Monday Missive — September 17, 2017

Quotes

Just put on the lens and go.” – Miroslav Tichy

The best critiques I’ve seen are not about the image’s technical properties. The best critiques question why the photograph was created in the first place.” — CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change.” — E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Links

– Olympic National Park
– 4 tips for writing a good artist statement
– Setting up your Wacom tablet Best I have seen for getting the most out of your pen and editing tablet.
– Improving BW images with Lookup tables (LUT’s)
– Full spectrum photography This is really neat and worth a look.
– Polarizing filters
– New card formats: XQD and CFExpress: Why?
– Best places to shoot in Florida

From Steve Oney:
– Lewis Hine and the creation of child labor laws
– The Somerville Toy Camera Festival

I have been playing with the idea of “Abstract::Motion.” Would really like to get comments.

Monday Missive — September 10, 2018

Quotes

I believe that the essence of photography is black and white. Color is but a deviance.” — Sarah Moon

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley

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

Links

– A bunch of incredible selection techniques
– Adobe not supporting some older OS’ Take note if you are running an older Mac or Windows OS
– The August Lightroom update
– Jewish Streets
– Travel tips This is partly in support of duChemin’s new course, but the quotes, lessons and images are worth the time.
– Unconventional approaches to landscape and nature
– Hard drive file systems for Mac and Windows
– Interpreting memory cards

From Steve Oney:
– Two minute trailer on upcoming video on Gary Winogrand
– Really great series of monochrome pairs by Czech photographer Alicja Brodowicz

Skipper butterfly. Taken with 200 Nikon micro lens and diffused flash. 1/200; f/13; ISO 500.

Taken at 2018 MD State Fair. Two images taken from a tripod as the ride dropped. Composited in Photoshop.

September 3, 2018

Quotes

Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” — Paul Strand

Results are uncertain even among the more experienced photographers.Matthew Brady

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.Ernst Haas

Links

– More than snaphots and postcards
– Foregrounds in focus
– Paul Roark His work is very good (the best BW photographer you never heard of) and worth a visit to his website as well.
– Avoid distracting backgrounds in street photography
– Landscapes
– Getting great maternity images
– Soulful pictures of sanctuary animals
– Hidden wetlands
– Saul Leiter’s pioneering color work

Sally Mann
– Interview with curator of Sally Mann’s Thousand Crossings exhibit The exhibit at the National Gallery closed May 28, 2018.
– A list of NGA holdings of Sally Mann including 16 images from Thousand Crossings and a short video of her photographing dancer Bill T. Jones

From Steve Oney:
– 6 ways to remove distractions in Photoshop
– Astrophotography tourism for those who were inspired by Robert Fawcett’s presentation last week.

Boat lineup at the dock, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Cabot Beach Provincial Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Monday Missive — August 27, 2018

Quotes

Creativity works best when we have constraints.” — David duChemin (Have Camera Will Travel video)

Fear is the single greatest obstacle in our creative lives. … The magic happens… in the unexpected.” — David duChemin

It will be about the feel and emotion. You need to take those adjectives and translate them…onto your image.” — Claire Rosen, Imaginarium

Links

– Capturing east LA
– Great explanation of Photoshop blending modes by Julianne Kost who always gives great explanations. Very complete and includes two free videos, links to 4 more videos and a list of keyboard short cuts.
– A bit more on blend modes
– Ultra-wide angle lenses
– On the road with a film photographer
– Refine any mask with a brush
– Basic guide to taking long exposure images
– Big Sur So many wonderful images and stories came of Big Sur from Adams, Weston and others. Truly a magical place.

From Steve Oney:
– Range masking in LR
– Lynn Davis, portrait photographer

Spent a little time at the Fair last evening with some friends. My arteries clogged and acne returned as I walked past this booth.

Just for the color.

Monday Missive — August 20, 2018

Quotes

Experience has shown that the more fascinating the subject, the less observant the photographer.” – Andreas Feininger

The picture is like a prayer, an offering, and hopefully an opening through which to seek what we don’t know, or already know and should take seriously.” – Emmet Gowin

Some speak of a return to nature. I wonder where they could have been.” – Frederick Sommer

Links

– Be patient and adapt to conditions
– Learning from “bad” images
– Get better HDR results in PS by using 32-bit not available in LR, but here is a followup from Adobe to Kelby explaining his results and showing an advantage for LR.
– Urban landscapes
– How to add color to your images
– Latin American nature photo ops
– Franklin and Nantahala: Not just the National Park
– 2 minute tip on doing the “Orton Effect”
– What do photographeres owe their subjects? This was an exceptionally interesting discussion.

From Steve Oney:
– TED talk by Sabastiao Salgado In my opinion Salgado is the most accomplished BW photographer practicing today. He is in the same league as Cartier-Bresson, Eugene Smith, Lewis Hine, Jacob Riis, and Dorothea Lange.

Stone cairns on a beach at the North Cape of Prince Edward Island, Canada on a drizzly day.

