Monday Missive — May 21, 2018

Quotes

Every day you play with the light of the universe.” — Pablo Neruda

To those of you who … have a frustrated streak of anarchy within you: f*ck the rules. Colour outside the lines. Fill your canvas with blazing colours and leave the muted browns for Leonardo DaVinci. He had his chance. Find your own way. You have one life: do you really want to spend it imitating others? … It takes courage to point the camera the other way, to trust your own taste, to do more than what is expected. To open yourself up to the world through your art by saying, “Here it is—here I am—take it or leave it,” knowing that far more people than not will choose to leave it.” — David duChemin

A photograph has a soul in its own right, incorporating numerous elements which range from the books one has read, the music one has heard to the people one has loved.” — Kita Etsuko from Adore Noir, Issue 40

Links

– Getting unstuck when the image just isn’t working
– Making masking easier
– Art of Photography video on Fan Ho, a fantastic Chinese street photographer
– Your camera is better than Ansel’s Gear matters but is a small part of your photography.
– Good story on photographing foxes which I occasionally see in my backyard.
– How art auctions work
– Creative white balance
– Part 2: Greenland in winter See April 30 for Part 1
– Informative article on night photography Discusses several different situations
– Very interesting description of a creative process

Iris

Iris

Iris

Iris

Monday Missive — May 14, 2018

Quotes

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” -– Diane Arbus

The formula for doing a good job in photography is to think like a poet.” — Imogen Cunningham

Once a woman who does street work said to me, ‘I’ve never photographed anyone I haven’t asked first.’ I said to her, ‘Suppose Cartier-Bresson asked the man who jumped the puddle to do it again – it never would have been the same. Start stealing!” – Imogen Cunningham

Links

– How to make your own profiles Article also links to a software development kit and a white paper explaining the new profiles in detail.
– How to make a “super-resolution” image with any camera
– The histogram panel
– Shooting and sharing one image per day improves well-being
– Sharpening portraits
– Nature composites
– Beauty retouching Good article for portrait shooters
– Adjusting your image for printing on fine art matte papers
– Good article on the basics of composition
From Steve Oney:
– World Heritage sites in the US

Carnivorous pitcher plants. Insects enter the tube and down-facing spines prevent it from leaving. These yellow pitcher plants were photographed in Green Swamp preserve in NC. They grow in nutrient poor bogs.

Monday Missive — May 7, 2018

Quotes

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” -– Cecil Beaton

“Allow yourself the freedom to step away from perfection because it is only then that you can find success.” -– Chase Jarvis

“Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” -– William Klein

Links

– Advanced Black and White (ABW) on Epson printers
– Perspective
– Custom Brushes
– Explore different aspect ratios Aspect ratios are the proportions of the image, for example, square (1:1), 4 x 5 (= 8 x 10), or 2:3 (= 24 x 36 standard sensor/slide ratio)
– A pro level Lightroom alternative?
– Improving your landscapes with Lightroom This is a series of 5 short videos showing how to improve your landscape images with LR. It includes using the new profiles, dehaze, gradients, straightening, content aware, HDR and panoramas in different videos. Highly recommended for camera club members before the next competition.
– If your images are consistently too dark, this article explains why and how to correct it
– Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks
– Rainy days
From Carl Lancaster:
– Simplifying how to use curves

Inspiration from Steve Adkins – Refine edge.

Monday Missive — April 30, 2018

Quotes

The Trap of Listening to Feedback
You’re devoting your life to making something important. … Something that matters. Mostly, something that hasn’t been done before, that’s going to bend the curve and make an impact.
If you begin and end with surveys and focus groups, all you’re going to do is what’s been done before.
We’re counting on you to trust yourself enough to speak your own version of our future. Yes, you’ll need the empathy to put yourself in our shoes, and the generosity to care enough to make it worth our time and trust. But no, don’t outsource the hard work of insight and creation to the rest of us. That’s on you.
— Posted by Seth Godin on April 26, 2018

To me, it is better to ‘guess’ at how something works, experiment, fail, guess again, fail, and keep repeating that process over and over again until you either figure it out or you discover a multiplicity of other cool tricks along the way.” -– Trey Ratcliff

