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GDOPhotography David Grano-De-Oro

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I was asked by a fellow photographer what are my thoughts on my bokeh compositions nd why I do them, My approach to my other non brenizer photography. This is my response....

Hyper observation.

Hyper observation of the subject/object in focus, its shape color, texture, and the surrounding environment as a backdrop and frame but intrinsic to the object in focus. To me a bolder, tree trunk, or man made structure is no different than the a human model.

When I see the curves of a tree branch or trunk I see the elegance of a womans waist or arms under a soft light. When I see the hard lines heavy shape and rugged texture of a bolder I see the face of an old hard worked man in dramatic light.

When I imagine the bokeh like (Michelle Angelou) I imagine the shape before seeing it or even making a single stroke/actuation of the camera trigger. This is evident in the process of creating a Brenizer composition as you must first visualize what you want and maintain it while shooting dozens of not hundred of photos to complete the perceived composition. I see the blurred backdrop like a fine impressionist watercolor painting of the old masters.

I approache these Brenizers these bokeh panoramas and the subject in focus as a still life in classical paintings. I light and shoot them like a still life nd compose them in classical styles like a Rembrant. I then in photoshop will quite literally paint in added color, highlights and shadows so as to not only simply record what I've seen but romanticizes it. This is ultimately why I shoot this way. It harkens to my classical roots of a fine art painter nd the master painters before me.

These are what my thoughts are in this photo nd in every other bokeh composition I attempt.

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