Meanwhile, I've finally submitted my papers for a visa request to Malta, and now all I have to do is wait for a response. Things went quite smooth and we exchanged a chitchat. The lady said the Gozo (the island I'll be staying in for 9 days) doesn't have much and one day is enough. However, since I'm familiar with other people's opinions (who mostly like busy places and cities), I do take her opinion with as a grain of salt. Anyway, all what separates the 2 main islands is a ferry. Now it seems like a challenge to make out photos out of my visit to Gozo as much as possible; if it is a tranquil, then I'm sure it has much to offer!
Anyway, despite this busy schedule, I got the chance to do some tiny experiments in my fussy and messy room.
Canon EF 50mm +12mm,
f/8, 1s, ISO1600.
- Like IR photography, there are no real colors in UV photography, but the images seem to be mostly processed as B&W with high contrast (and sometimes sunscreens are used to make special effects as they block UV).
- Beside converting the camera (adjusting the sensor by removing some filters), one would need a special UV source (e.g. adjusted flash tube), and a lens that has no UV protection coating.
- The sun can be a good source for UV of course, but for indoors one would need a flash tube adjusted (by removing some protective parts) for indoors. Not sure though if such thing can be done with speedlites flashes or it's specific for studio flashes.
- In my simple experiment above, with 2 speedlites and high ISO, the shutter time was irrelevant (typically in flash photography anyway); even a long exposure did not do any good.
Canon EF 50mm + 12mm,
f/8, 1s, ISO100.
With these 2 experiments I'm thinking seriously now of having a converted camera; either converting my current EOS 7D and getting a new camera, or buy a cheap Canon model and work on converting that. It is just a matter of time and finance for now. Been thinking about that seriously since the announcement of Canon 5DR (or 5Ds R).
Next day it was the time for the real experiment; the reason why I borrowed this mug from a friend. A peel effect. It had been also a good target in teaching the members of the group some aspect about anaglyphs and 3D imaging!
For this project, I've decided to use the regular 30 degrees rotation periods for my VR-head (upon which I fix a disk to make a rotating table). In my previous experiment of such sort, I took lot of shots for the object at distances of 5 degrees. However, I deemed this unnecessary after all. With 30 degrees turns, the total number of shots was 12 (or 13 if we repeat the shoot for the initial point). I think this number could be even reduced down to 8 if I follow the 45 degrees scheme. The work was relatively easy, and I learned from my previous mistakes with previous mugs (specifically at which point to place the center of rotation). I think though the final image needs some work with puppet wrap (a tool I've discovered in Photoshop CS5!) where one can wrap specific point on the image and keep other portions stable. This is specifically needed for the left eye (to the viewer) as it should be aligned with the other eye. Broken lines were inevitable and had to spend considerable time cloning and merging them as much as possible. Question raises now though if this would be a good image for expos and contests!
Days are getting closer and closer for the beginning of my travels, specifically to Oman. My vacation will be split into 2, and I've done the bulk for it; the Maltese visa (I don't need a visa to visit Oman).
Vivid words visit my mind and go and I'm trying to pin them down in a poem, yet I can't gather my power to do it - specially with my mind being occupied with new ideas to do photography (I'm still running after the idea of a B&W panorama). It seems that I need to get back to brainstorming methods and try to make up new ideas for photography.
Deep inside now, there is a lost rhythm. A loss for direction... somewhat resulting in carelessness. Ideas of leaving everything behind me and start to "live" somewhere else are visiting frequently nowadays - in a heavy flux. I somehow reflect back with one of Phil Collins' songs: Everything That I Am. As usual, Phil nails it when expressing my own emotions…