26 April, 2017

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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20 April, 2017

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.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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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. :)

14 April, 2017

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 !   

08 April, 2017

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
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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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.

One Last Thing: You can also buy this Photograph for your Kids Room or if this Color Palette matches your house paint or Brand Logo. 

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More Shots from the same location:

1) Red Orange Wall With Simple Geometric Shapes

2) Colorful Rectangles 

01 April, 2017

Decayed Stairs

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

Minimal Art Photography using Decayed Stairs as a Minimalist Subject.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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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.