It’s All About Me

Bike, Cutter, and Loupe

Bike, Cutter, and Loupe

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A few days ago, I was working at my computer when the sun finally broke through the haze and began streaming through the blinds. The change in light made me turn my head towards the window. Before me was a scene created by happenstance and light consisting of three objects with the clean, cool aestheticism of Bauhaus. My first thought was, “It’s all about me”. These objects were representative of all the tools that fuel my passion for photographic art. There was my mountain bike, a GT Avalanche 2.0 (American made), my  main means of transportation for photoshoots in Los Angeles parked against my Neolt Trim 130 fine art paper cutter (Italian made), and my Schneider Krueuznach 4x loupe (German Made). The image was captured with a Nikon D810 DSLR (Japanese made).

Copyright 2016, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D810 DSLR  AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure:  f/5.6, 0.4 sec., ISO 64,  exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio headdepth of field measurement: Simple DoF Calculator app.iPhone 6 +, capture date and time: 6/27/2016, 3:53 pm, post processing: Photoshop CC 2015.5, Adobe HDR Pro 32-bit image, Adobe Camera RAW, Adobe Bridge

18 thoughts on “It’s All About Me

  1. I love this! In it’s simplicity this B&W is clear and sharp and full of interest.
    The lines, angles, of the blinds, bike, paper cutter. Either alone or when seen together each have their own drawing power.

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    • Thanks Nature’s Child! It is definitely minimalist. This capture was not set up. When coming in from a ride, I always lean my bike against the cutter. The loupe I never put there, but for some reason it ended up there that day in the perfect position to balance the composition. Without thinking about it, I tend to place objects in a room as if I am setting up a product shot. I even envision a frame around the scene with an aspect ratio of 35mm, or medium format film.

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  2. This image is spectacular. The light is perfection. But then, there is no light more lovely than natural light indoors when filtered such as this. It must have been a perfect day. Everything in alignment so beautifully. Again, you saw the beauty that others might not have even noticed in a bike, a table cutter and a loupe. But it is the light that breathes life into this image. I actually cried when I saw this. Tears of joy. The perfection of Beauty does this to me.

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    • Thanks for saying that. It’s always nice when someone takes the time to vocalize their feelings.

      I got into natural light while I had a loft at the Mandel in Downtown Los Angeles. It had four huge industrial windows facing north. North facing light is always the most pleasing. When I first got there, I was blocking out all the natural light and using studio strobes which was the way I had always worked, but after trying the natural light, I used it every time I could.

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      • Well, you’ve obviously mastered the technique. It’s so pleasing to the eye but not always the easier light capture.

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      • With strobes, you can shoot any time of day or night. With window light, you have to wait for the right light even though you are indoors. Also you can’t use white reflectors to bounce light into the shadows like you can with strobes. Reflectors must be either silver or gold for window light.

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      • I love natural light. It’s the only light I understand. Over time and through trial and error, I was able to teach myself how to use it but only out of doors. I have never had much success in teaching myself to use natural or any other kind of light or lighting techniques indoors or in studio. I feel that this has limited me in my art. Nor have I ever known anyone to teach me these things so I especially appreciate your comments on the subject.

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      • This product shot was taken at the Mandel Lofts, DTLA with north facing window light only. I set up everything beforehand, then waited for the light.

        footnote: I tried every background I had and none of them seemed to worked for this subject. Finally, I went and got my shower curtain. Perfetto!

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