14 November, 2019

Two Empty Glasses

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Photograph of Two Empty Glass found at Statue Circle Jaipur near a Coffee Shop
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Minimalist Photograph of Two Empty Glass found at Statue Circle Jaipur near a Coffee Shop


These Two Empty Glasses, I spotted near the famous Coffee Shop at Statue Circle.  What immediately caught my eye was the way these glasses were positioned. One to the left and the other pointing to the right, Opposite Directions.

I placed these glasses in the middle of the frame but in the upper row (accordingly to rule of thirds 3X3 grid) and left Negative Space to the side of the glasses and at the bottom of the frame.

If you carefully see, you can spot a White Spoon and a Black Straw in each of the glasses. My guess is that, people had ordered Cold Coffee with added Ice-cream.

They should have thrown these glasses in the dust bin though.

The technical specifications of the photograph is below.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 24-105 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/5

  • Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-640

  • Focal Length: 93 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Two Empty Glasses  Minimalist Photograph.



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13 November, 2019

Lines Curves And Square

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of Lines Curves and Square as seen on a Wall at Diggi Palace, Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of Lines Curves and Square as seen on a Wall at Diggi Palace, Jaipur.


No matter how good a Photograph looks in Color, it always looks better in Black and White. 

I had shot this in Color. The wall was White and the Black Lines that you see, were Blue in color. This is a wall from Diggi Palace Jaipur. 

While I was editing this Photograph, I was really not happy with the Colors and that was primarily due to the fact that the wall had a yellow tint over it, as this shot was taken during Golden Hour, 

Therefore, I turned this Photograph into Black and White to see how it looked without color. 

As I have said earlier, that once you convert a Photo into Black and White, majority of the times, you would want to leave it Black and White. And that is what happened today as well.

The Composition is a little weird probably, or another way you can call weird in art is, creative. 

I am looking up at the wall from a side angle, trying to fit in the Pattern created with Lines, Curves and Square, yet trying to leave some Negative Space and also trying to make the frame look less cluttered. 

I shot this at 7.1 Aperture 

What do you think? Should I have taken this shot at a different Aperture setting?


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 24-105 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/7.1

  • Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-320

  • Focal Length: 105 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Lines Curves and Square  Minimalist Photograph.



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07 November, 2019

Light Square Vs White Circle

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a Square formed by Light versus a Small White Circle
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a Square formed by Light versus a Small White Circle


What better gift can you get from nature as a Minimalist Photographer than a Square created by it. It just cannot get any better.

Getting back to basic forms aka Minimalism as Simple Geometry. A Square and a Circle both within a frame is such a treat for the eyes.

This shot was spotted behind the Indian Coffee House Smoking Area, at Jawahar Kala Kendra. There is an extra table there, where there is only self service.

Somewhere near that area I spotted this big Light Triangle created by Nature. Next to it was a White Circular Plate closing an electricity point.

The juxtaposition of shapes, was my immediate thought and therefore I began calculating the placement of these in my frame and at what height. I had the 50mm lens on my Camera, and what better angle to shoot this than at eye-level with such a lens.

The exposure had to be kept in mind as light and shadow combinations are tricky but I managed it OK. The technical details of the Photograph are below.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/7.1

  • Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-800

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Light Square Vs White Circle  Minimalist Photograph.



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29 October, 2019

Zig Zag Lines

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Colorful Minimal Art Photograph of Zig Zag Lines at Jawahar Kala Kendra, created with by Light and Shadow.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Colorful Minimal Art Photograph of Zig Zag Lines at Jawahar Kala Kendra, created with by Light and Shadow.


Some Lines here are going to the right, some to the left and if you carefully see, there is a T-Point on the Top right of the frame. 

I have kept the Photo colored this time, as the Color Palette popped quite nicely, mainly due to Light and Shadow. 

This photograph is all about how I have seen the subject and carved out a frame. It's pure perspective. 

And This is Simple Geometry at play. The Picture is full of Lines. The Technical specifications are mentioned below.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 600 D

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/4

  • Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Zig Zag Lines  Minimalist Photograph.



