Monday Missive — April 1, 2019

Quotes

The tool so many of us use to make our art—the camera—is also a way to see the world; to be more alive in this world. It can be a tool that brings such joy, and a means of saying things about the world, and ourselves, that we might not have otherwise. … It holds you to no obligation except that you hold it to your eye and see things anew.” — David DuChemin

Most of the pictures you see, you actually miss. So inevitably, what you end up doing is taking a lot of rubbish. In fact, the basic theory is, the more rubbish you take the better the chances of a good photo emerging as well. So, keep on taking the rubbish.
Martin Parr, Magnum Photographer, from The Art of Street Photography

Saturate yourself with your subject, and the camera will all but take you by the hand and point the way.” — Margaret Bourke-White

Links

Photo essays/Bodies of Work:
– Nick Brandt: This empty world Incredible realistic composites addressing the constant habitat destruction from “progress.”
– Abstracts on print paper using beer cans The idea is interesting. From the process description I’m unclear on how exposure takes place unless it is simply light leaks.
– Alec Soth: A year meditating and new approaches
– Andrea Modica. An interesting mix of street, documentary and portraiture

Photoshop Techniques:
– Making reflections Uses blend modes, blur, wave and Blend-If
– Fix banding in your images

Camera/Field Techniques:
– Choosing the right neutral density filter Think in advance of what effect you are seeking. Too long, and the effect is overdone, i.e., I don’t like milk in my streams, but smooth water can be very nice.

From Steve Oney:
– Alan Schaller street photography
– How to light glass There are more videos in this series about lighting shapes, dimension and texture, separation, color, etc.
From George Spicer:
– Night Photography Events Calendar

The Stad Amsterdam, a three-masted clipper design, was in town this week. It takes the best qualities of clipper ships, but has some improvements to make it safer like having a steel hull. She is quite fast for a sailing ship. Her normal speed is 15 knots. Her crew is Dutch, but the language on board is English.
Rigging of the Stad Amsterdam with the World Trade building in the background.
Off loading the gang plank.

Monday Missive — December 17, 2018

Quotes

Art Is Not About Understanding. Or Mastery. It is about doing and experience.” — Jerry Saltz

Hide secrets in your work.” — Jerry Saltz

Never just say, “You tell me what it is.” That’s pompous bullshit. When it comes to your work, you’re the best authority there is.” — Jerry Saltz

Links

– How to be an artist Article by Jerry Saltz. Anyone who feels reluctant to go their own way or share what they have done should read this article. Anyone who is in a rut should also read this.
– Fix skin tones in one minute
– Lightroom brush tip
– Panoramas
– A project on ancestry that also reveals a simple way of life Photo essay about a Russian woman’s roots in a small hunting village in the Russian taiga.
– Svetlana: A very special place where people with disabilities are just part of the community.
– Photographing birds in flight
– Putting texture in text
– Portrait lighting with LEDs
– How photography helps an autistic 5 year old understand the world

Still feeling a bit nostaligic about my time out west during and between artist residencies. Pueblo ruins from the Antelope Canyon overlook.

This is the Long House Pueblo at Mesa Verde.

Monday Missive — September 24, 2018

Quotes

What ultimately made The Americans a document with real staying power? ‘Frank revealed a people who were plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians, and also rendered increasingly numb by the rising culture of consumerism,’ Greenough noted. ‘But it’s also important to point out that he found new areas of beauty in those simple, overlooked corners of American life—in diners, or on the street. He pioneered a whole new subject matter that we [now] define as icons: cars, jukeboxes, even the road itself. All of these things, coupled with his style—which is seemingly intuitive, immediate, and off-kilter—were radically new at the time.‘” — From the article on “The Americans” by Scott Indrisek noted below.

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. … If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” — Goethe

I don’t figure out my vision and my direction so I can make photographs, I make photographs so I can figure out my vision and direction.” — David DuChemin, Vision is Better, Episode 61

Links

– Why Robert Frank’s “The Americans” Matters Today
– Shadowy street photography
– Lighting tips from 5 top photographers
– Making the most of LR presets
– Removing tan lines in Photoshop
– Crafting high energy portraits in the studio
– Some of the rarest pictures ever taken

From Steve Oney:
– New content aware fill capabilities coming later this year
– Gordon Parks and the affliction of poverty
– Michael Kenna Article and podcast interview with several images and an interesting anecdote.

A view of God’s earth from the Baltimore Basilica. Ocean from the Ovens in Nova Scotia, path from Cabot Beach Provincial Park in Prince Edward Island, Boardwalk from Green Swamp Preserve in NC and night sky from Wisconsin.

Monday Missive — July 30, 2018

Quotes

Photography offers so many different ways to tell a story.” — Fiona Struengmann in an interview with Cat Lachowskyj in Lens Culture

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” – Paul Klee

Creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity. To find new ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don’t. It’s a pure numbers game.” — Robert Sutton

Links

– Nature conservation and BW Photography
– Horizons
– Interesting approach to street photography
– The tripod ban in Zion
– Experiment
– One LR feature to turn off a second to turn on
– Enhance lighting in LR
– Photographing shorebirds
– Natural Light/Open Shade
– Flash

Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, Canada


Cabot Beach Provincial Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The area is known for its red sandstone beaches.

Summerside Lighthouse, long exposure, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Monday Missive — May 1, 2017

Quotes

“Creativity is always enhanced by a constraint. This is true in filmmaking, music, painting, writing and even photography.”

Comfort is where art goes to die.

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

– Therapeutic photography
– Photography and mental health
– Street photography This is an hour long video with Steve Simon on street photography. Worth the time.
– Interesting one light set up for portraits
– Printing your work can make you a better photographer
– Blending modes to control luminosity, hue and saturation
– Oregon Photo Odyssey
– A 12 week project photographing an eagle’s nest
– 7 Nikon tricks Nikon menu options for focusing you probably didn’t know were there
– Difficult removals in photoshop This is pretty good and is applicable to many different images

A young woman fiddling for a charitable cause. Baltimore Farmer’s Market, 4/23/17.

Monday Missive – March 20, 2017

Quotes

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” — Robert Frank

There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don’t be bitter because you can’t record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!” – DeGriff

Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.” – W. Eugene Smith

Links

– Alfred Stiegelitz
– Ethical wildlife photography
– A photographer’s guide to Iceland
– The return of film?
– 10 tips for PS selections This is pretty good. Also the first time I saw someone using “Matting” in the Layer menu or “Calculations” in the Image menu.
– Criticism of modern “art” photography From Leo Charpentier
– Photography by the alphabet – Part 4
– Retouching with the brush and color blending mode
– Water portraits in the studio This looked like fun.
– Three quick, simple lighting techniques

Monday Missive – December 26, 2016

Quotes

Democracy’s worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents.” — Robert A. Heinlein

Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

My photographs are a picture of the chaos in the world, and of my relationship to that chaos. My prints show the world’s constant upsetting of man’s equilibrium, and his eternal battle to reestablish it.” – Alfred Stieglitz

Links

– Low key and High key lighting Excellent addition to Kenny’s program
– Advanced landscape techniques
– There is more in the crop tool than you probably knew
– Even more on the crop tool
– Content-aware crop
– Output module in Bridge
– Image sizes for social media
– Diane Arbus
– 52 Photo challenges for next year

A young woman stops to jot down some notes on the street in NY.