Monday Missive — March 8, 2021

Quotes

Here, then, was a paradox of picture taking that appeared from the start. Despite its promise of the ultimate document, of a picture more realistic than art could achieve, the camera was also an instrument of artifice and posing, even fakery and deceit. The invention that enabled people to write with the sun would blur the distinction between appearance and reality, between the image and the event.” — Kiku Adatto

The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.” — Anne Geddes

I just love to work on something until I get it right. To me, what’s important and what I enjoy is not the finished photograph but the process. The photograph is a record of that process.” — Kim Weston

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Bremerton, WA
– Multi-media landscapes I don’t usually include multi-media bodies of work, but this is particularly interesting.
– Jan Bell Impressive monochrome landscapes

Post-processing
– How to make your images more expressive with color grading
– Julianne Kost on color grading
– Jesus Ramirez’ view on color grading This one is shorter.
– Julilanne on Applying lens blur Applying lens blur can be more flexible than you might expect

Field/Studio
– Comparison of Tamron 28- 200 vs SONY 24-105 and 70-200 I don’t generally do lens reviews but this video gives an excellent explanation and demonstration of lens defects, shows what to look for and how to correct them, as well as reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of less expensive lenses.
– Ultrawide macro

Miscellany
– A balanced discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of DSLRs vs Mirrorless cameras

Field sparrow (Spizella pusilla). Tentative.

Baltimore Cemetery-
Life Askew: Alone for a long time.

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.