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07 October, 2019

Lamp In Reflection

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of the Reflection of a Lamp in a puddle of Water, at Panch Batti MI Road, Jaipur
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A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of the Reflection of a Lamp in a puddle of Water, at Panch Batti MI Road, Jaipur


This shot was taken today with my Cellphone Samsung Galaxy S10. I also performed the editing within the phone itself.

I am pretty satisfied with the output of Samsung Galaxy S10 phone camera and therefore, I have started posting more of Cellphone shots on my blog lately.

I have been shooting Street Lamps as subject for a long time now. I have shot this one located at Panch Batti many a times before.

At Panch Batti crossing, one can usually find water puddles post rain. I always go here to peep in the  water puddles looking for reflections of various things.

This particular Street Lamp is situated right at the center of Panch Batti crossing.

Today, its shot came out really well. So it made is here. I actually used the Telephoto Lens of the phone camera, went down on my knees and snapped this at a very low angle. ( you know these photos are flipped when posted).

I did use Snapseed Android App to edit this. I was primarily very happy with the Black and White tones and editing of my Samsung S10 this time.

I would not post the EXIF Data today, as I shot this in the Auto Mode.

Only thing is that as always, I shot this a bit underexposed using manual finger tapping on screen to adjust the same. 

Also, in the composition you can see how I have left negative space on the top and shown the subject i.e The Lamp in Reflection relatively small, as compared to the overall frame. 

Hope you enjoyed the Lamp in Reflection  Minimalist Photograph.



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06 October, 2019

Orange Triangle

Minimalism as Less Elements

A Minimalist Photograph of an Orange Triangle at a Construction site in Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Minimalist Photograph of an Orange Triangle at a Construction site in Jaipur.


I was passing by Tonk Road, when I spotted this under construction site. They had recently broken the wall and put up metal barriers to hide the construction work. 

I waited for the moment to ponder what could I make of the scene in front of me. Then I thought, why not create a Triangle out of the Broken boundary wall. 

Sure, the Triangle was not as such available, rather I had to make it via my composition through its placement within the frame. Therefore, I placed the abstract Orange Triangle towards the extreme right corner. 

I also liked the fact that the scene had Vertical Lines i.e in the Metal Barrier, and that a Diagonal line, that of the Triangle, was going against it. 

Now let's also take a look at the Technical Specifications of the shot.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/11

  • Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Orange Triangle  Minimalist Photograph.



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04 October, 2019

Two Window Panes

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of Light Coming through Two Window Panes at a Staircase of a Shopping Mall.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of Light Coming through Two Window Panes at a Staircase of a Shopping Mall.


This shot took a long time to get here. I mean I tried to edit this shot at 5 other occasions, but I only got the Black and White editing right, this time.

I had to make the staircase darker and some other parts dark as well, so that I could bring down the excess detail in the shot.

Sometimes, I do this during editing at other times I try to be careful on field. What happens is that, while you are on field, you tend to take a lot of shots and sometimes you get carried away in the flow. Here, I did end up capturing more details than required.

To Compose this, my starting point was the Two Window Panes. I placed them on the extreme right and top hand side of the frame and let rest of the subjects fit in.

I shot this in color and therefore that made it even more difficult to imagine this as a Minimal shot for starters. I have written about it before, but I will explain it again:-

"Sometimes you need to take the color off the photograph, to do away with the clutter caused as a result of it."


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/8

  • Shutter Speed: 1/15 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-400

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Two Window Panes  Minimalist Photograph.



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25 September, 2019

White Balloon Vs Windows

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a White Balloon Vs the Windows at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of a White Balloon Vs the Windows at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.



Here one can spot the Juxtaposition between two Geometrical Forms:

a) Circle ie the White Balloon Vs 

b) The Squares aka Windows.

The White Balloon that you see, was very far from the wall and it was continuously moving. So I had to take quite a few shots to place it properly in the frame. 

