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  • Welcome!

    What can I say except that I love to photograph.

    Traveling around the world has certainly taken me to some beautiful locations, but I believe great photos are to be had everywhere. When you can mix the elements of creativity, vision, & passion that is when things really start to come alive and can make for some really compelling images.

    Be sure to check out my personal website, which you can view here: www.alimkassim.com.
    You can also follow me via Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Alim

Back online soon!

It’s been a whirlwind of a year, lots has transpired! Currently in process of setting up business & hope to back online again soon.

What’s All The Racket?

A couple weekends ago, my cousin came by to visit us for the afternoon. This kid is truly an amazing tennis player; it’s amazing to see how much he has progressed over the years.
As the weather outside was pretty cold, we were pretty much left to entertain ourselves indoors. So, I figured why not do an impromptu shoot!

Being the great sport that Aman is, we decided to do a shoot focused on the subject of tennis…and believe it or not, all within the confines of our living room (which btw, is a bit bigger than a matchbox!).
As there was a bit of furniture in the room, I knew I’d be moving a few things around & shooting this against my Botero background.

In my head, I envisioned photographing Aman through his tennis racket. I knew that I wanted to illuminate the strings on the racket, but without them being too distracting.
I tried lighting the strings from head-on, the sides, below, and even from above, which is what I ended up using.

After a few test frames, I realized that having Aman hold the racket was causing some problems with lighting on the strings. So, I rigged the tennis racket in a clamp, which was affixed to a spare light stand. This helped keep the racket nice and straight, which helped keep the lighting on the strings consistent. This allowed me to focus more on Aman, who happened to be sitting on our make shift seat (aka cat perch).

Once the lighting was locked in, I took a handful of shots. Processing was pretty straightforward on both images. For the first, I wanted to do something a bit different and to tone the image in a way that looked like the color of a tennis ball (without being over the top). Below are two of the final images from the shoot:

Enjoy!

Aman II

Aman I

Project 50 :: Day 26 – Day 50

Wow, I can’t believe I did it. 50 straight days of shooting. I won’t say it’s been easy, ’cause it hasn’t.
Coming home late in the evening, often with no sun in the sky & pouring rain, has definitely provided me some challenges both physically & mentally.

Let me ask you, when it’s dark & pouring rain out, are you motivated to go out and shoot? Haha, I thought so…well, this project has made me think otherwise.

I’ve learned a lot through during this entire process and it’s definitely challenged my way of thinking. I would have to say my key learnings are:

  • Never leave home without your camera
  • Your feet are the best zoom you’ll ever have
  • Great pictures are to be had everywhere, you just may have to view things from a different angle or perspective
  • Anytime is a good time to be behind the camera
  • Photos represent the way you see the world. Share your vision regardless of what others think
  • Push yourself, otherwise you’ll never know what your capable of and you’ll never grow
  • Use what available light is around you. If there is none, make some! Be innovative! Use that light on your key chain or even a flashlight!
  • No tripod? Try the ground, a ledge, a bunched up coat, or whatever you can get your hands on to stabilize your camera
  • I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised at some of the images I’ve been able to walk away with during this project.
    Whether the image I captured was planned or in the moment, I have thoroughly enjoyed documenting these past 50 days. It’s been great to get out, relieve stress, & press the shutter.

    With that said…I leave you with Part 2 of Project 50.

    Project 50 :: Day 1 – Day 25

    The past 6 months have been quite intense for me both personally & professionally. Needless to say, it’s been stressful in these uncertain times, but thank goodness for family, friends, & photography. Without the support of my loved ones, I don’t know what I would do.

    As I’ve been quite busy working a full-time job, my only outlet for stress has been photography. To ensure that I would keep up with my photography, I decided to take on a personal project entitled Project 50.

    Inspired by the work of my peers & friends Paul Gero & Bert Stephani, I decided to challenge myself to photograph the world around me, using only 1 camera & 1 lens (a fixed 50mm).

    The rules off the project are simple:

    ◊ 1 camera
    ◊ 1 lens (a fixed 50mm)
    ◊ 50+ days
    ◊ No tripods, flashes, or strobes

    The only limits are my imagination & creativity.

    More soon…

    New Blog!

    Hi All,

    Been working diligently on customizing the new blog here and am definitely staying busy. I have to say I am very happy with the template so far, it definitely has a lot to offer. I’m also working on pooling my social media resources, so thanks for your patience!

    Thanks!

    Alim

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