Monday Missive — January 8, 2018

Quotes

The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.” — Julia Margaret Cameron

I do not document anything, I give an interpretation.” – Andre Kertesz

What matters is not what you photograph, but why and how you photograph it. Even the most controversial subject, if depicted by a sensitive photographer with honesty, sympathy, and understanding, can be transformed into an emotionally rewarding experience.” – Andreas Feininger

Links

– Look and see
– Guide to winter photos
– A neat photo-challenge with lots of good example images
– Renaming and moving files in LR One of the main reasons I have resisted LR is that moving files and creating folders was a problem in LR. Apparently that is now addressed. Best video I have seen on organizing, moving, naming and deleting files in LR.
– Macro studio closeups
– Best photographs of 2017 – Multiple sources and categories
– Blending modes
– 10 good tips for birds at the beach
– Travel tips

From Larry Fogelson: – Local blogger wins award for using photos to illustrate life in Baltimore

Damselfly

Monday Missive — January 1, 2018

Quotes

“Patience is allowing yourself longer than you thought it could possibly take to master your craft.” — David duChemim

“I have accepted influences but I think I have always known ow to dominate them.” — Matisse, quoted by Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” — Rumi

Links

– Surrealism in street photography Fascinating article. I do some surrealism and street, but never made the connection.
– Ethereal monochrome
– Composition: line of sight of your subjects
– Medium format monochrome only back This is a review of a $50K medium format back, but there is a lot about how sensors work, resolution and spectral sensitivity.
– Use Image Processor in PS to resize multiple images
– Image splitter: making big images with small printers
– Dream big!
– How to brighten up portraits
– 5 ways to be more creative

The goddess contemplates the gold she has lifted from the earth as her counselor makes a point. The counselor is from a Giacometti sculpture, the goddess is Water-Moon Guaynin and the gold post were all from the BMA.

Monday Missive — December 25, 2017

Quotes

To be more creative is to get closer to childhood.” — Sarah Moon

The point of art has never been to make something synonymous with life, however, but to make something of reduced complexity that is nonetheless analogous to life and that can thereby clarify it.” — Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography

What transforms of into about is interpretation — taking all the tools of craft and visual language and pulling at emotion. Colour does that. Motion does that. Tension and scale do that. The challenge … is matching the tools with the thing we are trying to say.” — David duChemin in The Soul of the Camera

Links

– Ruler, notes and counts in Photoshop
– Five pro guides for BW photography
– Ethics in wildlife photography
– Making creative decisions
– Don’t follow the crowd to create unique images
– Winter photography
– Profiles on 6 commercial photographers Lots of interesting images.

Monday Missive — Dec. 18, 2017

Quotes

Criticism’s job is to clarify art’s mystery without destroying it.” — Robert Adams, Beauty in Photography

An expanding mindfulness of visual language gives me new ways to express myself, even if I am never understood.” — David duChemin, in The Soul of the Camera

Photography, like writing, is about storytelling. Pens and cameras are merely the tools we use to bring self-expression to life. If you have nothing to say, you images will reflect that. It’s important to build your own narrative through exploration, learning and diverse experiences that enrich your storytelling.” — Claire Rosen, Imaginarium

Links

– 7 Wildlife techniques
– Julianne Kost edits three images from Tasmania in detail This is as helpful for what she does as how she does it.
– Get out of a creative rut
– Becoming an international freelance photographer
– Use content aware scale to change aspect ratio of image
– Interesting photo essay about street people in Poughkeepsie
– Guides to BW photography Excellent profiles of 7 noteworthy BW photographers, including Kenna and Uelsmann and several techniques profiles
– Embed these concepts into your workflow
– Use multiple exposures to reduce image noise

From Steve Oney:
– Comparison of 10 photoshop alternatives If you haven’t committed to Adobe, several of these are much better than not processing your images at all or using the manufacturer’s software.
– NIK Fans: run NIK standalone

Out of the Maelstrom, color. I should note that all of my photo friends that chose to comment preferred the color version to the BW. What do you think?

