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 — 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

β€œPhotography 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.