Monday Missive — August 31, 2020

Quotes

“Good photography is not about zone printing or any other Ansel Adams nonsense. It’s just about seeing. You either see or you don’t see. The rest is academic. Photography is simply a function of noticing things. Nothing more.” — Elliott Erwitt

“Photographers must have a point of view – must have something to say. Without a philosophy, a photographer is simply a technician who clicks the camera.” — Mary Ellen Mark

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– The view from above
– Clouds in our midst Interesting idea
– Skateboarding photography
– NYC commute post-covid

Post-processing
– Simple way to make your colors look better in PS
– Intro to color grading
– Understanding “smoothness” in gradient maps

Field/Studio
– The Decisive Moment

Miscellany
– Really good analysis on volunteering your photography Thank you Vickie
– A few of the legends Interesting article on Peter Adams 38 year project to interivew and photograph famous photographers. Thanks Steve O.

This tricolored heron was identified to me in the field by another photographer. The white stripe down the neck and along the belly seem to confirm that identification, but if someone is confident that this is actually a Little Blue Heron, please let me know.

Same goes for this one. Is it a late stage immature Little Blue Heron or a Tricolored Heron?

Monday Missive — June 22, 2020

Quotes

Inside you, there’s an artist you don’t know about.” — Rumi

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” –- Ansel Adams

When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches.” –- Edward Weston

Links
Photoessays/bodies of Work
– Sites of public executions Interesting idea and technically very well done.
– Havana

Post-processing
– Cutting out trees without halos or fringing
– Adding two colors to highlights
– Are you Under-editing your images?
– Understanding curves
– Create motion in Photoshop
– Re-sizing images in PS

Field/studio
– How to attract wildlife and set up a blind at home.

Miscellany
– Why camera makers are going to keep adding video

Day Lily anthers.

The blue dasher dragonfly is a very common dragonfly at the Black Marsh Trail. The diagonal stripes on the thorax and the black tail tip are distinctive. Females also have the thorax stripes but the abdomen is not the same pale blue.

Chipmunk (backyard photography).

Monday Missive — February 17, 2020

Quotes

. . . it isn’t a visual diary, as with so much contemporary photography; it’s an autobiography of feelings and impressions, not of facts and events.” — Russell Hart on Cig Harvey’s work

I have date nights with my photographs. I put them all up on the wall, look at what I’ve made and try to see what direction the work is taking. This understanding influences the pictures I do from that point on. What the work is about slowly rises to the surface.” — Cig Harvey

I think that emotional content is an image’s most important element, regardless of the photographic technique. Much of the work I see these days lacks the emotional impact to draw a reaction from viewers, or remain in their hearts.” –- Anne Geddes

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Modern Boyhood In my opinion, not fine art, but certainly more than family snapshots.
– Stephen Shore: Unorthodox photography Possibly the best explanation I’ve seen for this type of photography. As record, it has value, as art, all I see are, at best, well-chosen snapshots.
– Street photography in Bengal India

Post-processing
– Accurately re-color your images with gradient maps

Field/Studio
– Macro photography tips
– 7 tips on BW Street photography from Alan Schaller

Miscellany
– Emotion in Landscape photography
– Writing your artist statement

Baltimore skyline from Harbor East promenade.

A dock along the promendade at Harbor East.

Monday Missive — November 25, 2019

Quotes

“I tend to question photography, not regurgitate it.” — Duane Michals

I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.” – Duane Michals

A photograph is an invitation to look – and to look at looking.” – John Paul Caponigro

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Street photography with a good use of shadows and silhouettes
– Duane Michals
– Conflict Photography: Lynsey Addario

Post-processing
– Dramatic BW processing
– Using gradient maps for BW
– Black and white processing
– Convert flat 2D to 3D in Photoshop This was really neat but complicated. Using 3D is learning a whole new set of tools and options; it is like learning a whole new appliction. Still – worth watching just to know what is possible.
– Comparison of the new 1-click selection tools in PS 2020

Field/Studio
– Minimalist photography: 6 tips learned from Michael Kenna
– Simplification and negative space

View from the head of the Observation Trail off of the Black Marsh Trail.

Black Marsh, North Point State Park, MD, shortly before Thanksgiving.