When it comes down to it, Nikon fans are a dedicated bunch of photographers. We know this, we see it, and we love it.
So earlier this year, we wanted to reach out to a number of them to help them push their photography to the next level. The response was fantastic! Below we share the story so far…
We searched our feeds and looked for Nikon fans with unique viewpoints on photography. We found Christine from Russia, Nghai from Germany, and Gustavo from Italy (see photos above), as well as many more – all very different types of photographers but all united in their wish to further improve their photography skills.
To kick it off, we challenged them to explore a new type of photography that they have never tried before and to send us 3 images when they were done. They enthusiastically agreed, and each chose a genre of photography to focus on. Their interests ranged from still life to blur photography to music photography. Like we said, it is a very eclectic group!
Our first challenger, Nghia Ong, has now completed his challange. Here is how he got on. (You’re going to want to read on to see his dedication to this challenge.)
Nghia, 33, is from Germany, is the photographer behind this selfie:
Nghia had been experimenting with many types of photography- nature, sports, architecture, you name it! (See his work on his Flickr page here.) But what he really wanted to try, he told us, was Abstract Macrophotography.
With that in mind, Nghia got to work. Luckily for us, he kept us updated on his progress for the entire journey. Over the weeks, he submitted the following test images, all captured with his Nikon D610.
We were so impressed with his enthusiasm that we asked him to explain how he achieved these shots.
It turns out that Nghia has been very busy with his experimenting! He even constructed a home-made photo studio for this project.
Check out these “behind the scenes” photos from his studio and his explanations of each. You might even pick up some useful tips on building your own DIY studio.
“I just had a rough idea of the shooting scenery,” Nghia explained. “What I liked the most about this series is the time before the actual photo shoot. Since I don’t have any professional gear I had to build the setup for the shooting with simple things I either found in my household or in the DIY store. Here are a couple of photos.”
“In picture no. 1 I stacked two tables so that I could sit on a chair and didn’t have to kneel down to take the shots. I positioned the flash opposite the camera using an old tripod I got from my dad and in between the flash and the camera I placed an acrylic glass plate to soften the light. The plate was fixed MacGyver-like with 4 bookends. My apartment was dark that afternoon, so I wrapped aluminum foil around my old table lamp to increase the light’s intensity. The green paper on the cupboard was attached to be a splash guard.”
“Pictures no. 2 and 3 show the setup a couple of days later. It changed a bit because I tried to capture some colored crystals that I made. It got pretty messy.”
“No. 4 is the improvised chamber I made most of the pictures with. I took two thick glass plates (originally from a photo frame) and glued them together with a chopstick that I cut into three parts to create the three sides of the chamber with a gap between the plates. Then, I poured oil in it and dropped in ink drops to create the images that I photographed. I had to use a lot of glue to get it leakproof as on my first couple of tries water or oil leaked out all the time, and I didn’t have silicone to seal it.”
“No. 5 is from one of my final photos. I wanted to create a picture that looks like a tunnel under cave with filaments spinning from one side to the other. So I caramelized sugar and poured it into a toilet paper roll that I covered with tape (as the sugar was pretty hot). While it was still liquid I took a small wooden stick and tried to spin it from one side to the other until it solidified. I used the backlight of my bike, put it behind the acrylic glas plate to illuminate from behind.”
We applaud Nghia’s dedication to getting the job done, as well as his three striking final images, seen below.
Image 1: “rorschach”
Image 2: “enter the dragon”
Image 3: “diluvian”
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Google+ pages in the coming weeks where we will post updates on the #NewExperience photographers who are almost done their challenges, as well as introducing several more photographers who are taking the #NewExperience plunge with Nikon.