Monday Missive — June 29, 2020

Quotes

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” — Stephen R. Covey

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.” – John Ruskin

Your photography is a record of your living.” – Paul Strand

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Street photography from Turkey
– Street photography from France

Post-processing
– Advanced color matching
– New features in PS 2020 Photoshop Cafe
– New features in LR Photoshop Cafe
– New features in LR AOP
– New features in PS 2020 PTC
– Understanding saturation in LR

Field/Studio
– Renaissance painting inspired portraits
– Better than the rule of thirds

Fresh from the garden. Coneflower

Thunbergia

Coneflower

Monday Missive — April 20, 2010

Quotes

“You think of photography as pictures — and it is. But I think of photography as ideas, and do the pictures sustain your ideas, or are they just good pictures? I’m not that interested in making more good pictures, I wanna have an experience in the world that is a deepening experience that makes me feel alive and awake and conscious, being an artist.” — Joel Meyerowitz

Be unafraid of your imagination.” — Joe McNally in Creative Live

Your camera is your passport into experiences.” -– Zack Arias in an interview with PhotoEditor (Jonathan Blaustein)

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– Self-quarantine
– Ancient Forest/Ancient Trees Courtesy of Steve O.
– Coping with loss
– Leng Ung: Street photography in style of Fan Ho and Alan Schaller

Post-processing
– Split toning
– The power of selective color
– How to match colors when combining photos
– Manual processing a landscape focus stack

Field/Studio
– Street photography during the pandemic in Melbourne, AU. He gives a constant narrative while shooting which is what I found interesting. Particularly asking people if he could take their picture. Warning: a lot of cursing that seems to be part of his normal vocabulary.

Miscellany
– Interview w/a NYC street photographer Some interesting discussion of ethics and street photography

A blue jay is an occasional visitor to our feeder.

Monday Missive — April 6, 2020

Quotes

My camera is an extension of my perception and allows me to journey into the personal energy of each subject, breaking boundaries and opening doors. — Seth Resnick

“I look to capture the fantasy of nature.” — Seth Resnick

“I try to find a deeper beauty that is filled with metaphor.” — Seth Resnick

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Rising From the Ashes
– A visual history of lower Manhattan

Post-processing
– Match colors using a gradient map
– 30 Photoshop tips With 30 tips there is something for every one.
– Removing fringes
– A time-blended composite to capture the impossible
– Removing a color cast with the Divide blend mode

Field/Studio
– Adding depth in landscapes
– Frozen soap bubbles This looks like fun and produced some neat images.
Save it for next winter.

Miscellany
– New high contrast film This is interesting and a bit tempting, but I am not going back to film! Credit to Steve O.

Downy woodpecker

Ready to launch. The blooming forsythia make a great background

Monday Missive — May 6, 2019

Quotes

I decided to accept as true my own thinking. I have already settled it for myself, so flattery and criticism go down the same drain, and I am quite free.” — Georgia O’Keeffe via Cole Thompson

Sometimes you have to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.” — Christopher Barzak via Cole Thompson

Bread feeds the body indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.” — The Koran

Links

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Indigenous cultures of the Phillipines
– The oldest trees by starlight Some of these images are truly magical.
– Exploration of North Africa by a French photographer
– Jordanna Kalman A little avant gard for me, but some interesting approaches in photographing photographs but also using natural objects

Photoshop/Lightroom Techniques
– Great tip to quickly open copies of large PSD files 1 minute video
– Picking a color from outside of photoshop 2 minute video
– Compositing two images and matching color with color match

Field/Studio
– Three things to know as a photographer

Miscellany
– You cannot claim “fair use” just because an image was on the internet
– Great video of Smith Island From Steve. Not strictly about photography but images by Dave Harp and some historic images, narrated by Tom Horton. Worth the time to watch.

Spring is here and it is time to play in the garden again. Early Saturday morning, heavy overcast. I played until the wind came up. Newly opened Clematis.
Budding blue flag iris.
A water droplet trapped between two iris leaves. The reflection is the clump of iris.
The color on these columbine is fantastic.

