4 August

7/365 Mentorship Project – Niru Karia Abstracts the Beauty in Flowers

This summer, several keen photographers set aside their precious time to work on an intense online mentorship project with us. Rather than loll on the beach with a summer paperback, these intrepid photogs braved the heat, laden with camera gear, to create a unique photo project of their own. Niru Karia is one of our students who completed the 7/365 – The Mentored Photo Project course. Self-described as a “baby” in photography, you wouldn’t know from Niru’s work that she has only been photographing for a year!

©Niru Karia

Niru’s project was to explore and photograph the shape, colour and texture of flowers. This involved skills such as composition and learning to see. Niru gave us permission to share her work with you so we can all enjoy her careful observation and artfully abstracted images.

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

©Niru Karia

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13 March

Fallen Leaves Project – Experimenting Continues

My commitment to the fallen leaves project continues to unfold in a trial and error process. Some ideas are working out pretty good — others are failing.

Frost covered leaf

Earlier this winter on a cold morning, my front yard had several frost-covered leaves. My failed efforts to create images of the frost gave me the idea to freeze them. Using a small lunch dish, I froze a single leaf in a block of ice and carved out openings by carefully running warm tap water over select parts to expose edges. Adding new water and refreezing helped add bubbles and textures.

The following images are my results from this single block of ice. All were created with the same setup as before using a 100mm macro lens.

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

Leaf frozen in ice

9 January

Fallen Leaves Project – Sketches

Back in November, I committed to a project called Fallen Leaves that would challenge me photographically with what I have collected over the past two autumn seasons and the marco equipment I rarely use.

But other projects and one other pretty good reason, kept me from starting until now.

Macro Setup with Light Tent

The Setup

The setup for this first test is a simple enclosed translucent tent box with a black interior. The lights being used are cheap lamps from the local hardware store and a couple small spring loaded clamps to hold the leaves in position. The lens being used is a Canon 100mm macro.

The following set of images are some of my first experiments. It’s fun not knowing how a slight turn to the right or left can change the frame at such close distances. Here is the quick update. I’m going back to the playing.

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO400, 100mm, f/14, 1.0 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO400, 100mm, f/14, 1.0 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/16, 2.0 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/10 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/4.0, 1/13 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/4.0, 1/13 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/5.6, 0.4 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec

Fallen Leaves Project on oopoomoo - © Stephen DesRoches

ISO100, 100mm, f/2.8, 1/6 sec

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