I thought I would take a departure this week from my typical post. I’ve spent some time cleaning up my image library and have reflected on my own photographic journey. I remember starting 8 years ago with my first Jack Graham workshop. We witnessed the must beautiful sunrise I have ever seen, it was at Rooster Rock. But my image… well…it sucked. The image you see below is Peter’s. Mine were not salvageable. I was very much at the bottom of this curve, struggling with my own technical proficiency – learning to use my camera, filters, cards, remote, Photoshop…… It was all so new.
I have been helping some of my friends on their journeys and it occurred to me that they were moving through similar stages. I think many people start at the bottom of this chart and work their way up. There are a fortunate group of people that have a vision and can communicate it in a compelling art form right from the start. I’m still working my way up. Continue reading →
I’ve always been intrigued by pinhole photography, there is an ethereal quality to it and a feeling that hearkens back to “old times”. My first foray into pinhole photography was with a Lensbaby optic, I was so frustrated I put the optic away, that was 4 years ago. And then I read an article in a photography magazine last month….. Continue reading →
Peter loves to visit iconic locations, I have to admit I find them intimidating, amazing photographers have already captured the unique essence of the place, what could I possibly have to add? We recently visited Point Lobos State Park in California, a place where Edward Weston made some of his most memorable images. I wanted to see the place through his eyes, but also apply my own vision to see if I could come up with a unique series of abstracts. Continue reading →
Sometimes I wonder if our visual sensibilities have been “over-juiced” with high-contrast, highly-saturated photos. When I started working with a mat style approach something in the back of my head said “now that looks like a photograph”. I asked myself, why. Continue reading →
I think we all know the answer is “yes”, but do we really realize how much? I mean, is there really a color you can’t stand? (maybe brown for me), but most colors are attractive, so maybe the question is, which ones draw you in more and why. Continue reading →
Its been awhile since I’ve had “project playtime”. Much to Peter’s delight, this week’s project did not involve water, oil, sharp objects, or objects being dropped from high places. I decided to try one of Digital Photo’s Photoshop projects using an image I took in Amsterdam, and an image from Virginia. Continue reading →
Peter and I recently became members of the Los Angles Arboretum. As part of their reciprocity program with over 250 gardens nationwide, I was able to use my membership to enter the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden. There butterfly sanctuary made the morning extra exciting. Continue reading →
I thought I would continue Peter’s thoughts from last week, by using different techniques to process a similar subject. All of these flowers were taken on a Lightpad. It was a challenge to take a step back and ask myself, “What do I want this image to look like when I finish?”, and then find the software that would give me the capability to create it. It was a lot of trial and error (and time), but I am please with the results.