Also, you can see a little perspective distortion as I was multi layering the shot and moving quite a bit. I chose not edit the perspective/line distortion, as I generally don't do it and also because it looks somewhat OK to me.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/18

  • Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-500

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the White Balloon Vs Windows  Minimalist Photograph.



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24 September, 2019

Floor Triangle

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Right Angled Light Triangle as seen on the Floor at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Right angled Light Triangle as seen on the floor at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur, shot in black and white.


My love for Light Triangles(Simple Geometry) never seems to end. Here is another one and this time I named it Floor Triangle. It is fairly crazy to name Minimal Art Photographs. If you have some tips on it, send me an email.

Let's look at the Composition


The challenge after spotting the Light Triangle was to decide the angle/side/place from which to click it. I started by shooting it from the side, but then it wasn't looking that nice. So I decided, that why not this time make it a little flat and shoot it from the front. 

While placing the Light Triangle in the frame, I left on bar of space at the bottom and some Negative Space on the top. In editing I pulled down the highlights a bit and darkened the surrounding areas. 


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/4

  • Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-320

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Floor Triangle  Minimalist Photograph.



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03 September, 2019

The Missing Couple

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Looking Up Black and White Minimalist "Photograph of Two Missing Pipes from a Pipe Arrangement.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Looking Up Black and White Minimalist "Photograph of Two Missing Pipes from a Pipe Arrangement.


What I found interesting here was, The Two Missing Pipes, that I call The Missing Couple. These were my starting point in the frame.

I placed them on the extreme right and on the top hand of the frame, following the Rule of Thirds.

Another highlight of the composition is, that we have One Horizontal Line in the Frame, and in contrast, Multiple Diagonal Lines.

Also, the holders of the Two Missing Pipes are actually Two Circles. So, a lot going on in terms of Simple Geometry here.

If you too want to learn to see everything in terms of Shape/Geometry, maybe have a look at this Article Train Your Eyes for Minimalist Photography 

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/11

  • Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-100

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the The Missing Couple  Minimalist Photograph.



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23 August, 2019

Line Window Shadow

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimalist Picture of a Window with a Pipe on one side(line) and shadow on the other.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Minimalist Picture of a Window with a Pipe on one side(line) and shadow on the other.


This is another shot that was taken at the 1st Floor at Jawahar Kala Kendra.

I spotted the Shadow and how it was partly clipping the Window. I moved to the left of the Window to give the frame some perspective. Moving to the side also helped me to include the Vertical Line aka the Pipe in the frame as another Simple Geometric element, other than the Window.

The Color Palette is also fairly Minimal here. Some Negative Space is also left at the bottom on purpose, which could have been easily cropped out during editing or left out during composition.

I must also disclose, that I really enjoy shooting Minimalist Photos using Light and Shadows. 

Have you taken some Light and Shadow shots too?

If yes, then do send me a link to your pictures/profile on my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/prakashghai/ 

I would love to have a look.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/16

  • Shutter Speed: 1/1250 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-800

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Line Window Shadow  Minimalist Photograph.



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22 August, 2019

Bird Vs Simple Geometry

Minimalism as Less Elements

 

A Black and White Looking-Up Minimalist Photograph of a Flying Bird Vs Simple Geometric Shapes and the Clouds.
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A Black and White Looking-Up Minimalist Photograph of a Flying Bird Vs Simple Geometric Shapes and the Clouds.

 

This shot was taken today with my new Samsung Galaxy S10 Phone. The place is Raj Mandir Cinema Hall (Jaipur). 
 
This is a Look Up / Looking-up Minimalist Shot. 

My starting point of the frame was placing the Simple Geometric Shapes (Line & Rectangle) right. 

I first placed the Rectangle at the bottom of the frame and then aligned the Horizontal Line according to the Rule of Thirds. I then waited for a bird to fly in the frame. 

Usually at the side of Raj Mandir, one can find a lot of Pigeons and they keep flying around every now and then. The time that I was there, I was getting a bird to fly across my frame every 45 seconds or so. I got this one nicely with its wings spread wide enough. 

