#Take52 Week 10: Backward

Pardon my non sequential postings for a few weeks as I attempt to catch up and get back on track with my weekly assignments for this challenge. I chose to begin with this theme since I had a ready prop that helped me realise a composition I had been envisioning.

As a birthday gift(s), the wife presented me with two scale model action figures, Batman and Iron Man. You’ve probably already seen the Batman figure in one of my earlier submissions. This time around I get to use the other action figure, Iron Man.

The weight and scale of this particular action figure require me to keep its limbs in a position that makes it seem like Iron Man is seated. The design of the model is such that when he is kept in this position it almost seems like he is about to fall backwards. Seeing this particular posture made me consider using the action figure as a prop for the week’s theme – Backwards.

The scene that I tried to setup was to emphasise that sometimes Heroes also fall back when the odds are against them. I did toy around with the idea of using Photoshop to replace the rather dull landscape with something more fiery and thrilling. But I’m still learning the art of PhotoShopping and wasn’t keen on pouring in hours of trials and errors for that look.

The original action figure has a gold and yellow colour scheme for the Iron Man armour, which did not look right to me since I’ve almost always seen him in the trademark Red and Gold armour in comics and movies. So I decided to do some post processing in Lightroom to correct the colour renditions and make them more in line with what looked right to me.

A Hero Backs Down

Technical Specifications:

  • Camera: FujiFilm X-E2
  • Lens: XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • Aperture: f/3.6
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter Speed: 1/180
  • Focal Length: 26.5 mm
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#Take52 Week 8: Awake

For this week’s theme I had a concept brewing (no pun intended) in my head for a while. I wanted to shoot a cup of hot coffee (Steam et al) sitting next to a French press and some coffee beans. After all what says awake better than a fresh hot cuppa joe!

I did set out to arrange the items for the shoot and began taking pictures. Alas I was unable to realize my vision even after multiple attempts and rearrangements.

So I decided to go lo-tech and used the iPhone to shoot only one of the three items. And thus I ended up with the shot you see here. I used one of the Instagram filters to enhance the image for a more warm and soft feel.

Technical Specs of the image:

  • Camera: iPhone 6 Plus
  • Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15 mm f/2.2
  • Aperture: f/2.2
  • ISO: 80
  • Shutter Speed: 1/15
  • Focal Length: 4.2 mm

P.S. This entire post was drafted and published from my hand phone. Mobile computing for the win!

#Take52 Week 6: Kiss

Decided to get the beautiful wife to model for this photograph. This is one the many shots I took of her during our recent trip to Paris. This was on Day 2, walking around the streets of Montmartre. At the time she did not know I was taking pictures of her. I think this helped capture a more candid image which works with the theme for this week. With the temperatures hovering around freezing point and the wife having a low threshold for cold, the wife was all bundled up and still feeling a tad chilly. With a slight breeze blowing it almost seems like she is kissing the air!   Week 6: Kiss   Technical Specs of the image:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
  • Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • Aperture: f/4
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter Speed: 1/250
  • Focal Length: 30.2mm