. I only posted it for purposes of inspiration and critique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiring Digital Photography works of Laura Ferreira

21 Jul

Digital photography is really awesome. What in my opinion makes it so cool, is the ability to tell our stories. To let our wildest imagination out and express it through digital media. Over time, conceptual photography has grown. I had set out to do a research on conceptual photography but haven’t reached far with the agenda. In a nut shell, over the years, photographers have created situations (concepts) which they found cool and expressed it in a medium. The medium was photography. As time moved, they found a way to sharpen their vision and expression using digital means. Initially, concepts could only be created up to the level where the reality was. It was almost impossible to go beyond and delve into the imaginary part /fantasy part of photography. Digital photography has opened doors for a revolution of the norm. given rise to the dawn of  endless possibilities in photography and also in video.

There are many people who value traditional photography with bias to digitally enhanced photographs. It may not be a bad thing,  although we have to appreciate the whole aspect of  photography. Photography is an art and a craft, and in every art and craft, the artist may create or interpret. I see many young photographers with a creative mind and passion for expression using this medium.

Any way, among the people who have really inspired me lately is Laura Ferreira. Check out her Work HERE.  She is a Trinidad and Tobago photographer who loves ‘fashionography’- Fashion Photography. Her approach to her photography is really awesome, with beautiful tones, composition, lighting and Post processing. Her work always makes me want to go out and shoot. She  has specialized in fashion, Surrealism and Portraiture. Seeing how her creativity shines through her photographs is something very inspirational. You can check out the rest of her beautiful art on Deviant Art .

I feel like people should start embracing digital photography a bit more, not only focusing on traditional rules.  This should inspire you to try out Fantasy photography once in a while.

Here is some of her work.

 

I had terribly incorrectly spelled  her name, so I had to do this update here. and also maybe add an image or two.

 

 

 

Beautiful Photography in Music Video: Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts.

6 Jul

I tend to draw inspiration from everywhere and from everything that surround me. I draw up inspiration from videos, life, pictures, and almost any form of art.

There are a few things in a photograph that usually jump out of the photo and smack my face. Those are, Lighting, Composition and the Emotional significance if any. In many ways, photographers use light and composition to bring out the emotion desired in the photo. Also, a good post processing technique that brings out a good balance of color is essential.

This Video, Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri (@christinaperri ), has done just that for me. Its one of the many videos I’ve watched and gone like, ‘wow, that is something’. I am going to try to give you a review of it, and why I think it is such a

powerfully artistic video.

LIGHTING

The lighting is even and beautiful. Being lit from different perspectives for different frames. There is lighting from the back, silhouetted by fog, from a fog machine, from the front for portraiture like shots, and also from different side angles, lighting different subjects beautifully. Its obvious that this lighting was done by someone who has good knowledge of what he does. I like evenly distributed light on an open subject/field since it mostly ends up giving more detail of the subject/field. At times though, lighting a subject is more artistically beautiful when light seems to be lighting only a certain place, and the rest left in a shadow. Both these techniques are used beautifully in this video.

 

 

 

COMPOSITION.

I would like to talk about different types of composition, but there is one particularly that made me fall in love with this video. I’m not a pro when it comes to things like these, but being an enthusiast, there are things that I think usually work in a photo.

I love how a certain type of balance comes when a subject is put against open space. To me that is a powerful type of composition as it comes up as fusing a balance between something and nothing (for lack of a better term). Its like the open space in the photograph counter the subject in it. It is like making a space/field communicate.

This technique of composition is used heavily in this video. And does a good work in adding the aesthetic beauty of art in art.

 

 

 

 

POST PROCESSING.

What is the beauty of Digital photography? Digital control of your photos. Being able to tweak and edit photo. Full control of lighting, exposure, saturation, colors, balance and almost anything else in the photograph.

I love the post processing of this video. It goes a long way in bringing out the desired emotional output in the video. The video has a goth-emo-ish kind of feel in it, with lower saturation of colors, high exposure and saturated blacks. This effect blends in almost perfectly with the fog in the background. Although I have a feeling it was shot in high exposure and not post processed.

The video is also made with the wide screen cinematic effect, which adds a lot of aesthetic value to the video.

 

 

 

 

As you have seen, a video is just many photographs put together, and such beautiful photography deserves to be congratulated and talked about. I tried to do some back ground work to the guys who shot the video but I have still not got through. If you do find them, please leave in the comments section so that I can update and edit it with the relevant info. I have however credited Atlantic Records and Christina Perri for this work of Art.

 

Any way, after all that, you should at least enjoy the video. Here it is

 

The Krox.