Monday Missive — October 5, 2020

Quotes

What I have learned in art school is that art cannot be taught. You can learn techniques, but no teacher or school can make an artist. That comes from the deepest self. That comes from long battles with your ego and the honest reshaping of your consciousness.” — Joel-Peter Witkin, interview with Ken Weingart

There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.” — Ernst Haas

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Striking photographs of Bedouins
– Interesting assemblage of street images from London boroughs by an Italian photographer Usually I prefer a more consistent set of images, but these were interesting in their variety.
– Shoes on the street It is often hard to select a photographic topic that generates sufficient images. This was very simple and creative.
– Icons of Activism

Post-Processing
– Turn black objects white in PS
– Getting the best fall colors
– How to combine images in photoshop Basic steps

Field/Studio
– Stunning landscape photos in boring locations
– Critiquing creative portraiture
– 7 tips for amazing autumn photos

Harbinger of fall.

Fall coneflower.

Monday Missive — September 14, 2020

Quotes

The trick now (as it has undoubtedly always been) is in knowing, specifically, what it is that you want to say with your photograph and then being able to employ the appropriate techniques, in the appropriate circumstances and in the appropriate amounts, all in a manner sufficient to convey (while not detracting from) the aesthetic message you are attempting to communicate. That means that you really do need to know precisely what it is that you are trying to say through your photograph.” — Huntington Weatherill

The weakest version of the real you, is stronger than the best imitation of someone else.” — Joanna Davidson Politano

Our photographs look the way they look because of how we see and what we are drawn to.” — David duChemin

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Bugs
– Myth of a woman Good images, but also an interesting story

Post-Processing
– Sharpening
– Huntington Weatherill on the necessity of image manipulation His work is always superb.
– Removing wires

Field/Studio
– Backyard bird photo studio
– Clouds

Miscellany
– Juxtaposition
– Creativity
– 10 street photographers every photographer should know

Monday Missive — August 17, 2020

Quotes

If you’ve worked hard for it, it’s a skill.
If it’s something that other people have that you believe you can’t possibly achieve, it’s a talent.
Of course, they think the same thing about your skill, don’t they?
Being jealous of talents that are actually skills is a great way to let yourself off the hook and make yourself miserable at the same time.
” — Seth Godin on December 10, 2016

That’s my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.” – Jock Sturges

Where the world is at once mysterious and completely ordinary.” — Keith Carter

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Water is life
– Ayanava Sil: India Not as cohesive a body as I prefer, but individually most of the images are interesting.
– BW in Tokyo
– Munich silenced by Covid

Post-processing
– 5 tricks in Photoshop
– 5 tricks in Lightroom
– Saturation vs Vibrance

-Field/Studio
– If sharpness truly mattered . . .
– Telephoto sunset minimalist photography from Denmark

Miscellany
– The Truth about becoming a professional photographer

Gulf Fritillary, Deweese Is., SC. October, 2017

Ghost crab, Deweese Is., SC.

Monday Missive — August 3, 2020

Quotes

A democracy cannot thrive where power remains unchecked and justice is reserved for a select few. Ignoring these cries and failing to respond to this movement is simply not an option—for peace cannot exist where justice is not served.” — John Lewis

You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart, discover the universal truth, and follow its dictates.” — John Lewis

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.” — Peter Adams

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Minimalist BW
– Larry Cohen: Baltimore
– Iris Wo: In the calm of your arms An interesting little zine.
– Bryce Watanasoponwong: Thailand Interesting color and framing.

Post-processing
– Using puppet warp
– Select subject in the latest version of PS is much better
– Speed up Lightroom performance

Field/Studio
– Street photography at night Thanks Steve O.
– Wide angle landscape composition Gorgeous Lake District scenery.

Miscellany
– 11 photographers that will inspire you Good list; some well-known, some not. Thanks Steve O.

Looking back at my images from my artist residency at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012. Reflections on Bear Lake.

The view from Prospect Mountain, Rocky Mountains National Park, 2012.

