Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fine Art Portraits

I was recently reminded by my friend and mentor, Harry Nowell that a while back I began producing what some would call "fine art" images.  In the pursuit of perfecting the technical aspects of photography and exploring other walks of the craft, the artistic side was somewhat set aside.  So, a big thank you to Harry for reminding me that this is a part of the craft that I love as much as the technical composition and capture.

Today, I'm sharing this image.  This is an artistic rendering created from a portrait that I shot recently.  I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Glass Towers

I've always found that modern office buildings have somehow fascinated me; especially at night.  There's something about the light emanating from these towering glass structures that captures my imagination.  In this shot, using abstracting techniques, I try to capture the feeling of staring up at the glowing windows as the light reaches out into darkness.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Jaipur India, the final set of images - pt 3

People gather to watch a fabulous Indian wedding ceremony

Pigeons gather by a sacred bathing pool.

Painted hand prints in a temple area

Pink paint haphazardly splattered, in total contrast with the elaborate marble tiled walkway

Ruins of an ancient, haunted palace

A passing worker notices me walking with a camera and stops his truck, asking me to photograph him.

A palace doorway catches my attention and makes for an artistic image.

My barista friend, Sumit that looked after me with an amazing cappuccino ever day in the hotel restaurant.

And, just in case you were wondering ... there IS McDonalds in India. 

Jaipur India, the final set of images - pt 2

A transport truck burns on the road as people debate what to do.  Firetrucks are rare so people are mostly left to manage events like this on their own.

The trees of Rajasthan's neighbouring Ranthambore National Park where the Indian tiger roams freely.

A man pushes his cart through the city

A man sitting by the side of the road smiles as I capture his portrait

A young boy sits watching the passersby.  His hand suggests that he is waiting for a donation towards a meal.

Women in the street dressed in vibrant colours

The sun sets behind the walls of Amer fort.

Jaipur, India - the final set of images, pt1

It's now been almost six weeks since I returned from India; an incredible journey that put my camera gear to good use with over 3,000 images.  Of course, processing them and selecting favourites is far more time consuming than clicking the shutter.  Six weeks later and I'm finally done processing the images.  Picking favourites is another story all together and depends largely on what day of the week you ask me; there are hundreds that I love.

During my time there, I experienced sights, sounds, tastes and smells that were all new to me.  At times the experience was honestly overwhelming, leaving me feeling like I was longing for the peace and quiet of home.  But, on returning home, I found that I was immediately missing India.  I can't wait to return.

Beyond the several millennia of human history and the exotic scenery, the people are the magic of India.  It takes some time to adjust to the noise and the crazy busy chaos of life there, but beyond that, there is a warm spirit, friendly exchanges and a deep kindness that you feel in your heart.  If you're open to it, India changes you.  You return home just slightly shifted and you crave for more of it.

In this blog post, I share a few more of my favourites from Jaipur, India.  

Jaipur from above

The sun sets behind the thick smog that blankets Jaipur

A woman works in the fields outside Jaipur

A hazy morning in the mustard fields

Two young boys enjoy a snack in the town of Pushkar

The arches of a mountain top fort cast shadows in the setting sun

A passing moment captured as a young girl looks back

The massive Amer palace on the outskirts of Jaipur

As with all cities, Jaipur has poverty in the streets