Monday Missive — August 3, 2020

Quotes

A democracy cannot thrive where power remains unchecked and justice is reserved for a select few. Ignoring these cries and failing to respond to this movement is simply not an option—for peace cannot exist where justice is not served.” — John Lewis

You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates.” — John Lewis

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.” — Peter Adams

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Minimalist BW
– Larry Cohen: Baltimore
– Iris Wo: In the calm of your arms An interesting little zine.
– Bryce Watanasoponwong: Thailand Interesting color and framing.

Post-processing
– Using puppet warp
– Select subject in the latest version of PS is much better
– Speed up Lightroom performance

Field/Studio
– Street photography at night Thanks Steve O.
– Wide angle landscape composition Gorgeous Lake District scenery.

Miscellany
– 11 photographers that will inspire you Good list; some well-known, some not. Thanks Steve O.

Looking back at my images from my artist residency at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012. Reflections on Bear Lake.

The view from Prospect Mountain, Rocky Mountains National Park, 2012.

Monday Missive — July 27, 2020

Quotes

Seeing things pleasing to the eye is more and more about experiencing them and less about capturing a trophy of the moment. And in more and more moments, I sense through the camera a parting of some veil only to see beyond it yet another one. This is where I think the fog mimics the greater truth that each moment of clarity is nothing but a smiling invitation to a shrouding mist just beyond. Come forward it says, and with that encouragement, I do.” — Paul Van Slambrouck

“Once the experience occurs there is no longer a painting or a photograph, or a poem, there is only the experience. Is there any other way to reach the meaning of a T. S. Eliot, or a Dylan Thomas, or a Bach, or an Alfred Stieglitz?” — Carl Chiarenza (Aperture Vol 6. No.2 1958) From aransomephoto.com.

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Black Resistance/Vivid Symbolism
– Incredible wave photography
– Toward a vanishing horizon
– Channeling Eggleston But better in my opinion.

Post-processing
– Paint with light in PS
– Color grading with the diamond gradient
– Which file types to use for which uses
– Instantly removing color artifacts

Field/Studio
– Sean Tucker: Minimalist Street Photography
– How to plan (or not) your photo shoot

Great Blue Heron framed by purple loosestrife, Lake Redman boardwalk. Purple loosestrife is an invasive plant that degrades wetland habitat values.

Semi-abstract look back: Needlerush Beach, Deweese Is., SC; 2017

Monday Missive — July 20, 2020

Quotes

Magritte was an artist who worked in ideas, not in craft.” – Seth Godin 11/17/14

[Photography is] very related to poetry. It’s suggestive and fragmentary and unsatisfying in a lot of ways. It’s as much about what you leave out as what you put in.” — Alec Soth

There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own.” – Berenice Abbott

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Soomin Sam: Portraits, windows, once upon a time
– Michael Darough. An interesting approach to exploring racial justice
– Karen Bullock: Presence Obscured Difficult topic done well.
– Tom Leighton: Tokyo

Post-processing
– PS masking tips
– Simple composition tips for Lightroom
– Fix my image

Field/Studio
– Sean Tucker: Minimalist Street Photography

Miscellany
– How durable is your camera sensor
– The bird box diary: Some quiet self-reflection on landscape and wildlife photography

Blue dasher dragonfly, male. Black Marsh Trail.

Coneflowers.

Monday Missive — July 13, 2020

Quotes

“They were faded and worn, but the images were alive with a fragile beauty of expression and gesture.” — Soomin Ham

“Photography becomes a prayer.” — Karen Bullock

What have I done wrong?” he said later.” Nothing, I think. I am steadily surprised that there are so many photographers that reject manipulating reality, as if that was wrong. Change reality! If you don’t find it, invent it!” –- Pete Turner

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Paul Lukin
– Nikita Payusov: Coney Island

Post-processing
– Stacked focus for landscape shots
– Everything you want to know about the new Adobe Camera Raw This is the first of a 4 part series that goes into great detail, even on things that aren’t new. It is worth the time to understand everything you can do in ACR. Most of it also applies to LR. The remaining 3 parts of the series are listed below the main window.
– Resolution, resizing and resampling Courtesy Steve O.
– Beginner’s guide to sharpening in PS
– Adjusting color and tone in the new ACR

Miscellany
– How to identify your best images
– Sebatiao Selgado
– Developing your voice as a photographer

Needham’s Skimmer, male, Black Marsh Trail.

