Saturday, November 14, 2009

Stephen: The Power of Lighting

OK, so apparently I lied five months ago when I said Half a Stop was back. But now it is, I promise. Well, at least for one post anyway.

I decided I would shoot the assignment I gave Nathan 450 days ago. The assignment was to make a series of photographs of an object that each evoke a different response to the object (or reflect a different attitude toward the object) by changing the lighting. I chose a napkin holder (with napkins) that sits my dining room table. I chose it for its simplicity (so that its fixed attributes would not over power the effect of the lighting) and light color (so its appearance would be more influenced by the lighting). It was also a convenient size.

Without further ado, here are the photographs:

As always, comments are appreciated. Eventuality I will post what I had in mind for each of the three photos, but first I would like to hear what attitudes or responses other people have toward each of them.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Glorious Return of Half a Stop

After a long hiatus, I am pleased to announce that Half a Stop is coming back. I look forward to getting assignments again and having something to do with my cameras other than annoy my friends. It is cameras now, by the way. Over the last couple of months I have started collecting cameras through eBay. At last count, the total number was 22. Most of those are or will be functional, and I may use a few of them for assignments.

We will pick up where we left off. Nathan is going to complete the lighting assignment and provide me with a new one. We will work from the non-round-based schedule proposed a couple of posts (and many months) ago and see how it goes. I still hope to see some other photographers get involved; perhaps we will have guest photographers join us for a pseudo-round or two. Over the last several months, I have gotten to know several photographers here in Huntsville whom I would love to see stop by and contribute to Half a Stop. I am guessing that other contributors also have photographer friends who could participate as guests.

I am excited about our return, and I have high hopes for the future of Half a Stop.