31 August, 2014

The Triple Split

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Black and White/ Monochrome Minimalist Photograph of a Street Lamp's shadow falling on the corner of a building forming a Triple Split.
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A Black and White/ Monochrome Minimalist Photograph of a Street Lamp's shadow falling on the corner of a building forming a Triple Split.


This Minimalism as Less Elements Minimalist Photo, is a corner shot of a building taken during a sunny afternoon. 

The Light and Shadow games played by nature, are always interesting and this Minimalist Photograph captures that. Look at how beautifully the shadow of the lamp got split by three lines. I spotted this Triple Split near the Akshardham temple in Vaishali Nagar.


This photograph has depth and dimension and therefore is way better than flat photos. You may try and include more depth by getting really creative with angles. The highlights, as you can see are quite bright and some portion has lost a bit of detail. It is actually just on the limits. A step further and the details would be lost completely. Why I did this? to make the shades of gray stand out among each other and to show clearly the light and shadow differential.


Other Minimalist Photos taken at Akshardham Temple, Jaipur:



- Blessed by the Curve


- Hypnotic Tree

30 August, 2014

Minimalist Photography Video Part - I

A Video slideshow / collection of select Minimalist Photographs.


Every now and then I make a compilation of Minimalist Photographs that I have posted in the past. on this blog. After carefully curating some of the best Minimalist Photographs I create a Video Slideshow of them and post them as a Video on my YouTube Channel. It is a series that I wish to continue.

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Minimalist Photography Video Part - I

           

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Minimalist Photography Video Part - II


Minimalist Photography Video Part - III


Types of Minimalism

26 August, 2014

Bird Vs Lines

Minimalism as in Small Objects

A black and white Minimalist Photo of a small Bird sitting on the wall.
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A Black and White Minimalist Photo of a Bird sitting on the wall, with lines complimenting it.


This Minimalist Shot was taken at Jawahar Kala Kendra - Jaipur, using Two Colored walls of different colors to show Contrast between them. Later during editing, I turned the Photograph into Black and White and that further enhanced the contrast between the two walls. 

This Photograph has been intentionally captured from a distance, so that the size of the Bird appeared very small, making it a perfect fit for the "Minimalism as in Small Objects" category of Minimalist Photography.

A Word on the Composition.


The Little Bird sitting between two Diagonal Lines caught my eye to begin with. I had to be fast enough, which I was, so that the Little Bird did not fly away during the composition of the Photograph. Thankfully, the Little Bird stayed long enough and I had a decent Black and White Minimalist Photograph.

This is a Multi-layer shot. There is some distance between the two walls. The light gray one is nearer to the frame and the dark gray one is quite far. I joined these two sections visually and placed the Little Bird nearly at the intersection of the lines of the Two walls.

Also, I had to move a lot to my left and right, and I tried various combinations and angles to get this right.

Below is a Similar shot from the Same Location that you might be interested in:


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25 August, 2014

Clay Pot

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Minimalist Photo of a Brown clay pot against pink wall.
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A Minimalist Photograph of a Brown clay pot against a pink wall.


This Minimalist Shot was taken at Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur. Opposite to Jawahar Kala Kendra, there is a lane that goes towards Jhalana Doongri.

Right at that corner, there are a few kiosks for food, tea and cigarettes. It was a holiday that day. This cigarette shop or "Pan Ki Thadi" (as we call it in Hindi) was located near those food shops. The shop was closed being a holiday and I liked the Pink Shutter of it a lot.

Just next to this Pan Shop, there was a handmade clay pottery shop. One of the Clay Pots was set aside, maybe because it was broken from the bottom or something. The Clay Pot was found sitting idle right in front of the closed Pan Shop, that had this beautiful pink colored metal shutter.

The isolated Clay Pot contrasted so well against the pink shutter of the closed Pan Shop that I had to stop and take a shot of it. The set up was perfect as I had loads of Negative Space on the left to compose a classic Minimalist Photograph. I literally, went down on my knees for this one.

Also note, that there is an Abstract Shadow Triangle on the left and the Three Simple Vertical Lines on the closed shop shutter, adds brilliantly to the Minimalist Frame.

