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The City by Night – Partie UN!

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After two weeks of photographic impotence, I knew I was wasting time and decided to go on a photowalk around London Bridge/Tower Hill. See, I work in LDN bridge and see these sights everyday from one side of the river and I often wonder what it looks like from the other side. It would be unforgivable If I didn’t attempt to capture those sights that grace my eyes everyday.

Tower Bridge on a saturday night (or shud I say afternoon, it was 4h30 when I started, bloomin daylight savings). Place was filled with tourists and I happened to be sporting a lo-hawk(a low mohawk, yes I’m handy with a hair clapper) which I used to scare them and their kids.Mrahahaahaaa. I picked this shot because I thought the headlight glare and reflections on passers-by, gave it a sort of 3D look.

I liked the view framed by the constructicon(see:transfomers) on the right and the castle on the left, wall of buildings in front, feels like they’re all encasing a big patch of green.

Above left:I just liked the Crane looking like its standing over The Shard. Above right:That’s the closest thing to Optimus Prime i’ve seen in real life. Again, color/contrast. I hope you’re vieweing this on a decent screen as my laptop screen is kinda low res compared to my camera’s lcd itself. The crispness of the colors can only really be seen on an HD screen(sadly I’m too lazy to connect my cam to my tv).

On this one it took me a while to decide how much foliage I wanted in the frame and I decided to let it reach half the upper frame as the color complements the image and helps create contrast and depth.

These are cheap shots in a way, I’ve seen these hundreds of times in magazines and wanted to re-create my own. I afforded me the opportunity to muck around with the shutter speed so yay, learned something new. I lke the ghostly look, I gotta try Bokeh and other light effects very soon. The cool thing with these is that it can be easily done in the comfort of my room.

The empty bit on the river bank to the right really draws me into this shot, like I could swim out the water, get on the bank, walk along it to this mysterious city full of lights.

See that gate beneath the bridge, me wants to open it. I dunno why I took this shot anymore…maybe I just liked the over/under ground look.

This shot evokes Gotham city to me, if you don’t know what Gotham City is then please…just…go find out 🙂 I can totally imagine the batmobile or ‘tumbler’ riding past these lights and perhaps the batwing flying past Wayne Tower. This is also kindof a research shot for a film treatment that I wrote a few months ago. I’m definitely using this shot when the film gets made.

Le Naturiste

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I liked this shot because I’d seen many similar ones in magazines n that and wanted my own version. Also because the blistering sun light hidden by the leaves, to me, represents hope. Hope is right in front of you, move the foliage out the way and embrace it.

The bird house in the middle of the pond is as unusual as it is beautiful. Framed with wooden poles from the nearby bridge and voila. Only thing what wuda made this better would’ve been a uv filter and a tripod for a slow shutter shot. Oh and maybe a zoom lens that woulda let me capture a mahoosive Heron which landed and stood guard on the house-y just after this pic.

This view truly reminds me of landscapes from Disney films, the fountain on the left hand side is aligned with the building in a way that makes it totally look like its coming out of said building. I was half-expecting Ariel to emerge from the water but only saw duck poop floating on it. The london eye on the right completes the framing beautifully and the color tone of the photo gives it an ‘old london’ art deco-ey feel that I really enjoy. I didn’t find what I was looking for though, I guess my princess is in another castle (‘mario reference’ for the internet-meme impaired out there).

Couples suck! Two people who do everything together, complete each other’s sentences, eat each other’s boogies, fart in each other’s company, sex each other up, eww. Im single (rant over). A photographer can’t deny the amount of creative opportunities in-built within a relationship. The body language, in jokes, twitches and tiny changes in expression that only these two people can read in each other. As a visual content artist, it is with glee that one attempts to capture these fleeting moments of intimacy. Glee I tell you, GLEE!

The loch-ingham palace monster. I love it when God makes stuff like this. Anthropomorphic and crazy shapes in trees/clouds and even stones. This is clearly a dragon with leaves as the feathers on its wings (contrary to popular belief, dragons don’t got leather wings so…suck it)

This isn’t a special photo at all, the flower is nice but the framing itself isn’t anything to brag about. I like it for the purely accidental reason that the dead flower out of focus on the right looks like a fricking baby godzilla who’s about to tear this thing apart. Yes, I have a wild imagination. I surprise myself everyday.

‘I smell trees’ is what this lady said when I asked her WTF she was doing in my shot. I really should’ve looked up what kinda tree this is coz the shiny copper-y look of the outer bark is psychedelic. If I was high at the time of taking this picture (like the lady clearly is) I’d probably do more than smell it, I’d cut a piece off and lick it. Yummm, shiny tree bark. I’d call the product ShinyTrark (I know, right)!

