Monday Missive — November 29, 2021


You are not offering testimony to the existence of something, you are bringing something into existence—something that did not exist before, and that would not exist if it were not for you.”Guy Tal

Your perceived failure can become the catalyst for profound reinvention.” -– Conan O’Brien

When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” -— Karen E. Quinones Miller

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
— When the sun meets the fog
— Magda Biernat I find the fathom images most interesting.
— Lydia Panas: Sleeping Beauty

— Colin Smith shows how to use the new “colorize” neural filter in PS

Field and Studio
— Ted Forbes: On exposure
— Alistair Benn on Expressive photography

— The commercial images of Ansel Adams
— Sean Tucker: the amazing dog photography of Ben Burfitt

New York City, East River, early Thanksgiving day, 2021

The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, NYC.

November 22, 2021


The more time you make for whatever you’re photographing, the more possibilities you have.” — David DuChemin

The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.” — Conan O’Brien

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” -— Stephen King


— Colin Smith: advanced masks in Camera raw

Field and Studio
— Erez Marom: Originality in landscape photography Interesting discussion.
— Lindsay Adler: Create the look of sunlight in the studio
— Simon Baxter: Empathy and awareness of what is around you is the key to better images I think the important part starts around3:45
— Photographing from a car with a bean bag.

— 80,000 image timelapse of the sun over a month You may not want to watch the entire 45 minutes, but it is pretty cool.
— Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light Thanks to Steve D.

Monday Missive — November 15, 2021


I crop for the benefit of the pictures. The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera.” — W. Eugene Smith

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” — Madeleine L’Engle

Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” -– Tina Fey

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
— Judith Joy Ross portraits
— Rashid Haq: Art & Science I found some of these images to be quite disturbing. You need to read the article to understand.
— Bremner Benedict: Hidden waters I don’t find the images particularly artful, but it is an interesting ecological story.
— Benjamin Dimmitt: Primitive Florida Excellent BW landscapes. Images are paired, showing the impact of climate change and environmental degradation.

— Unmesh Dinda: New features in Photoshop 2022
— Unmesh: New depth blur filter in Ps

Field and Studio
— Sean Tucker: It’s not all about single images
— Nigel Danson: Better thoughts on composition Balance, Flow, Energy and Depth

— Development of digital photography
— But Beatiful – The photographs of Robert Adams

Sleeping out at Patterson Park.

Hollywood in New York: Health, Wellness and Pleasure

Monday Missive — November 8, 2021


Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.” — Fred Rogers

You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.” -– Drew Gerald

This is the same problem I have with digital photography. The potential is always remarkable. But the medium never settles. Each year there is a better camera to buy and new software to download. The user never has time to become comfortable with the tool. Consequently too much of the work is merely about the technology. . . For good work to develop the technology needs to become as stable and functional as a typewriter.” — Alec Soth

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
— 1 year, 1 town, 1 lens German street photography and music; no text or speech.
— Stephanie Shih: Still life Not really into still life myself, but these are well done and I know someone out there will appreciate them.
— I think these are some of the most artful wildlife photos I have ever seen.
— Koo Bohnchang: Silent weapons Both an interesting project and consistently exceptional minimalist images.

— Colin Smith: Photoshop update

Field and Studio
— Photographing mushrooms Thanks to Steve O.
— Newfoundland I really want to get up there when the pandemic is fully over
— Creating dreamy, ethereal light.
— Bayou Josh: American dipper and gorgeous Idaho scenery

— Photobooks

Fall in New England, near Shelburne Falls in northwestern Massachusetts.

Shellburne Falls on the Deerfield Rivere in W. Mass.

Monday Missive — November 1, 2021


I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” -— Harper Lee

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success — but only if you persist.” — Isaac Asimov

By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.” — Stephen King

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
-Haunting/scary images
-Walker Evans
-Han Sungpil Not sure why, but I found Sungpil’s images very interesting.
-Hwang Gyutae The first two images didn’t do much for me, but the street images, especially the girl with the noodles and the boy catching snow, were exceptional.

-MattK: Photoshop update New selection tool to select “objects” with one click; new neural filters; select sky is now available in ACR in addition to LR & PS.
-Julianne Kost: New masking features in the LR update

-PS will get a “prepare as an NFT” option by November Possible source of income?
-Finding the better YouTube photography channels
-The real secrets about how professional photographers create great images
-The photo book as an art form

Second try. Last week I posted an image of this gas pump taken with a wide angle. This week I tried a telephoto. Still don’t think it is exactly right– but better. It seems to be leaning, which is very possible, but the walls of the structure are straight. Tried perspective control, but that messed up other parts of the image. Which do you prefer?

Dining Room of the Dancing Bear Inn. Both images used the Vintage 01 Adobe profile.