Featured A days work (A personal photo project)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by marting24, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. marting24

    marting24 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2014
    Martin Gonzalez
    Hello everybody! I recently completed a photo project with a concept in mind. This was my first project and I'm very proud with how it came out. The entire project was shot with my trusty EM10 mki and 12-40 combo that I love so dearly. A 10 stop Hoya filter was also used regularly for the project.

    The background of the project and concept is this:

    I just began my professional career at the beginning of this year. I work in the financial area and the beginning of this year is the most brutal and taxing time of the year for my profession. Before I began my career, I promised myself I would never stop taking photos in favor of my career. So during my busiest season, I told myself I would work on a project. My favorite and most accessible location to shoot is the coastline, so naturally the coastline became my subject. Every Sunday, because I worked Monday-Saturday, I photographed the coastline. I came away with 12 photos that I hope tells a story and is a cohesive body of work.

    The body of work is my attempt of illustrating my mood and how long my first day of work was, which is why photos are given titles of a time. 6:30 am would be when I wake up, 9:30 PM would be when I finally get off.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this and viewing my photos. My favorite part about shooting micro four thirds is the amazing tight knit community that comes along with it.

    Here is my project: A days work.

    34718623640_b1122de0e4_c.jpg 6:30 AM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34974597211_1f558688f0_c.jpg 7:42 AM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    35105161245_5b58d582d4_c.jpg 8:29 AM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34940678142_fd4062b833_c.jpg 9:02 AM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34940679942_c27f5e4ee6_c.jpg 10:35 AM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34718612460_0a85d2381d_c.jpg 11:30 AM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34974599091_29283b61f5_c.jpg 1:16 PM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34718621010_d0323e07e7_c.jpg 3:17 PM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34718623000_60b8c2b564_c.jpg 5:20 PM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34295632733_f5355682fe_c.jpg 6:28 PM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34261413814_2cc0d94879_c.jpg 8:13 PM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    34974813621_d1c819e55b_c.jpg 9:30 PM by Martin Gonzalez, on Flickr

    Here is a link to my blog post for the project: Blog
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  2. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    Great images and a really well done project. Congratulations.
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  3. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Very nice B & W images well done.
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  4. Well done, great images.
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  5. 2112

    2112 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Outstanding images....
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  6. PJ2

    PJ2 Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Well done, great images and thanks for sharing
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  7. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Really nice. Inspiring!
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  8. magIBIS

    magIBIS Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Central Europe
    Very moody, very attractive, very inspiring.

    I hope you keep on going with such projects, like you wish for yourself!

    It will be our pleasure
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  9. Zman

    Zman Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 11, 2016
    Great work - terrific images. Love B&W. You've enticed me enough to purchase a 10 stop ND filter.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  10. pondball

    pondball Mu-43 All-Pro

    @marting24@marting24 wonderful story! exceptional really, and I love the storyline... :bravo-009:

    glad to see you were able to make your way out of the 8:29 haze/fog and reach some sense of clarity... sometimes I feel I go through an entire day in your 8:29 world...

    also looks like quite a caffeine jolt at 9:02!
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  11. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 16, 2013
    I love the concept, but not as much as I love your photos. These are probably the best coastline photos I've seen on this site, and possibly some of the best black and white photos. The contrast, detail, and play between light and shadow is amazing. :bowdown:
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  12. Cerita

    Cerita Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 23, 2017
    Oh what gorgeous pictures! Fantastic! You have captured so much movement and beauty. Well done.
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  13. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
    You should make a coffee table book out of these.
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  14. pondball

    pondball Mu-43 All-Pro

    I've just returned from a round of golf and while it has nothing to do with what I am going to comment on next it has given me thought to reflect some more on your photographs. My golf course is along a coastline, albeit not nearly as dramatic as the one you have portrayed here in this thread. As I played today I tried to envisage a storyline I might be able to tell myself through a round of golf and got rather excited about the concept. So upon return home I vowed to take another look at your photos... and this is what struck me as being most poignant.

    All were presented in portrait format!

    I'm sure this must have been intentional on your part as I believe it lends so very well to the story you wished to tell... (personal day in the life). Most of the shorelines we see are in landscape format and quite frankly, while beautiful, they start to look and feel the same. During the round of golf I knew there was something different about your shots and it was bugging me that I didn't have access to a computer to check it out... so upon return home the first thing I did was log back in to mu-43.com and check out this thread.

    Eureka! I believe it was your portrayal of landscapes in portrait mode in a storytelling sequence that made your photos work so incredibly well.

    Congrat's, and thanks for the inspiration to go out and try something like this myself. :2thumbs:

    Perhaps you should start a thread here based on that very theme (story telling through lens, or A Day in the Life)... with the parameters of 12 or fewer photos (you name it as you're the inspiration!). It would certainly be interesting to see what our creative minds here at mu-43.com can come up with!
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  15. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Miami, Florida
    Mike Crosa
    What they all said. Wonderful shooting and just as wonderful PP
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  16. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jun 16, 2013
    What a brilliant observation! I agree that the unusual format for landscapes is compelling. :)
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  17. P Hopper

    P Hopper Mu-43 Regular

    May 26, 2015
    Wonderful... puts me in mind of the Bard's words....

    when I have seen the mighty ocean gain
    advantage on the kingdom of the shore
    and the firm soil win of the watery main
    increasing store with loss, and loss with store.

    What would he say with a camera!

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  18. Kalifornier

    Kalifornier Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    Beautiful! I like #3 especially with that misty, foggy mood.
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  19. wolfie

    wolfie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Is the crashing of waves and swirling wash a visual metaphor of the flux of the financial markets?

    Great compositions and spot on with the processing. :2thumbs:
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  20. marting24

    marting24 Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 12, 2014
    Martin Gonzalez

    The 10 stop filter was the first point where my photography took a turn for a better. It allowed me to not only look at a coastline composition and figure out how I'd like the water to be displayed but it made me notice how the waves came in and how they washed out. I found my self being a lot more analytical in my compositions and asking my self if I wanted to use water washing out as leading lines or water as smooth clean glass.

    Definitely recommend investing in a GOOD 10 stop if you can. Cheers!
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