Glossy Door Handle

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Side Angle Minimalistic Photograph of a Glossy Door Handle with lots of Negative Space on the right.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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As you must have observed in many of my Photographs, I prefer shooting a lot from the Side. It gives a unique perspective and most importantly adds certain depth to the frame. That just doesn't happen when shooting dead front. 

The above shot of the Glossy Door Handle, too has been shot from the side angle.

I moved this much this time around, to include the red area of the wall which you can see on the extreme right.

The Reason: well, Color Palette. Yes, I do balance the color palette of the frame and that influences my compositions a lot. 

Shooting from the side also helped me incorporate a lot of negative space (to the right of the frame) which is another basic element of Minimalist Photography

This shot is again one of those, where an evident subject was not available as such, and therefore I crafted my own subject via my physical movement. 

Hope you enjoyed the shot. :)

Black Crow

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Black and White Photo of a Black crow sitting on top of a Street Lamp on the Streets of Jaipur, India.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai

Here we have a Black Crow sitting on top of a Street Lamp.

This is the second shot from the same place i.e Albert Hall Jaipur, that I am posting here. 

The earlier posted shot was in the landscape format. 

The other difference between the two Minimalist shots is that here the Bird / Black Crow is sitting on top of the Street Lamp, whereas in the other shot, the Bird is seen flying across the Street Lamp. 

Here is the link to the shot that I had posted earlier: 

Please Note: Both Shots Fall under the Minimalism as Less Elements Category.

The Photo Settings, editing style is nearly the same, even the Exif Data is very similar.

Let me know in the comments below, which one of the Two Minimalist Photographs / Shots did you find better and Why?

Rusted Barb Wire

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Macro Photograph of Rusted Barb Wire with Green Blurred Bokeh Background, Shot via Canon 100mm Prime Macro F2.8 L Series Lens.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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Macro Minimalism is pretty different from the Long Range Street Minimalism that I mostly shoot. 

This Minimalist Photo is one from the Close Range Minimal shots category.

I used the Canon 100mm prime Macro F 2.8 L Series Lens here. 

Settings: Taken on Manual Focus of Both the Camera and Lens.

What prompted me to take this shot was the Rust in the Barb Wire.

The subject is kept a touch off-center on purpose.

The Blurry Background / Bokeh is a result of shooting this photograph at F 2.8 aperture

And Finally, The Photo falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements Category. 

Hope you enjoyed the Shot. 

Have a Great Day / Evening.

Thank You.

Reflection of Two Pigeons in a Water Puddle

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Simple Minimal Composition of the Reflection of Two Pigeons in Water in Black and White. Photo taken via Canon 100mm Prime Macro L Series F2.8 Lens mounted on Canon 600D Dslr Camera.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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Looks like this is shot on the beach right? 

Well, there is no beach in my City, Jaipur. Its just that one can pull off such shots by finding puddles of water post rains. That is exactly what I did. 

I found this large puddle of water at SMS Stadium, Jaipur. 

There was a lot of clutter being reflected in the puddle. I took a full 360 degree view and walked around the entire puddle to find interesting reflections. 

I spotted a reflection of a Street Lamp to begin with and within in a few seconds, these two Love Birds/Pigeons Flew onto the Water Puddle. 

There is an Old Zen Saying that says "When the student is ready, the master appears."

If one relates that to Photography it could mean "When the Photographer is ready, the subject appears."

Yes, indeed The Subject appeared when I was ready. It has happened with me a lot of times before.

Once I had my subject ready, I decided to shoot this in the Vertical/ Portrait mode. That helped me remove some unwanted elements from the frame. I also cropped this photograph to further reduce clutter. 

Why I liked the subject despite being very common? was because these birds signify Relationship /Companionship / Love. That was the first appeal. The second was their reflection in water. 

In the Minimalist Composition above, I have also left a lot of Negative Space and followed the obvious Rule of Thirds

One important point to note is that, here we have 3 shades or 3 tones of color i.e Light / Medium / Dark. That really pops a Black and White Photograph.

The same principle is followed in Pencil Shading.

The 3 Light/ Medium and Dark tones are the basics of Pencil Shading. I did learn a bit about it last year.

Hope that you enjoyed the Black and White Minimalist Photograph of the Reflection of Two Pigeons above :)

...and the Minimalist or rather maybe not so Minimalist Description.

See you next time. 

Bye !