From my book “Winter Marsh” that is approaching completion.

Monday Missive — July 6, 2020

Quotes

Photography is a window to place, time and memory.” — Soomin Ham

If you want more creative photographs, you need to learn to think more creatively: not different gear, but different thoughts.” — David duChemin

The decisive moment is a great concept, but we don’t experience the world that way. Life is a montage of occurrences that comes together over time. By spending several hours shooting a scene and merging elements from each into a single frame, I create, in some way, a truer depiction of that space because I’m not capturing an outlier moment.” — Sean J. Sprague

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Seeing double
– Very well done ongoing photoessay of a young woman with Down’s

Post-processing
– Editing a composite
– Select and mask crash course
– A quick way to remove numerous dust spots
– 10 hidden tools in the new Camera Raw

Field/Studio
– Making more meaningful portraits by connecting with your subject
– How to safely update PS and correct things that seem to be missing

Miscellany
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

Day lily in morning light. It was the light at the base of the blossom that captured my eye.
f/45 with 105 macro lens.

Winter Marsh. From a new body of work that I am working into a book.

Monday Missive — June 29, 2020

Quotes

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen R. Covey

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.” – John Ruskin

Your photography is a record of your living.” – Paul Strand

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Street photography from Turkey
– Street photography from France

Post-processing
– Advanced color matching
– New features in PS 2020 Photoshop Cafe
– New features in LR Photoshop Cafe
– New features in LR AOP
– New features in PS 2020 PTC
– Understanding saturation in LR

Field/Studio
– Renaissance painting inspired portraits
– Better than the rule of thirds

Fresh from the garden. Coneflower

Thunbergia

Coneflower

Monday Missive — June 22, 2020

Quotes

Inside you, there’s an artist you don’t know about.” — Rumi

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” –- Ansel Adams

When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches.” –- Edward Weston

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– Sites of public executions Interesting idea and technically very well done.
– Havana

Post-processing
– Cutting out trees without halos or fringing
– Adding two colors to highlights
– Are you Under-editing your images?
– Understanding curves
– Create motion in Photoshop
– Re-sizing images in PS

Field/studio
– How to attract wildlife and set up a blind at home.

Miscellany
– Why camera makers are going to keep adding video

Day Lily anthers.

The blue dasher dragonfly is a very common dragonfly at the Black Marsh Trail. The diagonal stripes on the thorax and the black tail tip are distinctive. Females also have the thorax stripes but the abdomen is not the same pale blue.

Chipmunk (backyard photography).

Monday Missive — June 15, 2020

Quotes

Perception is real, and the truth is not.” — Imelda Marcos, from a film by Lauren Greenfield

Ultimately, simplicity is the goal – in every art, and achieving simplicity is one of the hardest things to do. Yet it’s easily the most essential.” – Pete Turner

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– 20 landscape photographers with intent
– Lynching trees

Post-processing
– Resolution in Photoshop for beginners
– Multi-dimensional bacground blur
– How to make realistic shadows
– Luminance in camera raw This simple approach gives you great control over your highlight, midtone and shadow areas

Field/studio
– Sports photograpy tips Courtesy Steve O.

Miscellany
– Computational photography
– 10 unusual photography facts

Thunbergia, a flowering climbing vine is a gift from my sister during a recent visit.

Bullfrog. Summer fun in the pool. All that is missing is the Bud in an Orioles Koozie.

