Monday Missive – February 20, 2017

Quotes

Inspiring photographs…
– Can teach you a lot about photography.
– Can expose you to new techniques and photographers.
– Can provide great fodder for online sharining.
– Can be the ultimate creativity-killing distraction.
” — CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

Technique and gear seem insignificant if you have a message.” — CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

The best critiques I’ve seen are not about the image’s technical properties.
The best critiques question why the photograph was created in the first place.
” — CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

Links

– Photoassignment 3 from the “Art of Photography”– Ted does a great job of explaining the implications of shooting low, at eye level (both viewer and subject), and high.
– Is street photography dead?
– Printing
– Perfect panoramas and time lapeses Includes a link to a huge list of software, much of it free
– Making the most of your kit lens
– Tips for shooting in snow
– Getting shallow depth of field with flash If you can afford a f/1.2 lens
– Color management with ICC profiles
– Everything you ever wanted to know about tripods
– Getting the most out of your point and shoot

One more in my ongoing “Shorelines” project.

Monday Missive – February 13, 2017

Quotes

We are only trying to tell a story. Let the 17th-century painters worry about the effects. We’ve got to tell it now, let the news in, show the hungry face, the broken land, anything so that those who are comfortable may be moved a little.” — David Seymour (Chim); David Seymour will be the subject of Tom Beck’s presentation on March 9

Anyone can shoot chaos. But the most perceptive photographers can make compelling pictures out of uninteresting moments.” – Alex Tehrani

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley

Links

– Developing a Portfolio
– Best presentation on color I have seen
– Psychology of color– Using adjustments on a Smart Object preserves future editing Pretty cool – I didn’t know you could do this.
– Quick sky adjustments in LR
– Beating the Creative Rut
– DIY light tent for close-ups and products
– Adding stars to a night sky
– Medium Format Landscape Photography

Ma’kayla Hall; taken at Graffiti Warehouse 2/11/17

Monday Missive – February 6, 2017

Quotes

I do what I feel, that’s all. I am an ordinary photographer working for his own pleasure. That’s all I’ve ever done.” – Andre Kertesz

Sometimes you don’t know why you’re doing something. You’re intuitively following, to see where it leads.” – Edward Burtynsky

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” – Jay Maisel

Links

– Put a photo inside text This is a fun effect and might be neat if you want to create some cards for Valentines Day or Birthdays.
– Photo make over Matt Kloskowski does a good job at this. Shows how to edit 3 photos using LR, PS and ON1 to make the most of them. Things to think about before competitions.
– Conversation with Susan Burnstine, Part I
– Conversation with Susan Burnstine, Part II
– Long exposure tips A personal note: some blurring in streams and cascades to show motion is fine, but some images use such long exposures it looks like the stream is filled with milk. Personal opinion: that looks yucky!
– Incredible National Geo pictures
– Nature’s Best Winning Images

A beach at sunrise with rays hitting on the water and a beautiful cloud formation.

One more from the Beaches series that is still a work in progress.

Photo Journaling and Art of Photography Assignments

It is easy at times to get into a creative slump or to feel that you are not making progress artistically. Taking on an external assignment can help get you out of the slump, expand your skills and promote your creativity.

Creating a journal as you proceed with the self or external assignment can deepen your thinking about the project, provide a history that may be helpful in future projects, and provide a great keepsake to look back on. As Ted Forbes points out in some of the links below, many famous artists have used journals to explore ideas and project, clarify their thinking and leave a record how they came to their decisions about the project broadly, or about individual images. I haven’t yet decided to participate in Ted’s assignments, but have taken up the journaling idea and I am finding it very helpful for a current project.

The project basically is about “Beaches”, but not just the “bathing beach” shoreline part, but the broader system including the sand beach, the backbays and wetlands, and the dune systems that are found on many east coast sandy shores. I often have trouble with projects, getting three or four satisfying images out of what seemed to be good idea, but then running out of appealing ideas. I hope that this project, will have some legs because there are so many beaches, they are relatively accessible with respect to travel time, and I have some existing images that may jump the project and give some depth to the project.

I will be sharing progress on this project including pictures of my journal, and occasionally using the blog itself as a supplement to the hard copy journal.

Please offer your comments and thoughts on the journal as well as the project.

Journaling

– Photographer Sketch Books
– Photo Journal Challenge from Ted Forbes
– My Journal for Photo Assignments
– More sketchbooks

– Photo Assignments 2:: Low Angle Shooting
– Work submitted for Assignment 2 and heads up for Assignment 3

Earlier assignments and background were captured at on Nov. 21, 2016

Journal entries for project on barrier islands/beaches.

