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 !

Twisted Coffee Glass Straw

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole

ATwisted Straw placed inside a Coffee Glass.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This image is from the "Taruveda" Cafe in Jaipur. I frequently visit different Coffee outlets in town and Taruveda is one place that I really like. 

I likes the vibes there, artsy and spiritual. When you enter, you also have a Buddha Statue at the stairs and inside you have a lot of work created by the local artists on display. The artists work primarily consists of home decor and paintings. 

I usually take the balcony seat as from there I can see the sun going down. No, I do not take the seat to shoot the sunset. I like the rising sun instead. 

So one Sunday, I was at Taruveda Cafe sitting at my balcony seat with my Camera. I ordered a Cold Coffee and some Garlic Pizza Bread. I love Garlic and yes Garlic deserves a capital "G" whereas sunset doesn't deserve a capital "S" for I don't like things that are nearing their end. 

I was having a hard day as it was a Sunday and that's my photo shooting day. I had not got any worthwhile shot since morning. 

I have this habit of picking up my camera and pointing it randomly at places looking through the viewfinder. 

When I was just about to keep my Camera down and put the lend lid back on the lens, I got a glimpse of this Twisted Blue Straw popping out from my Empty Cold Coffee Glass. 

Yes, it was Blue and that caught my attention. What also caught my eye were the curls/ curves or the twirl or twist in the straw, whatever you may call it. 

So, once the Twisted Coffee Glass Straw got my attention, I decided to click some shots. I quickly remembered the "Parts of the Whole Minimalism Type" from the Minimalist Photography classifications and tried to incorporate that in my Shot. 

To execute "Parts of the Whole Minimalism", I shot only the top rim of the Coffee Glass (a part of the whole), with the straw going to the top left on the frame. Later, during editing I converted the photo into black and white. PS: even the straw is not shown completely, so that is also a "Part of the Whole".

Parts of the Whole Minimalism creates a sense of Mystery and make the viewer complete the Subject/Object in his/her imagination. That's the beauty of this Type of Minimalism.

Hope you liked the Shot above. 

Do leave feedback/ your views if any about the Photograph.

Thank you and Have a nice Day.

Red Orange Wall With Simple Geometric Shapes

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

A Red Orange Wall of a Kindergarten School with Simple Geometric Shapes shot via Canon 600D and Canon 100 mm prime Macro L Series F2.8 lens
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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  • A Simple Lookup Minimal Shot of a Red Orange Wall of a Kindergarten School

  • Equipment Used: Canon 600D + Canon 100mm Prime Macro L Series F2.8 Lens

  • Location: Bani Park, Jaipur (India)

  • The Violet Slab and the Orange Box, both have been carefully placed following the Rule of Thirds

  • Minimalism Type: Simple Geometry i.e Lines and Basic Shapes Like Rectangles, Circle.

- More shots from the same place in previous posts: