Monday Missive — March 2, 2020

Quotes

What I see through the lens, what catches my attention, in the woods of my walks, in my interiors and in my beloveds faces and bodies are reflections of my internal world.” — Pam Heemskerk in Lenscratch, Feb. 28, 2020

I’m interested in authenticity of voice. So, the more I trust myself, the more interested I become in my own ideas. The work begins to teah me about my own worldview.” — Kristine Potter

Let’s make things exist and then judge later. Don’t cancel the process of creativity too early: Let it flow.” – Ross Lovegrove

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Gordon Parks: Segregated Alabama
– NY City Reflections
– Black Girl Magic
– Lewis Hine and Child Labor

Post-processing
– Using scripts to simplify exporting files
– Advantages of working in 32-bit files

Field/Studio
– Winter bird photography
– Using a tablet 7 advantages described with how to adjust brush settings

Miscellany
– What makes a photo great?
– Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

Two more images from my “Subtle color” project on the Black Marsh Trail in North Point State Park.

Monday Missive — December 23, 2019

Quotes

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.” – Edward Weston

Only photograph what you love.” — Tim Walker

The best critiques I’ve seen are not about the image’s technical properties. The best critiques question why the photograph was created in the first place.” — CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Doug’s Gym
– Lewis Hine: Social Reform
– Gary Bieber: Passages

Post-processing
– Removing color fringing from hair and fur
– Realistic glass window reflection effect This is a bit complicated, but also very interesting in how to create a realistic perspective.
– Time blending images A bit of British joking around, but a really cool location, and I hadn’t heard of “time blending” before, but it can make a lot of sense in the right scenes.

Field/Studio
– Unique images of popular locations
– Fine art printing

Miscellany
– Understanding depth of field and focus and the interaction between them
– How to preserve one of the oldest pictures in the world, a Daguerrotype

Sorry no images today. Finishing up my work for the Odyssey Portfolio class and addressing final comments on the book that will result.

Monday Missive — September 16b, 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. That’s why this is labeled “16b.” Sorry for the confusion.

Quotes

[There is] “a fundamental dichotomy in contemporary photography between those who think of photography as a means of self-expression and those who think of it as a method of exploration.” — John Szarkowski

“It would not be wrong to speak of people having a compulsion to photograph: to turn experience itself into a way of seeing. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it, and participating in a public event comes more and more to be equivalent to looking at it in photographed form.” — Susan Sontag

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

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– The ULTIMATE photo destination
– The photography of Margaret Bourke-White (Thank you Steve O.)

Post-processing
– How to create a long-exposure effect without a neutral density filter
– How to speed up LR
– Using Vanishing Point to add graphics to complex perspectives

Field/Studio
– Photographing when it is forbidden
– Stroboscopic portraits (Thank you Steve O.) Something to try when you are stuck indoors during winter.
– How to succeed at a photographic portfolio review

Miscellany
– Description of Leiter’s work– Biography of Saul Leiter, a seminal color photographer 1 hour 15 minute video
– How to get gallery representation

Renaissance wizard

Renaissance drummer

Renaissance archer

Monday Missive — July 15, 2019

Quotes

The biggest misconception in photography is still this: that better cameras and more knowledge make better photographs.” — David DuChemin

If limitation spawns creativity, is the limitless resource of the Internet a good thing?” — Alec Soth

I prefer to photograph people and try to capture an emotion which can be universally understood. Photography is the language I use to translate other cultures.” — Tina Manley

Links

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Lewis Hine: Photos that ended child labor
– Family secrets
– Excellent street photography from Melbourne, AU

Post-Processing
– Using and modifying duotones in Photoshop
– Saving color grades
– Using the selection tools effectively

Field/Studio
– Candid photography

Miscellany

The B & H newsletter had the three articles below on “historical processes” that preceded film. I found them to be very interesting. Artistically, the different processes have distinctive appearance. From an historical perspective they were critical to the development of photography.

– The Salted Print Invented by Henry Fox Talbot. Part of the history of photography
– Collodion and albumen prints John Nelson of Actinic Studio gave a presentation to the Baltimore Camera club earlier this year on how to make collodian prints; the collodion process is still actively being used by some photographers for its distinct character.
– Daguerrotype

Juvenile yellow-crowned night heron. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC.

Panorama near the intersection of the Black Marsh and Observation Trails.

Slaty skimmer (male). Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Monday Missive — July 8, 2019

Quotes

The best pictures differentiate themselves by nuances…a tiny relationship – either a harmony or a disharmony – that creates a picture.” – Ernst Haas

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” – Henry Van Dyke

I photograph continuously, often without a good idea or strong feelings. During this time the photos are nearly all poor but I believe they develop my seeing and help later on in other photos.” –- Harry Callahan

Links

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Magic windmills The light and the fog in these images are fantastic!
– Vrettakos Alexandros: Passing by A Greek version of the decisive moment
– Finding relationships These images are very clever
– Chemigrams
– Irving Penn: Hippies and Hells Angels in the American West

Post-processing
– Using blend modes to mask hair Also goes into creating appropriate shadows and using Select and Mask. 20 minute video
– Adding texture Includes a free down-loadable texture to try

Studio/Field
– 10 Quick tips from Death Valley
– Geotagging with your phone: Part 1
– Geotagging with your phone: Part 2

Early morning Agastache.

Trees at Mt. Cuba arboretum.

Monday Missive — September 17, 2017

Quotes

Just put on the lens and go.” – Miroslav Tichy

The best critiques I’ve seen are not about the image’s technical properties. The best critiques question why the photograph was created in the first place.” — CJ Chilvers in A Lesser Photographer

The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change.” — E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Links

– Olympic National Park
– 4 tips for writing a good artist statement
– Setting up your Wacom tablet Best I have seen for getting the most out of your pen and editing tablet.
– Improving BW images with Lookup tables (LUT’s)
– Full spectrum photography This is really neat and worth a look.
– Polarizing filters
– New card formats: XQD and CFExpress: Why?
– Best places to shoot in Florida

From Steve Oney:
– Lewis Hine and the creation of child labor laws
– The Somerville Toy Camera Festival

I have been playing with the idea of “Abstract::Motion.” Would really like to get comments.

Monday Missive — October 16, 2017

Quotes

In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive.” — David Bayles and Ted Orland in Art & Fear

I have reached the point where the craft is sufficient to the purpose, or at least attainable, but the purpose to which I will apply that craft is proving more elusive.” — Richard Eskin

Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance.” – Lewis Hine

Links

– We have probably all felt this way at some time
– Photographing wildlife at rescue shelters
– Make it not take it!
– Best solar eclipse images
– Proper behavior around wildlife
– 2017 MacArthur Award winning photographer Dawoud Bey

URLs courtesy of Steve Oney
– Nikon Small World winners Some of these images are amazing.
– Monochrome images of national parks Some of these are quite good and some are taken with the Leica M Monchrom camera that is only BW.
– 50 great BW photographs A good way to take better photographs is to look at good photographs. Also links to previous lists. How many names do you recognize?
– Processing a Faroe Island image Learn something about BW from Cole Thompson.

Images from my recent workshop on #Dewees Island, SC with National Geographic Photographer Peter Essick.