Creativity needs to extend beyond the lens. Find creative ways to showcase your work and get it seen. Straight up tenacity, hard work and determination will always be part of the equation, so get to it.” -– Jimmy Chin

Links

– Three nature photography tips
– National Parks Odyssey Interesting story of husband and wife who sold their stuff, bought a travel trailer and traveled and photographed full time. I know that I have thought about doing the same, and probably several of you have as well.
– Most prestigious photo awards
– Keep your photos safe: Part 1 of 4 Everyone should read this. Explains about differences between SSDs and HDDs as well as data preservation.
– 10 images that changed photography
– Part 1: Shooting in Greenland Some unusual images, but I will forgo the frost bite.
– Using natural light in portraiture
– Lightroom Classic and CC updates
– Focus stacking for landscapes
– Guides to BW from 7 photographers Includes Michael Kenna and Jerry Uelsmann, two of my favorites.

Christina. Not really sure about the photographer.

Helena. Lovely, with a red dress on. Both from a modeling workshop at Vickie Gray’s Studio.

Monday Missive — April 23, 2018

Quotes

I made a decision to write for my readers, not to try to find more readers for my writing.” — Seth Godin

They should just go out and photograph and stop talking about it. That’s the only way they are going to find themselves. They can’t do it in their heads – they have to go out and do it in the camera and get it on film.” – Berenice Abbott

…the art is in selecting what is worthwhile to take the trouble about…” – Berenice Abbott

Links

– The edge of light
Adobe recently enhanced the profile options in LR and ACR by providing more profiles and a profile browser to facilitate their use. Colin Smith shows you how to make your own profiles. Profiles are like the presets in most cameras that give you a choice of “vivid,” or “landscape,” or other types of images. They can provide a creative starting point for images and greater consistency in the color palette or appearance of your images.
– How to make your own profiles
– Two Free videos: Eliminating selection fringes and Matching color and Tone in Composites
– The Backbone Havana The other, “non-tourist,” Havana.
– A whole bunch of photography resources
– Art of Photography provides a better understanding of the new profiles
– Jim Herrington has photographed mountain climbers and music legends
Hour long video:
– Photographing Acadia National Park

From Steve Oney, via Facebook:
– Combining images and text

Summer snowflake taken during a walk along Roland Run.

Grape hyacinth.

Monday Missive — April 16, 2018

Quotes

The photographer is like the cod which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.” — George Bernard Shaw

Flow happens when our vision demands the fullness of our craft and pulls us into a state of extreme and almost unconscious focus.” – David duChemin

The minute there’s a map, there is no art. Paint by numbers is not art. Paint by numbers is a mechanical activity.” — Seth Godin

Links

– Story on using the Leica Monochrome which shoots only BW Since I found out about this camera, I thought it would be neat to shoot with it (it costs $7500 so ain’t gonna happen), but after reading this, it is easier to put the dream aside.
– Planning ahead for photography in every season
– Recent copyright issues and fair use
– Self-portraits
– Landscape abstracts
– Outrage powered photography
– BW for landscapes
– How to photograph the Milky Way
– Are your ideas copyrightable?
From Steve Oney:
– Finding unique landscape locations

Sunday Farmers’ Market at the foot of the JFX. Love them carbs.


Monday Missive — April 9, 2018

Quotes

The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told.” – Cindy Sherman

A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.” — Al Capp on abstract art

Get the advice of everybody whose advice is worth having–they are very few–and then do what you think best yourself.” — Charles Stewart Parnell

Links

– Pan like a pro
– 5 guides to types of natural light
– Humanism in photography
– Non-camera gear you should carry
– Photographs that capture the legacy of soul
– Curves, clarity, dehaze and high pass sharpening: how they effect contrast and detail.

New Adobe Profiles in the latest updates to LR and ACR are explained in the links below. Adobe also lists sites that are providing free profiles so that users can explore whether they are useful in their own workflow:
— From Adobe: New profiles: Easier access, greater availability
— Matt K’s version on profiles,
— Jared Platt and from Charlie Bowers,
— DP Review’s comments on profiles

SIGNS OF SPRING

Maple syrup tap. Taken at Catoctin Mountain Park.