I did try a Black and White version of this shot and I had also posted it on my Facebook timeline, because Minimalist Photos looks extremely good in Black and White, But later, I reverted to the Original Irresistible Pink Color. Pink won hands down.

The Photo falls under Minimalism as Less Elements category of Minimalist Photography.

Click here to learn all the Types of Minimalism in Minimalist Photography: Types of Minimalism in Photography


More Minimalist Photos containing Pink:


    Light Shadow and Lines

    Minimalism as Less Elements

    A Black and White Minimalist Photo composed by a combination of Light Shadows and Lines
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    A Black and White Minimalist Photo composed by a combination of Light Shadows and Lines


    What we have here is an attempt at creating a Minimalist Photograph by using the Contrast between Light and Shadows. 

    The intent of shooting in Black and White is, to draw the viewer's attention to the Lines, Enhance Focus on the patterns, and to bring out the intricacies among-st the elements in the frame as a whole.

    Art that nature creates through Light and Shadows, hold a very special significance. They appear for a moment and until you are there at the same place, the same time, with the same camera settings, you could probably can never repeat the shot. 

    The dark wall that you see on the left was red in color and the white on the right was yellow. You need good color contrasts, in order to make the photo look good in Black and White, especially a Minimalist one.

    The Less Elements part of the photo is, that all the lines i.e the Simple Geometric shape here, in totality is considered as "One Element", the second supporting element is, Light and Shadow. 


    This Minimalist Photograph could very well be categorized under Minimalism as Simple Geometry as well. It actually depends on what or how the Photographer really wants to present the Photograph.

    24 August, 2014

    Minimalist Reflection of Street Light

    Minimalism as Less Elements

    A Minimalist Photograph of the Reflection of street light in stagnant water on the road.
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    A Minimalist Photograph of the Reflection of street light in stagnant water on the road.


    There is only one element in the frame i.e the Minimalist Reflection of Street Light, in the puddle of stagnant water. 

    The subject is placed on the bottom right corner so as to follow the Rule of Thirds. A lot of Negative Space has been left on the top, to make the eye wander in the frame and find the subject eventually.

    Such compositions are very tricky, and you only get them right with loads of practice. Shooting water reflections could take hundreds of wrong photos. I spotted this arrangement after looking over at about 10-12 water puddles.

    You have to bend down every-time, move 360 degrees around it to check what can be spotted in it. Once you find the right subject in the puddle, try various angles and combinations, by varying the degrees at which that you bend. 

    Hope you enjoyed the post. 

    Stay tuned for more Minimalist Photographs!

    21 August, 2014

    School Bus

     Minimalism as Less Elements


    Minimal Art Photography using the back-light of a School Bus as a subject. This is a close-up shot and hence it eliminates the extra elements from the frame and there is clear emphasis on the geometry of the back-light. Next time, when you are out on a photo-walk, try to locate a stationery school bus for a similar shot. It depends what colors you find on it. School buses are usually full of vibrant colors and one could compose a lot of minimalist frame from it. But please make sure that the bus isn't parked on the main road with traffic on it. What happens is, that you would look back once for traffic and then get immersed in the shot. And therefore you may end up taking unnecessary risk. As a photographer I believe, that safety always comes first. Life (howsoever it may be good or bad for someone) is still, very precious. Always exercise caution while shooting. Good luck.

    A Minimalist Photo of  the Backlight of a yellow School Bus
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    The Window

    Minimalism as Simple Geometry


    A Black and White Minimalist Photograph of a Window with 6 Panes illuminating Light.
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    A Black and White Minimalist Photograph of a Window with 6 Panes illuminating Light.


    This Photograph was kept a little under exposed on purpose and was taken at City Palace - Jaipur.

    I had to do a lot of editing here. I adjusted the highlights, exposure, levels and had to crop it many a times to get the final image the way I wanted. Black and white editing is not easy. You need to also understand the 0-255 range. I wish I had a larger size uploaded for this image but to balance out the composition I had to do what I did.

    As a regular practice, I always add a small Buy Now link under each Minimalist Photograph I post here. This one too has that button. I have tied-up with Pixels.com (earlier Fine Art America) for making my Minimalist Photographs available for Sale worldwide. I love their service and have sold 150+ photos and some merchandise as well. The sales are good.

