Monday Missive — June 29, 2020

Quotes

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen R. Covey

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.” – John Ruskin

Your photography is a record of your living.” – Paul Strand

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Street photography from Turkey
– Street photography from France

Post-processing
– Advanced color matching
– New features in PS 2020 Photoshop Cafe
– New features in LR Photoshop Cafe
– New features in LR AOP
– New features in PS 2020 PTC
– Understanding saturation in LR

Field/Studio
– Renaissance painting inspired portraits
– Better than the rule of thirds

Fresh from the garden. Coneflower

Thunbergia

Coneflower

Monday Missive — June 22, 2020

Quotes

Inside you, there’s an artist you don’t know about.” — Rumi

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

When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches.” –- Edward Weston

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– Sites of public executions Interesting idea and technically very well done.
– Havana

Post-processing
– Cutting out trees without halos or fringing
– Adding two colors to highlights
– Are you Under-editing your images?
– Understanding curves
– Create motion in Photoshop
– Re-sizing images in PS

Field/studio
– How to attract wildlife and set up a blind at home.

Miscellany
– Why camera makers are going to keep adding video

Day Lily anthers.

The blue dasher dragonfly is a very common dragonfly at the Black Marsh Trail. The diagonal stripes on the thorax and the black tail tip are distinctive. Females also have the thorax stripes but the abdomen is not the same pale blue.

Chipmunk (backyard photography).

Monday Missive — June 15, 2020

Quotes

Perception is real, and the truth is not.” — Imelda Marcos, from a film by Lauren Greenfield

Ultimately, simplicity is the goal – in every art, and achieving simplicity is one of the hardest things to do. Yet it’s easily the most essential.” – Pete Turner

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– 20 landscape photographers with intent
– Lynching trees

Post-processing
– Resolution in Photoshop for beginners
– Multi-dimensional bacground blur
– How to make realistic shadows
– Luminance in camera raw This simple approach gives you great control over your highlight, midtone and shadow areas

Field/studio
– Sports photograpy tips Courtesy Steve O.

Miscellany
– Computational photography
– 10 unusual photography facts

Thunbergia, a flowering climbing vine is a gift from my sister during a recent visit.

Bullfrog. Summer fun in the pool. All that is missing is the Bud in an Orioles Koozie.

Monday Missive — June 8, 2020

Quotes

Great photography is always on the edge of failure.” –- Garry Winogrand

In terms of art, the only real answer that I know of is to do it. If you don’t do it, you don’t know what might happen.” –- Harry Callahan

Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.” –- Man Ray

Links
Post-processing
– Change background color Also includes several selection and masking methods
– How to re-light a scene in Photoshop Using camera raw so it can also work in LR
– Color grading
– Layer masks for beginners
– How to light a portrait in camera raw

Field/Studio
– Single light critiques Lindsay Adler explains how to improve portrait/glamor lighting using only a single light.
– 7 techniques to improve your composition

Miscellany
– Clyde Butcher and the quarantine
– Eileen Rafferty: Seeing in BW Almost 2 hours
– Using a 110 year old camera Thanks to Steve O. This was interesting if not practical.

Found a spider in the house. He agreed to pose for a portrait to show off his gold grill. He is kind of cute, sort of makes you want to scratch behind his ears (if he had them). This is probably a jumping spider, although he didn’t jump, but was really fast.

I just really like the reflected emerald green. All I did to this was lens corrections and darken the light tree trunks.

Monday Missive — June 1, 2020

Quotes

Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” — Toni Morrison

You don’t need to explain yourself. Shoot what makes you happy.” — Sean Tucker

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

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Ruth Orkin

Post-processing
– Changing day to night in PS One more lesson on Lighting Effects
– Removing shadows
– Double exposure effect
– When to use PS over LR
– Photoshop layers for beginners

Field/Studio
– Camera settings for wildlife photography
– Getting started with landscape photography
– Using lace as a GOBO for creative portraits

Miscellany
– The beauty of platinum/palladium prints Tillman Crane uses a hybrid process taking digital images with a medium format camera but printing Pt/Pd in the darkroom.

Clematis. 200 mm macro in mornng sun.

Tiny mushrooms. 200 mm micro lens with 74.5 mm extension.