Cubism was the art world's response to photographic realism. But in this week's Shooting Challenge, the photographers answer back to the cubists—combining multiple perspectives into a single photos to create striking, confounding photographic works of art.
Lead Shot - Bouquet
The shot was fairly simple, lots of photographs of flowers (and their shadow) in different positions & angles, and multiple camera settings (zoom, lighting, etc.). Then cutting and layering in Photoshop for a couple hours. Canon T2i, multiple settings.
So, I had this great idea of plugging the cubist thing into a film projector and adding time into the mix by adding in digital projection elements and a left-to-right background progressing from simple to modern. My first try really sucked, the best I can say is that this one sucks less. I think. It's so hard to tell with modern art. All images were shot with a Lumix DMC-ZS1 and edited together in Corel Photo x2.
A marionette is throwing the dice. Sadly you can't see who is holding the strings ... Any associations to the modern world? This picture is made from 1/8 second exposure for cubes and 1/200 second for hand and string shots. It was a fun challenge, specially the post production part as I am not used to this kind of digital art. Nikon D5000, AF-S 18-105, built in flash 42mm, f/8, 1/8 s and 1/200 s, ISO 500
Here's my attempt at cubism. Shutter speed, focal length and aperture vary across images, but it's all shot with a Canon 7D and a 17-85mm lens. I tried to get some kind of mix of clean studio photography and impossible cubism-weirdness: a friend of mine was kind enough to let herself be photographed a bunch of times from different angles wearing different outfits, the result of which was then cut together in Photoshop to create a portrait with this impossibly long arm winding down her body.
I had a really hard wet weekend with the kids and remembered the Cubism Assignment. So we all headed outside and I actually got one to sit still for half an hour or so (hard to do for a energetic 9 year old) while we decided what we wanted to do. Once all the shots were taken we all went inside and crowded around the computer. After much give and take from everyone (the 9 and 11 year old included) we all agreed on how we wanted it put together. So it really was a great family project for a wet Sunday afternoon in Rotorua, New Zealand. Canon EOS450D, Canon EFS55-250mm
This image is my interpretation of Charlotte's exterior appearance and her soul after a weekend of mushrooms. It was shot with a Nikon D40, Sigma 50mm lens, and Vivitar flash (bounced), ISO 200, composited in Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Planes, Trains & AutoFocus
This is a pretty straightforward cut & paste job in Photoshop. I avoided using any tools to distort the image, relying only on cropping and resizing to fit together the various elements. Nikon D70s with Nikkor 80-200mm, ISO 400, various exposure settings
WINNER - Guitar
Shot this with my iPhone 4, using both HDR and regular photos, and cut it together in Photoshop. Nothing fancy, spent most of my time on photo alignment, size, etc, very little on tweaking values and whatnot. This is my Little Martin, which has traveled quite a bit, though doesn't show much wear due to it's largely-formica construction. These things are basically built from plastic and scraps from Martin's nicer instruments, but still sound sweet. I wanted to accentuate the pure functionality of this instrument, which included, of course, the important bits (bridge, tuning machines, truss-rod, sound hole) but also the artifacts of it's construction, namely the budget-built neck made of 40 laminations of wood (I presume the cut-off leftovers from the backs and sides of entirely-wood guitars). This building method created lines along the neck's length, showing the precision with which the neck is carved, especially at the heel. It looks awesome, works splendidly, cuts waste, saves trees, all that good stuff. It's a rock-solid little bastard, and this contest gave me a good excuse, and method, to pay tribute to this tiny utilitarian.
These came out so well. Hopefully all of our participants found the experience to be a decent way to spend a weekend. Full gallery below with the big versions on flickr.
Cubism Gallery (one-page view)
Have extra time with your camera? Document your family Thanksgiving on my site Life, Panoramic by submitting an 8-12 photo collection or just emailing a single photo with description to firstname.lastname@example.org.