Monday Missive — June 8, 2020

Quotes

Great photography is always on the edge of failure.” –- Garry Winogrand

In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don’t do it, you don’t know what might happen.” –- Harry Callahan

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.” –- Man Ray

Links
Post-processing
– Change background color Also includes several selection and masking methods
– How to re-light a scene in Photoshop Using camera raw so it can also work in LR
– Color grading
– Layer masks for beginners
– How to light a portrait in camera raw

Field/Studio
– Single light critiques Lindsay Adler explains how to improve portrait/glamor lighting using only a single light.
– 7 techniques to improve your composition

Miscellany
– Clyde Butcher and the quarantine
– Eileen Rafferty: Seeing in BW Almost 2 hours
– Using a 110 year old camera Thanks to Steve O. This was interesting if not practical.

Found a spider in the house. He agreed to pose for a portrait to show off his gold grill. He is kind of cute, sort of makes you want to scratch behind his ears (if he had them). This is probably a jumping spider, although he didn’t jump, but was really fast.

I just really like the reflected emerald green. All I did to this was lens corrections and darken the light tree trunks.

Monday Missive — June 1, 2020

Quotes

Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” — Toni Morrison

You don’t need to explain yourself. Shoot what makes you happy.” — Sean Tucker

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” — Matt Hardy

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Ruth Orkin

Post-processing
– Changing day to night in PS One more lesson on Lighting Effects
– Removing shadows
– Double exposure effect
– When to use PS over LR
– Photoshop layers for beginners

Field/Studio
– Camera settings for wildlife photography
– Getting started with landscape photography
– Using lace as a GOBO for creative portraits

Miscellany
– The beauty of platinum/palladium prints Tillman Crane uses a hybrid process taking digital images with a medium format camera but printing Pt/Pd in the darkroom.

Clematis. 200 mm macro in mornng sun.

Tiny mushrooms. 200 mm micro lens with 74.5 mm extension.

Monday Missive — May 25, 2020

Quotes

“. . . creativity is about doing the work rather than waiting for inspiration or talent to kick in.” — David duChemin

“inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us show up and get to work.” — Chuck Close

“Do you want to be more creative? You’ve got to be willing to fail and start ugly, sometimes really ugly, and figure it out–refine it–as you go. . . . You need to be relentlessly you, to choose courage and persistence, to embrace your constraints and do something astonishing with them, to let those first efforts be ugly on their way to being beautiful. The only way to be more creative is to create more. We can all do that.” — David duChemin

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– Federico Feliciotti – Italy
– Interesting series of single walkers

Links
Post-processing
– Adding sunset color to landscapes
– Montage portraits a la David Hockney Coutesy Steve O.

Links
Field/Studio
– Long lens macro photography
– 1 light beauty setup with graphic make-up
– Night and Astrophotography: A conversation with Rachel Ross

Links
Miscellany
– Three fantastic photography locations
– Sally Mann and the collodion process Thanks to Steve O.
– How to clean your lenses

Great blue heron with an itch.

Great Blue Heron. Over the shoulder “come hither” look.

Monday Missive — May 18, 2020

Quotes

Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity… I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance.” — Sally Mann

I want to record history through the destiny of individuals who often belong to the least wealthy classes. I do not want to show war in general, nor history with a capital H, but rather the tragedy of a single man, of a family.” — James Nachtwey

Understanding grows as you allow the landscape to come into you. Passivity, not acquisition, is the key to this. A good photograph is a received photograph, an exchange between you and the landscape, in which – however unlikely this may seem – there is a dialogue between the two of you. It is simply courtesy to allow the landscape to speak.” — Charlie Waite

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– French doors

Post-processing
– Applying color swatches
– Using the Lighting Effect filter on landscapes
– Editing landscapes in Lightroom

Field/Studio
– Using a telephoto lens to improve your landscapes
– Selling prints
– Minimalist landscapes
– Long exposure photography

Miscellany
– A conversation with Sharon Tenenbaum Architectural and long-exposure photography
– Backyard Birding

Columbine in the morning, with Photomorphis Ethereal Light 04 texture.

