Monday Missive — June 25, 2018

Quotes

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” — John Cage

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

Don’t ask “‘Should I …?’. Instead, ‘Ask what happens if I …?’” -– John Paul Caponigro

Links

– Focus stacking
– A quick primer on color gamuts
– “Philosopher’s Tree” by Michael Kenna
– Use water to add light to your landscapes
– Lightroom tricks to improve your workflow
– 25 Technical terms for beginners
– What’s new in LR 7.4
– Wildlife action
– Fine art architectural photography
– Good article on the basics Read this article and practice over the summer to win competitions next year.

Dianthus.
It has really been a pleasure to head out to my little garden first thing in the morning to capture the early light on flowers.
Normally I don’t care about metadata, but it can be helpful for macro work: 200 macro lens, f/10, 1/160, ISO 400, tripod.

Coneflowers. 105 mm macro lens. f/16; 1/80; ISO 400; tripod.

Coneflower.
105 macro lens.
1/100; f/16; ISO 400; tripod.

Monday Missive — June 18, 2018

Quotes

But Kandinsky did not intend for his theories to be prescriptive. Artmaking, he insisted, was about freedom.” — From How to Be an Artist, According to Wassily Kandinsky, by Rachel Lebowitz, Jun 12, 2017, Artsy.net

Quitting merely because you’re behind is a trap, a form of hiding that feels safe, but isn’t. The math is simple: whatever you switch to because you quit is another place you’re going to be behind as well. It’s not a race, it’s a journey. And the team that scores first doesn’t always win.” — Seth Godin, June 13,2018

It’s true that you’re not good enough yet. None of us are. But if you commit to trying hard enough and long enough, you’ll get better.” — Seth Godin, June 16, 2018

Links

– 6 Great artists on how to be an artist
– Pumas of Patagonia
– Nighttime landscape photography
– Controlling color and tonal edits with blend modes
– Adding an artistic element in nature photography
– More on photographic intent with McCurry’s “Afgan Girl” as an example
– More background on intent and the iconic “Afgan Girl”
– Seeking color and enhancing creativity 45 minute video from B & H Optic 2018, but definitely worth the time. Many great examples on how light, color, position, shape, repetition impact the emotion and perception of the image.
– Showing a sense of place in your travel photography
– Three tools that are more capable in Photoshop than in Lightroom

My Asian Lilies are finally open and are gorgeous in the early morning light.

Monday Missive — May 7, 2018

Quotes

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” -– Cecil Beaton

“Allow yourself the freedom to step away from perfection because it is only then that you can find success.” -– Chase Jarvis

“Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” -– William Klein

Links

– Advanced Black and White (ABW) on Epson printers
– Perspective
– Custom Brushes
– Explore different aspect ratios Aspect ratios are the proportions of the image, for example, square (1:1), 4 x 5 (= 8 x 10), or 2:3 (= 24 x 36 standard sensor/slide ratio)
– A pro level Lightroom alternative?
– Improving your landscapes with Lightroom This is a series of 5 short videos showing how to improve your landscape images with LR. It includes using the new profiles, dehaze, gradients, straightening, content aware, HDR and panoramas in different videos. Highly recommended for camera club members before the next competition.
– If your images are consistently too dark, this article explains why and how to correct it
– Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks
– Rainy days
From Carl Lancaster:
– Simplifying how to use curves

Inspiration from Steve Adkins – Refine edge.

