Glass Reflections

By: Gustav Hoiland

May 13 2010

Category: self portrait

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Focal Length:32mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Bedroom Window

Quick post today – just got back from a digital printing workshop at Calumet in Manhattan and gotta read a textbook before tomorrow’s 8AM. Learned a ton about printing’n workflow for fine art stuff from John Paul Caponigro (son of one of the “greats”) and Mac Holbert. Also won the grand prize in a drawing at the end – a copy of Photoshop CS5!

So here we’ve got my bedroom as seen by me in one of those “ah, I’ve never seen this light/look in here before, gotta shoot it quick” moments. Weird light on the dirty screen or window or whatever it was with those great shadows of the branches, topped off with a reflection of that beloved flannel. Notice how the reflection of the flannel has no shadows/it’s all sun-lit, while the non-reflection of me on the right has all kinds of shadows throughout. Just caught my eye.

I also like the overall composition. We’ve got a big textured lit-up rectangle in the middle, a smaller rectangle above, a black rectangle vertically on the left, and then this more complex shape/figure/thing on the right (me!). Very graphic elements when viewed from far away/when small, but full of information and detail when examined closely.


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