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Friday, May 13, 2011

Cotton/Cloud-like River Flow

Waterfalls and rivers are my favorite nature spots. For one, the places refresh my spirit and of course, it gives me a great photography opportunity there is--long exposure shots with its raging motion. Motion, as we know it, is one photography marvel in which we can play upon, of course, with our tricks and techniques. The cotton-like images it gives us usually left photo viewers amazed with wonderment. Long exposure in the forest can be greatly enhanced with the the semi-darkness it gives plus the use of any ND filters can give us more stops so the longer the beautiful and cloudy it gets. So, illusion or not, waterfalls and rivers are your bestfriends in terms of nature photography and in Negros Occidental, Philippines (capital Bacolod) countless waterfalls abound it in its forests. To name a few, there are twin waterfalls of Kipot, the 7 waterfalls of Mambukal and the Patag "Pulang Tubig" waterfalls with its immense length and power. Just an hour flight from Manila, you'll gonna enjoy the adventure plus the serenity of the places :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reversed Landscape (an unusual camera trick without Photoshop and filters)

(*Note: No Photoshop effects and no filters used in this photo. Straight from the camera)

Photography in itself is full of tricks. There are too many to play with such as shadows, lines, colors, movements, perspectives, gravity work, physics in general and more. For one, you could play with reflections. With a sharp eye and creativity, one can arrive into awe-inspiring images that look tricky and illusionary for the viewers. Droplets, mirrors, buildings with glass windows and large bodies of water can give you reflections that somehow could give impact on your photos. Here is my Reversed Landscape photography that I took just 5 minutes walk from home. It's a fish farm with lots of subjects to dwelve upon but it took time for me to figure out how can I create one illusionary image in one setting in a muddy area. My movements are somehow limited or else I'll get stuck.
What you see in reality is a photo without the use of any lens filters and not even a click using Photoshop. Tricky? It's kind of playing time with my Crystal Eye (camera) but the result wowed me and hope you find it puzzling yet fun. I'll leave you to imagine and experiment how I did it. Indeed, magic tricks via camera button clicks. Happy New Year from me and Illusion Lens! More soon.