Monday Missive — November 30, 2020


Flow is a state of being that is possible when the challenge of what we do and the skill level with which we do it are high and equal to each other.” — David duChemin

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

Photography for me is an exciting and personal way of reacting to and commenting on one’s environment and I feel that it is perhaps a great pity that more people don’t consider it as a medium of self-expression instead of selling themselves to the commercial world of journalism and advertising.” — Tony Ray-Jones

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Conversations with dad

– The new color grading panel in LR and ACR David Duchemin does a real good job on the basics. This is a download link for a 10 minute video. My October 26 blog had more on this with a more detailed explanation by Blake Rudis. Color grading is common for video and this new panel provides increased flexibility.
– Using luminance in the color grading panel to increase/adjust tonal values

– Landscape photography with film
– Composition: Cartier-Bresson, Ribaud and Mad Men
– Manual focus techniques

– Video recordings of 26 B & H Optic presentation Optic is an annual seminar series. Some of the more famous names this year include Frans Lanting, Keith Carter, Sam Abell, Art Wolfe and Brooks Jensen. Something for everyone. If you have time for only one, watch Keith Carter.

Tomorrow is the last class for Maine Media’s Text & Image class taught by Sal Taylor Kydd. I took this course because I wanted to combine writing with my images more effectively. The two covers below will be for my third and fourth books. I have found that books, rather than gallery exhibits, are more consistent with the way I want to work. They provide a way to share my work at any time with friends and family, and over time they provide a diary of how my photographic inclinations have changed. Getting a small number of copies printed is probably no more expensive than preparing 10-15 images for exhibit and the product is available until you sell them or give them all away. I may end up back at Blurb to publish these books, but the class also provided other options to explore over the next weeks. Although hopefully things will improve quickly this spring with the availability of effective vaccines, currently people are more likely to stay home and read a book than risk attending a gallery opening. One can hope, that the book reading may even continue for the long term even as other things improve.

Cover of “Winter Marsh.”

Cover of “Rising Atlantic.”

Monday Missive — November 23, 2020


A world where we, as a society, reckon with our flaws and redirect our collective inertia down a different road.” — Elliot Ross, NY Times, America 2020, in Vision and Verse

Different people can photograph the same things with the same tools and create such different images.” –- John Paul Caponigro

Black and white photography erases time from the equation.” -– Jason Peterson

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Collage Mostly I don’t think of collage as either a form of photography or very artful, but these imags incorporate photography and are very well done.
– Not your typical collages

– Five useless tools in Photoshop
– Using linear light layer for dodging and burning
– New color grading panel in LR/ACR

– Mastering forest photography
– Joys and hazards of photography

– Back to basics and inspiration
– The two halves of your creative journey
– Mary Ellen Mark Great link from Suku.

Rocks in a river.

Alone on the beach.

Monday Missive — November 16, 2020


There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” — Brene Brown

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” — Helen Keller

I believe the world is incomprehensively beautiful–an endless prospect of magic and wonder.Ansel Adams

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Harvey Stein: Mardi Gras
– Hi-res snowflake images
– Idaho: Interesting series of portraits
– Over coming female illiteracy in Arab countries
– Iran: After the revolution and war
– Lockdown through the window Very interesting approach to the lockdown with consistently excellent images.
– Rustic Cabins

– Thomas Heaton: How I edit my images

– Snowy woods and dramatic seascapes

– Landscape photographer of the year

Monday Missive — November 9, 2020


It’s important to remember that the camera is not merely a tool for capturing reality but for interpreting it; it’s even more important to remember those interpretations of our raw materials of space, light, and time are up to us.” — David DuChemin

If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.” — Henry Charles Bukowski

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Tomiko Jones
– Vote
– Hannah Manuelito

– Controlling highlights with luminosity masks
– Fix blown out hightlights
– Fast, easy way to blur backgrounds in PS

– Road Trips! Thanks Steve O.
– Projects and publishing
– Excuses
– 3D model graphics This may be a bit off-topic, but I found it really fascinating. Nominally about using a Canon with a Nikon lens to film part of the Mandalorian, a Star Wars offshoot, it is really about creating the models that made it possible. The enthusiasm of the creators is also amazing.

Shootin’ a little street with the Baltimore Camera Club when I got the news a bit after noon.

Sculpture in front of the Pendry Hotel in Fells Pt.

Man’s Best Friend.

Monday Missive — November 2 , 2020


A camera, like a guitar, is just a box with a hole in it. Until it is placed in the hands of a true artist, it will not make a music, only noise.” — Tim Mantoani

Street photography requires patience. More often than not I come home with nothing, but it’s the times that I do come home with a photo that will be with me forever, that makes it so worthwhile. Don’t feel like you have to take street photos just on city streets. Street photos can be taken anywhere… there are great street styled photos to be taken at the beach or out in the countryside. Street photography is about searching, finding and reacting…” — Jesse Marlow

Dig in, follow your instincts and trust your curiosity.” — Susan Meiselas

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Exploring pregancy with self-portraiture
– Young mothers
– Olap Sztaba
– Demonstrations, Marches, Political Action
– Halloween “boo-doir” images
– Israeli beach pictures

– Photoshop sky replacement In depth.
– Sky selection

– Black and white image making

– How does color/BW influence perception of when an image was made This article includes a really interesting quiz, with results from the takers. Test your own perceptions.

I am taking a class on combining text and images, for example to make a book. Our first assignment was for “Inspiration” and was to “Go for a walk and record what you see . . . in short fragments, poems or prose. Take photographs as you go. …” All of these were taken with a cell phone.

Here are the results:

Rain has stopped, but clouds remain.
Damp and cool, possible frost tonight.
Slippery leaves in yellow and red cover the ground,
Brought down by rain and wind.
Fall has arrived.

The wind blows
The leave rustle,
The water ripples,
Through the trees.

The water roars.
High after the storm,
It flows brown-green
With bits of white where ripples disturb the flow.
Down to the Bay
To mix with the ocean.
No intent – just a natural process.

Yellow leaves of fall
Recall forsythia flowers of spring.

Mushrooms on my lawn.

It rained last night.

Spring and fall together.

Fall colors.