Sunday, June 28, 2015

surreal seascapes and the power of one point perspective

That's right. I don't only shoot people, food and products.

Fine art photography. It lets me explore creativity out of my comfort zones. A wonderful way to light a big blazing inspirational fire under your ass.

Change, that is.

On this day, we (yes, you and I) take a reflective adventure to Ocean City, New Jersey. IMHO, much more rad than the Maryland version.

"You heathen Murphy! How dare this blasphemy from thy lips?!"

I'll stake my claim. No worries my friends.

Why I prefer OCNJ over OCMD?

The liquor laws.

OCNJ is a dry town. Meaning, no bars, no liquor stores, no beer distributors and the restaurants can't sell spirits.

Your thinking it sounds pretty lame, right? Wrong. The liquor laws of OCNJ keep the island squeaky clean. No riffraff. No jerk offs vomiting in the streets or douche bags starting fights for no good reason. Nope. OCNJ is a utopian bliss. IMHO anyway. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy an adult beverage here and there but I'm not into the hardcore party scene. And it's not because I'm a boring adult. I hated that scene even when I was living it.

I digress . . .

Where was I?

Oh yes. The photographic journey to OCNJ. Specifically, the fishing pier at 14th St.

The temperature was chilly. I mean, had to buy a hoody on the boardwalk chilly. Iron on OCNJ decals were free so, like a big child, I spent about a half hour trying to pick the right decal for chosen hoody.

Anyway. I knew I wanted to shoot a seascape of some sort. The shivery weather was making me feel eerily creative. A happy emotion? NOT my M.O. on that day.

Cold. This meant that there were, ummm, I'd say maybe zero other humans in plain sight except for Stefanie and Bruno. Perfect. Why? On a midsummer day the beaches are typically drizzled with families, chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, surf boards, boogie boards, kites, kids. . . you get the visual, I'm sure. All well and good but to create a visually disturbing piece, a 5 year old building a sandcastle does not help to evoke eeriness.

The sky was overcast. This photograph would be heavily dependent upon post production. A clear blue sky would have made the process, well, simply put, a giant pain in the ass.

You feel the vibe?

Sure you do.

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking.

By the looks of the photograph, wouldn't it have been easier to create  at night rather than on a dreary day?


But I was there mid day. A day trip with the family (wife was preggers at this point). Not an overnighter.

You see, from Philadelphia, one can reach OCNJ, without traffic and slightly breaking the speed limit laws, in under an hour. Needless to say, we frequent this island often, all year round.

So, yes, maybe a night shoot would have yielded less time in the digital darkroom but I knew the hand I was being dealt and how to handle the situation. I did, however, make one small boo-boo. Okay, maybe two small boo-boos. I'll discuss in a minute in the NERD FILE.


One point perspective :: a mathematical system for representing three dimensional objects and space on a two dimensional surface by means of intersecting lines that are drawn vertically and horizontally and that radiate from one point.

See it now?

Ahhh. Cool right?

The pilings, overhead pier, and sand all vanish to a point straight down the middle of the photograph.

I'm a big fan of one point perspective. Especially for its power to cause the viewer to feel a bit uneasy for reasons they cannot describe.

Ever hear of Stanley Kubrick? For fuck's sake, you better have heard of Stanley Kubrick! Only one of the greatest directors of all time.

NO?! Ever hear of ::

A Clockwork Orange

Full Metal Jacket

2001 : A Space Odyssey 

Barry Lyndon

Eyes Wide Shut

Just to name a few.

Stanley used copiously used one point perspective in his films. Do a Google search of Kubrick and one point perspective and look for the Youtube video that pops up. Yup. I'm too lazy to throw in the link for you.

It's a pretty dope video. I've watched the compilation at least 20 times.


I'm wasting no time today. Cutting straight through the fat people! Our planet will be quickly overtaken by server farms at the rate and length that I post my blogs.

Shutter :: 1/8000
Aperture :: f/8.0
ISO :: 3200

In post? Heavy vignette. Crushed the blacks like my fridge crushes ice (I'm such a dork). Dark but just barely clipping. Believe it or not, those darks are probably retaining detail at about 99% or more. Go ahead. Check it for yourself. I don't bullshit my friends.

The boo-boos?

I forgot my ND filter that day. I totally wanted to fog up that water.

I probably could have fogged up the water had I been at ISO 50 and not ISO 3200!!!!! What the hell was I thinking?!

The cold must have been freezing the synapses. Idk.

Until next time. . .