Colorful Squares

Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes


 A Minimalist Picture of Colorful Squares in Repetition and a Small Flying Bird in the Bottom Right Corner.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This photo was taken on Sunday 23.04.2017. I quoted the date because I had been going out in the hunt for Minimalist Photos from the past 5 Sundays and I found a few Minimalist Shots only Last Sunday i.e the 23rd of April 2017. This never happened with me before, in the 4 years of Photography career. For 4 Sundays in a row, I dint find anything worthwhile. I spent 1 hour roaming around on my bike every single time, only to return empty handed. 

If I do some Number Crunching or some Numerology sort of Calculation, the only logic that comes to my mind is this. If I add up all the numbers in the date 23.04.2017  the total comes to Number 19 or 2+3+4+2+1+7 = 19 And guess what, 19 is my birth number, I was born on 19th June. Aha. Well I can only wonder what just happened. 

Anyways lets get back to the Photo :)

I went to a new Place this Sunday. Its a place where there are a few Shopping Malls very close to each other. Its called Gaurav Towers or GT in short. I found nothing around to main complex, but right behind it I found this beautiful textured wall with Colorful Squares in Repetition. 


This is a Lookup Minimal Shot, as I was looking up and pointing my camera at the Subject. The Lens I used was the 100mm prime Macro Lens by Canon. I had to crop this photo from the top and the bottom as well to balance the aesthetics. In the photo above, you can see 8 Squares. 4 Red ones and 4 Yellow ones. Actually, there were many more of them but to de-clutter the shot, I chose this Set of 8 and moved closer to the subject, till they fitted nicely till the side edges of the frame. 

Also note the Small little flying bird on the Bottom right Corner. I posted this Photo under the Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes category of Minimalist Photography because the Squares are in repetition.

You can also Post this under Minimalism as in Small Objects, claiming that the Flying bird on the bottom right as your main subject, if that you did intentionally. 

But wait, don't wonder and say that it is impossible to time the bird. It is possible, as usually you would find a lot of birds sitting on high rise buildings with these box or square kind of openings in them. To get a bird in your frame, you can simply compose your frame, press half shutter button and take your eyes off the camera and look directly at the movement of the birds. The moment you see one of the birds fly across, press the shutter down completely. And there you have it.

Today, I dint expect to write such a long post, but I hope you liked the long explanation. :)

Thank you for your time here.  

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The Tilted Black Mug

Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes


Minimalist Photograph of a Titled  Black Mug lying on top of other Black Mugs in repetition, breaking the pattern.
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So I went to an Exhibition of Household Items and to my surprise I spotted this :)

The Titled Black Mug you see, is the one that a customer returned to the seller and the seller kept it on top of the repeating black mugs temporarily, before keeping it back in the stack. 


A regular shot of Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes would have been, the Black Mugs in Repetition but without the Tilted Black Mug

The Titled Black Mug drastically increasing the Art Appeal of the Minimalist Photograph. Also note, that it has been carefully placed in the bottom left corner, following the rule of thirds. 

Hope you enjoyed this Minimalist Photograph made using some Kitchenware. :)

The Yellow Rectangle

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


Minimalist Photo of a Yellow Rectangle.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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Good Evening.

Time and again I get back to basics i.e Basic Shapes and Simple Minimalism.

This is the most fun part, for this is what we used to learn in childhood. Basic Shapes and Colors.

Such Minimalist Photos are exciting to shoot and mind you, they might bring in a feeling of nostalgia.

That said, Lets quickly have a look at the Composition.


By moving to my left and bending down a little on my knees, I was able to carve out a small yellow rectangle from a big yellow sign board, that I found at an art exhibition. 

Placing it in the top right corner was my first instinct.

Since this is a part clipped from the whole, this Photograph falls under the Parts of the Whole Minimalism

One thing to remember here is that, It should be obvious to the viewer at first glance, that your intention is to show a part of the whole subject. 

That is all I have to say today. 

See you next time :)

Chao !   

Dark Violet Green And Blues

Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors


 A Minimalist Picture of Colorful walls of a Kids School with Dark Violet, Green and Blue Wall Paint Colors
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Dark Violet Green And Blues, is a shot that comes from the same building, where I shot Colorful Rectangles


As I had mentioned in that post, that I would soon be sharing a Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors Shot, so here it is. 