Mature female eastern forktail. Note the mites along the thorax and anterior abdomen.

Monday Missive — May 11, 2020

Quotes

I started not with the feel of the city but with my own emotions. I felt dark, lonely, a little scared, and I built a city—based on New York—out of that feeling. Instead of choosing shapes, I chose lights and shadows. I worked on textures first and added details later. Eventually, I got to a point where all I needed was a small visual anchor to make the image representative rather than abstract. In this case, the delivery man became the recipient (and embodiment) of my emotions.” — Pascal Campion, on his cover for the April 13 edition of The New Yorker.

“I am very sympathetic to the torture of the proverbial blank page: the ways that infinite options can be the greatest source of anguish.” — Sasha Wolf

“. . . we slowly discover that we need not be paralyzed by infinite choices, but rather become gloriously aware of the handful of paths that truly suit each of us.” — Sasha Wolf

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– Lee Miller: Fashion model, photographer, war correspondent Courtesy Steve O.
– Highway 61 by Jessica Lange

Post-processing
– Creating a circular crop with the frame tool
– Skin retouching
– Creating rim light in photoshop

Field/Studio
– Macro photography in your backyard
– Three mistakes to avoid with a wide angle lens when shooting landscapes
– Avant garde beauty portraits

Miscellany
– Creating a diverse portfolio
– Palmer Museum of Art: Very interesting presentation approach of “virtual galleries” From Steve O.

Snowy egret. Although generally a common species, I have not seen a snowy egret at Black Marsh before.

Iris beginning to bloom in the morning sun. Hope this lifts the mood.

Monday Missive — May 4, 2020

Quotes

I have been obsessed for years with finding new projects to work on. … At times, I have purposely let go of that frame of mind and gone with, what I would tell myself, is the pleasure of just taking pictures. Sometimes it has worked out, sometimes it hasn’t.” — Alejandro Catagena

While images are strong individually, the experience of reading the accompanying text is integral to shaping the overall meaning.” — Kelli Connell

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” – Schumann

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– American Bedroom
– Corona virus around the world
– Stephen Garza: Arriving 2020 One of the more interesting Corona related portfolios.
– Shapes and shadows of Scotland Very nice low key landscapes

Post-processing
– Injecting mood and emotion into your landscape images
– Lighting a portrait in Photoshop

Field/Studio
– Fun with Bokeh
– Simple water drop photography

Miscellany
– Using Instagram to become a better photographer
– The most important lessons for your photography

Finally getting out of the “pandemic funk.” Made it out to Black Marsh on Friday in a light rain. One car in the parking lot; saw two people on the trail, but easy to physically distance. Parts of the trail were completely flooded, with water flowing from one side to the other. Trail leading to the marsh was very muddy in some parts.

Great blue heron on the Black Marsh Trail. Color graded with Teal-Orange LUT at 50%.


Columbine from the front yard.

Monday Missive — April 27, 2010

Quotes

– 20 photography quotes

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Really excellent nature composites
– Story telling with pictures
– Vietnam Portraits

Post-processing
– Using color properly in landscape photography
– Using gradient maps to increase the luminosity of portraits
– Mind blowing lighting effects filter in PS

Field/Studio
– Lighting a beauty image

Miscellany
– Preparing your images for Instagram
– Abstract with only paper and light
– Making your first photo book Some advice from Thomas Heaton, British landscape photographer. Unlike an exhibit, a book can be available to many more people, over a longer period of time. It is worth considering.

I’m working on a new book called “Winter Marsh: An exploration of color” with images and verse:
The warm sunrise flowed like liquid gold over the marsh
And swirled with the cool shadows of night
To gently overwhelm them,
Slowly taking control of the day.