"Plasma" is a series of images based around those popular (in the 90's) "Plasma Balls."
For the uninitiated, they are clear globes, which pulsate "plasma" randomly - or directionally if something touches the plastic.
The first image in the "cull" is taken through a crystal ball (See other series), the rest at various ISO / shutter speeds. The final one was simply adjusted by playing with the colour temperatures.
I was lucky enough to get the Northern Lights while in Iceland. I had done my homework (Tripod, etc.) but I wasn't expecting the intense cold - -20 degrees!!!.
Again, apologies for the Web destroying the quality of the images.
I shot several with people in them, to show the movement involved with the long exposures, but settled on a more traditional image (Icescape / Northern Lights)
There is evidence of the fact that I broached the "500" rule" in the slight elongation of the stars, but it was always going to be a compromise.
From a technical point of view, "Green" Aurora is lower atmosphere (60-100 miles) when particles from the sun react with Oxygen and Nitrogen. Red aurora is rarer, and is when the particles from the sun reacts with Oxygen at higher than 150 miles. There is also a link to the fact that the human eye sees greens better...
Here are the culled images, and the final one.
I am having issues printing these for exhibition, but online, they are adequate.
"Moon" is a form of print for the blind. Everyone has heard of Braille, but Moon preceded it, and rivalled it. It is still popular in some fields.
This "Moon Book" is of an Arthur Conan Doyle Story.
The "Moon Book" series is an exercise in two points.
Cost was minimal. ANY DSLR could have been used. And the light was an economy LED light (About £15)
Lighting (from the LED light) was used to create moods, textures and abstracts It worked exceptionally well with such a fomr - with the "Moon" writing standing proud. I turned over some pages, to provide concave, instead of convex patterns.
Another "Real Person" shoot, using differing techniques.
In this series, we created with:
A light bulb waved behind the model during a long exposure. Generic portrait lighting, "playful" 80's style lighting, and the cloak / long exposure lighting, as used in other sets.
The one different technique I used was for the multiple exposure ones.
I would make a 15 second exposure (with the flash firing in the initial phase). Then turn the flash units down, and repeat during the exposure. Some worked, some didn't.
The skies above Iceland. Akin to the "Uphill Skies" but with lots less light pollution. Again, Orion is magnificent, and features highly.
At one of the stops, I used passing traffic to light paint the foreground, and on a couple, you can see the dotted lines from a passing aircraft.
My personal favourite is the one of the log cabin, with the merest hint of the Northern lights coming up.
Same rule of 500 is relevant again.
This was a series of images, again utilising different techniques.
Helen was a less experienced model, and had recently had some trauma in her life, so I took a series of images designed to build her confidence and empower her. We used some of the "light bulb behind her" style, and the swirling light stick, and, ended on a moody boudoir style.
A series of these images (From fragile - empowered.) was entered as a series in an international portrait award, and it received a highly positive review for the approach and technique.
The guitar series is another example of using light creatively. One soft-box, overhead created a moody feel to an abstract.
"Less is More" was definitively the aim here.
Exhibition-wise, this has proved to be a nightmare to print. It just comes out too dark, no may be dropped from the final year exhibition.
Using a £3.99 fibre optic light, I used it as a basis for abstract art.
Some were long exposures, some over-exposed to create that "techno" feel.
I feel, from a "Success" point of view, there was a high amount of "hits" in this series than any other I've done.
The "Enchanted Forest" is an annual event up in Pitlochry, in Scotland. They light a part of the forest, and create art installations and light spectacles.
Colourful is an understatement.
This is an exploration of the randomness of light and colour.
The setup is relatively simple...
The original milk / colour "explodes" as it reacts violently with the washing up liquid, creating these random images.
I inverted some of the images in Photoshop.
Well. Here goes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.