Monday Missive — July 20, 2020

Quotes

Magritte was an artist who worked in ideas, not in craft.” – Seth Godin 11/17/14

[Photography is] very related to poetry. It’s suggestive and fragmentary and unsatisfying in a lot of ways. It’s as much about what you leave out as what you put in.” — Alec Soth

There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own.” – Berenice Abbott

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Soomin Sam: Portraits, windows, once upon a time
– Michael Darough. An interesting approach to exploring racial justice
– Karen Bullock: Presence Obscured Difficult topic done well.
– Tom Leighton: Tokyo

Post-processing
– PS masking tips
– Simple composition tips for Lightroom
– Fix my image

Field/Studio
– Sean Tucker: Minimalist Street Photography

Miscellany
– How durable is your camera sensor
– The bird box diary: Some quiet self-reflection on landscape and wildlife photography

Blue dasher dragonfly, male. Black Marsh Trail.

Coneflowers.

Monday Missive — March 30, 2020

– Corona virus do’s and don’ts for photographers

Quotes

Fortune favors the prepared mind and all that. I might take minutes in a location or [I might take] days. It depends on what I find and connect with. In my humble opinion, there’s no one right way to photograph anything.” — Michael Kenna, Digital PhotoPro, March 17, 2020

I generally prefer suggestion over description, black and white over color and winter over summer.” — Michael Kenna

For me, the most important thing about a photographic project is creating links between the photographs without forcing their connection. I want to suggest a whole but leave room for the viewer to create their own meaning.” — Alec Soth

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Unmistakedly NY street photography
– A vertiginous view of NYC
– Daido Moriyama Courtesy Steve O.: for the streeters among us. But the music is weird.

Post-processing
– 6 ways to import photos in LR
– Fixing edge halos
– More tips from PhotoshopCafe

Field/Studio
– Improve your street photography Some general things to watch for in street photography
– An alternate view on street photography

Miscellany
– W. Eugene Smith A great story-teller and photojournalist. In my opinion, a better photographer than Cartier Bresson.
– The Haikus of Michael Kenna

Stuck in like everyone else, I photographed this Carolina wren from my back window. The tree has a feeder that attracts the birds.

Female cardinal. Both images taken with a Sigma 150-600 resting on a bean bag.

Monday Missive — March 16, 2020

Quotes

I don’t like to be called a “female photographer”. We don’t refer to Salgado or Cartier-Bresson as “male photographers”. I feel that calling us “female photographers” perpetuates the idea that we are “lesser than”, in some way. It defines us by gender rather than by the quality of our pictures.” — Jane Evelyn Atwood

From a phenomenological viewpoint, in the Photograph, the power of authentication exceeds the power of representation.” — Roland Barthes

I communicate with the world by creating visual narratives of composited photographs, often illuminating that in-between moment in time. It is how I explore dreams deferred, connections to prior generations, the natural world and our place within it. Making art is my psychological release, my obsession and my salvation.” –- Fran Forman

Links
Photo essays/Bodies of Work
– Roxanne Darling: Nature and Nurture
– Pioneering women photographers Thanks to Steve O. This is fantastic assemblage of photographs taken by women. This really sheds light on an aspect of the history of photography that is often ignored. Make the time to scroll through this link and follow some of the included links.
– The collector’s eye A collection of some really interesting and creative approaches by multiple photographers
– Waving Farewell
– Trees Really well-composed BW
– Fran Forman: the rest between two notes Very creative and great use of color.

Post-processing
– The Slinky Rule
– Creating mood in your images
– An assortment of tips

Field/Studio
– Recognizing good light in street photography

An older image (2005) from my files. May even have been a scanned slide.

Monday Missive — March 9, 2020

Quotes

The intentionality of being present in the moment is a core component of street photography that resonates strongly…” — Laura Staugitis of Dimpy Bhalotia in Adobe Create

I want my photographs to serve as an invitation to explore what is hidden, not what is shown.” — Lise Sarfati

Practice the art of stillness. . . . When entering a situation where I will be photographing a person or an intimate situation I take a moment to look around, to be still. I want to be present and available. I want the individual to know that there is no place I’d rather be, that I am interested in them, their story, their plight. It not only has helped them to relax, as much as possible, but I feel more comfortable as well.” — Joanna Pinneo

Links
Photo essays/Bodies of Work
– Emil Gataullin: Russian countryside These are varied, but some are interesting.
– Howard Lewis: Kinetic Solitude
– Really good street photography

Post-processing
– Create an “evil” red/green color toning
– 10 simple tips in photoshop

Field/Studio
– Focus stacking landscapes
– The visual personality of the street

Miscellany
– Cleaning your camera and tripod
– Dog/Owl friendship These are just fun.
– 3 different takes on equipment for nature photography Just 2 minutes and just for fun.