Not sharing the EXIF Data here, as this Picture has been taken through a cell phone. What I usually do while shooting with a phone is that I shoot a bit under exposed(manual setting) and I always use the 3x3 grid for alignment. 
 
This shot was taken in Color and later transformed into Black and White. I edited this on the laptop though.


Hope you enjoyed the Bird Vs Simple Geometry  Minimalist Photograph.


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18 August, 2019

White Bow Red Square

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Minimal Art Photograph of a White Bow on a Red Wall (Square) at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
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A Minimal Art Photograph of a White Bow on a Red Wall (Square) at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.


This shot was taken from the 1st floor. I have not taken a shot from this place before. I had to take special permission to access this area and I was allotted only 5 minutes. I made sure that I made the best of the little time available.

I was on my 50 mm lens and I adjusted myself to get the White Bow inside the Square. But, I needed a supporting subject as the frame looked bland, therefore, I moved back a little more and included the window on the right, thereby leaving empty space between the two geometric objects.

My primary subject of course is the White Bow, and that was the sole starting point. All else has been done to enhance the composition. 

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/16

  • Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-800

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the White Bow Red Square  Minimalist Photograph.



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11 August, 2019

Covered Terrace

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Look Up Minimal Art Photograph of the Side of a Covered Terrace, shot with Canon 6D Mark II Camera and 100 mm lens.
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A Look Up Minimal Art Photograph of the Side of a Covered Terrace, shot with Canon 6D Mark II Camera and 100 mm lens.


This shot was captured near Chaisa Cafe behind Mahaveer School, MI Road. I was on the 100 mm Macro Lens.

What motivated mere here was the Clear Blue Sky and the Brown/Yellow Part of the Covered Terrace. These two colors we contrasting well and the Squares(simple geometry) in the Acrylic Roof added further interest.

To make the frame look simple, I very conveniently left Negative Space on the Top and to the Right side of the frame. 


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 100 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/7.1

  • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-800

  • Focal Length: 100 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Covered Terrace  Minimalist Photograph.



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05 August, 2019

Albert Hall Museum Reflection

Minimalism as Less Elements


A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of the Reflection of Albert Hall Museum - Jaipur, in a Water Puddle.
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A Black and White Minimal Art Photograph of the Reflection of Albert Hall Museum - Jaipur, in a Water Puddle.


Thanks to Post-Rain Photowalks, one gets to find many a Water Puddles on the streets of Jaipur.

This Water Puddle was spotted right in front Albert Hall Museum.

One usually finds a lot of birds near Albert Hall and I took multiple shots to get this one right.

I  waited for about 15 minutes to get these Flying Birds within the Reflection. I got 2 captures and then my patience ran off.

When I reviewed the 2nd shot, I was convinced I got what I wanted.


The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 24-105 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/11

  • Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-5000

  • Focal Length: 85 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Albert Hall Museum Reflection  Minimalist Photograph.




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31 July, 2019

Textured Wall and The Pipe

Minimalism as Simple Geometry


A Black and White Minimal Art Picture of a Water Pipe running across a Textured Wall.
Photo By © Prakash Ghai
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A Black and White Minimal Art Picture of a Water Pipe running across a Textured Wall. 


This shot was captured outside a Telephone Booth. The walls outside were painted Red, Orange and White. I caught hold of the Orange and White Patch here.

I shot the intersection of the two colors, Orange and White. I kept the White Section on the right, fitting it into the Rule of Thirds area and the larger orange section to the left. Then, during editing, I converted the picture into Black and White.

This Minimalist Photo falls under Minimalism as Simple Geometry. Simple Geometry here being the Lines, namely: a) The Line formed by the Water Pipe running across the wall and b) The Vertical Line formed where the intersection of the different colored walls happen.

The EXIF Data of the Photo is as follows:


  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D Mark II

  • Lens: Canon 50 mm Prime Lens

  • F-stop: f/7.1

  • Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec.

  • ISO speed: ISO-800

  • Focal Length: 50 mm

  • Metering mode: Spot

  • Exposure program: Manual

Hope you enjoyed the Textured Wall and The Pipe Minimalist Photograph.



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