Monday Missive — January 30, 2017

Quotes

What we choose not to do matters.” — Seth Godin, 5/20/16

As soon as we say the truth is relative, and shiftable, and a matter of opinion, we lose the power that comes from knowing.” — Seth Godin 4/1/16

Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Links

– Interesting assignment and creative solution
– 40 tips for better photos
– Making fog and light beams Also free downloadable fog brush
– Tips for airline travel with photo gear
– Part 2: International Travel
– Animal Portrait Tips
– Post-processing software and plug-ins in 2017 Interesting read
– Selective sharpening in Lightroom
– Black and white street photography
– Arches National Park
– Processing Start to Finish in Lightroom Definitely worth 10 minutes to watch this video
– Using a Wacom tablet effectively

Sunrise at Chincoteague, 2007. Part of my Boundaries series.

Monday Missive — January 23, 2017

Quotes

Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.” – Chuck Close

I became wary of simple interpretations that assumed fixed and final meanings.”John Pfahl

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Links

– Comparison of DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras
– Instagram photographers worth following
– Great light after storms
– George Lepp: Transporting heavy gear, eclipse, MFT
– Critter cam
– How to cull your images in Lightroom
From Harry Bosk: – Keeping your files organized in Lightroom
– Whey registering copyrights is important
– Understanding DPI and print resolution
– Creating a portfolio
– Photography trends for 2017

Assateague Island National Seashore, Jan. 1, 2017

Monday Missive – January 16, 2017

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life of the artist, and this innerlife will result in his personal vision of the world.” – Edward Hopper

Broken and broken again on the sea, the moon so easily mends.” — Chosu

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Links

– Noir
– Setting up your Mac for greater efficiency
– Photographing the Ottoman Empire
– 20 Iconic images from a 15,000 mile trip around North America
– DSLR Tips Part 2
– Street Photography This is an hour and three quarter video, but if you are into street, worth the time.
– Understanding copyright
– MLK: A history in pictures

Delaware River Water Gap; playing with lightning in PS.

Quotes

Monday Missive – January 9, 2017

Quotes

The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars,
life is your child, but there is in me
Older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye
that watched before there was an ocean.
— Robinson Jeffers, “Continent’s End” in Tamar and Other Poems (1924)

We get to the work we seek by passing through imperfection.— Seth Godin on December 16, 2016

When finding the right angle for a shot…’Move your ass.’” – Jay Maisel

Links

– Raw Workflow in Lightroom
– Triptychs
– Incredible use of light, shadow and color at a solar farm
– Two interesting approaches with legos Very creative
– DSLR basics
– Grand Teton
– IR Photography

Monday Missive – Jan. 2, 2017

Quotes

Wondering—Past and Future
Wondering about your past, about what might have happened, about bad decisions made and roads not taken… this is a recipe for not much more than regret.
But wondering about your future?
When we wonder about the future, we get a chance to begin again, to set new goals and envision bold plans.
No more chances to do yesterday over, sorry. But infinite chances for tomorrow. — Seth Godin

Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the ability to recover. — Ed Catmull, Pixar

The question is not, “Should I manipulate a photograph?” Since the invention of photography, all kinds of things have been done to photographs. The question is, “What happens when I do or don’t manipulate a photograph?”

Links

– Continuous lighting vs strobe
– Low-key portraits with a single light
– Cold weather photography tips
– 9 photography habits to quit this year I don’t necessarily agree with all of these, but they are worth considering.

Assateague Island National Seashore, New Year’s Day, 2017

Monday Missive – December 26, 2016

Quotes

Democracy’s worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents.” — Robert A. Heinlein

Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

My photographs are a picture of the chaos in the world, and of my relationship to that chaos. My prints show the world’s constant upsetting of man’s equilibrium, and his eternal battle to reestablish it.” – Alfred Stieglitz

Links

– Low key and High key lighting Excellent addition to Kenny’s program
– Advanced landscape techniques
– There is more in the crop tool than you probably knew
– Even more on the crop tool
– Content-aware crop
– Output module in Bridge
– Image sizes for social media
– Diane Arbus
– 52 Photo challenges for next year

A young woman stops to jot down some notes on the street in NY.

Monday Missive – December 19, 2016

Quotes

Nature has explained to me many things that books alone could not give me. Science and nature have given me the most interesting hours of my life.
Roman Vishniac

Logic will never change emotion or perception.” — Edward de Bono

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. … If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” — Goethe

Links

– Night time lapse
– Photographing meteor showers
– George Lepp Tech tips
– 60 excellent winter pictures
– Working your on-camera flash
– Low light landscapes
– Nat Geo Nature Photographers of the year
– Luminosity Masks and Blend-If Includes down loadable actions; explains how to use luminosity masks with Blend-If
– Getting prints made on different materials; getting your old photos bulk scanned

Lovely model at Grafitti Warehouse. Didn’t get her name but hope to see her again.