Harbor East, Baltimore, MD

Monday Missive — February 10, 2020

Quotes

What I respect, and at times envy, about painting is that it never claims to be anything other than a purely subjective vision. And we place no false expections on it in terms of its truth value. Photographs, on the other hand, are never entirely fiction or nonfiction.” — Gregory Halpern

Photography is serial in nature, and oftentimes a group of pictures becomes a much deeper thing than a gathering of single images.” — Todd Hido

. . the photographs gain much of their power and meaning from being seen together, in groups that don’t so much suggest a narrative as they do the rhythms of a family life in rural Maine and a continuing search for beauty in small things that might otherwise go unnoticed.” — Russell Hart on Cig Harvey’s work

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Thomas Alleman: Social Studies
– Hokkaido winter landscapes
– David Freese: Mississippi River
– Cig Harvey: State of Being

Post-processing
– Compositing tips and tricks This is a really good session, with great details on persepctive, color and luminosity matching, levels, curves, smart objects and more.
– Fixing distortions from wide angle lenses
– Using the difference blend mode to color grade and tone A very interesting approach

Field/Studio
– Mindfulness to succeed at street photography
– Creating mood in street photography

Miscellany
– Creating a Portfolio From Steve O.

I was at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida (just northwest of the Everglades), photographing in a swamp and concentrating on the trees and moss across an open stretch of water when I looked up to see this guy just a few feet away. I backed up pretty quick. It was amazing how quietly an animal that size can move. After my heart slowed down, I shot this at 300 mm with an 80-400 lens.

Monday Missive — February 3, 2020

Quotes

. . . the best public photography was about building relationships. It was about creating connections between elements that in the world had no real relationship to each other, but which did within the confines of the photographic frame. It wasn’t just about the creation of a pleasing composition, but the potential of the photograph to do more than just document what was in front of the camera.

It created context while implying narrative. It could elicit surprise or laughter. While a sense of the beautiful could be conveyed through the photographer’s use of light and color, it wasn’t always a requirement for a successful “street photograph.” The inherent strength of the photograph was rooted in the unique and personal way the photographer observed the scene and that particular moment in time. The photographer succeeded when they conveyed that sense of discovery and recognition in the photograph.” — Ibarionex Perello

“As most people now have photo editing tools on their phones, there is no longer a belief that the captured image is anything more than a record of personalized fictions.” — Christopher Russell, Lenscratch, 1/24/20

Links
Photoesssays/Bodies of Work
– Remembering the holocaust You may need to be a Times subscriber, but they usually allow a few free views per month. This is worth one of your views.
– Street vs “Public” photography Interesting analysis; the quote above is from this link.
– Pseudo-night
– Polar changes
– London after dark

Post-processing
– Two-step process to reduce compression artifact from small jpg files
– Creating dramatic BW
– Make a boring white/gray sky blue
– Shooting panoramas

Field/Studio
– Re-think how to find time to shoot street

Whitehouse Overlook, taken Sept.. 2012 at Canyon de Chelly, AZ, in between several artist residencies out west.

Monday Missive — December 2, 2019

Quotes

The question is not, “Should I manipulate a photograph?” Since the invention of photography, all kinds of things have been done to photographs. The question is, “What happens when I do or don’t manipulate a photograph?” — John Paul Caponigro

Be yourself – not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” – Henry David Thoreau

That’s one of the interesting things about photography – we all get to play and our voices all get a chance to be heard.” — David DuChemin

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Street: Cool juxtapositions
– Very interesting approach to family photography
– Niphisi: Minimalist Thank you Cheryl A. Good follow on to the 2 mimimalist links from last week.
– Judy Iranyi: Remembering Michael
– Incredible birds

Post-processing
– Sky replacement
– Missing presets or brushes after updating PS? This is how to fix it.
– 25 tip and tricks Many of these are really good, especially the calculations for creating a BW image at 27:25.