Many many fruities, all seemingly the same but I am unique. I grow in the middle of this tiny stem attached to a ridiculously thin placenta and I’ma show you who’s boss once I grow up. I am…Barry…the red berry!

Basejumping Bat Ninjas

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Action shots are cool, so is base jumping. Our model here (ha, model) ‘base jumped’ from a public bench armrest barely 2 feet above the ground and managed to get to 6 feet in the air to get us this shot. The reflection on the left hand side shows what has been cut out of the right hand side, creating a ‘pseudo panorama’. Kudos to the model for taking his coat off in winter, the white T-shirt (a size smaller than it should be) helps make him stand out and balances the color distribution at the same time.

Action figures lend themselves very well to photography in general as they tend to do what you want them to do, you dont gotta feed em or be nice to them and can undress them whenever you like, unlike human models(pah). Unfortunately, I do not have a macro lens and was oblivious to the fact that the camera has a macro mode until a couple days ago so my close up shots werent as good as I wanted them to be. The green filmic tone was added using a ‘toy camera’ filter in post, it works surprisingly well, considering that this is supposed to make it look toyish and fake.

I took two shots of the batmen but preferred the above as the Dark Knight suit displays a lot more detail than the begins suit and the mini studio lights that I used, accentuated the countours of the cowl. Sexy. Although I should really try and do something with the Begins suit in full view at some point.

I hereby present my half-arsed attempt at making Ninja Grey Fox (MGS Fame) look all noir-ey. The transparent (stealth camo) version of the figure is the one in focus, trust me, this didn’t look even half decent before it was black n whited…yea, thats a word now.
In case you didn’t already know, ninjas are awesome in all forms. They can creep up on you, cut your heart out while you’re reading this post at your computer and leave so quietly that you only realise you’re dead after reading this sentence as your blood would have completely filled your stomaaa….argh.

Full set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zxaeem/sets/72157627880404486/

And more here from my first photo walk: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zxaeem/sets/72157627848706334/

Ye Old English!

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Tis been 10 days (this is becoming a habbit now), I’d really rather write once a week but ‘meh’ gets in the way. Procrastination is an affliction even for hyperactive clinically diagnosed weirdos.
The gumtree ad worked wonders, I now have a potential AD and second ‘unit’, a graphics artist for title FX, a make up artist and a multitasker. I hope to ‘interview’ the latter four in early november. I hope we all get along. I still need a boom operator with his own boom, boom…its a fun word to say.
I have a clearer idea of what the crowdfunding video will be like now, I need to sit down and write it, keep it at 2minutes tops. I also need to do a fifth re-write as I’ve been musing about the main character’s starting point and she’s already too close to her end point when the story starts so I need to ‘sort’ her out, using subtlety to display her character rather than broad strokes of absolute.
On an unrelated note, I did my first photoshoot last saturday and it went really well (i was the photog, not the model mind you). I may post some of the pics and my own critique here soon.

Melancolic Blues

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Ha, so its been 10 days since my first post, 10 whole days and what is my progress I hear you ask?! ‘Fuck all’ would be the appropriate expression.
Going through a tough time personally this month and the change of season is bringing back a melancolic side that I never knew I had. All the better though as sadness and other similar feelings lend themselves very well to becoming fuel for the creative engine.
Lets see, I did do a few minor re-writes to PFZ:EP1 and I also sent part of the script to a doctor so that he could tell me if my imaginary doctor’s lines sounded genuine enough.
I’ve been catching up on my spiderman reading and have two pages left, I didn’t finish those on the way home as I decided to finally reopen Alex Mack’s book and continue reading. Took me a while to even remember where I stopped, I need one of those book…mark…things…I think.
I did ask two different people if they wanted to help me out as camera operators for PFZ, one said maybe, the other hasn’t replied. I’m considering shelling out for raindance membership just so I have access to their student/resource pool. Maybe I’ll find my AD and other crew members there.
On a positive note, I went on a photo walk in a part of east london I hadn’t visited in 2 years, sitting by the river was…calming. Some dickhead replaced my keyboard with a broken one, at the office. I’m still deciding on how to get back at him. Yea, i’m territorial.

Tonight I start anew, within the next three hours I will have placed an ad for collaborators and typed up the latest amendments to the PFZ script in Celtx and looked up what type of RAM my laptop requires so that I can double the current capacity. Oh and I woulda made dinner as well. Booyah!