Out of the Maelstrom

Monday Missive — December 11, 2017

Quotes

We become original through practice.” — Posted by Seth Godin on November 29, 2017

How lacking in courage is an art in which the creator examines the collective ideal as opposed to the self-centered individualism of his own being.” —Peter C. Bunnell, in Jerry N. Uelsmann, Aperture Monograph,15:4, 1970

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

Links

– Images from Lesotho
– On going pro
– Making eyes look great in PS
– Composition tips
– Reviewing old photos
– 7 portrait photographers share
– The appeal of BW photography
– Designing a calendar in photoshop
– Being creative with motion

Monarch butterfly on chrysalis after hatching.

Monday Missive — December 4, 2017

Quotes

It doesn’t take a genius to see that competence is no longer about our ability to press certain buttons in a certain sequence. Far more often, competence involves the humanity required to connect with other people, in real time.
It requires emotional labor, not merely compliance.
” — Posted by Seth Godin on November 16, 2017

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

All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.” –- Elliott Erwitt

Links

– 5 masters of documentary photography
– 5 beginner mistakes Good video for novice photogs
– Off camera flash
– Street Photography Good practical thinking about street photography
– Things that you didn’t know you can do with “Fill”
– The intimate landscape
– Impressive images and advice from 10 outdoor photographers
– Using RGB curves
– Art vs Craft
– Fairy tale photos of everyday life

Musician

Monday Missive — November 27, 2017

Quotes

It has been liberating to allow myself to make work that is “really bad” without judging myself for it and without abandoning the journey.” — Claire Rosen in Imaginarium

Successful art rediscovers Beauty for us.” — Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography

What’s the best expression of that subject? That is exactly the question we try to answer: a question that can ultimately only be answered by our vision.” — David duChemin in The Soul of the Camera

Links

– William Neill retrospective
– Adding realistic text to an object Uses several techniques including displacment map, bevel and emboss, clipping layers and smart filters/objects to make the text interact with the texture and color of a book cover.
– Adding noise creatively
– Jerry Uelsmann
– Looking at the work of painters can lead to new ways of seeing photographically
– Getting stuff done This is not only applicable to photography
– Assignment 14: Food photography
– Weegee Weegee was a famous photojournalist that is worth knowing about.
– Masking, gradients, collaging Good video at a slow pace to explain how to combine and blend images.
– Easter eggs (hidden options) in Photoshop

Pipe Smoker, Teddy Roosevelt Park, NYC, day after Thanksgiving, 2017


Water towers, NYC, from hotel room.


Experimental: Triple in-camera exposure from a moving train.

Monday Missive — November 20, 2017

Quotes

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X

. . . there are two important … questions to consider: what do I want to say, and how do I make myself understood by the one with whom I’m communicating.” — David duChemin, The Soul of the Camera

Links

– Pro-tip Part 3
– Julianne does color and luminance masking
– Very fast Phlearn demo on compositing and creating a .gif (cinemagraph) file
– 12 favorite east coast locations
– Annie Griffiths, National Geographic: Using your camera for good WOW, very strong story.
– Handmade books
– Caponigro: What printing can do for you
– Eight great photographers of today
– The difference between levels and curves
– 10 favorite western locations

The prow of the John Brown with anchor lines.

The prow of the John Brown with anchor lines.

Crankshaft in the engine room of the Liberty Ship John Brown, anchored in Baltimore Harbor.

Gun sights and canon from the prow of the John Brown.

Gun sights and canon from the prow of the John Brown.

