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12 Jul

William Carr – The Early Years

In William Carr Collection by admwil / July 12, 2011 / 0 Comments

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No, the guy above isn’t an extra from the musical HAIR – it’s yours truly, back when I believed that true vision could change the world.

I still do.

As a regular feature on this blog, I’ve decided to present some of my earlier works of when I was starting out as a photographer. Thought it might prove to be an interesting visual timeline of my evolving techniques and style.

For the first image in this series, I’ll shine a light on The Portal, an image created, literally, very early on in my career.

THE PORTAL

The Portal belongs to the kind of image that I like to call ‘table top photography’. Early on, I would use everyday household items to create images that would help to learn key photographic principles such as lighting, depth of field, composition, etc. – and The Portal is a perfect example.

For this shot, I used a piece of white dryer vent hose, about 4 inches in diameter. Suspending it using wire coat hangers, I directed a red light bulb and a blue light bulb on the outside of the hose. In the background, I created a space field with a black art board with tiny pin holes for stars and pencil-colored velum paper for the planets.

I then took the shot in two exposures; the first was with the tube with the colored lights, the second was with the colored lights turned off but with a white light directed toward the camera thereby illuminating the tiny pin holes which simulated the stars and planets. The camera lens, incidentally, was just inside the tube demonstrating depth of field.

There you have it. Space, that infinite final frontier, recreated on a table top!

Thanks for taking the journey back with me. Check back often: I’ll dip down memory lane again soon.

28 Jun

Behind the Scenery: Austria’s Swan Lake

In William Carr Collection by admwil / June 28, 2011 / 0 Comments

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It’s interesting to note to what degree I’ll go to find the ideal image. For this particular image, my lovely wife Victoria and I traveled to this specific European location on three separate occasions just to get the perfect shot.

Austria’s Swan Lake

 

Lake Hallstattersee, high in the Austrian Alps approximately one hour from Salzburg, I spied this extraordinary picturesque fairy tale-like tableau; a calm, gentle lake, a steepled row of quaint cottages casting shimmering, color-specked reflection off the dark water, and a majestic backdrop of fertile mountains reaching towards the heavens.

 

Only one thing seemed missing from this amazing landscape, keeping it from attaining absolute and utter perfection all on its own; an elegant, white swan that I noticed gliding across the water nearby.

 

If only…

 

A bird’s sense of sight is known to be extremely keen. I was hoping that this particular swan might be more moved by its overwhelming sense of hope.

 

My instincts took over; I grabbed a handful of white blossoms strewn across the ground and threw them in the water. The swan, dutifully deceived into believing the blossoms might be food, began to slowly swim into frame, ultimately adding the perfect final touch of magic and whimsy to this image.

 

By the end of this shoot, I was clearly the happier between the two of us.

 


Original music by William Carr

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