Photographer Spotlight: Jan F-F, Day Two

Today I’ll be focusing on a few images set in nature, or at least settings without any obvious intrusions of concrete. I tend to focus on “things” – the objects that humans tend to ignore in life. Sometimes they are organic, more often, inorganic, but today I’ll focus on the first half of that dichotomy.

 

Jan Flatley-Feldman / Staff Photographer

I took this picture last May at Venice Beach; it’s titled “twisting, turning, ending.” The focus of the image is a small piece of a palm tree, torn from the tree’s trunk and tossed by the wind onto the dry beach, where is sits in a miniature dune, next to various other decaying bits. The shallow depth-of-field obscures the details in the extreme foreground and background. This was shot with a Canon 400D and Sigma 85mm f/1.4

Jan Flatley-Feldman / Staff Photographer

This second piece is titled “Gravity Rides Everything.” I was hiking in Topanga Canyon, this August, near the Pacific coast in Malibu. I hiked toward Eagle Rock, and on the way stands a nondescript hill where the branch visible in the lower right-hand corner juts out just above the field. The hill itself bisects the frame diagonally. The grains are white and pale, awaiting the winter. ¬†Distant, out-of-focus clouds hover in the distance. This was also shot with my favorite lens, the Sigma 85 f/1.4, and by this time I had replaced the 400D with a 5D.