    Click on "Buy Minimalist Photos" to browse the complete collection of Minimalist Photographs I have captured till date.

    Thank you, I wish you a nice day and I send you greetings all the way from Jaipur, India.

    Note: I am editing/updating this post after about 6 years. Original post date is 20.08.2014 and today it is 06.05.2020. Blogging is not that easy and maintaining and updating the blog on a regular basis is even tougher. I look forward for your feedback. In case you do end up reading this, please take time out and leave some feed back on my Minimalist Photographs in the comments section.

    20 August, 2014

    The Diamond Stone

    Minimalism as Less Elements


    A Black and white Minimalist Photo of Light and shadow contrasts on a rough diamond stone
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    A Monochrome / Black and White Minimalist Photo of a rough textured Diamond Stone.


    This is a close-up shot of a Diamond Stone from an Indian house wall. Such stones are carved out meticulously by hand, by workers using traditional Indian cutting tools. Very few workers in India do this now and this stone cutting art is now in its last days. Mechanical cutting has taken over.

    A word on the composition of the Minimalist Photograph


    The photograph was captured in the afternoon. The Light and Shadow effect formed a Triangle on the left. 

    The Texture of the Diamond Stone adds a lot of beauty to the shot. It is an extreme close up and therefore decently sharp and clear to look at. This reminds me of this famous quote by Robert Capa (a Hungarian photo journalist), “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

    I always try to get as close as possible to the subject, depending on the shot of course, to get clearer pictures. Have you heard of or seen Diamond Stones? If so, do let me know in the comments where did you spot them?

    Thank You

    I hope you enjoyed the Minimalist Shot of the Diamond Stone. 

    Take Care.

    19 August, 2014

    Pink Staircase

    Minimalism as Simple Geometr


    A Minimalist Photograph of Staircase with pink wall and shadows.
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    A Minimalist Photograph of Staircase with pink wall and shadows.


    This shot was taken in the basement parking of a shopping mall. The pink wall and shadows caught my attention.

    The lines and geometry were fascinating to look at and to top that, the color palette was absolutely stunning.

    Staircases are anyways a favorite Minimal Subject for me and I am always on the lookout for them.

    But there is one thing to remember here. Please do not get carried away and include way too much detail in the frame. Because then the shot actually becomes Maximally Minimal.

    Alright, there does exist a category by the name of "Maximalism or Maximally Minimal Art" but, in Minimalism it is always ideal to be more "Minimally Minimal" than being "Maximally Minimal".

    On a lighter note, If I have still not confused you, you need not subscribe to my blog.

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    Also have a look at more Pink Minimal Shots below:-

    16 August, 2014

    Unkempt Indian Wall

    Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors


    Contrasting colors on an old textured unkempt Indian wall in Jaipur. Walls are one of my favorites to click. India is full of such multicolored unkempt textured walls. You can find them almost anywhere. The highlight of the composition is the placement of the blue rectangle on the top left corner. It lifts the entire image single handed. That nail in the center wanted to grab some attention as well but, he is probably having a bad day. This shot falls under the minimalism category of "Few Distinctive Colors", the colors being, blue, yellow and orange. 

    A Minimalist Photo of Old textured unkempt Indian wall in walled city Jaipur, Rajasthan
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    12 August, 2014

    Stagnant Life

    Minimalism Type: Zeroism


    This shot was taken at "Jal Dhara" Jaipur, a water recreation park. I went there with a clear focus of shooting only water reflections. And I did find some interesting ones. The yellow color that you see on the left, is that of a building and the blue reflection, is one from the sky above. On the right, it was a little dark and the green that you see is because of the algae in the water. This kind of Minimalism falls under the category "Zeroism". Under this type, the photo may or may not clearly point to something. Also at first glance we may get confused, whether this is water or something else. If we could relate this with something in the real world or with any real world reference, the this probaly would fall under "Minimalism as Low Detail" rather than Zeroism. For more on this type of Minimalism, please go through point h) under Types of Minimalism. How I interpret the photo, is as following. The stagnant nature of the colorful water represents, that all good things have come to a standstill. Life is barely moving forward. The vision is blurry, but still there is hope i.e the Blue color. Blue indicates hope just like the blue sky and vast oceans. And yes hope it is, on which we are all alive.


