?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Sauntering Vaguely Downward [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Serious Business | Flickr
Bounty Information | Wanted Dead or Alive: Mad Scientess Nanila
Deeds of Derring-Do | Full of Wild Inaccuracies and Exaggerations

Stolen Moments #5 [20060315|14:11]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
[Tags|, , ]

Stolen Moments #5


capitalflash knows she might miss the bus, but with her favorite tunes playing in her ears, she doesn't really care.


I hate to pull the "it's not you, it's me" line, here, but, um, it actually is me and not you. I took down the story because I was sharing it when it wasn't finished, and I was fishing for motivation, not for feedback on a finished product, which isn't the right way for me to use LJ, I've discovered. My impetus to finish has to be internal or else I just sit there staring at the internet waiting for it to motivate me, which is something at which the internet happens to be spectacularly bad, and I don't blame it. I was upset with myself for expecting other people to do my own work for me. I'm sorry if I upset any of you.
linkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: sparklepbass
2006-03-15 14:20 (UTC)
i love it! the lights are perfect, and the girl... is she single? ;)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-15 19:58 (UTC)
I love that bridge, and the streetlamps going all the way up the road.

About the girl..well, you'd know better than I would. ;-)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: capitalflash
2006-03-15 14:23 (UTC)
My impetus to finish has to be internal or else I just sit there staring at the internet waiting for it to motivate me - this sounds so familiar to me, that it's scary!

thank you for letting me model.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-15 19:56 (UTC)
Thank you for modeling! You were fantastic. You're very relaxed in all of the photos, and you have a totally un-self-conscious expression of absorption as well, which was perfect for this image.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2006-03-15 14:48 (UTC)
I love this one, especially the light behind her.

Also, thanks for the explanation.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-15 19:52 (UTC)
We did this shoot during the day the first time, and after messing with the results for a while I realized it would be even more striking at night when the ornate streetlights were on. The head- and tail-lights of the passing cars were a bonus I didn't think about until we were there.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: prosicated
2006-03-15 14:52 (UTC)
I, too, love the lights, her shadow, and the expression on her face. Yay.

I'm glad to know about the reasons for that, I was worried.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-15 19:50 (UTC)
Thank you! Originally we tried the shoot in the daytime and after working with the results from that for a day or so, I realized that it would have an extra element of awesome due to the ornate streetlights if we shot it at night. Marco was the one that suggested she turn her face up at that angle. And she's very good at holding still without being distracted, self-conscious or tense so I was able to use very long exposures.

Also, thank you for the concern. I apologize for being unclear in the earlier update.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: taische
2006-03-15 15:36 (UTC)

medium

The shots in this series all impress me as having been approached with very painterly sensibilities- something relatively uncommon in the medium, and which I really appreciate. I think it has to do with the combination of how you address the subject and the textural, light and framing choices that you make. The choices you made in revising the portrait of sparklepbass seem to underscore that (to me, anyway). As always, thanks for sharing.

I was fishing for motivation, not for feedback on a finished product, which isn't the right way for me to use LJ, I've discovered.

I understand; I find that the there are many things that I just need to cook offline (actually, that's true for most all of my long-term creative projects). It's not about not sharing- it's about striking the right psychological balance in relation to the work.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-15 20:18 (UTC)
I find it curious I would unconsciously adopt a painterly attitude towards photography, as ink/charcoal are the only media in which I've had formal training.

Oddly, I feel quite comfortable sharing this series as it comes together. I think it's because I have a strong, specific vision of the way each image should look, so by the time I share it I've already gone through all of the creative process and most of the critical as well.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: seismic
2006-03-15 17:38 (UTC)
Goddamn, I love this one. Light-play gets me every time.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-15 19:46 (UTC)
This one was an even bigger pain in the arse wrt getting the right angle to prevent crap lens flare than SM #3. Totally worth it though. Thank you!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: 3g0
2006-03-15 17:43 (UTC)
Your photographs are really improving...maybe it's the great equipment or the increase in time & motivation, but seriously, I like your stuff, you should consider starting a small site to allow plebes such as myself to purchase them.

Regarding the filter, I'm glad for the explanation because I missed the original & edited post, so overall I was simply confused and thought to myself, Doesn't she know how we all luuuurrve her?

(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-15 20:06 (UTC)
Crafty abbacat. You are sneaking into my brain and peering at my sekrit ambitions. I'm trying to build up enough material, both photographs and paintings, for a portfolio. I'm targeting June 1 for completion because the summer is going to be crazy with visitors.

Thanks for the encouraging words. I hanker after more equipment, including a wide-angle lens. I may soon be borrowing a panoramic film camera from a friend who has offered me access to his bewildering arsenal of gear. Very excited about that prospect.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: tdj
2006-03-16 04:41 (UTC)
It's so damn hard getting the faces clear with long exposures! Drive me to distraction.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-16 10:38 (UTC)
It's because people will insist on engaging in that whole respiration business. Bah.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: shniggit
2006-03-16 09:56 (UTC)
aww, thats fantastic! I love the way its framed and the way you've used a long exposure time!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-16 12:26 (UTC)
Thank you! I like how the long exposure made her look like an island of peaceful stillness in the moving lights.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-19 11:56 (UTC)
Yeah, I think the internet and I are going to be doing a trial separation next week.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-03-17 16:44 (UTC)
I second the push for you to put up your website! I've been planning on buying a photo for some time, and considered asking you personally, but thought it better to wait till you had everything set up. And I should wait till I'm settled somewhere I guess. Love the curves on this one. The sidewalk and the car lights all move to (or radiate from?) the horizon and there's capitalflash in the midst of it, standing still in her own world.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-19 11:57 (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly what I was hoping to accomplish. The look on her face is just perfect too.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: impix
2006-03-18 16:26 (UTC)
god i love this photo. thats exactly how i feel when i wait at that bus stop with my disc-man on, everyone seems to be rushing around me and past me and im lost in a little private oasis of music.

brilliant.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-03-19 12:03 (UTC)
Thank you for this description - it fits perfectly. When I get my site running, might I include it?
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: impix
2006-03-19 12:04 (UTC)
yes, of course
:)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)