Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Lights, Camera, Action
Although it's the age of smartphones and DSLRs, clicking a great picture is a matter of patience and skilled hands. Under low light conditions, even flash fails at times to produce photographs to our expectations. For that one needs to have a thorough understanding of the physics behind capturing a static image of a moving or stationary object. Doesn't it sound like an overstatement? In fact, it is not. Of course, physics dictates the workings of a camera, however, the mechanics behind capturing a great picture can be mastered with practice. Steady hands, an eye for details, control over shutter speed and aperture can lead to taking brilliant photos. And how about such skills being paired with control of the quality and quantity of light. Peter Solness does exactly that.
He is one of the trailblazers in the field of night-photography. Solness' photographs are simply fantastical. Playing around with light from the moon and exposing his objects to the desired amount of light from his torch, he creates surreal images. It is as if his imaginations take the form of nocturnal creatures and lurch to life at the faintest hint of light. Some of his acclaimed works form part of the collections at National Library Canberra, State Library of NSW, Museum of Sydney and the NSW Parliament.
To give others a taste of painting their imaginations into vivid images using light, Peter Solness organizes periodic workshops. In the upcoming workshop to be held on 13th of May, you will learn about the principles of night photography, necessary gear and lighting techniques. For further details can be accessed here.
The Venue: The Learning Centre in the Education Precinct, off Dickens Drive, Centennial Park, Sydney Essentials to be carried along: A digital camera and tripod or if you have an iPhone, a tripod will be supplied to you.
Got an eye for photography yet darkness illudes you. Painting with Light might prove to be the answer to your shadowed perceptions. With your camera, carry along the bag of patience and a truckload of passion for you never know what sweet fruit darkness has to offer.