Daffodil stigma and anthers.

Monday Missive — April 2, 2018

Quotes

Critics are useful, but remember that the first to believe in your work must be you.” – Lorenzo Meloni

Sometimes there’s a unique picture whose composition possesses such vigour and richness and whose content so radiates outward from it that the single picture is a whole story in itself.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

I prefer people to look at my pictures and invent their own stories.” – Josef Koudelka

Links

– Photographing in the far north
– Glare
– Bottom weighting when matting
– Aspect ratios This short video specifically references filming but provides food for thought when cropping.
– Candid photography
– Flash modifiers
– Curing dehaze color shifts
– 10 post-processing terms every photographer should know and understand
– Long exposure photography

From Steve Oney:
– Protect your highlights

Long’s Peak from the White cabin at sunrise, Rocky Mountain National Park.

Monday Missive — March 26, 2018

Quotes

We make our own taste, and call it reality
Most of us say, “this is better, therefore I like it.”
In fact, the converse is what actually happens.
“I like it, therefore I’m assuring you (and me) that this is better.”
— Posted by Seth Godin on March 15, 2018

Research concluded, though, that a great deal of emphasis should be placed on the generous, social safety net that Icelanders enjoy. They summed this up with a quote from an Icelandic immigrant who collaborated on the study: “Never underestimate what knowing you will always have food, shelter, childcare, and education will do for your creativity.” –From an article by Casey Lesser, “Iceland’s Population Is Staggeringly Creative. Why?” at Artsy

“What does this remind you of?
That’s a much more useful way to get feedback than asking if we like it.
And while the emotions that are created by your work aren’t exactly like something else, they rhyme.
“What does this remind you of” opens the door for useful conversations that you can actually do something about.
— Posted by Seth Godin on March 17, 2018

Links

– Capturing the teenage experience
– Convert to .DNG?
– Shooting in snow
– Matting and Framing
– Photo essay: Women of Rural India
– 32 examples of long-exposure photography
– National Geographic explores its own racist past
– Amusing Alliterative Photo Tips
– Phony contest
– Links to the new Magnum site Links to 8 articles by Magnum photographers on different aspects of photojournalism, e.g., establishing a portfolio, long-term projects and telling stories.

View from the Blue Mesa Overlook just after sunrise at Petrified Forest National Park. Blue Mesa was my favorite place to photograph in the park during an artist residency in 2012. The landscape looks like another planet in a science fiction movie. The Artist in Residence Program in the National Parks is a great program.

Monday Missive — March 19, 2018

Quotes

“…a camera gives you a license to explore.” — Adam Davies in a conversation with Ben Marcin in Bmore Art, March 6, 2018

“A tear contains an ocean. A photographer is aware of the tiny moments in a persons life that reveal greater truths.” — Anonymous

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

Links

– 10 predictions for the future of photography
– Intro to IR photography
– Diane Arbus gets a NY Times obituary 46 years after her death Includes a video.
– Architectural keystoning: perspective control lenses vs digital correction
– Two hour video on macro and close-up photography
– Differences between phase and contrast autofocus systems
– Sandhill crane migration Very well-written story
– A photographer and his dog – how can you resist?
– Monochrome portraits by Kelly Castro
– Georgia O’Keefe on how to be an artist Applicable to photographers too

Under the highway.

Monday Missive — March 12, 2018

Quotes

“Photographers should follow their own judgment, and not the fads and dictates of others.” – Bill Brandt

“And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment.” – Bill Brandt

“I consider it essential that the photographer should do his own printing and enlarging. The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations.” – Bill Brandt

Links

– Addiction photography
– Young Love
– Extracting liquid glass and smoke in Photoshop
– Sky replacement in Photoshop Shows lots of tools, including getting rid of the bright halos around selections.
– Photographing mountain hares in Scotland in winter Not for me, but still interesting.
– Capturing mist and fog
– Ralph Gibson
– Chromatic compositions
– The decisive moment: some really neat street photos

From Suku:
-Two houseboats converted to floating studios, touring Europe

On the Beach, part of a portfolio I have been working on for a couple of years.

