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When Do you STOP?

11 Jan

Today I have been hit by a perfect, ‘when do you stop?’ scenario.

Mostly when in post processing, we usually aim for a specific look and touch to your photo. Well, at times that might not necessarily be the case, sometimes you may just be playing around waiting to see what really gives. In my today situation, I was looking to hit that  magenta/purplish I smile kind of backdrop color in “I smile” video by Kirk franklin. I know I have a long way to go.

Well, I almost hacked it, I think, But I did not, I kept going through these processes that I felt like they were pulling me back, and as I continued, I wasn’t just really feeling my outcome anymore. I decided to wing it anyway, and come with an interesting result regardless. That was not going to be such a hard task, I thought to myself. Believe me though, it was such hard work. Excruciatingly hard work (okay, I’m being dramatic)

The main reason however why I got what I got, is that I did not exactly fuse my vision with what I had at hand and thought carefully about what I was to do. Vision is key, and there is pre shoot vision, shooting-time vision and post process vision. Mine were kind of the same, that is why I got what I got.

So, when do you stop? You stop when you think you’ve achieved the closest thing to what you had in mind. It is very possible to keep going and going and never really hitting. When you get to that point when you feel like you should really stop because you are almost there, STOP. That is what I did today.

I plan to lean a process, a creative process over this period, and most likely share it with you guys in the near future. Here’s the video of what I was hoping to get, with a little more textured back drop. Hope to get it much better for a children’s home project I have in mind..

 

 

here’s my post. 6/365

 

 

ciao, see you tomorrow!! follow me on twitter.. @_krox

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Living The ‘Dream’

11 Jan

I have randomly thought about this subject for a while now without actually coming up with a definite answer to this. I mean, dreams, isn’t it just about the widest topic out there?. What is a dream really, why do we have them, what if we did not dream, what if we lived our dreams, would we still have other dreams, are dreams  aligned with someone’s purpose in life?, and how can you have a purpose in life when the sole intention should be to remain alive?

Well, I probably do not know the answer to most of those questions, I probably do, or just not care that much. What stays on my mind however, is why a specific subject can consume you wholly, make you go sleepless just thinking about something. We might have been there, wanted something so badly you’d feel it in your bones.  I am an ashamed dreamer. Most people do not like admitting that. I enjoy dreaming randomly of what may happen to what or when or where. Most of the times I know my limits. I know when to stop, when to snap back to reality, when its all said and done.

I took time out basically to evaluate mine, to laugh at myself for a little while, pat myself in the back, feel good, feel bad, you know, just basically all the emotions that are involved. It’s been such a mind opening session for me as I even do that to myself. Now, I agree that it is possible to live a dream, but mostly what we ignore is the hardwork that goes into making, or trying to make a dream a reality.

There is too much that meets the eye than just living a dream, than just dreaming, think about it though, the only way we can is through hard work..

What did I just tell you?… think about it..

Here’s my 5th image of a 365 project..

 

Painting With Digital Light

9 Jan

Remember the post where I told you about painting with Digital Light by Live Rasoloarison ?? ( worry not, it’s just a few posts below) well, I went ahead and gave it a shot some time back. Just this instant I thought to myself that it might make a good blog post. Well, how wouldn’t it?

Anywho, it was epic giving it a trial. I took a rather boring image and post processed it, kinda looking to give it that amazing light streaks that the other photographer had blown me away with.

Here it is,

 

Incase you are wondering, those are my pals. I am/ was involved in a dance group in school last year (this year too, God willing) An amazing bunch of dancers these guys are.  Okay, so yeah, I accredit all the inspiration behind this from that other post I told you guys about. What do you think, is it a type of processing I should explore??

peace

9 Jan

So I told ya’ll I started my 365 project. Mine is a random one, where I get to create mini challenges for myself and  make sure that I complete them in the best way possible, for the next 3 hundred and 60 something (I think 1) days.

So today’s post was as random as any photo could be. I’ve always wanted to do a street shot. Which I think I will do many of them this year. Especially night shots, when I’m out of school. (Watch out for that) . So I was chilling outside a store in Bungoma. There is something about this town that is just so magical to me. I love how small and bursting with life this small town is.

I did not really plan this, that is why I’m saying that it was random, but I absolutely fell in love with the shot afterwards, I decided to do some cinematic with a greenish tint to it.

Here was the result.

 

So any way, my prayer is that my images grow even stronger this year. That I take time to strengthen my vision and my artistic abilities. I hope to make more friends, learn more, grow more…and also maybe, do a blog post more frequently.

I suggest viewing my flickr to see more of my images and comment on them.

 

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!!!!!

The Best Excuses when doing Street photography.

20 Sep

Hi guys? How’s your today coming up? Well, mine’s pretty awesome gotta say. I have been reading this free street photography book by Thomas Leuthard called “Going Candid”.  It is a really interesting book, with these really nice ideas and tips about street photography. I am writing because I want to share a part of the book that I found really really interesting. It is a fact that nowerdays more than ever, street photography is not that easy, since many people will confront  you and want to know why you have taken their photograph. Here are really interesting answers that you can give them.

I found these very interesting. Hope you do too.

“I just shot this building in the background and you walked into my photo…!”

“I’m a tourist and I document life in the city”

“I have this new camera I’m testing today…”

“Do you know Bruce Gilden? He is even worse…”

“You should see Eric Kim, he is a creepy Korean tourist with a Leica M9…”

“There is this contest on Flickr I’m participating in…”

“I’m a photo student. Our teacher wants us to shoot people…”

“I work on the 100 Strangers project…”

“I love your beautiful eyes…”

“You have an interesting face…”

“I love your style…”

“You are hot. Can I have your phone number…?”

“You look like my grandmother…”

“I’m a talent scout. Do you want to become famous…?”

