Praetextus: Surreal Long Exposure Black and White Architecture


All Images By Dennis Ramos. Used With Permission. 

“I started experimenting with artificial lighting in portraiture both in studio and on-location.” says Photographer Dennis Ramos–who got started with photography growing up in 90s Brooklyn with a Minolta X-9 SLR. “With my knowledge and experience with Photoshop and photography, my journey had eventually led me to fine art photography in black and white.” But before Photoshop, he shot anything and everything he could get set his focus on, eventually upgrading to digital in 2009, his affection turned to black and white fine art work. In his recent project Praetextus, Ramos features some impressive architecture and long exposure work, and was actually inspired by his background with portraiture.

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Tomasz Kędzierski: Solargraphy With Random Cameras

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All images by Tomasz Kędzierski. Used with permission.

“I hate most of my images, that is why you do not get to see them.” says photographer Tomasz Kędzierski in the interview that you’re about to read. He hails from Poland and by day is a touch interface programmer. In my six years of doing this job, it’s one of the most honest and shocking statements I think I’ve ever encountered. To that end, Tomasz really wasn’t kidding around. He sent me six projects when he was ready and his work on Solargraphy was one a part of it.

“And out of my strong respect I want to postpone my appearance, interview or publication of my photographs. The Phoblographer means a lot to me, there was never a single weak post of yours and I want to be up to your standards.” he said in his initial email to me. “I do not want to make a false start. If I am to work with you and show my work to the world I need to make sure I represent the crème de la crème of film photography, that is worthy of The Phoblographer’s time.” Tomasz, who has been a reader of the site since 2012 after finding us on Flipboard, genuinely did take time to carefully curate his own work.

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Long Exposure Photography: The Various Types

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Long exposures can be very fun and are a creative way to emphasize a feeling in a photo. They’re generally simple to do, but complex when it comes to getting them to really stand out. However, long exposures allow a photographer to really create something that is different from all the other typical photographs that you see out there. What you’ll be happy to know though is that they let you unleash your creative freedom to its fullest potential.

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These Light Calligraphy Long Exposure Photos Will Amaze You


All images by Julien Breton and David Gallard. Used with permission.

Julien Breton doesn’t earn his living by selling artwork or even photography. But he worked with photographer David Gallard on a special light painting calligraphy project. Julien is a dancer that works with a travelling troupe and along with David creates original photography artwork as part of his passion. None of it is Photoshopped and all of it is incredible. We talked to Julien about how to create light paintings like this and his experience of learning more about the craft.

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New Sony Patent Allows for Different Exposures at Each Pixel

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Something that we didn’t ever think would be possible is apparently being made by Sony right now. The most innovative company in the photo world has put in a patent to be able to set the individual exposure parameters at the pixel level instead of the sensor level–or at least that’s what Sony Alpha Rumors is stating.

The new Sony patent clearly discloses this. Apparently, it seems to work by assigning the pixels specific roles to be able to accomplish something like this. In theory, this would mean that it would work best with a higher resolution sensor but that it also means that cleaner image quality could potentially comes from the images. It would also require a ton of processing power and Sony batteries are already being quickly drained of power from the EVF and LCD.

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How a Pinhole Camera Works

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Pinhole cameras are interesting in that they force the photographer to look at a scene and envision is in a long exposure with a certain softness. But those amongst the pinhole community know that all you generally need is a container to hold the film with no light leaks, a small hole in said container with a cover to act as a shutter, and that’s about it. The cool thing is that you can make pinhole cameras from almost anything: like a beer can for example.

In fact, many photographers try to custom make their own pinhole cameras for creativity purposes.

The video below is a simple step by step tutorial on how to create a pinhole camera of your own and tells you how they work. Indeed, they can create very beautiful and haunting images in the hands of the right person and many folks opt for using black and white film over anything else.

Check out the video after the jump.

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This Long Exposure Involves Stars, Lasers and Flash Lighting


All images by Gabriel Torney. Used with permission.

Lasers, strobe lighting, and a beautiful starry background–what could be better? Gabe Torney shared this image on Reddit and it quickly hit the site’s front page.

“I have been really impressed with astrophotography and recently had a family vacation in Lake Tahoe where the stars are abundant. A family friend who was staying with us had brought his awesome laser and I figured it could play a big part in some photos.” says Gabe about how the image came together. “One of the nights, we drove away from the lake until we found a clearing deep in the wilderness. We hopped out of the car and looked up to see the sky glittering above.”

Gabe’s brother was the subject in the photo and used a Wicked Laser Arctic 3–which otherwise can be dangerous. Luckily, no aircraft were around and it was a clear sky.

Gabe used a Canon 5D Mk II with a 28mm f1.8 on a tripod with a shutter remote. To ensure that his brother (the subject) wasn’t completely whited out, his niece held a flashlight just off center. Gabe continues to tell us that after he posted it online that the community gave him other tips on how to better capture his subject in a crisper way.

It’s a fun idea and plays with lighting, long exposure technique, composition and backgrounds quite well.