In Colorful Rectangles, there was one color too many to categorize that photo in Few Colors Category, but here the setup is ideal with just 3 main colors. 

Therefore this Minimalist Photo falls nicely under the Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors Category of Minimalism

Other noteworthy elements of the photo that make it Minimal and more Balanced Composition-wise are:


- Simple Geometric Shapes i.e mostly lines and partitions

- Measured Alignment

- Lots of Empty Space

- Rule of Thirds i.e the Blue partition at the bottom

- Subtle Textures that uplift the artistic aspect

- Minimal Editing

- Visual Clarity / Non-complexity

Alright, that's pretty much about the photograph.

See you, next post.


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Decayed Stairs

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


Minimal Art Photography using Decayed Stairs as a Minimalist Subject.
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Hello Everyone, Its Saturday :) 

Here's wishing you all a great happy Weekend.

I would be going on a Photo-walk tomorrow and would need to sleep early for that. I thought it would be a good idea to publish a Blog Post on Weekend. Therefore, here I am. 

Well, What I do at times , I edit 10 photos in one go. This gives me room to do blog posts more often.

The old method is to Edit one photo at a time and then make a blog post on it.

So this come right from my buffer stock :)

OK,  lets quickly get to the Composition now.


  • This is Minimalism as Simple Geometry
     
  • The Simple Geometry being the Lines in Repetition.
     
  • The Decay Adds to the Art Quotient of the Photograph.
     
  • This is an Abandoned Staircase Located at Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
     
  • Lens used again is Canon 100mm Prime Macro L Series.
     
  • Because I was using a 100mm Lens, I shot this from a distance. You can also use a 50mm prime lens or even 35mm and shoot this up close. Going too wide, may distort the lines, mind you.

  • This time I dint shoot this from the Side, because Shooting this from the front, makes the image Flat, but at the same time, it creates a weird kind of depth and mystery in the photograph, for the steps are ascending.

Light Shadow Lines Architecture

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


Minimal Architecture Photograph using Light, Shadow, Lines and Architecture as Core Elements.
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Light Shadow Lines Architecture, is not a Minimalist Title, I agree :)


But, the Photo Definitely is. I chose such a title, so that it becomes easier for the blog followers to immediately comprehend the elements within the Minimalist Photograph.

The Photograph falls under the Minimalism as Simple Geometry Category. The Subject being, primarily just the Lines. That's the Simple Geometry here.

And again this a Look-up Minimal Shot here, taken from my 100mm Canon Prime Macro L Lens.

I'd keep it short today, as I have other thoughts to ponder on after this. 

Hope you liked the Minimalist Explanation :)

Have a great day ahead.

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Colorful Rectangles

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

 

Minimalism using Colorful Rectangles Painted on the Walls of a Kindergarten School as a Subject.
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What we have here is a Lookup Minimal Shot of Colorful Rectangles


This is a colorful building of a Kindergarten School I spotted in Bani Park, Jaipur. This is probably one of the best Kindergarten Schools in terms of its exterior wall paint, design and aesthetics. I took about 7-8 shots of this place. More of which I shall post in my future updates. 

Remember: for a Minimalist Photographer, a Kindergarten School is a Great Great Subject. Go find them !

 

- More On the Minimalist Composition


I actually stopped by this school, to shoot "Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors", but here there are way too many colors to classify this image under that category. This is a bit Maximal.

So this one goes under the Minimalism as Simple Geometry Category , because of the symmetry and geometrical alignment in the composition and the sheer presence of Simple Geometric Shapes.

The Simple Geometry being:


a) Lines

b) Colorful Rectangles.


Hope you enjoyed the shot. I am eager to post the other shots I have from this outing. 

See you next time. !


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Reflection of Electricity Tower on Glass Building

Minimalism as Less Elements


Reflection of Electricity Tower on Glass Building used as a Minimalist Photography Subject
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The above Photo Falls under the Minimalism as Less Elements Category. The Picture a little Maximal, as the coverage area of the Reflection of the Electricity Tower on Glass Building, is quite large. But, Still the elements in the Photo are just three. Namely:-

1) The Glass Building
2) The Reflection of the Electricity Tower
3) The Street Lamp on the Left.

and therefore the Photo is Minimalist :)

Another take on The Photo is, that it is more of Minimalist Visual Art Play, than just being a Simplistically Minimal Photograph. I hope you get what I am trying to say. 

