Monday Missive — August 19, 2019

Quotes

Your first task is not to figure out what “art” means, or to have an exhibit, write a book, or get business cards that say “artist” on them. It’s to be (and to become) you. . . . “You” is not something you look for, or find, but something you own. I don’t mean you possess it, but that you accept it, without apology for the rough edges and the ways in which you don’t match the template, or how the squishy bits overflow the mold into which you feel we should all fit. The best artists in history, and by this I mean those who made art with their lives, on canvases of many different kinds, share only one thing: they were boldly themselves and no one else. Monet, Picasso, and Warhol asked no one for permission to follow their whim, their muse, their own voice.” — David DuChemin

You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because those are the only good things.” — Andy Warhol

It’s essential that we make new mistakes. We don’t make nearly enough of them. Not enough original effort, not enough generous intent, not enough daring in search of something better.
But at the same time, we need to stop making the old mistakes again and again. What did you expect to happen when you did the very same thing that didn’t work last time?
For some of us, it’s more frightening to do something new than it is to retry something that failed.
” — Seth Godin

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Hasselblad heroines Celebrating female photographers
– Art School Confidential Portraits of students at an art school in London.
– Documenting the vanishing history of Appalachia

Post-processing
– Art of composite photgraphy Part1
– Art of composite photography Part 2
– Create magic with solid colors 1 minute video
– Removing glare from glasses
– What’s new in Lightroom

Field/Studio
– Shooting (and driving) steam engines in winter Lot’s of images.
– Cold, windswept and dramatic

Images this week were taken from the Black Marsh Trail at North Point State Park. Chow down time: a Little blue heron eating an immature bullfrog. Note the remaining tadpole tail. Also a eastern forktail damselfly eating another damselfly.

Little blue heron eating a bullfrog.

Eastern forktail damselfly eating another damselfly

Little blue heron eating a bullfrog.

Monday Missive — August 12, 2019

Quotes

Toni Morrison: In Memoriam

Freeing yourself was one thing. Claiming ownership of that freed self was another.

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.

The function of freedom is to free someone else.

Links

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Morgana McGee
– Chinese youth culture captured by 5 photographers
– 10 photojournalistic images from July

Post-processing
– How to blur a background
– How to add a golden tone to skin
– How to remove anything in PS
– Hidden color settings for landscapes Simple but sophisticated use of smart objects.
– Cloning along a curve

Field/Studio
– Upgrade gear or travel to shoot? Simon Baxter is a thoughtful woodland photographer
– Taking portraits of strangers 25 minute video

Used remote shutter release

Painted turtle.

Monday Missive — August 5, 2019

Quotes

If the white herons had no voice, they would be lost in the snow.” — Chivo

I am attracted to seemingly “unfinished” works, that are not so full of information that there’s little or no room for the viewer, for audience participation. When I’m not invited to participate I begin to feel disconnected, no matter how awesome the artwork or the artist’s genius might be.” — Michael Kenna

I write in order to express what the photo itself cannot say. A photograph of my father doesn’t tell me what I thought of him, which for me is much more important than what the man looked like.” – Duane Michals

Links

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Books where photos and text complement and enhance each other
– Photographs that defined 1969

Post-processing
– Reducing noise by getting the mean of multiple images Doesn’t work if there is movement in the subject
– Two ways to access content aware fill to remove distractions
– Get rich skin tones in PS
– Simple ways to color grade 30 minute video that covers muliple ways to adjust color and tonal values including HSL, curves, gradients, dodging and burning and more.

Field/Studio
– Valley of the Gods Sounds like an interesting location
– Why little birds attack big birds Not strictly photography, but any nature photographer has probably seen this happen. Here’s the explanation.

Miscellany
– The state of the camera/film industry From Tom F. Only Sony posted gains in profit and growth this year. The SLR/Pro camera market is rapidly becoming a niche industry.
– Why are camera lenses so expensive Includes two short, but fascinating videos, one on making a Nikon lens and the second Fuji.

Male goldfinch eating coneflower seeds. They are such a glorious yellow!

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