    A Minimalist Photo of the Reflection of red, blue and green lights in water
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    11 August, 2014

    Lines Vs the Triangle Vs the Rectangle

    Minimalism as Simple Geometry 


    This part belongs to my water cooler that we have placed on our terrace. The black "Rectangle" that you see in the bottom right corner, is the gap between the water cooler and the wall it is taking support on. The cooler is made of thin sheet of malleable metal, hence you see the "Lines" on it, a result of the design. The Triangle on the top right corner, is created by a shadow. Such kind of frame are s rare find, with so many different geometric shapes in it, all at the same time.

    A Black and white Minimalist Photo of Lines Vs the Triangle Vs the Rectangle
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    10 August, 2014

    Good times and the bad

    Minimalism as Less Elements


    The photo depicts the Contrast of good and bad times experienced by a person in lifetime. We are all at the at the mercy of mother nature. Good times, is the portion on the top highlighted by sunlight, and the bad times is the shadow area. This wall belongs to my neighbor and I just love the texture it has. The shot has been taken from my terrace. It is a very basic composition with very little to explain. Since, it is a light and shadow composition and such compositions are generally hard to expose correctly, one may use the exposure bracketing technique. The primary intention in the photo is to show lines. One may infer it both, Minimalism as Less Elements i.e just lines as a whole acting as one element or Minimal as Simple Geometry i.e lines, again.

    A Black and White Minimalist Photo of Light and Shadow contrast on a textured wall.
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    Interplay of Colors and Geometry

    Minimalism as Parts of the Whole


    The Interplay of Colors and Geometry captured by clipping out the corner of a door adding mystery to the frame. This was shot at the famous, well not so famous "Badal Mahal" or the Cloud Palace, as entry here is restricted to invitees only and I was very lucky to have got an invite to visit the place. I loved the colors and the contrasts among the doors and walls. This is Minimalism as parts of the whole, where only a part of the door and wall is shown, leaving the rest to the imagination of the viewer. 

    A Minimalist Photo of the Corner of a door depicting geometry and interplay of colors yellow and blue.
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    Hope: Black & White Minimalism

    Minimalism as Simple Geometry


    A black and white Minimalist Photo of Opening in a roof signifying hope.
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    A Black and White Minimalist Photograph of an opening in the roof of a dark room signifying hope.


    This is an Opening in the roof of a dark room signifying "Hope". At least that is how I interpret it. Hope is something on which we all survive.

    Sometimes, you have to look up, and not to your right or left, to spot Minimalist subjects. The light coming in from the opening caught my attention. I used the wall to its right as a diagonal line running across. I did get some bad highlights but then they are ok to some extent. They are limited only to a small area i.e the extreme white on the edge of the opening.

    The Photograph is all about Lines and Geometry as a whole. Lines are accompanied by the squarish opening and some curves. Next time when you are out on a photo-walk, try and look up, you would be surprised to find many interesting subjects that could help you create some beautiful Minimalist Photography frames.

    The Alphabet Z

    Minimalism as Simple Geometry 


    A Black and white Minimalist Photo of Zigzag or English Alphabet Z, created by visually connected side walls of two terraces.
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    Shot at Jawahar Kala Kendra - Jaipur. I took the stairs near the Sudarshan Art gallery area and headed straight to the terrace. While I was climbing up the stairs, I saw this Zig-Zag of lines being formed. The formation was only a visual one, as these are in fact the walls of two separate terraces. I thought why not take a multi-layer shot and connect the two walls in the frame. I focused and took a few shots and bang...

    I  created an English alphabet "The Alphabet Z" . Also see: Colored Version


    When you start shooting multi-layer shots, your creativity as a photographer starts to reach new heights. Experiment, and try and visually connect different things, I am sure you will have a lot of fun.

    This is Minimalism as Simple Geometry. Simple geometric shapes being, the three lines.