Trail Report

Choat Mine and Red Run Trail at Soldier’s Delight Natural Environmental Area

The main entrance to Soldiers’s Delight is at 5100 Deer Park Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117 (restrooms are available at the visitor’s center). About .3 miles north on Deer Park Road, on the left, is an overlook and pull off where you can park. The trailhead for the Choate Mine Tail is across the street and about 50 feet south. This is definitely not a runners’ trail as sections have loose rocks and I would recommned against walking it in sandals. The natural area is largely a serpentine barren with open fields; 39 rare, threatened or endangered plant species have been found there. Photographically it wasn’t particularly interesting at this time of year. There were clumps of small flowers and the occasional butterfly. The old mine openings are fenced and flooded and obvious on the right side of the trail several hundred yards in. Prickly briar plants edge the trail until you get into the forest a bit further on. The forest areas have little understory. About one third mile in, the Choate Mine Train connects with the Red Run Trail just at the back of some apartments and the trail heads up hill in open forest; trail maps are available online. The serpentine barrens can be interesting if you are into the rare plants, but participating in a guided tour with a ranger/naturalist is definitely recommended initially.

Four species found at Soldiers Delight. All identifications are tentative. Confirmations or corrections via comment on the identifications are much appreciated.

Monday Missive — February 25, 2019

Quotes

If it’s a likeness, alone, it’s not a success. If, through my portraits, you can come to know the subjects more meaningfully, if it synthesizes your feelings toward someone whose work has imprinted itself on your mind–if you see a photograph and say, ‘Yes, this is the person,’ with a little new insight–that is a beautiful experience. — Yousuf Karsh

I have always been a firm believer in photographic experiments. Only by attempting everything personally can a photographer begin to understand the scope of photography..…No picture, verbal description or how-to-do-it article can supersede first-hand experience. — Waclaw Nowak

As photographers we sell ’emotion not emulsion.’ the tools are immaterial, the resulting piece is all important.” –– Jeff Adams

Links

– Iconic portraits by photographer Nickolas Muray of artist Frida Kahlo
– Focus stacking in Photoshop
– Sara Silks Two different types of images. I liked them both.
– Is the “decisive moment” too limiting?
– Enhanced details function in Feb 2019 ACR update
– Color matching subject and background in composites Also uses blurs to make it look more real
– Unexpected slider for BW
– 40 inspiring examples of street photography
– Wishing for creativity
– 11 tips for street photography

Faye (at Grafitti Warehouse).

Monday Missive — April 23, 2018

Quotes

I made a decision to write for my readers, not to try to find more readers for my writing.” — Seth Godin

They should just go out and photograph and stop talking about it. That’s the only way they are going to find themselves. They can’t do it in their heads – they have to go out and do it in the camera and get it on film.” – Berenice Abbott

…the art is in selecting what is worthwhile to take the trouble about…” – Berenice Abbott

Links

– The edge of light
Adobe recently enhanced the profile options in LR and ACR by providing more profiles and a profile browser to facilitate their use. Colin Smith shows you how to make your own profiles. Profiles are like the presets in most cameras that give you a choice of “vivid,” or “landscape,” or other types of images. They can provide a creative starting point for images and greater consistency in the color palette or appearance of your images.
– How to make your own profiles
– Two Free videos: Eliminating selection fringes and Matching color and Tone in Composites
– The Backbone Havana The other, “non-tourist,” Havana.
– A whole bunch of photography resources
– Art of Photography provides a better understanding of the new profiles
– Jim Herrington has photographed mountain climbers and music legends
Hour long video:
– Photographing Acadia National Park

From Steve Oney, via Facebook:
– Combining images and text

Summer snowflake taken during a walk along Roland Run.

Grape hyacinth.

Monday Missive — February 19, 2018

Quotes

… creativity is about two things: the way we think, and the way we turn those thoughts into reality.” — David duChemin

We all start in this medium because of the magic and the challenge is to keep it going.” – John Sexton

I like the simple things. I don’t know why. I’m that way. I came from a simple place.” – Harry Callahan

Links

– Stuck in a rut? Use color to rev your engine
– Progress in cell phone image quality over the last 5 years
– Mastering the pen tool If you make selections, this is really helpful.
– Caponigro: Creative process
– Processing night photography
– Creature captures
– What’s new in Lightroom?
– Compositing in “mini-people”
– Color matching when compositing Good on details of compositing.

From George Spicer:
– Creating depth with color

Congaree National Park, SC