I found this subject on a Red Light Crossing. I was on my bike Crossing it and The Big Reflection of the Electricity Tower, made me stop right after the crossing. 

Yes, a Lot of people started staring at me, as the street was a busy one. Some people even started calling me, to come take a photo of something that they think I could publish in the newspaper. They all consider me a Media Reporter, for the way I look with my rimless specs. And also because of The Big Big Long 100mm Canon Prime Lens, that I took this shot with. 

I have made it a rule now, that no matter who calls me, I will ignore all the voices. Its just a waste of time and it creates an immediate disconnect with my sub-conscious mind that generally takes over, when I shoot Minimalist Photos

I would advise you as well, to not to get into any kind of chatter with people on the street while shooting. I have had incidents, therefore I am suggesting you this. 

Well, with that little advice, I would like to close this post. 

Hope you enjoyed my find. :)

See you, next shot. 

The Hollow Square

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Minimalist Photo of a Hollow Square on a Textured Brown Indian Wall.
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I have a fascination for Squares and they are my favorite Minimalism Subject. Whenever I find them, I shoot them, no matter what. :)

The Hollow Square that you see above, is from a fest that I went to. This is a wall just outside the main building. They were doing some last minute touch-ups before the fest. I was lucky enough to visit the place just 2 days before the inauguration, otherwise this wall would have been a multi-colored one. 


If you notice, I did not edit the photograph that much. I kept it a little Dull and Flat on purpose, as that is what I wanted to communicate here. 

Dull and Flat is sometimes the Mood that I am into, when I sit down and think about Life. 

Only yesterday, I had posted a status on my Facebook Timeline,  "Life is a square, with unequal sides." 
 
Haha, well that is about Life, but the Square above has equal sides. 

Maybe, those equal sides is what I am searching for in my life. 


With that honest thought, lets take a quick look at the Minimalism Classification


  • The photo falls under Minimalism as Simple Geometry Category of Minimalism.

     
  • The basic geometry shape obviously being the Square.

     
  • The Texture on the wall, pulls up dramatically the aesthetics of the Photograph.

     
  • Also note, that the color palette is monochromatic, i.e. just the browns. 


All in all, great ingredients for a Simple Minimalist Photograph !

Two Entangled Dry White Twigs

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Macro Minimalist Picture of Two Entangled Dry White Twigs.
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Two Entangled Dry White Twigs. Well that's some title. Took me a long time to think that. Why? because 'Simplicity is obvious, but because there is so much clutter around us, we fail to spot it".


This is Macro Minimalism / Macro Photography and of course the theme here is "Nature".

I generally don't shoot such subjects, but since I have my New Canon 100mm Macro Lens with me now, I am exploring Macro Nature as a Minimalism Subject. To be frank, I am enjoying it. 

Good Lenses and Camera Power does help. I am planning to buy the upcoming Canon 6D Mark II full-frame Camera in the next couple of months. It's yet to be announced by the way ;)

OK, so lets get to the Composition Highlights now.


This is Minimalism as in Less Elements. The only Elements here being,

a) The Two Entangled Dry White Twigs and 

b) The Smooth Creamy Bokeh Background. 


I actually found this at Smriti Van (forest) in Jaipur. I was there for an Instagram Meet. This Twig pair was spotted at the Centerpiece Decoration of the Yoga Garden at Smriti Van, which had a lot of creeper plants on it.

I was having a discussion with my friend and was telling him how eager I was to spot and shoot a Spider Web. I initially spotted a few Strands of the Spiders Web but I wasn't happy with that. 

When I looked around the entire Centerpiece Decoration, I actually failed to spot any worthwhile Spider Webs. With a sad, dull mood, I decided to make these Two Entangled Dry White Twigs as my stop-gap subject. 

I clicked this very casually and took just 2 shots. Later, I discarded one of it, but kept this one.

I did one mistake here, which I later corrected in post processing/editing. It is very difficult to get sharp focus in handheld Macro Shots. And my Camera provides only 1 Cross-Point Focus option. That is the Center Focus Point, out of the 9 in total available in the view-finder to focus.

So, to get this sharp, I used that center focus point and clicked this image. But, I ended up center-placing my subject and that was looking awful, just awful. 

I did not use the other focus points as they would not have given me this clear and sharp picture. Also, I did not Compose-Recompose by physically moving the camera after locking focus, to get the rule of thirds right, because in Macro Lenses, you tend to lose focus with the slightest of movement. 

