Monday Missive — September 28, 2020

Quotes

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I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the best of her ability.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

. . . I photograph because it feeds my soul. . . I find I see the world differently through the viewfinder of a camera. Photography has helped me “see” more deeply because in order to make images that are more than snapshots, requires this skill. All this is true, however, the process required to make photographs and more importantly, the experience I am having doing so, is what feeds my soul. The images are almost a by-product of the process and the experience.” — John Barclay

Arriving at a plateau in any art form, and staying there forever, eventually stagnates both the artist and the art.” — Al Weber

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– New work from Gregory Crewdson
– The illusion of free time
– Narrative portraiture
– Gallery marks 50 years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix
– Western Window: An American Road Trip
– Keith Carter Thank you Cheryl A.

Post-Processing

– 3 reasons not to use AI processing
– Controlling color
– The inverse curve for light painting This works when parts of the image are too dark or light to paint in needed highlights.

Miscellany
– 5 Tips on Editing

I saw this and my immediate reaction was “Bad Hair Day!”

Monday Missive — September 21, 2020

Quotes

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” — Walt Whitman

Knowledge is preferable to ignorance.. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable.” – Carl Sagan

In memory of RGB: “Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.” – Dorothea Brande

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Humorous juxtapositions
– Dan Jaravis: Good London street photography
– Need to connect

Post-Processing
– 6 LR editing tools for landscape photographers
– Remove anything from complex perspectives
– Getting perfect skin tones

Field/Studio
– When less is more
– Part 1 of David duChemin’s new course on “Why do images look the way they do?” is free and definitely worth watching even if you aren’t interested in subsequent lessons. It covers 7 key factors: shutter speed, aperture, focus, exposure value, light, focal length and point of view.

Miscellany
– Google Images: Licensable image info
– Imitation

Backyard bunny taking the sun on a chilly morning.

Skipper butterfly

Monday Missive — September 14, 2020

Quotes

The trick now (as it has undoubtedly always been) is in knowing, specifically, what it is that you want to say with your photograph and then being able to employ the appropriate techniques, in the appropriate circumstances and in the appropriate amounts, all in a manner sufficient to convey (while not detracting from) the aesthetic message you are attempting to communicate. That means that you really do need to know precisely what it is that you are trying to say through your photograph.” — Huntington Weatherill

The weakest version of the real you, is stronger than the best imitation of someone else.” — Joanna Davidson Politano

Our photographs look the way they look because of how we see and what we are drawn to.” — David duChemin

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Bugs
– Myth of a woman Good images, but also an interesting story

Post-Processing
– Sharpening
– Huntington Weatherill on the necessity of image manipulation His work is always superb.
– Removing wires

Field/Studio
– Backyard bird photo studio
– Clouds

Miscellany
– Juxtaposition
– Creativity
– 10 street photographers every photographer should know

Monday Missive — September 7, 2020

Quotes

I was told that the best way to learn to make photographs is to make a lot of them, and that’s impossible to argue with.” — David duChemin

A photographer’s work is given shape and style by his personal vision. It is not simply technique, but the way he looks at life and the world around him.” –- Pete Turner

All that I have achieved are these dreams locked in silver.” – Paul Caponigro

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Myanmar in monochrome
– Almost surreal street Really good color grading.
– Lewis Hine and child labor

Post-Processing
– Sharpening

Field/Studio
– Make soap bubbles that look like planets

Miscellany
– Google images will allow more licensing info on your photos
– Corporations should pay for the use of your photos
– What happens to your digital imagery when you die? Everyone should read this one.
– Ethics in photography: How not to photography sex workers
– Minimalist photography awards

Two dragonflies at North Point State Park.

A young goldfinch chowin’ down on coneflower seeds this morning totally ignored me. I went back for a camera, and then for a tripod to shoot some video and he just kept on eating those seeds. Great morining in the garden!