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About the art

These photos are the result of a photo shoot for the Taco Truck (TTT) restaurant/store/food truck in Hoboken, NJ, summer 2010.

A subset of these images, output large (some as large as 30x30") are hanging in a gallery installation in the store.

I was given a set of 35 ingredients to shoot for macro and microphotos, the very same ingredients TTT uses to prepare their product. I shot most of the ingredients, and left out a few which I was sure would just not yield any pleasing images up close.

...only half of a grain of rice will fit in the frame of my photos at this size.

Several of the ingredients which I found most fascinating were also the ones I found least interesting at normal size. So these particularly wonderful photos at high magnification became a really pleasant surprise. The oregano is a good example of this.

These are not illustrations or computer renderings. The colors you see here are all natural. I don't manipulate the images in post production except to correct for and adjust exposure, white balance, contrast, grain, dust, and sharpness. In essence, what you see here is nature's color set. The background colors are the result of whatever backing color I used for that particular shot, and was also not "Photoshopped in."

Perhaps most interesting about these photos is the size of the objects you see here. For many of the photos, I shot at my highest available magnification, which comes out to about 8x with my particular camera setup. For reference, this means that only half of a grain of rice will fit in the frame of my photos at this size. Another important note is that most of these photos are not cropped at all, so you are seeing the full image which was captured.

As an aside, I have seen some beautiful photos produced by a 10x microscope, some similar in feel and magnification to mine. This is why I call these microphotos—they are beyond macro images at this level of magnification, in my opinion.

The geekier photo-lovers out there may be wondering if I "stack" my photos and why or why not. The answer is no, these images are not the product of stacking... but you could probably already tell that! My reason is that a.) I shoot freehand for the most part, so capturing images that can be stacked is not possible, and/or would inhibit the style of shooting to which I've grown accustomed; and b.) I already spend enough time having to review images in post production, I don't want to add yet another (potentially time-consuming) step.

 


Now that you've got the skinny on where these images came from, how about supporting cool art and owning one of them?

Thoughts? Ideas? Questions? Want to setup your own personal microphoto shoot with me? (I think a microphoto portrait would be really rad!) Contact Adam to talk more.

 


Equipment

Canon 40D SLR
Canon 65mm MP-E dedicated macro lens
Canon 580 EX II Speedlight with off-camera cord
Additional Slave flash
Other stuff

 
About the artist Statement, resume, tearsheet, press clips, etc...
Early microphotos of ice

Tiny Lab Gallery Show

Tiny Lab Documentation

The tiny bubbles of air trapped inside an ice cube first inspired Adam Saynuk to explore the smallest observable details of ordinary objects in 2004. Since then, he has shot thousands of photos of ice alone, and upon launching his Morning Macro photoblog in 2008, captured thousands more fascinating photos of the tiny features of everyday things.

Adam's microphotography highlights the many details of common objects which are easily overlooked. His large prints of tiny things inspire viewers to a sense of wonder and discovery out of the mundane. Adam has recently shown his macro/microphotos in an interactive exhibit called Tiny Lab at the Hoboken Studio Tour, and installed large pieces in the offices of New York design boutique, String Theory.

Adam's exclusive work for the Taco Truck art gallery continues the micro-journey through actual ingredients used by the store, for a delicious, new perspective on food art and photography.

Artist statement, resume, tearsheet, press clips, etc...

 


Now that you've got the skinny on where these images came from, how about supporting cool art and owning one of them?

Thoughts? Ideas? Questions? Want to setup your own personal microphoto shoot with me? (how about a microphoto portrait of your home!) Contact Adam to talk more.

 
Support cool art!

These images are for sale as BIG {30"x45"} beautiful saturated color prints, face mounted to glossy thick plexiglass with a sintra backing and wood support bracket for hanging.

All Taco Truck photos on this site are $1485, face mounted and ready to hang. Additionally, 10% of the purchase price of any of the images hanging in the store will be donated to Pie Lab (a socially responsible pie shop and community space in one of the poorest counties in the nation) if you buy while the show is running.

Images installed at the Taco Truck store

All other Adam Saynuk photos at Morning Macro and other sites are $1485* mounted.

Please let me know if you are interested in a commissioned installation of microphotography for your restaurant, store, or other businesse.

Please contact Adam for more information or to chat about other ideas you may be interested in.

 

*Shipping/delivery/handling, and other incidentals not included.