Therefore, I simply cropped the Image from the left and Bang ! Rule of thirds was applied :)

OK, that a long chatter.

Hope you liked my effort. Stay tuned for more.

Regards

Prakash Ghai 

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The Missing Window Pane

Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes

A Minimalist Photo of Window Panes in Repetition with one of them Gone Missing.
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Though I have titled this photo as The Missing Window Pane, I also have another interpretation of it.


I looked for a meaning for this photograph within my Sub-conscious mind. When I did, I realized this relates to my real life story. 

I had a girl friend back in 2003, with whom I were to get married. But since she was elder to me by a couple of years and was already working, things did not work out the way I had thought. Her parents wanted her to get married asap but I had plan to fly to Bangalore for my MBA Degree. 

I was left with a tough choice, whether to fly to Bangalore for higher education or Simply Marry her. I chose to get a Degree, based on the assumption that its true love and she would happily wait. 

But, since I moved to a far off location from my city, our relationship turned into a long distance one. 

Soon, there were misunderstandings and many a times I flew back home to clarify. But one day it all ended abruptly. We had a big misunderstanding, which I could not sort out. Along with that, her ego got hurt. I kept asking her to give me One Last Chance to Clarify and Explain, but She refused. 

The Missing Window Pane above is that Missing Last Chance, she never gave me. If she had, life would have been different.  

That said, I would like to thank her as well, as This art i.e. Minimalist Photography, that I do today, is because of her.

OK, Long emotional story ! NO 

I have long forgotten her for good :) I have learned to move-on. 

Move-on, just reminded me to move-on quickly to the Composition.

Composition Highlights 


The Shot above Falls under the Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes Category of Minimalist Photography. What made me click this shot, was the one Missing Window Pane

It broke the repetition very beautifully.

Also the Reflections in the window creates nice visual abstraction. It somewhat sparks a feeling of nostalgia. 

Another way to look at the picture is In Terms of Shapes. These are 4 Vertical Rectangles in Repetition.

The One Curve made my the Electrical Wire coming out from the 3rd Missing Window Pane, also breaks nicely the visual symmetry.

So, Those were the Photo Highlights. Hope that you enjoyed the Shot. 

See you around next time ! Comments and Feedback Welcomed !

PS: ...by the way this photograph deserves a poem (well..more than a haiku).  If I was a poet, I would have written one.

The Brown Square

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Minimalist Photo of a Brown Square on a Textured Indian Wall
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Hello Everyone !

I guess its been long since I did a post. Well, I have been busy with my Social Media, especially my Twitter Account https://twitter.com/PrakashGhai 

You see,  in a world where everyone is a photographer, it is very difficult to make yourself stand-out. I, for one believe, that for a Photographer, its now 50% Photography + 50% Branding. 

Lets keep it short, that point has been made :) 

Composition Details


The above Minimalist Photograph of The Brown Square, falls under the Minimalism as Simple Geometry Category of Minimalist Photography.


I placed The Brown Square on the Top left corner and I also carved out a Small Brown Rectangle on the bottom right of the frame. The Small Brown Rectangle balances the overall composition. 

The Two Diagonal Lines that you see on the top left, is actually a metal wire going across and its respective shadow. 

The shot was taken from 100mm Canon Macro Lens.  The shadows inside The Brown Square is of the Tree Branches. 

The Color Palette is primarily Light and Dark Brown, hence that is Minimal too. 

Reflection of Glass Door Handle in Mirror

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Photo of the Reflection of Glass Door Handle in Mirror
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One thing that I have learned over the past few years in photography, is that the photograph that you take/make does not need to be 100% technically correct to be a good photograph. If the composition supersedes the technical error, the photo is still considered good. 

Composition wins hands down over technicality.

I remember, one day when I was talking to Vera, one of my biggest Art Buyer who has purchased over 30 of my Minimalist Photographs, mentioned to me that, old black and white technically incorrect street photographs, sell at huge prices at auctions. She further added, "as a photographer you may put more emphasis on the photo being technically correct, but the buyer lays more emphasis on the composition and the overall appeal of the photograph. What story it has to tell, what mood or feel it takes you to and likewise".