Monday Missive — November 13, 2017

Quotes

The job of the photographer . . . is to be coherent about intuition and hope.” — Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography

“. . . the best photographs rely more on the fact that the photographer saw something the rest of us overlooked” — David duChemin, in The Soul of the Camera

The more experience you have, the more you can close that gap between what you see and what the camera sees.” — Steve McCurry

Links

– Reflections of Italy David duChemin, one of my favorite photography writers, just completed a workshop in Italy. These are his images from that trip.
– Art of Photography assignment on self-portraits
– Adobe’s version of what updates are included in PS CC 2018
– How is “professional” photographer defined?
– Tips – Get best results consistently, Part 1
– Part 2
– Creative Burnout
– Explanation of the best new tools in PS CC 2018 I found this very helpful on some tools I knew about, but didn’t really understand how to use.

From Steve Oney:
– Blog of blogs Some of the best photo blogs
From George Spicer:
– Game farm photography
From Harry Bosk via Facebook:
– Update on the ‘Bible’ of street photography

Evening in SC

Rabbit in the Trees

Monday Missive — November 6, 2017

Quotes

“. . . what we hope for from the artist is help in discovering the significance of a place.” — Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography

. . . there is an incredible hunger to make and share images. . . . knowing how to use a complicated camera no longer serves as a barrier to creating those images.” — David duChemin in The Soul of the Camera

I impose the way that I see, the way that I feel, the way that I connect on the landscape.” — Michael Kenna

Links

It as been a couple of weeks since the upgrades from Adobe for Lightroom and Photoshop, so by now the confusion should be abating, but for those who missed it, here is another decent explanation: – LR Classic vs CC and a link to the more specific PS upgrades
– A clearer explanation of Lightroom Classic vs Lightroom CC Makes clear that the current version of LR is the last one without a subscription.
– One more time on Adobe updates
– Professional photography with minimal equipment
– Forest photography
– Making the most of mirrorless, a review of advantages and options
– Two great things about LR panoramas
– No excuses! Just Do It!
– The curvature pen tool in the new Photoshop

From Steve Oney
– New and better sharpening in PS 2018

Walking horses out to pasture in the morning at a horse farm in Catonsville, MD on a photoshoot arranged by the Baltimore Camera Club.

Monday Missive — October 30, 2017

Quotes

Processing Negative Reviews
Some people love what you do. …
So, how to understand it when someone hates what you do? …
It’s not for them. They want something you don’t offer. …
Some of these things you can address by telling a story more clearly, some you can’t.
Either way, right now, they’re telling you one thing: It’s not for them.
Okay, thanks for letting us know.
” — Posted by Seth Godin on October 19, 2017

There is always a subjective aspect in landscape art, something in the picture that tells us as much about who is behind the camera as about what is in front of it.” — Robert Adams

Making photographs has to be, then, a personal matter; when it is not, the results are not persuasive.” — Robert Adams, in Beauty in Photography

Links

– Photojournalism, ethics and constantly changing technology
– Point of view photography
– Great tip for removing fringing from selections
– New features in Photoshop CC 2018 New color and luminosity masks in RAW, better Select and Mask functions and better enlargement
– The power of curves
– What is Adobe creative cloud costing you?
– NIK is back!

URLs courtesy of Steve Oney:
– NIK alternatives
– Interesting BW film noir images
– More on the new Lightroom versions

Pugnacious Atlantic ghost crab and an empty shell. #Dewees Island, SC

Mail car from the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

Monday Missive — October 23, 2017

Quotes

A lot of our thinking is for bonding, not truth-seeking, so most of us are quite willing to think or say anything that will help us be liked by our group.” — David Brooks, Oct. 10, 2017, NY Times Op-Ed “The Art of Thinking Well”

Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance.” — Sally Mann

I will never reach the end of this journey. I’ll never arrive at a point where others have nothing to teach me.” – David DuChemin

Links

– Julianne gives a clear description of why you would prefer Lightroom Classic or CC
– Lightroom Classic is now the LR you are used to; Lightroom CC is strictly cloud-based
– New changes in Lightroom
– Photoshop updates by Adobe
– Photographing those who don’t want to be photographed
– Great photoshop composites
– Create vs Capture
– Controlling depth of field with focus stacking
– Color and luminance masking in CC2018 Camera Raw
– Dorothea Lange

From George Spicer:
– Y’all might like this free download from Jared Lloyd; 111 pages with lots of pictures

Sunrise over the marsh on Dewees Island, SC.

