Monday Missive — August 31, 2020

Quotes

“Good photography is not about zone printing or any other Ansel Adams nonsense. It’s just about seeing. You either see or you don’t see. The rest is academic. Photography is simply a function of noticing things. Nothing more.” — Elliott Erwitt

“Photographers must have a point of view – must have something to say. Without a philosophy, a photographer is simply a technician who clicks the camera.” — Mary Ellen Mark

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– The view from above
– Clouds in our midst Interesting idea
– Skateboarding photography
– NYC commute post-covid

Post-processing
– Simple way to make your colors look better in PS
– Intro to color grading
– Understanding “smoothness” in gradient maps

Field/Studio
– The Decisive Moment

Miscellany
– Really good analysis on volunteering your photography Thank you Vickie
– A few of the legends Interesting article on Peter Adams 38 year project to interivew and photograph famous photographers. Thanks Steve O.

This tricolored heron was identified to me in the field by another photographer. The white stripe down the neck and along the belly seem to confirm that identification, but if someone is confident that this is actually a Little Blue Heron, please let me know.

Same goes for this one. Is it a late stage immature Little Blue Heron or a Tricolored Heron?

Monday Missive — August 24, 2020

Quotes

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

Here were creatures so exquisitely fashioned that they seemed unreal, their beauty too fragile to exist in a world of crushing force.” — Rachel Carson

I want art to make me think. In order to do that, it may piss me off, or make me uncomfortable. That promotes awareness and change, or at least some discussion.” – Pink

Links
Photoessays
– Cedric Terrell: Portraits and street
– Elizabeth Greenberg: Imaginary Places

Post-processing
– Make eyes sparkle
– Targetted adjustment tool in color mixer in ACR or LR This can act like a luminosity mask based on color.
– Layer mask challenge Better understand how masks work.
– Blake Rudis: Color Theory

Field/Studio
– Good evaluation of compositional errors

Miscellany
– Color theory The takeaways for photographers near the end really shows the utility of understanding color theory, even for black and white images.
– Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI): Adobe is proposing a new system to assure content attribution This is interesting and may reduce image theft.
– Potato photographer of the year contest Some interesting images, some just fun, and some great creativity and imagination.

Female ruby throated hummingbird, at the Visitor Station at Patuxent North Tract. Three images taken at fast continuous shutter and combined in post to show the landing sequence.

Female ruby-throated hummingbird.

Female ruby-throate hummingbird.

Monday Missive — August 17, 2020

Quotes

If you’ve worked hard for it, it’s a skill.
If it’s something that other people have that you believe you can’t possibly achieve, it’s a talent.
Of course, they think the same thing about your skill, don’t they?
Being jealous of talents that are actually skills is a great way to let yourself off the hook and make yourself miserable at the same time.
” — Seth Godin on December 10, 2016

That’s my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.” – Jock Sturges

Where the world is at once mysterious and completely ordinary.” — Keith Carter

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Water is life
– Ayanava Sil: India Not as cohesive a body as I prefer, but individually most of the images are interesting.
– BW in Tokyo
– Munich silenced by Covid

Post-processing
– 5 tricks in Photoshop
– 5 tricks in Lightroom
– Saturation vs Vibrance

-Field/Studio
– If sharpness truly mattered . . .
– Telephoto sunset minimalist photography from Denmark

Miscellany
– The Truth about becoming a professional photographer

Gulf Fritillary, Deweese Is., SC. October, 2017

Ghost crab, Deweese Is., SC.

Monday Missive — August 10, 2020

Quotes

At first glance the photograph is a medium of great limitation. The primary function of the camera is to describe the surface of an enclosed scene. Yet, for perhaps ineffable reasons, certain imagery surpasses it’s technical purpose, instead conjuring sensations that span the senses and inspiring curiosity as to what lies beyond the frame.” — Macaulay Lerman, Lenscratch, Aug. 4, 2020

I am always looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary. I have to turn my brain off and use my eyes to see, and forget what I think I know. Observe the light, the shadows the moment. Really, it is about paying attention, since nothing ever looks the same twice.” — Elizabeth Greenberg, Lenscratch, April 8, 2020

Anyone can pick up a fancy camera and call themself a photographer but those who can take the cheapest gadget and the most menial subject and make something beautiful from it… are the true photographer.” — Abigail Marie

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Peter Essick: Fernbank Forest

Post-processing
– 5 most useful layer blending modes
– Editing your landscape images
– Customizing Photoshop Back to Basics. Really helpful. I just used trial and error, this shows how to actually move tools and palettes around.
– Gradients

Field/Studio
– Is street photography exploitative?
– The power of moving 12 inches
– Lindsey Adler: Vintage pinup portraits
– Lindsey Adler: Shooting at super wide apertures

Miscellany
– Creating PDF books or presentations in PS

Little Blue Heron: “Mirror, Mirror in the pond, who is the fairest…”

Little Blue Heron with tadpole prey.

Monday Missive — August 3, 2020

Quotes

A democracy cannot thrive where power remains unchecked and justice is reserved for a select few. Ignoring these cries and failing to respond to this movement is simply not an option—for peace cannot exist where justice is not served.” — John Lewis

You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates.” — John Lewis

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

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Minimalist BW
– Larry Cohen: Baltimore
– Iris Wo: In the calm of your arms An interesting little zine.
– Bryce Watanasoponwong: Thailand Interesting color and framing.

Post-processing
– Using puppet warp
– Select subject in the latest version of PS is much better
– Speed up Lightroom performance

Field/Studio
– Street photography at night Thanks Steve O.
– Wide angle landscape composition Gorgeous Lake District scenery.

Miscellany
– 11 photographers that will inspire you Good list; some well-known, some not. Thanks Steve O.

Looking back at my images from my artist residency at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012. Reflections on Bear Lake.

The view from Prospect Mountain, Rocky Mountains National Park, 2012.