Monday Missive — August 10, 2020

Quotes

At first glance the photograph is a medium of great limitation. The primary function of the camera is to describe the surface of an enclosed scene. Yet, for perhaps ineffable reasons, certain imagery surpasses it’s technical purpose, instead conjuring sensations that span the senses and inspiring curiosity as to what lies beyond the frame.” — Macaulay Lerman, Lenscratch, Aug. 4, 2020

I am always looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary. I have to turn my brain off and use my eyes to see, and forget what I think I know. Observe the light, the shadows the moment. Really, it is about paying attention, since nothing ever looks the same twice.” — Elizabeth Greenberg, Lenscratch, April 8, 2020

Anyone can pick up a fancy camera and call themself a photographer but those who can take the cheapest gadget and the most menial subject and make something beautiful from it… are the true photographer.” — Abigail Marie

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Peter Essick: Fernbank Forest

Post-processing
– 5 most useful layer blending modes
– Editing your landscape images
– Customizing Photoshop Back to Basics. Really helpful. I just used trial and error, this shows how to actually move tools and palettes around.
– Gradients

Field/Studio
– Is street photography exploitative?
– The power of moving 12 inches
– Lindsey Adler: Vintage pinup portraits
– Lindsey Adler: Shooting at super wide apertures

Miscellany
– Creating PDF books or presentations in PS

Little Blue Heron: “Mirror, Mirror in the pond, who is the fairest…”

Little Blue Heron with tadpole prey.

Monday Missive — March 23, 2020

Quotes

In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want otherws to think I am, the one the photographer thinks I am, and the one he makes use of to exhibit his art.” — Roland Barthes

Light acts like a language.” — Lise Sarfati

… photography functions more like poetry and, like contemporary poetry, is usually free-verse in nature. There are no standards for beginning, middle, and end. It is up to each photographer to create her own structure.” — Alec Soth

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Tunisian street photography Interesting lighting and use of silhouettes.
– Scientist/Street Photographer
– Icons of activism

Post-processing
– Blur the background with perspective
– Using brushes to modify backgrounds
– A very complete and detailed article on focus stacking for macro photography
– Directing the eye with radial gradients

Field/Studio
– Starlings

Miscellany
– Impact of Covid-19 on the photography industry
– Why your images aren’t winning contests Insightful thoughts from someone who has assisted and managed contests.

Only one picture this week. I’m struggling a bit with a lack of creative juices. I hope it isn’t contagious. Can’t really travel to get out of it either. It will pass eventually. Stay well and keep shooting. Hopefully some of these links will give you inspiration.

Oh, by the way, I updated the version of php this blog is running on and it should be a bit faster. Let me know if you see a difference.

I couldn’t believe how crowded it was at North Point State Park yesterday. This is part of an ongoing project for “Winter Marsh.”

Monday Missive — December 9, 2019

Quotes

I see my photography as the expression of a perpetually inventive mind, and all that goes with it, including the doubts and fears, but above all the strong sentiment of never being in the right place.” — Alistair Magnaldo

What would happen if you gave a camera to the Afghan girl in Steve McCurry’s iconic photo? How different would those photographs be? Not to replace the Steve McCurry’s, but rather to create another chair at the table of the dialogue of what it means to be human. It’s not an either/or. It’s not a good or a bad. It just simply is.There are voices out there that have incredible vision, and we aren’t accessing them enough.” – Chris Rainier

“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.” ? Isaac Asimov

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Vee Spears: Fine Art photography
– Cig Harvey: State of being
– Alistair Magnaldo: Introducing dreams into the realm of the ordinary Some very good composites.

Post-processing
– Best way to turn black into any other color
– Everything you ever wanted to know about the warp tool
– Extract shadows
– Blending exposures
– New feature in PS2020 to save patterns, color themes and gradients from your images Probably more helpful for graphic artists, but the color themes and gradients could be useful for photographers
– Color theory/color grading Could you improve your images by adding subtle colors with a gradient?

Miscellany
– Wildlife images

US Steel facade, Pittsburgh, PA