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.