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.

Monday Missive — April 20, 2010

Quotes

“You think of photography as pictures — and it is. But I think of photography as ideas, and do the pictures sustain your ideas, or are they just good pictures? I’m not that interested in making more good pictures, I wanna have an experience in the world that is a deepening experience that makes me feel alive and awake and conscious, being an artist.” — Joel Meyerowitz

Be unafraid of your imagination.” — Joe McNally in Creative Live

Your camera is your passport into experiences.” -– Zack Arias in an interview with PhotoEditor (Jonathan Blaustein)

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– Self-quarantine
– Ancient Forest/Ancient Trees Courtesy of Steve O.
– Coping with loss
– Leng Ung: Street photography in style of Fan Ho and Alan Schaller

Post-processing
– Split toning
– The power of selective color
– How to match colors when combining photos
– Manual processing a landscape focus stack

Field/Studio
– Street photography during the pandemic in Melbourne, AU. He gives a constant narrative while shooting which is what I found interesting. Particularly asking people if he could take their picture. Warning: a lot of cursing that seems to be part of his normal vocabulary.

Miscellany
– Interview w/a NYC street photographer Some interesting discussion of ethics and street photography

A blue jay is an occasional visitor to our feeder.

Monday Missive — April 13, 2020

I have become interested in videography lately and have been saving some links for myself. If you are interested in seeing a few links on video, please leave a comment.

Quotes

The Photograph does not necessarily say what is no longer, but only and for certain what has been.” — Roland Barthes

When catastrophe is sequential, it eventually trains its survivors to greet terror with the serenity of the enlightened.” — Ginia Bellafante in a NY Times article

You do not validate me. I validate myself.”Billy Childish

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Amish Credit to Steve O.
– Distancing portraits
– William Eggleston “perfectly banal, perhaps” and “perfectly boring, certainly” or “crude and simplistic” or “both alarmingly simple and utterly complex”? Great quote from Cartier-Bresson.

Post-processing
– Are you over-editing your images?
– Fun project to make a tiny planet Better yet, it shows how to use several common tools.
– Editing landscapes in LR Great for novices.
– Create and add bokeh

Miscellany
– Seth Resnick on seeing color and enhancing creativity 45 minutes but worth the time.
– Productive activities for photographers at home
– 26 photographic effects From Steve O. This is clever . . . and informative.

More backyard wildlife. For my sister who wanted to see the bunnies.

More backyard wildlife, for my sister who wanted to see the bunnies.

Monday Missive — April 6, 2020

Quotes

My camera is an extension of my perception and allows me to journey into the personal energy of each subject, breaking boundaries and opening doors. — Seth Resnick

“I look to capture the fantasy of nature.” — Seth Resnick

“I try to find a deeper beauty that is filled with metaphor.” — Seth Resnick

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Rising From the Ashes
– A visual history of lower Manhattan

Post-processing
– Match colors using a gradient map
– 30 Photoshop tips With 30 tips there is something for every one.
– Removing fringes
– A time-blended composite to capture the impossible
– Removing a color cast with the Divide blend mode

Field/Studio
– Adding depth in landscapes
– Frozen soap bubbles This looks like fun and produced some neat images.
Save it for next winter.

Miscellany
– New high contrast film This is interesting and a bit tempting, but I am not going back to film! Credit to Steve O.

Downy woodpecker

Ready to launch. The blooming forsythia make a great background