Ibis, wood stork and spoonbills in impoundment on Dewees Island, SC

Monday Missive — October 16, 2017

Quotes

In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive.” — David Bayles and Ted Orland in Art & Fear

I have reached the point where the craft is sufficient to the purpose, or at least attainable, but the purpose to which I will apply that craft is proving more elusive.” — Richard Eskin

Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance.” – Lewis Hine

Links

– We have probably all felt this way at some time
– Photographing wildlife at rescue shelters
– Make it not take it!
– Best solar eclipse images
– Proper behavior around wildlife
– 2017 MacArthur Award winning photographer Dawoud Bey

URLs courtesy of Steve Oney
– Nikon Small World winners Some of these images are amazing.
– Monochrome images of national parks Some of these are quite good and some are taken with the Leica M Monchrom camera that is only BW.
– 50 great BW photographs A good way to take better photographs is to look at good photographs. Also links to previous lists. How many names do you recognize?
– Processing a Faroe Island image Learn something about BW from Cole Thompson.

Images from my recent workshop on #Dewees Island, SC with National Geographic Photographer Peter Essick.

Monday Missive — October 9, 2017

Quotes

“‘You’re doing it wrong’
But at least you’re doing it.
Once you’re doing it, you have a chance to do it better.
Waiting for perfect means not starting.
” — Posted by Seth Godin on October 02, 2017

I am steadily surprised that there are so many photographers that reject manipulating reality, as if that was wrong. Change reality! If you don’t find it, invent it!” – Pete Turner

You know, I really don’t think you learn from teachers. You learn from work. I think what you learn, really, is how to be- you have to be your own toughest critic, and you only learn that from work, from seeing work.” – Garry Winogrand

Links

– How to use BW photos for creative or social campaigns
– Backlighting wildlife
– An interview with Jach Dykinga
– The Spectrum: Message and Media By Brooks Jensen Interesting hour-long talk by Brooks Jensen, publisher of LensWorks, on the history and future of image presentation. I highly recommend this video for advanced photographers who have been asking themselves “What do I do next?”
– Macro tips for beginners
– Long exposure photography
– Panoramas made easy
– Dealing with creative boredom
– Fast and simple Orton effect
– Feeling anxious about an upcoming photo trip? What is the worst that can happen?

There is a difference of opinion on the two images below. Both were taken at Lake Roland Park with a yellow filter on a 105/2.8 lens. The first may have a greater sense of depth because of the sharp fence, but the out of focus dam in the background creates some room for interpretation. The second has more interesting lighting and perhaps better balance and composition. Which do you prefer and why?


Monday Missive — October 2, 2017

Quotes

When we synthesize and invent and leap, we create a rare sort of value.” — Posted by Seth Godin on September 25, 2017

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” — Pema Chödrön

To be more creative is to get closer to childhood.” — Sarah Moon

Links

– John Sexton on black & white printing His love for photography really comes across.
– Creative image sharpening with HDR software One of Caponigro’s enlightening but technical blogs.
– Julianne Kost’s trip to Tasmania Great variety of images; also see another view of Tasmania from July 24, 2017 on this blog. Is Tasmania the new Iceland?
– Overcoming aging and disability to continue photographing
– Control your depth of field with focus stacking Focus stacking software was invented for microscope and macro work, but can also be very helpful for landscapes
– High speed photography with your regular flash
– Fall photography tips
– Using Lightroom to work collaboratively
– Add background blur without halos
– A series of video tutorials on Photoshop basics

Saturday mornings, starting at around 9 am, car aficionados stop by the Hunt Valley mall to show off their cars and discuss specs. Shot this raised Viper hood. Notice the “forked tongue” on the lower left.