While I was editing this Minimalist Photograph, I recalled what she had mentioned. If you carefully see, the Blue metal door handle is not fully sharp on a closer look, whereas its reflection in the mirror is fully sharp. If one looks at the picture from a normal thumbnail point of view, the photo looks fine. But on full zoom the technical shortcoming is visible. 

So, I initially though I would rather not post this photograph. But then, I told myself, wait what I want to communicate here is far more important. 

I wanted to show how the Reflection of Glass Door Handle in Mirror helped in forming an Abstract Heart-like shape. And that is pretty evident here, that that;s the main highlight of the photograph. Therefore, I changed my mind and posted this.


Back to the Composition: It's Minimalism as Less Elements. The main element just being the Abstract Heart-Shape.


The photo was taken during the Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 organized at Diggi Palace Jaipur.

Lens used: Canon 50mm F/1.4 prime lens

Camera Mode: Full Manual

Lens Focus Mode: Auto Focus

Camera Focus Mode: Manual - Center Point Focus was selected as that is the only "Cross-type" focus point in my Camera (Canon 600D). I first locked the focus and then recomposed the shot to apply Rule of Thirds to get the Negative Space on the right. 

Hope you liked this little effort of mine to explain my intentions behind the shot.

Brass Water Tap on Pink Indian Wall with Subtle Texture

Minimalism as Less Elements


Minimalist Photograph of Brass Water Tap on a Pink Indian Wall with Subtle Texture
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Today, Lets get back to the basics. 

The Minimalist Photograph above, is an ideal example of Minimalist Photography

Just Two Elements:

 

a) The Brass Water Tap &

 

b) The Pink Textured Indian Wall


Also note the use of extreme Negative Space or Empty Space

Use of these basic elements contribute to the most simple and basic form of Minimalist Photography also know as Minimalism as Less Elements. In Total there are 8 Types of Minimalism in Photography including the above form/type.

Mind you, composing such simple photos and making them look good, is not as easy as it may appear. 

You need to have a combination of:

a) the right subject

b) the right angle and

c) the right colors

...to make such Photos Pop, despite being so simple in nature.

The How and Why or the Behind the Scenes Confusion:


I almost walked past the subject thinking, 'ah just another pink wall and a tap'. Then I told myself "wait, its a Pink Wall, and the pink looks pretty pink and beautiful."

Once I had decided that this pink would do the trick, the next challenge was the composition.

One option was to go down on my knees and either click the photo from the front or from the side. But again I told myself, "wait Not Again, that would be too boring, you have done that before" 

So I again got up and started to walk away. A thought crossed my mind while I almost again walked past my subject and I told myself

- "its OK, don't take things so seriously, just take a shot and move on. Go home and have a look at it in the computer. If you don't like it, press delete."

So, in a very lazy manner I turned my head back and since I was not convinced much, I did not even bother to bend down and I pressed Camera Shutter button standing almost adjacent to the pink wall. 

This laziness gave me this unique angle :) and once I reviewed this shot on the Camera screen, I instantly knew I had my shot. 

So, who says being lazy is bad. Sometimes its good !

The shot is more like A Batsman's Late-cut in Cricket. i.e When he cuts the ball at the very last minute, turning his bat confusing even the wicket-keeper.

Well, I could have also titled this as A Photographers Late-cut ;) but since this is a blog which would be floating in the Ocean of World Wide Web, its better to have Photo related, SEO friendly titles, so that the photograph gets fetched by Google's bots for the right keywords a user punches in.

Such Photos are the opposite of Look-Up Photography, that I had spoken about in my previous post. Rather this category is called the Look-Down or Looking Down Photography.

If you have a thing for PINK. Below are some more Minimalist Images PINK IN COLOR
 

Repeating Curves Versus Lines in Black and White

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Photo of Repeating Curves Versus Lines in Black and White
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I am back today with some Black and White Minimalism.

This shot was taken at a Heritage Building in Jaipur. What prompted me to take this shot was the Diagonal Shadow Line coming in from the right, and joining the Arc with repeating curves, at the bottom of the frame.


While the Diagonal Shadow Line was on its way down, it also happen to cut very beautifully, the horizontal lines just above the big arc. That was the icing on the Cake :)

This was a yellow colored building, but since I wanted to put more emphasis on the visual play between the lines and the arc, I did away with color and converted the photo to black and white.


Color, sometimes distorts or interferes with the eye, especially in photos where you want to show the interplay of geometry. 

Minimalism Categorization:  Minimalism as Less Elements, the elements being just the lines and curves and the empty grey wall.