Monday Missive — April 30, 2018

Quotes

The Trap of Listening to Feedback
You’re devoting your life to making something important. … Something that matters. Mostly, something that hasn’t been done before, that’s going to bend the curve and make an impact.
If you begin and end with surveys and focus groups, all you’re going to do is what’s been done before.
We’re counting on you to trust yourself enough to speak your own version of our future. Yes, you’ll need the empathy to put yourself in our shoes, and the generosity to care enough to make it worth our time and trust. But no, don’t outsource the hard work of insight and creation to the rest of us. That’s on you.
— Posted by Seth Godin on April 26, 2018

To me, it is better to ‘guess’ at how something works, experiment, fail, guess again, fail, and keep repeating that process over and over again until you either figure it out or you discover a multiplicity of other cool tricks along the way.” -– Trey Ratcliff

Creativity needs to extend beyond the lens. Find creative ways to showcase your work and get it seen. Straight up tenacity, hard work and determination will always be part of the equation, so get to it.” -– Jimmy Chin

Links

– Three nature photography tips
– National Parks Odyssey Interesting story of husband and wife who sold their stuff, bought a travel trailer and traveled and photographed full time. I know that I have thought about doing the same, and probably several of you have as well.
– Most prestigious photo awards
– Keep your photos safe: Part 1 of 4 Everyone should read this. Explains about differences between SSDs and HDDs as well as data preservation.
– 10 images that changed photography
– Part 1: Shooting in Greenland Some unusual images, but I will forgo the frost bite.
– Using natural light in portraiture
– Lightroom Classic and CC updates
– Focus stacking for landscapes
– Guides to BW from 7 photographers Includes Michael Kenna and Jerry Uelsmann, two of my favorites.

Christina. Not really sure about the photographer.

Helena. Lovely, with a red dress on. Both from a modeling workshop at Vickie Gray’s Studio.

Monday Missive — February 19, 2018

Quotes

… creativity is about two things: the way we think, and the way we turn those thoughts into reality.” — David duChemin

We all start in this medium because of the magic and the challenge is to keep it going.” – John Sexton

I like the simple things. I don’t know why. I’m that way. I came from a simple place.” – Harry Callahan

Links

– Stuck in a rut? Use color to rev your engine
– Progress in cell phone image quality over the last 5 years
– Mastering the pen tool If you make selections, this is really helpful.
– Caponigro: Creative process
– Processing night photography
– Creature captures
– What’s new in Lightroom?
– Compositing in “mini-people”
– Color matching when compositing Good on details of compositing.

From George Spicer:
– Creating depth with color

Congaree National Park, SC

Monday Missive — February 12, 2018

Quotes

The choice of motivation is a fork in the road. … It changes the story we tell ourselves.” — Posted by Seth Godin on February 02, 2018

Photographs can be reduced to light, lines and moments. Everything else is derivative, a subcategory or effect of those three fundamentals.” — David duChemin

But the truth is, it’s not the idea, it’s never the idea, it’s always what you do with it.” — Neil Gaiman

Links

– Understanding raw processors
– Fan Ho, BW master street photographer
– Working with layers in PS
– Part 2 of Mastering your craft: Overcoming obstacles to mastery
– Part 3 of Mastering your craft
– Getting your LR CC images back from the cloud
– Composition
– The Kallitype process
– Accessories for macro photography
– Changing color in LR There are similar controls in Camera Raw if you use PS. It also seems you could do similar things with a color layer.

Catwoman waiting for you in the dark.

Monday Missive — January 8, 2018

Quotes

The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.” — Julia Margaret Cameron

I do not document anything, I give an interpretation.” – Andre Kertesz

What matters is not what you photograph, but why and how you photograph it. Even the most controversial subject, if depicted by a sensitive photographer with honesty, sympathy, and understanding, can be transformed into an emotionally rewarding experience.” – Andreas Feininger

Links

– Look and see
– Guide to winter photos
– A neat photo-challenge with lots of good example images
– Renaming and moving files in LR One of the main reasons I have resisted LR is that moving files and creating folders was a problem in LR. Apparently that is now addressed. Best video I have seen on organizing, moving, naming and deleting files in LR.
– Macro studio closeups
– Best photographs of 2017 – Multiple sources and categories
– Blending modes
– 10 good tips for birds at the beach
– Travel tips

From Larry Fogelson: – Local blogger wins award for using photos to illustrate life in Baltimore

Damselfly

Monday Missive — November 6, 2017

Quotes

“. . . what we hope for from the artist is help in discovering the significance of a place.” — Robert Adams in Beauty in Photography