Monday Missive — August 13, 2018

Quotes

Reality-based reality: It’s ever easier to weave our own reality … . We can invent our own rules, create our own theories, fabricate our own ‘facts’. It turns out, though, that when your reality is based on actual reality, it’s a lot more stable and resilient, because you don’t have to be so vigilant about what you’re going to filter out.” — Seth Godin, 8/7/18

Photography extends our perception allowing us to see and experience more – second hand.” –- John Paul Caponigro

If you try to corral or cage the photographic process, it will thumb it’s nose at you. The trick is just to flow with it and stop it when a moment of discovery has met inspiration.” — Paul Caponigro

Links

– All about levels, including manipulating colors
– Forever Y: A Photo Essay about Gen Y
– Mirrorless cameras There are many more differences between mirrorless and DSLRs than just the absence of a mirror.
– Less well known photo opportunities in Utah
– Proper backup work flow
– Neat tips from Matt K on using the adjustment brush in LR and ACR
– Compositing
– Mission: Monochrome

From Steve Oney:
– Nature photography hot spots in Florida
– 16 Inspiring Photographers

High wheel bike race on Saturday, 8/11/18 in Frederick, MD. Check out the expressions of determination. It was a very hot day.

High Wheel Bike Race on Saturday 8/11/18 in Frederick, MD. Spin blur was added to the wheels on two images.

Monday Missive — August 6, 2018

Quotes

I think it was Chase Jarvis from whom I first heard the idea that “it’s called artwork, not artf*ckingaround.” I like that. To see my art as work has given me new perspective. I have stopped assuming that it’s an ad hoc activity, done just when I feel like it, I’ve embraced discipline, I’ve started seeing it as something important, if only to me. And, my art has become better.” — David duChemin, Facebook post.

The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of ‘how to do’. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment.” — Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

“My aim is to find and catch the storytelling moment”. – Alfred Eisenstadt

Links

– Backyard Bird Photography
– Judging the Audubon photo contest
– 5 ways to speed up Lightroom
– Time blending in Photoshop
– Wildlife photography in Katmai National Park I had no idea that Katmai was volcanic in origin.
– Add perspective to your images
– “Re-lighting” your images in LR (or PS)
– Super-telephotos
– Fill and opacity have different effects on certain blend modes
From Steve Oney:
– National Portrait Gallery: The Sweat of Their Face

Red and blue. The red sandstone at Cabot Beach PEI contrasts with the blue of sea and sky.

Monday Missive — July 30, 2018

Quotes

Photography offers so many different ways to tell a story.” — Fiona Struengmann in an interview with Cat Lachowskyj in Lens Culture

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” – Paul Klee

Creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity. To find new ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don’t. It’s a pure numbers game.” — Robert Sutton

Links

– Nature conservation and BW Photography
– Horizons
– Interesting approach to street photography
– The tripod ban in Zion
– Experiment
– One LR feature to turn off a second to turn on
– Enhance lighting in LR
– Photographing shorebirds
– Natural Light/Open Shade
– Flash

Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, Canada


Cabot Beach Provincial Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The area is known for its red sandstone beaches.

Summerside Lighthouse, long exposure, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Monday Missive — July 16, 2018

Quotes

Kindness. Expertise. Attitude. Skill. Emotional intelligence. Honesty. Generous persistence. Willingness to take risks. Loyalty. Perceptivity. Attention span. Care. Self awareness…” — Seth Godin, June 28, 2018

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.”– Abraham Lincoln

I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost.”– Nan Goldin

Links

– Using content aware to remove distractions
– Neat little trick in 60 sec video on “guided upright” in LR or PS
– Choosing a workshop
– Dorothea Lange
– Street photography winners Take the time to “View the Full Series.” These are very good examples of a body of work.
– Two New Nikon mirrorless cameras I am excited about this because I would really like a smaller, lighter, but fully capable camera AND be able to use my existing lenses. We will see what is on the table later this summer.
– Adobe alternatives without a subscription Some are very reasonably priced with a great array of features
– Don’t ask “is it good?” ask “did it succeed?”
– Vintage NYC in found photos

From Steve Oney:
– Apps for landscape photographers Some post processing aps but also: ephemeris, peak identifier, long exposure calculator. light pollution, weather, etc.

Monday Missive — July 9, 2018

Quotes

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” — John Maeda

On some level art is first an act arising from the self. Only then can it be concerned about speaking to, engaging with, or pleasing others. The more clear you are about your intent, the more simplified (not simplistic) your vision, the fewer barriers you’ll have to contend with as you execute that vision.” — David duChemin

We have the choice, to actively write a more interesting story, or passively accept the one that comes our way.“– David DuChemin, A Beautiful Anarchy

Links

– Lightroom mistakes to avoid
– Copyright misconceptions
– 5 top landscape photographers
– Attain success through failure
– Neutral density filters
– Excellent photo essay on bagels Learn about bagel making and how a Fuji camera worked in these specific conditions.
– Why you get your best ideas in the shower
– 7 ways to be more creative
– Using the sun for greatest effect

From Steve Oney:
– Great street photography concept

Sort of a take on “yellow brick road,” but I can’t figure out how to make the “road” a consistent angle with the background. Any help out there? Do I need to re-shoot?