This again a Look-up Minimal Shot, just like the one in the previous post.

Soon, I shall also be posting some Look-down Minimal Shots. 

So Stay tuned !

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The Odd One Out

Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes


A Minimalist Photo containing Four Windows out of which one unfinished window stands out as the odd one.
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The Photograph above falls under the popular "Look-up Photos" category. 

You can also explore the hashtag #lookup on Instagram or Twitter to get a better Idea what exactly do I mean by the term "Look-up".

To subject, i.e the Four Windows in Repetition on the creamy wall, was pretty far away from me and I was standing right across the road. 

To shoot such long range Minimalist Photos, one needs a Telephoto Lens

My Canon 100mm prime IS USM L Macro Lens (affiliate link) works pretty well for me, for this purpose. It fits quite nicely on my Canon T3i Rebel or 600D Camera, and delivers some nice sharp photos.

Since my camera is a Crop Frame Camera rather than a Full-frame, the range of coverage of my Macro Lens increases from 100mm to 160mm. 

This is because of the 1.6 crop factor of my camera. 100x 1.6 = 160mm

You can also use a Zoom Lens for such shots, but mind you, the moment you zoom in you start losing quality.

I prefer prime lenses. Of course, they are expensive and then you need to have many of them to cover different ranges. But, the quality speaks for itself and you save a lot of time on post-processing.

"The more you shoot with prime lenses, the less time you spend in Photoshop editing photos."

Well, lets move on to the composition

Composition


The above photo falls under the Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes category of Minimalism

The unfinished ODD ONE OUT Window caught my eye, along with those 3 Beautiful Rectangles in each of those windows. I first planed to shoot this from the side, in the landscape mode. But that was not doing justice to the composition. So, I decided to walk right in front of the building and shot Vertically or in the Portrait mode. Now, the frame looked balanced.


I was standing across the road and there were many High-tension electricity wires above me. The black wire that you see on the top slanting towards the right, is one of those wires. 

I planned to omit this wire at first, but later I felt, that it would be better to add it to the frame rather than exclude it.

Hope you liked my little effort on the photograph. If you have any comments or views on it, please leave them below.

Chao !

Black Ball Reflection

Minimalism as in Small Objects


 Photo of a Black Ball and its Reflection on a Table
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What we have here is another Macro Minimalism Photograph. The Subject, is just a small round Black Ball that I picked-up under my Coffee Table.

The table was covered elegantly with a glossy silver mica. The light was coming in from the front and behind me there was a big white wall. 

What I found interesting here, was the small little reflection of the Black Ball being created on the silver-ish and smooth surface of the Coffee Table.

I had my Macro Lens on, and it took me about 4-5 shots to get this right. 

I was on Full Manual Camera Settings with Both the Camera and Lens's focus settings set to Manual as well.

Since I wanted to emphasize the Black Ball's Reflection, I placed the subject only following the left rule of thirds, and avoided the bottom rule of thirds alignment. As you can see, the Black Ball is near the center row of the rule of thirds grid, while its reflection slips towards the bottom row.


Minimalism Category and Composition:


This Minimalist Photo falls under the Minimalism as in Small Objects category of Minimalist Photography

The intention is clearly to show its small size, against the large empty spaces. 

To enhance emphasis on the subject, a lot of Negative Space has been used.

Rhombus and Rectangle

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Black and White Minimalist Photograph of Rhombus and Rectangle created by Light and Shadow play of Nature
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Black and White Minimalism with Simple Geometric Shapes, is what I have a personal bias for. Such images just hit the head. 

Geometry per say, communicates something at a subconscious level. I simply cannot put that into words. 

What I found interesting here, was the Rhombus or Diamond like shape appearing on the white pillar and a subsequent Rectangle being formed on the floor, extreme left.


This kind of placement of the two geometric shapes, balanced the frame nicely. 

Also I knew, this would look better in Black and White, so I simply de-saturated the image in post processing.

Photo Highlights


  • The photograph falls under the Minimalism as Simple Geometry category of Minimalism.  
  • Light and Shadow Play by Nature, always makes the photo stand out. The reason being, when nature is in action, it always paints a pretty picture.
  • The dark scratches on the wall adds extra zing to the image. 
  • Location: Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur
  • Lens: Canon 50mm F/1.4 prime 
  • Shot Handheld