Monday Missive — May 4, 2020

Quotes

I have been obsessed for years with finding new projects to work on. … At times, I have purposely let go of that frame of mind and gone with, what I would tell myself, is the pleasure of just taking pictures. Sometimes it has worked out, sometimes it hasn’t.” — Alejandro Catagena

While images are strong individually, the experience of reading the accompanying text is integral to shaping the overall meaning.” — Kelli Connell

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” – Schumann

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– American Bedroom
– Corona virus around the world
– Stephen Garza: Arriving 2020 One of the more interesting Corona related portfolios.
– Shapes and shadows of Scotland Very nice low key landscapes

Post-processing
– Injecting mood and emotion into your landscape images
– Lighting a portrait in Photoshop

Field/Studio
– Fun with Bokeh
– Simple water drop photography

Miscellany
– Using Instagram to become a better photographer
– The most important lessons for your photography

Finally getting out of the “pandemic funk.” Made it out to Black Marsh on Friday in a light rain. One car in the parking lot; saw two people on the trail, but easy to physically distance. Parts of the trail were completely flooded, with water flowing from one side to the other. Trail leading to the marsh was very muddy in some parts.

Great blue heron on the Black Marsh Trail. Color graded with Teal-Orange LUT at 50%.


Columbine from the front yard.

Monday Missive — April 13, 2020

I have become interested in videography lately and have been saving some links for myself. If you are interested in seeing a few links on video, please leave a comment.

Quotes

The Photograph does not necessarily say what is no longer, but only and for certain what has been.” — Roland Barthes

When catastrophe is sequential, it eventually trains its survivors to greet terror with the serenity of the enlightened.” — Ginia Bellafante in a NY Times article

You do not validate me. I validate myself.”Billy Childish

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Amish Credit to Steve O.
– Distancing portraits
– William Eggleston “perfectly banal, perhaps” and “perfectly boring, certainly” or “crude and simplistic” or “both alarmingly simple and utterly complex”? Great quote from Cartier-Bresson.

Post-processing
– Are you over-editing your images?
– Fun project to make a tiny planet Better yet, it shows how to use several common tools.
– Editing landscapes in LR Great for novices.
– Create and add bokeh

Miscellany
– Seth Resnick on seeing color and enhancing creativity 45 minutes but worth the time.
– Productive activities for photographers at home
– 26 photographic effects From Steve O. This is clever . . . and informative.

More backyard wildlife. For my sister who wanted to see the bunnies.

More backyard wildlife, for my sister who wanted to see the bunnies.

Monday Missive — November 18, 2019

Quotes

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

Great photography is always on the edge of failure.” – Garry Winogrand

My photographs are not pure: they are a seething wealth of imperfection.” – Frederick Sommer

Links
Photoessays/Bodiesof Work
– Nocturnal New York
– Urban Nature
– Greek self-portraits
– Julia Fullerton-Batten: Old Father Thames Great story-telling and very natural implementation

Post-processing
– How to fix the glitches in the first release of PS 20202
– Black and white conversions using calculations
– High contrast BW
– Creating a depth map in PS 2020 and blurring the background with lens blur This is a lot of work, but may be worth it for some photos where a blurry background really improves the image.

Field/Studio
– Shooting motocross

Miscellany
– TED talks by 24 famous photographers
– Overcoming creative burnout

Green snake. Black Marsh Trail, North Point State Park.

Monday Missive — September 16, 2019

Ooops. I published September 16 on September 9, but won’t change the dates, because the URL uses the title and I am not sure what will happen to the posting. Sorry for the confusion.

Quotes

For each of the artists, photography provides the jumping off point to create objects, prints, books, assemblages and poetry.” — Sal Taylor Kydd (LensScratch)

Well you can’t teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft.” – David Hockney

If the photographer is not a discoverer, then he is not an artist.” – Paul Strand

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Pretty good street photography from Turkey
– More street, this one is from the Netherlands
– Alan Schaller I think I have linked to his work before. He is worth following if you like great street photography. Thank you Steve O.

Post-Processing
– Separate your subject from the background for more flexible editing
– How to select the background This was particularly helpful for your best work. Also some tricks from Select and Mask that I wasn’t aware of.
– Playing with Bokeh
– Julianne Kost with crop tool tricks

Field/Studio
– Refraction photos: shooting through water drops and glass beads Thank you Steve O.

Miscellany
– Theory of Photography Perhaps a bit academic, but anyone serious about photography should be at least a little familiar with the people and ideas.
– Part II: Preparing for a portfolio review

Artists at the Madonnari Festival in Little Italy, Baltimore. 9/7/19

Monday Missive — February 4, 2019

Quotes

Fear of failure is the saddest reason on earth not to do what you were meant to do” — J.K. Rowling

I focus on the photographic object, the print, or the artist book, as a keepsake of my experience in the world. It provides me in a very tangible and tactile way of recording the discoveries and holding on to the memories that I am trying to preserve. Photographing gives me a way to capture my impressions and writing and making books lets me distill and reexamine that experience.” — Sal Taylor Kydd

What matters is that you make your art, in whatever way your muse beckons you to make it.” — David DuChemin

Links

– Frequency separation Frequency separation is often used in portrait retouching to smooth out skin without losing detail or changing color.
– Page curl composite
– Retouching lips for better portraits 25 minute video
– Adding Bokeh To add bokeh or soften the background to bring out the subject I usually just use Gaussian blur – this gets much better results.
– Comic book effect
– Story and photo essay about how the Danish people saved Jews from a Nazi round-up Unfortunately this seems to me to be particularly relevant at this time.
– 10 images that changed history Every serious photographer should know something about these images
– Recovering gigabytes of hard drive space in LR
– 12 confessions of an amateur photographer Brief, amusing list of issues to get you on the right track
– A sermon for the amateur

After the snow.
Liked the light.

Monday Missive — December 3, 2018

Quotes

I often think of that rare fulfilling joy, when I am in the presence of some wonderful alignment of events. Where the light, the colour, the shapes and the balance all interlock so beautifully that I feel truly overwhelmed by the wonder of it.” – Charlie Waite

To me, pictures are like blintzes – ya gotta get ‘em while they’re hot.” – Weegee

Creativity with portraits involves the invocation of a state of rapport when only a camera stands between two people…mutual vulnerability and mutual trust.” – Minor White

Links

– Bokeh The out of focus highlights behind your subject.
– Interesting interview and approach from an emerging Angolan photgrapher
– One minute video on how to upload to Instagram from your computer
– The Freezing Land: A photo essay on Northern China
– Canadian Far North Wildlife photographer Michelle Valberg I doubt I would ever go, but this article on a totally unfamiliar part of the world was very interesting.
– Sky replacement using Blend-If Simplified way to replace sky. 17 minute video
– Wildfire photographer
– Rituals of fraternity life in photos Photoessay
– The photographer, not the camera, makes the picture
– How to use a BW layer to control your colors

Went out on Sunday for wet dead flowers. You can find visual poetry and beauty anywhere and anytime if you just look.