Monday Missive — March 5, 2018

Quotes

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Anthony Robbins

“Concentrate on your motivation… and the thought of what about the scene made you stop to look.” – Richard K. Kaiser

“Who knows how many artists fail because the light that shines through them is defracted in a thousand directions and not concentrated in a single beam?” – Eric Maisel

Links

– High speed flash sync
– 9 BW tips More thoughtful than usual
– Using camera calibration to control color
– Surrealist photographers
– Tips on Nikon settings Some are really neat, like how to save your settings to a card. I would expect that Canon et al. has similar options.
– Color look-up, especially “Crisp-warm” and using the color blend mode
– Introduction to Masks
– Lensbaby velvet lens I rarely do equipment, but I have the 85 mm version so I wanted to see how this experience compares with mine.
– Slow speed synch on flash
– Photographing gannets at the end of the world

Ancient live oak and house on Daufuskie Island, SC.

Ancient live oak and house on Daufuskie Island, SC.

Monday Missive — February 26, 2018

Quotes

What I’m documenting can be hard to distill, because it’s all around us like the air we breathe. I often need to go to a place where I can capture extreme moments.” – Lauren Greenfield

I wanted to make pictures that felt natural, that felt like seeing, that didn’t feel like taking something in the world and making a piece of art out of it.” – Stephen Shore

There’s something arbitrary about taking a picture. So I can stand at the edge of a highway and take one step forward and it can be a natural landscape untouched by man and I can take one step back and include a guardrail and change the meaning of the picture radically… I can take a picture of a person at one moment and make them look contemplative and photograph them two seconds later and make them look frivolous.” – Stephen Shore

Links

– Editing your own work I think most of us have faced this issue
– The art of travel photograpy Long video on travel
– Quick mask mode in PS
– Neutral density filters
– Curate your slides
– Spirit bears and the temperate rain forest
– Awesome time lapse of Canadian wilderness with discussion of how he made it
– Finalists for World Press Photo of the year Be prepared for some heart breaking images.
– Confidential male initiation in Senegal Interesting images and cultural story.
– Is scouting landscape locations worthwhile?

Waiting for summer at Sandy Point Beach, MD. Nikon D800E, 80-400 @ 330, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO 200.

Monday Missive — February 19, 2018

Quotes

… creativity is about two things: the way we think, and the way we turn those thoughts into reality.” — David duChemin

We all start in this medium because of the magic and the challenge is to keep it going.” – John Sexton

I like the simple things. I don’t know why. I’m that way. I came from a simple place.” – Harry Callahan

Links

– Stuck in a rut? Use color to rev your engine
– Progress in cell phone image quality over the last 5 years
– Mastering the pen tool If you make selections, this is really helpful.
– Caponigro: Creative process
– Processing night photography
– Creature captures
– What’s new in Lightroom?
– Compositing in “mini-people”
– Color matching when compositing Good on details of compositing.

From George Spicer:
– Creating depth with color

Congaree National Park, SC

Monday Missive — February 12, 2018

Quotes

The choice of motivation is a fork in the road. … It changes the story we tell ourselves.” — Posted by Seth Godin on February 02, 2018

Photographs can be reduced to light, lines and moments. Everything else is derivative, a subcategory or effect of those three fundamentals.” — David duChemin

But the truth is, it’s not the idea, it’s never the idea, it’s always what you do with it.” — Neil Gaiman

Links

– Understanding raw processors
– Fan Ho, BW master street photographer
– Working with layers in PS
– Part 2 of Mastering your craft: Overcoming obstacles to mastery
– Part 3 of Mastering your craft
– Getting your LR CC images back from the cloud
– Composition
– The Kallitype process
– Accessories for macro photography
– Changing color in LR There are similar controls in Camera Raw if you use PS. It also seems you could do similar things with a color layer.

Catwoman waiting for you in the dark.