. . . there is an incredible hunger to make and share images. . . . knowing how to use a complicated camera no longer serves as a barrier to creating those images.” — David duChemin in The Soul of the Camera

I impose the way that I see, the way that I feel, the way that I connect on the landscape.” — Michael Kenna

Links

It as been a couple of weeks since the upgrades from Adobe for Lightroom and Photoshop, so by now the confusion should be abating, but for those who missed it, here is another decent explanation: – LR Classic vs CC and a link to the more specific PS upgrades
– A clearer explanation of Lightroom Classic vs Lightroom CC Makes clear that the current version of LR is the last one without a subscription.
– One more time on Adobe updates
– Professional photography with minimal equipment
– Forest photography
– Making the most of mirrorless, a review of advantages and options
– Two great things about LR panoramas
– No excuses! Just Do It!
– The curvature pen tool in the new Photoshop

From Steve Oney
– New and better sharpening in PS 2018

Walking horses out to pasture in the morning at a horse farm in Catonsville, MD on a photoshoot arranged by the Baltimore Camera Club.

Monday Missive — October 30, 2017

Quotes

Processing Negative Reviews
Some people love what you do. …
So, how to understand it when someone hates what you do? …
It’s not for them. They want something you don’t offer. …
Some of these things you can address by telling a story more clearly, some you can’t.
Either way, right now, they’re telling you one thing: It’s not for them.
Okay, thanks for letting us know.
” — Posted by Seth Godin on October 19, 2017

There is always a subjective aspect in landscape art, something in the picture that tells us as much about who is behind the camera as about what is in front of it.” — Robert Adams

Making photographs has to be, then, a personal matter; when it is not, the results are not persuasive.” — Robert Adams, in Beauty in Photography

Links

– Photojournalism, ethics and constantly changing technology
– Point of view photography
– Great tip for removing fringing from selections
– New features in Photoshop CC 2018 New color and luminosity masks in RAW, better Select and Mask functions and better enlargement
– The power of curves
– What is Adobe creative cloud costing you?
– NIK is back!

URLs courtesy of Steve Oney:
– NIK alternatives
– Interesting BW film noir images
– More on the new Lightroom versions

Pugnacious Atlantic ghost crab and an empty shell. #Dewees Island, SC

Mail car from the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

Monday Missive — October 23, 2017

Quotes

A lot of our thinking is for bonding, not truth-seeking, so most of us are quite willing to think or say anything that will help us be liked by our group.” — David Brooks, Oct. 10, 2017, NY Times Op-Ed “The Art of Thinking Well”

Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance.” — Sally Mann

I will never reach the end of this journey. I’ll never arrive at a point where others have nothing to teach me.” – David DuChemin

Links

– Julianne gives a clear description of why you would prefer Lightroom Classic or CC
– Lightroom Classic is now the LR you are used to; Lightroom CC is strictly cloud-based
– New changes in Lightroom
– Photoshop updates by Adobe
– Photographing those who don’t want to be photographed
– Great photoshop composites
– Create vs Capture
– Controlling depth of field with focus stacking
– Color and luminance masking in CC2018 Camera Raw
– Dorothea Lange

From George Spicer:
– Y’all might like this free download from Jared Lloyd; 111 pages with lots of pictures

Sunrise over the marsh on Dewees Island, SC.