    09 August, 2014

    Repeating Curves

    Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes


    A Minimalist Photo of curves in repetition formed by light and shadow combination on a Creased white cloth
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    These are curves in repetition, formed by the crease in a cloth exposed to directional sunlight. 


    The photo falls under the Minimalist Photography category: Minimalism as in Repeating Shapes. These curves have been made to trend upwards to add a sense of dynamism to the photo. With the light being so bright, it gets extremely difficult to expose the subject in a correct manner. Therefore, I suggest using exposure bracketing mode in the camera.

    I also recommend that one should always shoot in the RAW + JPEG mode. With that you can have full control over the shot. If you get the exposure right in the first place, its fine and you have your JPEG ready with you. JPEG's save you the headache and time taken to edit the photograph. But, in case you messed up with exposure, despite the bracketing or even without it, you still have the RAW file at your disposal, which you can almost fully mend in editing.  

    Other Posts that include curves:


    The Pink Curve


    Twins from the Left

    07 August, 2014

    Train Your Eyes for Minimalist Photography

    Let's say you have decided to give Minimalist Photography a try and you are keen on clicking some Minimalist Photos. The question is where to begin?


    To begin, You need to Train Your Eyes for Minimalist Photography


    You need to Change your "Perspective" i.e. the way you look at things. Shapes/lines/ geometry is everywhere. They are a part of our everyday lives, but we often forget to notice them.

    For example:

    • What shape is a birthday cake? Isn't it mostly a square or a circle?
    • Even when you cut your birthday cake with a knife, what shape do you cut out ? Don't you cut out triangles ?
    • Geometry is everywhere. OK, how about a wrist watch? The most common dial shapes are circular, square, or rectangular.
    • How about the plates we use to eat our food in? again circular or square. (the common ones)
    • How about  doors and windows? Mostly all doors are rectangular (rather rectangles) and most common window shapes are improvised squares or rectangles. Rectangles, are used the most in everyday life, they are just about everywhere.
    • Also, how about the electricity wires you see on the road attached to the poles. Well, those are not electricity wires, for a minimalist those are Lines.

    This is the kind of perspective change you need to bring in, in order to compose Minimalist frames.

    Let's take a few examples of Minimalist Photographs to better understand how a normal person views objects and how a Minimalist Photographer views them. 

    Minimalist Photo: 1

    A Minimalist Photo of Rusty circles in a worn out metal sheet.
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    a) How a Normal person views it: Two holes in a rusty metal sheet.
    b) How a Minimalist Photographer views it: Two circles separated by a line (Minimalism as Simple Geometry)
     

    Minimalist Photo: 2 

    A Minimalist Photo of Yellow wall with a sqaure opening
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    a) How a Normal person views it: A yellow wall with an opening.
    b) How a Minimalist Photographer views it: A red rectangle within a square, which is again within a larger square.(Minimalism as Simple Geometry)

    Minimalist Photo: 3

    A Minimalist Photo of lines created by a wooden Ladder against a textured wall.
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    a) How a Normal person views it: Snippet of a ladder .
    b) How a Minimalist Photographer views it: Five vertical lines cut by a diagonal one.(Minimalism as Simple Geometry)

    Minimalist Photo: 4

    A Black and white Minimalist Photo of Broken windows at Diggi Palace Jaipur
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    a) How a Normal person views it: Six windows .
    b) How a Minimalist Photographer views it: Rectangles, squares, lines and curves. (Minimalism as Simple Geometry or Repeating Shapes)

    Minimalist Photo: 5

    A Black and white Minimalist Photo of the Tyre of a Bicycle parked against a wall and a rectangle on the bottom right.
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    a) How a normal person views it: A bicycle parked by the wall.
    b) How a Minimalist Photographer views it: A semi-circle, lines and a rectangle. (Minimalism as Simple Geometry or Parts of the Whole)

    Minimalist Photo: 6

    A Minimalist Photo of A yellow Staircase at Jantar Mantar Jaipur
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    a) How a normal person views it: A staircase.
    b) How a Minimalist Photographer views it: A right angled triangle on the left, A diagonal lines. other straight lines.( Minimalism as Simple Geometry/Less Elements) 

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    I hope the above Examples helped you to see things in a different manner.

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    Thank you, have a nice day/night.