22 October, 2017

Door Handle Shadows

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Minimal Art Photo of Long Shadows of the Handles of a Metal Door in Black and White
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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I have a Blog e-mail Subscriber by the name of Steve Hoover, who regularly gives me feedback about my photos via e-mail :)

I guess he loves more of Black and White Minimalism, as he sometimes edits my Colored Photographs, converts them into Black and White, e-mails me and asks, How does that look?

So this Black and White Photo of Door Handle Shadows is for you Steve. 

I know here, I am not giving you all the three "Light, Medium and Dark" Shades that you like, but instead just Medium and Dark. 

Hope you like it... The original color was Blue by the way. 

Anyways, the Photo falls under Minimalism as Less Elements category of Minimalism.

Yes, Less Elements, I am sure Jay Gould (who manages a Facebook Minimalism group and keenly follows my work), would be surprised and say that there are three elements here, like 3 Different Handles. 

Well, here The Subject in totality is the Long Shadows of the 3 Door Handles (one being a hook sort of a thing, which I have called a handle just for convenience) treated as one. 

The Photo is a bit Maximal in nature or what one calls as Maximalism (still minimalism)

The Shot has been taken with Canon 600 D with 50 mm F1.4 Lens.

Location is, near Diggi Palace Jaipur.

20 October, 2017

Colorful Lookup Minimalism - 3 Photographs

Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors

  Photograph (1)

Colorful Lookup Minimal 3
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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  Photograph (2)

Colorful Lookup Minimal 2
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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  Photograph (3)

Colorful Lookup Minimal 3
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These shots were taken at Cafe Lazy Mojo in Jaipur. I was there for an Art Meet organized by Kala Kartavyaa. 

The Art meet was actually on Fashion and the theme was Lifestyle. 

Fashion Bloggers/ Models and Photographers were invited to the meet. 

I dint have much to do there. 

I got a few tips on Fashion and soon I was done listening. 

I was getting itchy to click, so I moved outside with my Camera. 

I had my Canon 100 mm Prime Macro L Series Lens mounted on my Canon 600D Camera that day. 

So I thought why not take some Look-up Minimal Shots. 

Cafe, Lazy Mojo has this Pete Mondrian Style designed roof front. 

I thought it would be a nice Idea to click some "Minimalism as Few Distinctive Colors" shots.

This category of Minimalist shots are always hard to find. 

While, I was editing, I decided to post a series of 3 shots this time, unlike my style of posting only 1 best shot from the shoot. 

Since, it was about colors, therefore I chose 3.

The composition of the Shots is pretty simple  and self-explanatory. 

Nothing much to say here. The major part is to find the Subject/Building with multiple colors and more than half of the job is done for you.

Apply a few basic rules of Photography like the Rule of Thirds etc and you are good to go.

Hope, that you enjoyed the shot.

Show me yours :) 

Good Day !

18 October, 2017

Rectangle Versus Square Cut Versus Uncut

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

Two Simple Geometric Windows, one being a Rectangle and the Other a Square. One of them is cut by a line while the other one not.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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This Minimalist Photograph was taken right outside Hawa Mahal, Jaipur. 

(I) What prompted me to to take this shot was:

A) Two Simple Geometric Shapes aka the Windows. One being a Rectangle and the Other one being a Square.

B) The second element was Texture and the Patches on the wall.

C) Finally, the 3rd element was the Lines

(II) Why I named it Rectangle Versus Square, Cut Versus Uncut?  

Because, If you observe closely, you will find that one Line is cutting the Rectangular Window on the left as it runs through it While the Other Line does not cut across the Square on the right.

This creates the ART here and therefore it is the Key Highlight of the Photograph.

(III) Other Details:

Equipment Used: Canon 600 D with Canon 100mm Prime Macro L Series Lens.

Minimalism Type: Simple Geometry, with 3 key Simple Geometric Shapes, namely, Rectangle, Square and Lines

Hope you enjoyed the Shot. Have a Nice Day !

15 October, 2017

The Partial Chair

Minimalism as Parts of the Whole

A partially visible White Chair placed in front of an open brown door at The Village area at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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I had been out of my peak photography form and I had been wondering what was causing it?

Initially I thought either I am just stressed or I need to go to newer places to find subjects again. 

I had my Canon 100mm Macro Lens mounted on my Camera for 10 months in a row. 

And its only last week that I changed my lens to  50mm prime.

As soon as I changed my lens, I got the shot that I was looking for.

The problem was, that I had put on 1 lens (100mm) for way too long and that was costing me. 

- I must change my habit of keeping one lens on for 6 months or so.

  • I should rather alternate the lenses every 15 days or month.

With the 100mm Lens on, I was searching for subjects far away, looking for mostly the look-up style photographs. 

And because of that I stopped searching for subject right in front of my eyes or the near range. 

The switch back to 50mm lens will do two things:

a) Make me see/spot newer subjects at a closer range

b) And also help me "Reset my Vision" at the 100mm range, as I am taking a break from it. 

I hope you got my point :)

Lets get back to the Shot

This Photograph falls under the "Minimalism as Parts of the Whole" category of Minimalist Photography, as here I have only shown a part of the White Chair

Partially visibility engages the mind of the viewer. 

Also, the Pink table cloth on the bottom, is not accidental but included on purpose because it adds contrast to the primarily White and Brown color palette. 

Hope you enjoyed the shot !

Comments and Feedback welcomed.

Have a Nice Day !

05 October, 2017

Old Staircase at Amber Fort, Jaipur

Minimalism as Simple Geometry

A Minimalist Photograph of Old Staircase at Amber Fort, Jaipur  - India shot via Canon 600D © Prakash Ghai
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What we have here is a Staircase, a Side Rail and a Small Rusty Metal Door on the Bottom Right.

But, I titled Old Staircase at Amber Fort, Jaipur it to keep it simple :)

Although the Photograph falls under the Minimalism as Simple Geometry Category, there is also the Parts of the Whole Minimalism visible here in a way. 

I say so because, whats visible is a part of each element, namely the Side Rail, Staircase and The Rusty Metal Door.

The Wall Texture and Decay lifts the Artistic Appeal of the shot. 

I found this setting at the very famous Amber Fort, Jaipur. I took many shots that day and this one comes from one of my old folders. This image is about 2 years old. 

Its interesting, that at that point of time i.e 2 years back, the level of my enthusiasm was pretty high and I used to go to far-off places to shoot. 

Revisiting old photos also help you to see as to how you have evolved as a photographer. 

I guess my editing style has improved now and also the range of the shots that I take. 

With those thoughts, let me close this post.

I have my Hot Tea at my side table that I need to finish and pop a multi-vitamin tablet and head straight to work.

See you all

Have a great day !