Ibis, wood stork and spoonbills in impoundment on Dewees Island, SC

Monday Missive — October 2, 2017

Quotes

When we synthesize and invent and leap, we create a rare sort of value.” — Posted by Seth Godin on September 25, 2017

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” — Pema Chödrön

To be more creative is to get closer to childhood.” — Sarah Moon

Links

– John Sexton on black & white printing His love for photography really comes across.
– Creative image sharpening with HDR software One of Caponigro’s enlightening but technical blogs.
– Julianne Kost’s trip to Tasmania Great variety of images; also see another view of Tasmania from July 24, 2017 on this blog. Is Tasmania the new Iceland?
– Overcoming aging and disability to continue photographing
– Control your depth of field with focus stacking Focus stacking software was invented for microscope and macro work, but can also be very helpful for landscapes
– High speed photography with your regular flash
– Fall photography tips
– Using Lightroom to work collaboratively
– Add background blur without halos
– A series of video tutorials on Photoshop basics

Saturday mornings, starting at around 9 am, car aficionados stop by the Hunt Valley mall to show off their cars and discuss specs. Shot this raised Viper hood. Notice the “forked tongue” on the lower left.

Monday Missive — September 18, 2017

Quotes

We’re all capable of huge leaps of insight and empathy if we’re willing to go to work to learn how.” — Seth Godin on September 10, 2017

Don’t shoot the nouns . . . Shoot the adjectives.” — Arthur Ransome

The photograph is secondary to the experience.” — Arthur Ransome

Links

– Using Lab color
– Helpful one minute tip on how to be sure you know where your photos are in LR
– Super weird 2X macro lens
– Cheap super macro set up
– sRGB vs Adobe RGB I don’t agree with the conclusion, but he explains color space reasonably well.
From Steve Oney: – 40 camera hacks
– Finalists Wildlife Photographer of the Year
– Canyon Country
– Good ideas for fall foliage

Iris leaves, backlit.

Monday Missive — June 12, 2017

Quotes

It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin

Your opinion is your opinion, your perception is your perception–do not confuse them with “facts” or “truth”. Wars have been fought and millions have been killed because of the inability of men to understand the idea that EVERYBODY has a different viewpoint.” – John Moore

Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got.” – Steven Pressfield

Links

– Dealing with the airline laptop restrictions
– Photography on skid row If you are in to street photography, this is about as gritty as it gets.
– Fantastical wildlife This is a new approach to wildlife photography
– 7 great tips on the ps interface
– Color Theory
– Getting published in magazines
– The Art of Art Wolfe
– Lightroom best practices
– Does ETTR apply to night photography?
– The value of Critique

June beetle taken at BugShot Delaware held at the St. Jones Reserve and Ted Harvey Beach using the white box.

Monday Missive — April 17, 2017

Quotes

“I often think of my work as visual haiku. It is an attempt to evoke and suggest through as few elements as possible rather than to describe with tremendous detail.” – Michael Kenna

Photography’s great difficulty lies in the necessary coincidence of the sitter’s revealment, the photographer’s realization, the camera’s readiness. But when these elements do coincide . . . when the perfect spontaneous union is consummated. . . the very bones of life are bared. — Edward Weston

Great photography is always on the edge of failure.” – Garry Winogrand

Links

– Moving around in Photoshop
– Graduated and radial filters in LR
– Creating a home studio
– Lighting for the home studio
– Speedlights
– Data management and workflow
– The story behind Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother”
– How to photography meteor showers
– Conceptual Photography Another assignment from the Art of Photography
– Adding textures in photoshop
– Abstract landscape photography
– Removing logos in PS This is applicable to a lot more than just removing logos. Includes spot healing, clone stamp, content aware, selections, brush and dropper tools.

Model, April 2017 Grafitti Warehouse

Monday Missive — February 27, 2017

Quotes

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

I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way – things that I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

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

Links

– Creative flower photography
– Are photography trade shows worth it?
– Lightroom’s tone curve
– Photographing textures
– How to create a surreal photo collage Includes several brief tutorials on different aspects of compositing
– How to create a dramatic sky in photoshop Shows how to use Blend-If
– The Art of Photography: images from Assignment 3
– Flash diffusers
– Mt. Assiniboine – The story of the picture
– Photography by the letters
From Steve Oney: – Portfolio review video with James Estrin of the times of Kristin Adair’s project related to incarceration This gives good insight into creating a body of work for those who generally shoot without specific intent.
– Inspirational BW photo

Beach Walker, Cape Cod, 2013