Stills V3

May 7, 2011


Filed under: Cem — Cem @ 22:27



  1. Cem,I remember this series – is this a reworking of one? This picture shows what I have grown used to in your images more recently – a vry precise framing and carefully controlled tone mapping to get the result you seek. Is this one also focus stacked> The view right through the bunker from outside in, through and then out the dar side is intriguing, with everything in focus making the jouney easy.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — May 8, 2011 @ 01:08

  2. That is very well seen. The processing of the ground is particularly well done, allowing it to become part of a single-dimensional Mondrian-style picture within a frame.

    That view of the interior is so abstract that one wonders about mixing it with a relatively large amount of the doorway and exterior wall. Mike’s comment implies that he sees it three-dimensionally: obviously it is but for me the attraction is the pattern of the shapes within the doorway and I don’t necessarily need to pass through. I suppose the counter to that is that if one only showed the interior or even a very small part of the doorway, then the mystery of the former might be lost.

    Comment by zavaell — May 9, 2011 @ 06:44

  3. I thought this was rather surreal until I caught sight of the cobwebs!

    I find the floor or in built pond very attractive and I’ve been struggling to recall the image or artwork that is somewhere in my memory that the pond chimes with. Monet? I’ve just been all through my emails looking at he exhibition samplers I’ve been sent,no luck there!

    Whatever method you have used to control the exposure through the image it has been very successful, I am definitely pulled into the image, despite the cobwebs.

    Comment by Rex — May 9, 2011 @ 20:07

  4. Hi guys,
    The feedback you have provided is extremely valuable; thanks a lot for that.

    @Mike: Yes indeed, I have shown this series to you previously. There was no focus stacking. I have used my TS-E 24mm MkII tilt & shift lens to take this. The lens was tilted downwards for about 0.7 degrees which has placed the focal plane nicely across the picture from front to the end. I have used f11 to get as much in focus as possible but did not go higher to prevent diffraction blur. Due to the wide dynamic range I took 7 exposure brackets (1EV apart), which have been tone mapped to reach this result.

    @John: I too have pondered upon the question whether I should frame this differently. Sometimes when I am not certain about the composition, I try to take additional pictures. But this does not happen quite that often and in this case I did not bother with it at all. My mind and subconscious must have decided that what I had was just what I wanted to have. But I might revisit the scene some other time to explore other possibilities. I was rather interested in reading your comments about seeing the picture in 2D akin to a Mondrian style painting. It is quite an eye opener since I have never looked at it from that perspective. Thanks again.

    @Rex: I might try another version in which the cobwebs are edited out. You are correct that they may stop the gaze from wandering deeper into the picture, but they are not that predominant so it will be just a brief stop before going further. Or I hope so anyway. The “built-in” pond was quite interesting indeed. The floor had been permanently flooded by rainfall, some 20cm deep. It was covered in pondweed and the surface was slowly swirling due to the wind blowing across the room. It meant that I had to select the best exposed frame of the pond surface during the tone mapping and mask out the others in order to prevent ghosting or blurs of the pondweed.

    Coming back to the picture, this is a part of my ongoing project which I call portals. It is all about providing the lookers with a choice of paths to follow and mystery about what has been and might have been.

    Comment by Cem — May 12, 2011 @ 08:56

  5. textures within frames, good framing, the light has been well tamed.

    Comment by rhoehne — May 20, 2011 @ 09:42

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