Can Photography be my new passion?

Well, I don’t know if the answer is yes, but I know that it is a new tool for me to express myself. I have a lot of new projects brewing in my mind, waiting for an outlet to come to life. I recently started a beginners course on photography by Muammer Yanmaz and graduated yesterday. Here are some of the coursework, I did during the course:

These are just a few examples of some preliminary work. I will be happily posting more projects and work in the future. :)

Photography certainly will be one of my passions, and I intend to combine it with other fields of expression. I’m not one of those people who stick to one art form and master it to the ultimate expression. I’m more like one of those people who mixes everything up. I mostly get lost in the mixture, but sometimes I get close to some good outcomes. In the future I hope to mix photography with some other stuff (music, video, literature, text) and hopefully get something out of it with good content.

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I design at Zazzle.com

I’ve recently started to design at zazzle. If you haven’t heard of it Zazzle.com is a store where you can custom prepare any printed object, from iphone cases to t-shirts, mugs, and any stationary. It’s a great place to get stuff printed, as a gift or even in bulk amounts. Besides designing your own stuff you can choose from the many cool stuff people have prepared and put on sale over there. I just started, but I hope my collection will grow with pace and soon there will be lots of stuff I will be selling. For me it is also a good place to take use of my media and create cool stuff.
For now you can follow the link below to my store at zazzle.

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Owning a nikon camera is a wonderful thing!

Me and someone else taking pictures at the cafe of London Tate Modern

Last May during my dry period regarding blogging, I went on a weeklong trip to London. It was a long waited opportunity to combine travel with shopping, sightseeing and some other personal stuff.
The personel stuff part didn’t go as well as I had expected but the sightseeing and shopping part compensated for the not so good personal part. Plus I had a great opportunity to meet up with some old family friends too. It was a very fulfilling trip by most means.
Now I want to save the sightseeing part to another post and explain my trip to London in a bit more detail later on, on a seperate post. Maybe I’ll write a short tour guide of London like the post I wrote of barcelona. For now I think I’ll leave the touristic side of my trip for later.
The thing i want to mention in this post is the fabulous Nikon D90 I bought from Jessop’s, a store that sells photography eqipments for good prices. It was the first thing I did after I settled into the hotel. I got out of the hotel which was at Earl’s Court, got onto a tube train and went down town to Oxford Street and found the Jessop’s store which I had looked up on the internet way before I got to London. Now the reason why I got the camera in London and not in Turkey is the price. In Turkey these sorts of electronic equipment and many other stuff are very expensive because of the taxes. So I planned ahead of my trip to get the camera in London and looked up the store that offered the best price, got the address to buy the camera.

Once I bought the camera I went back to the hotel mounted the lens to the body, held it in my hands and got the feel of the camera. It was wonderful. I took some random shots, and my, the feel was so good, let alone the pictures. I had read before on some posts that compared Canon D450 with Nikon D90 that they were very similar and Nikon had some upper hand on image quality, Canon was a bit cheaper and lighter in weight and was better in resolution. One post I read commented on Nikon as being better in the ergonomics than Canon. Nikon is a bit heavier and the hold is much better compared to canon. The extra grams in weight can be a problem if you carry the camera hanging from your neck all day, but I must say, the grip of Nikon is worth it.

The rest of the London tour I carried the camera hanging from my neck from dawn till dusk and was very delighted to take as many pictures as I could, experimenting on the images, as you can see in the picture above. I took an overall of 1500 shots or more and more than 50 videos in London. Imagine the time I spent with the camera, taking pics of everything like a crazy person.

Since then during all my vacation time I’ve been taking photos all the time. My Nikon camera is about to become an extention of me, like an arm or leg, while I get used to all its features. It’s really OK, I have no complaints whatsoever of my camera. When I do learn the features better I’ll give you an update on it. Till then I intend to have a great time taking pictures with my wonderful Nikon.

Sorry Canon Guys, I know this post sounds a lot like a commercial, but these words truly come from my heart, you can believe me.

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1 Point Perspective Drawing Technique – Part 1

If you came here from my post on Perspective Basics, I assume you know the basic terms and we can go on from there. If you are new to perspective then I advise you to start from the Basics.

1 point perspective

1 point perspective scene setup

In the 1 point perspective technique we assume that the guide lines converge at 1 point on the horizon line. For this to happen we should be looking at our objects at a perpendicular angle. Let’s say we are looking at a box. The front and back sides should be parallel to our picture plane, and the left and right sides should be perpendicular to our picture plane, so that as the distance from the POV increases, the guide lines describing the left and right sides converge at the vanishing point. At short, we should be looking right at one side of the box.

First things first, we have to set up our scene. What did I say in the previous related article? I advised you to firstly imagine the scene and get a vision of the drawing you expect to draw. That should make things a lot easier.

1 point perspective - basic scene setup

1 point perspective - basic scene setup

We need two sets of helping drawings: top view and side view to assist in drawing our perspective, as you can see below. Sometimes if we are in an exam we may be given the helping drawings, (top view, side view, or any orthographic drawing). But if we are going to draw the perspective of our own desing we will have to draw these helping drawings ourselves. We have our objects in our scene and the POV, so all we have to do is to draw it. We have to place a picture frame and the axis of origin. Added to that we should specify our ground line, eye level and the horizon line. To make things easier place the picture plane on the front side of the object closest to us. The dimensions of this side of the object thus can automatically be depicted onto our scene, because it is on our picture plane. Among all of these imagine and then draw the axis of origin and the picture frame. After you can derive the rest.

Next we must place our vanishing point. In the 1 point perspective this is simple, we just intersect the eye level with the Z axis from the axis of origin, which automatically falls onto the picture plane.

It’s now the turn of the guide lines. We first draw the face of our object that we see directly in front of us on the picture plane. Now draw guide lines from the corners of this face. It resembles the object but we don’t know the depths of the side faces yet. To keep this post from going on for too long, I will leave it here.

Have a go at it for yourself and see how it comes out. You’ll see it’s not that difficult.

In part 2 of this subject we will finish this case study of the scene above, and draw the perspective of the scene from the point of view (POV). I will show you my depiction of the perspective in part 2, and you can compare yours to mine.

point PA-PB - top view

point PA-PB - top view

point PA-PB - side view

point PA-PB - side view

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I’m back at last!

It’s been a long time since I last posted, I know. My previous post is from July 2009 and it has been over a year. I’m aware that this means that I have stopped my blogging life before I even had a good start. The reason why I gave a break is because I went back to work. Since July last year, I have been working as an designer architect on housing complexes with retail and office facilities. And as you can guess work has taken up a lot of my energy and time. For most of the year I haven’t been able to find the strength to even think about blogging. However for some time now my fingers have been fidgetty and itching around. I guess the time has come for me to make the effort and create extra time to do the things I really want. It’s time to get rid of the excuses and get down to business.

Well I’m back, not only with the blogging but with the photography and videos too. Everyone beware, Serda is back in town :) .

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