Miscellany
– How much editing is OK? Simon Tucker is a thoughtful photographer, who addresses photography “philosophical” issues quite well. I was surprised that the issue he discusses is actually still an issue. Maybe more in Britain than here?
– Conceptual images of the life of an artist This is different from anything I have seen before.

East River Skyline, NY, Thanksgiving 2019

Monday Missive — November 25, 2019

Quotes

“I tend to question photography, not regurgitate it.” — Duane Michals

I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways.” – Duane Michals

A photograph is an invitation to look – and to look at looking.” – John Paul Caponigro

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Street photography with a good use of shadows and silhouettes
– Duane Michals
– Conflict Photography: Lynsey Addario

Post-processing
– Dramatic BW processing
– Using gradient maps for BW
– Black and white processing
– Convert flat 2D to 3D in Photoshop This was really neat but complicated. Using 3D is learning a whole new set of tools and options; it is like learning a whole new appliction. Still – worth watching just to know what is possible.
– Comparison of the new 1-click selection tools in PS 2020

Field/Studio
– Minimalist photography: 6 tips learned from Michael Kenna
– Simplification and negative space

View from the head of the Observation Trail off of the Black Marsh Trail.

Black Marsh, North Point State Park, MD, shortly before Thanksgiving.

Monday Missive — November 11, 2019

Quotes

Ideas, bread and books are all the same–they’re better when they’re shared.” — Seth Godin

Staring out the window to me is very constructive time. I bounce off the walls of my imagination and, every once in while an idea gets dreamed up that actually becomes a picture.” — Joe McNally

. . . photography is a craft that requires experimentation, risk and growth, and that getting better at photography is a journey that never ends.” – Chris Orwig

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Single tree photos Courtesy Steve O.
– 15 photographers reveal what is hidden in their work
– Interesting color street photography from India

Post-processing
– New selection and gradient tools in PS
– Six new features in Photoshop 2020
– 20 New features in Photoshop 2020

Field/Studio
– Amy Touchette: Developing a career and approach to street photography
– All of the basics for street photography

Miscellany
– How to write your artist’s statment
– How to fine-tune your artist statement

Adirondack Lake in the early morning fog. Oct. 9.

Two boats, early Adirondack morning.

Monday Missive — October 28, 2019

Quotes

Inquiry is more important than answers, for it is the questions we ask and the way in which we ask them that defines us.” – John Paul Caponigro

Arriving at a plateau in any art form, and staying there forever, eventually stagnates both the artist and the art.” — Al Weber

Rules are foolish, arbitrary, mindless things that raise you quickly to a level of acceptable mediocrity, then prevent you from progressing further.” — Bruce Barnbaum, from the book, The Art of Photography

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– What it means to be a National Geographic photographer
– Portraits from Papua New Guinea
– NY architecture
– Rosemarie Yang: Whimsical images

Post-processing
– Advantages of a tablet and a great tablet for $30

Field/Studio
– The Benefits of Woodland Photography
– Sports and action photography Thanks to Steve O.
– Juxtaposition in street photography

Miscellany
– 8 Questions to ask a prospective art dealer
– Six tips for artist residencies I did several residencies at the National Parks and found it to be a wonderful experience.

Dragonfly (tentatively identified as Ruby Meadowhawk). Black Marsh Trail, North Point State Park.; Oct. 2019.

Great blue heron with fish. Black marsh trail.

Gray catbird. Black Marsh Trail.

Monday Missive — October 21, 2019

Quotes

I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.” — Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Pilgrim leaves crowd the air with their falling every October. The journey is always the same.” — Linda Pastan

The tree has been green all summer, but now it tries red…copper… even gold. Soon leaf after leaf will be discarded, there will be nothing but bare tree, soon it will be almost time to start over again.” — Linda Pastan

Links
Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Alabama Hills
– 15 all time iconic images
– Super cool food composites

Post-processing
– The mixer brush and puppet warp
– Four steps to editing your images in PS These steps are all applicable to LR
– Telling a visual story through light and shadow Really good architectural photography
– Great tips on masking and selections
– 2nd part on masking and selections

Field/Studio
– Photographing in the rain
– Law and Ethics in Street Photography

Making a glass pumpkin.


Fall color in Montour Falls, NY.

Long Lake, Adirondack Mtns., NY.