Monday Missive — July 2, 2018

Quotes
All by Keith Carter at B & H Optic 2018

“Tell the truth as you know it.”
“We all need the work of others.”
“Make friends with uncertainty.”
“The full weight and mystery of your art rests upon your relationship to your subject matter.”
“Where the world is at once mysterious and completely ordinary.”
“I could make up myths. … I could do anything I wanted because nobody’s paying me for it. Its fun to do.”

Links

– Keith Carter at B & H Optic Some really good philosophy and very interesting images.
– High key images
– Telling the story of your travels
– Photomanipulation (compositing)
– Greenland Part 3
– Interview with HuffPost photo director
– Free alternatives to photoshop
– Painting on masks
– What’s new in the different versions of Lightroom
– Interesting article on the transition from DSLR to Mirrorless

Just playing. Smoke images. Used an incense stick and flash with dark background. Then typically duplicated, flipped and added color.

Monday Missive — June 25, 2018

Quotes

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” — John Cage

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

Don’t ask “‘Should I …?’. Instead, ‘Ask what happens if I …?’” -– John Paul Caponigro

Links

– Focus stacking
– A quick primer on color gamuts
– “Philosopher’s Tree” by Michael Kenna
– Use water to add light to your landscapes
– Lightroom tricks to improve your workflow
– 25 Technical terms for beginners
– What’s new in LR 7.4
– Wildlife action
– Fine art architectural photography
– Good article on the basics Read this article and practice over the summer to win competitions next year.

Dianthus.
It has really been a pleasure to head out to my little garden first thing in the morning to capture the early light on flowers.
Normally I don’t care about metadata, but it can be helpful for macro work: 200 macro lens, f/10, 1/160, ISO 400, tripod.

Coneflowers. 105 mm macro lens. f/16; 1/80; ISO 400; tripod.

Coneflower.
105 macro lens.
1/100; f/16; ISO 400; tripod.

Monday Missive — June 18, 2018

Quotes

But Kandinsky did not intend for his theories to be prescriptive. Artmaking, he insisted, was about freedom.” — From How to Be an Artist, According to Wassily Kandinsky, by Rachel Lebowitz, Jun 12, 2017, Artsy.net

Quitting merely because you’re behind is a trap, a form of hiding that feels safe, but isn’t. The math is simple: whatever you switch to because you quit is another place you’re going to be behind as well. It’s not a race, it’s a journey. And the team that scores first doesn’t always win.” — Seth Godin, June 13,2018

It’s true that you’re not good enough yet. None of us are. But if you commit to trying hard enough and long enough, you’ll get better.” — Seth Godin, June 16, 2018

Links

– 6 Great artists on how to be an artist
– Pumas of Patagonia
– Nighttime landscape photography
– Controlling color and tonal edits with blend modes
– Adding an artistic element in nature photography
– More on photographic intent with McCurry’s “Afgan Girl” as an example
– More background on intent and the iconic “Afgan Girl”
– Seeking color and enhancing creativity 45 minute video from B & H Optic 2018, but definitely worth the time. Many great examples on how light, color, position, shape, repetition impact the emotion and perception of the image.
– Showing a sense of place in your travel photography
– Three tools that are more capable in Photoshop than in Lightroom

My Asian Lilies are finally open and are gorgeous in the early morning light.

Monday Missive — June 11, 2018

Quotes

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.” – Earl Nightingale

Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.” – Robert Schumann

Links

– Keeping your photos safe – Part 2
– Albert Watson: Vogue Covers and Famous Portraits
– Improve your black and white prints
– Jack Delano, the WPA and the nation’s railroads
– Using flash creatively
– B E T T E R P I C S
– Photographic intent
– Color theory and landscape photography

From Steve Oney:
– Berenice Abbott
– Auto mask in camera raw

Colonial market fair at Banneker historical park in Catonsville. Spinning yarn, surveyors transit.

Monday Missive — June 4, 2018

Quotes

Becoming “more creative,” whatever that means to you, doesn’t often happen by accident. And it’s not something you either are or are not, so you can check that excuse at the door right now. It’s a choice. It’s something you do. If you’re longing to do more creative work, then stop taking it all so damn seriously; stop thinking about the work you’ve already done and get excited about reinventing it, exploring new ideas, new techniques, and challenge yourself with more interesting problems.”David duChemin

It was the Rainbow gave thee birth,
And left thee all her lovely hues.
W. H. Davies

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life of the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” – Edward Hopper

Links

– Using images to message about PTSD If you don’t read anything else in today’s blog, please read this.

– Bird photography
– Wildlife rescue photography
– Landscape light — Part 2
– Counterfeit memory cards from Amazon
– Does sensor size still make a difference?
– International image theft lawsuit – interesting video story
– Interesting group photos
– Color grading in PS
– Using “apply image” layer masks

Composite of 2 images taken at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The background trees were taken across an embayment. The “fence” was duplicated and reversed. Red and yellow color layers were used with a circular gradient for the yellow. The judge didn’t like it, but I do. Let me know what you think.

I had some fun with this one. Judges didn’t like it either.