Monday Missive – December 12, 2016

Quotes

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh

When I looked at the resulting images, however, they felt distant, cold, and disconnected despite being technically sound (and sellable). I was taking pictures of the land; I was not making images about the land and about my connection with it.” — Colleen Miniuk-Sperry in an interview by Kyle McDougall on November 27, 2016 on Image and Rhythm website.

Photojournalists … are in search of moments that will connect us to our fellow man.” — Kathy Ryan

Links

– Super Telephotos
– Understand your subjects to take better wildlife pictures
– Raw Lightroom Workflow Part 2
– Instagram Terms of Service – What you agree to let them have
– Wide-angle close-ups
– Breaking the rule of thirds This is a good one with pretty good examples.
– Protecting your images on line
– Video followup to protecting your images Shows how to use action and script to automatically write copyright data to a file on opening.

Took  this in 2009 at Hopewell in Canada near the Bay of Fundy.  Didn't realize at the time that I had a photographer between the rocks.  It is good to go back and review old work every now and then, especially as your post-processing skills in improve.

Took this in 2009 at Hopewell in Canada near the Bay of Fundy. Didn’t realize at the time that I had a photographer between the rocks. It is good to go back and review old work every now and then, especially as your post-processing skills improve.

Monday Missive – December 5, 2016

Quotes

For the marketer, the freelancer and the entrepreneur, the challenge is to level set, to be comfortable with the undone, with the cycle of never-ending. We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we’re never finished, and that’s okay.
It’s a dance, not an endless grind.
” — Seth Godin

I feel that all you can do is give it your absolute best with whatever gifts the universe has given you. And if you make it in some way that other people can recognize, that’s fine. But even if you don’t quote-unquote make it, you’re fine, if you’ve given it your whole heart and soul. You’re totally in sync with your purpose and with the universe. And that’s fine.” – Alice Walker

If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” – Eve Arnold

Links

– Macro tips
– Select and Mask vs Refine Edge
– Camera resolution vs print resolution
– Printer resolution and settings
– Photoshop skills you need
– Grand Landscape Part II
– Resources for planning a photo trip
– Getting sharper images
– Lighting controls
– Perspective on photographing in Japan from a young Japanese photographer
– Environmental portraits with Flash with Joe McNally

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I find this to be a disturbing image, mostly because of the sculpture titled “The City Destroyed” by Ossip Badkine, supposedly representing anguish at the destruction of Rotterdam in WWII, but I think the strongly contrasting background and the broken windows add to the feeling. What do you think?

Monday Missive – Nov. 28, 2016

Quotes

[Laura] Henkin said, “I don’t think it gets talked about a lot, but I believe strongly that photographs should all be presented as interpretive prints—meaning, the artist is directing the viewer in what to see. In order to accomplish that, they need to have a strong idea of what the print should look like, and then an ability to lead their chosen tools to execute their idea for the print.” Cited by Jon Cone

In the arts there are many right answers.” – Jerry Uelsmann

If it doesn’t have ambiguity, don’t bother to take it. I love that, that aspect of photography—the mendacity of photography—it’s got to have some kind of peculiarity in it or it’s not interesting to me.” – Sally Mann

Links

– Changing Perspectives
– New Zealand
– Using the brush size to realistically cut out hair
– Using the Pen tool
– Adding a colored background to a photo Also how to use the refine edge brush in Select and Mask.
– Grand Landscape, Part I

I saw these possessions sitting on the street, all neatly folded and piled, with a note to an acquaintance and a begging sign.  It told one story, but I couldn't help but wonder, what the story would have been if I could talk to the owner.

I saw these possessions sitting on the street, all neatly folded and piled, with a note to an acquaintance and a begging sign. It told one story, but I couldn’t help but wonder, what the story would have been if I could talk to the owner… A life piled in 2 square feet.

Monday Missive – November 21, 2016

Quotes

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” — Marianne Williamson

Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind thru positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration’.”Minor White

Links

– Interview with Jack Dykinga
– Conservation Photography
– Lynsey Addario: Notes from the conflict zone
– More creative self portraits
– Create 3D textures in Photoshop
– Summit in the Smoky Mountains
– This one is fun
– Overcoming a fear of strangers
– Sketch effect in Photoshop
– Wildlife Photographer of the year

The Art of Photography Assignments
– Introduction to the whole assignment concept
– Assignment::Variations First assignment in case you lost the URL. In this episode he references a journal, which he explained here:
– Photographer’s sketch books Then he provided some follow up and additional explanation of what to expect and why you will benefit from doing the assignments.
– Follow up to Ted Forbes 1st assignment How to be a great photographer

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