“I’m a famous photographer looking for new models…”

“I thought you are a celebrity…”

“I thought you are a famous actor…”

“I took your photo, now you owe me 10 dollars…”

“I want to marry you…”

“Elvis is alive…”

“You look like Osama Bin Laden…”

“Is this your wife or just a cheap hooker…?”

“Don’t look at me, it wasn’t me…”

“My camera is stuck, it shoots by itself…”

“I have a really ugly wife at home and this is curing me…”

“Yes, I’m a pervert. Thanks for helping me getting some satisfaction…”

“I’m an investment banker. The recession made me do that…”

“I’m young and need the money…”

“I have an unhealthy addiction to ugly people…”

“Others use drugs; I do candid portraits of strangers…”

“You will be on television tomorrow…”

“We are making a movie, please stand back…”

“This is a crime scene investigation. I cannot answer your question…”

“Your wife wants me to observe you. Bring her some flowers tonight…”

“I will sell your portrait to a charity to teach disabled children photography”

“Give me your address, I will send you a print…”

“One day you will be proud that I took your photo…”

“No, I cannot delete the photo, it’s on film…”

“…” Pretend that you are deaf-mute.

“…” Pretend you have the Asperger-Syndrom

 

 

Lol,.. so I thought I should probably add up a list of my own excuses.

Wear a T-shirt written on, “if you talk to me, you are a humongous fool”

Fake an accent, speak a different language.

“I’m with the C.I.A, talking to me will result in you being tabbed for espionage activity”

“I’ve got problems with my eyes. I only see well with the lens”

“I’ve got a photographic memory. This is an extension of it”

“you are really Ugly, I had to remember you”

“..don’t tell me you have no idea who I am..!!”

Pretend to be looking another direction and keep shooting.

 

Get this book here. Here is his 500px Flickr

Diary of a Photography enthusiast. The Questions.

19 Sep

The Krox magazine is coming up smoothly, but rather a bit too slow than I had anticipated. I was hoping to be done by two issues by right now, but as it turns out, I am still struggling with the first issue. But all the same, I cannot complain. The first issue is coming up just as I had anticipated. There is a part of the magazine that I have been intending to include in every issue. I have been a David duChemin student for some time, and I do believe in his aspect of why vision is better than gear, and how to improve your vision without necessarily getting more gear. I too share in his belief that a better photographer takes the better photo, and not necessarily, the better camera.

David is almost releasing his new book, Photographically speaking. This book will be about photographers being able to talk about photos. He says, that the more people are able to talk about photos, it makes their images stronger, as they are able to know what they want. When photographers are able to critique other photos in terms of elements, and the decisions made, and what made them respond to the photo as they did as much as what they would do differently if they had a chance, strengthens ones vision.

I have not yet read the book. But when I read its “About” few months back, I knew that is something that I would like to give a shot. So I started looking at photographs beyond ‘its beautiful’ , ‘I like it’ and ‘wow’. I started looking deeper, trying to find out what really made me find the photo interesting, and as much as I did not always come up with what I would have done differently if I did the shot, I realized I started to sort of feel what the person taking the photo felt. Why did he use the exposure he used or the lighting and just what effect did it have on me.

I have been terribly thinking of incorporating that part into my weekly magazine kind of thing, but I honestly, do not know how. I mean, I’m not all that versed with photography lingo kinda vibe. I’m amateur, I know. But would it hurt anyone if I went ahead and tried hacking the photo and discussing it in my own way? Well, I guess not. Still, I am really thinking about it.

Would love for anyone to hit me up and tell me what they think. I’ve been relying on myself a whole too much lately its kind of draining. I just hope that by evening I will sort of have a way forward or something.

Another thing, I may be getting my camera this week. ( crosses fingers). I hope I do. If at all it happens, I will let you know asap. I even have a name for him. And yeah, I think my first camera will be a guy. Lol J I’ll not let you in right now, so I’ll keep you guessing.

Well, yesterday I did some pages off the first issue, and  got to say, I really like it. Its kinda hard to not talk about it. Had it been someone else’s magazine, I would probably keep quiet about it. Unfortunately though, I am not that good at keeping such secrets, so I will spill… even share the image. I like the design, got to say, its one of those things that after you pull off you really feel happy for yourself. Today I will do probably two other pages then I’ll be remaining with like two more plus the cover page to finish off the first issue. I’m also planning on the second issue. When it comes out, you will realize that the first issue just sort of gave a general introduction into the whole thing. I’m thinking of going abit deeper with the second issue. Thing is, there are actually just way too many things to talk about when it comes to photography. The topics are just too many. We’ll see how that goes all the same.

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.

Follow him Twitter

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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Of Photography and Water Marks

8 Aug

This here is a subject that I have pondered about for some days now and I think I may have come to a conclusion. Then again, maybe not.  The topic is so intriguing to me and I really find it a critical subject, especially when it comes to digital photography and all. Many photographers feel like they need to watermark their work. For different reasons. For copyright, identity and all that. Surprisingly others do not water mark for exactly the same reason.

So here is the big question, Is it necessary to Water Mark your photography? well depends, honestly, I hate some water marks, Love some. some are really creative and beautiful while others are really ugly. Truth is , I do not know the answer to this question but I would love to hear what you have to say on the issue.

I am beginning to have this bias against water marks, I may probably only have them when I am doing a special project or something. May also have it if I am doing a project for someone and I need to be identified by other clients, because, we have to agree, among the main reasons why we put water marks is for identity. Since we want to be marketed and be know so as to get more work, we watermark.

Any ways, I really feel like Watermarks should be small and really catchy and beautiful. This is because I am just really turned away by big ugly watermarks.

I hope to update and maybe change my opinion on this,. so tell me what you think?