Monday Missive — July 29, 2019

Quotes

We are all faking it. But that’s not a bad thing. Not when faking it means making it up as we go. Learning what it means to be us. To be alive in this world and to create whatever it is we make as our art from that place of vulnerability and humility.” — David DuChemin

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

It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.” – Paul Strand

Links

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Emilio Nadales: Street Photography
– W. Eugene Smith: Country Doctor If you aren’t familiar with Smith’s ground-breaking photojournalism, you should definitely check out this article. It is mostly about his “Country Doctor” essay, but there are some links to Spanish Village and other work. His style was distinctive, the order of images critical, and his work always had tremendous emotional impact.
– Stories on Stockholm streets I like the images, but also like the idea that he keeps people annonymous, but still tells a clear story.

Post-processing
– Scratch disk Often Photoshop needs “work space” to complete commands. Sometimes the required workspace can be considerably larger than the size of the file. If your system is nearing its limits, PS can run out of space to complete the requested changes, especially if you are working with large files. This video illustrates three options for addressing this issue.
– Sharpening without halos Sharpening algorithms actually increase small scale contrast, they don’t actually sharpen the image, they just make it look sharper. When you increase contrast, the lights get lighter, and this can create halos and that “crunchy” look. This video shows how to minimize that effect.
– How to easily straighten buildings Works great for horizons too. (From Steve Oney)
– HDR panoramas
– Make your images pop Using a BW layer in Luminosity blending mode

Field/Studio
– Birding hotspots in the east

Miscellany
– Straight talk about Instagram

Didn’t get out much this past week, so this Monday Missive images are all from my backyard. The butterflies seem to be particularly active this week. I planted specifically to attract pollintors and the most attractive plants seem to be Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Bush and Agastache.

Tiger Swallowtail on Joe Pye Weed; coneflowers in the backgournd.

Tiger Swallowtail, dark form, on butterfly bush.

Silver-spotted skipper. The skippers are small and often common butterflies that are typically hard to identify. I like the silver-spotted skipper because it is so readily identifiable by its size and distinctive white spot.

Monday Missive — December 3, 2018

Quotes

I often think of that rare fulfilling joy, when I am in the presence of some wonderful alignment of events. Where the light, the colour, the shapes and the balance all interlock so beautifully that I feel truly overwhelmed by the wonder of it.” – Charlie Waite

To me, pictures are like blintzes – ya gotta get ‘em while they’re hot.” – Weegee

Creativity with portraits involves the invocation of a state of rapport when only a camera stands between two people…mutual vulnerability and mutual trust.” – Minor White

Links

– Bokeh The out of focus highlights behind your subject.
– Interesting interview and approach from an emerging Angolan photgrapher
– One minute video on how to upload to Instagram from your computer
– The Freezing Land: A photo essay on Northern China
– Canadian Far North Wildlife photographer Michelle Valberg I doubt I would ever go, but this article on a totally unfamiliar part of the world was very interesting.
– Sky replacement using Blend-If Simplified way to replace sky. 17 minute video
– Wildfire photographer
– Rituals of fraternity life in photos Photoessay
– The photographer, not the camera, makes the picture
– How to use a BW layer to control your colors

Went out on Sunday for wet dead flowers. You can find visual poetry and beauty anywhere and anytime if you just look.

Monday Missive — November 19, 2018

Quotes

Even if you’re not sure of where it will lead, today’s the day to begin.” — Seth Godin, November 3, 2018

Look at the acknowledged masters of this craft and you will see large bodies of work that focus on specific places, subjects, themes. Do masters only focus on a few things? No. Focusing on a few things is what gives us a chance at becoming masters.” — David duChemin

Do not adjust your mind, the fault is in reality.” — R. D. Laing

Links

– Developing personal projects A fairly long article but very consistent with David duChemin’s advice above.
– Interesting approach to street photography
– How to prepare your images for Instagram to get the best results Includes a tip on how to upload directly from your computer
– New content aware tool in detail
– One minute tutorial on removing dark areas under eyes
– Photo essay on mourning and friendship
– The problem with calling them black and white photographs
– Kost on exporting files or layers Less than 2 minutes
– One minute video on enhancing freckles
– Simple way to whiten teeth 4 minutes

I was taken by this still life, mostly by the warm late afternoon light on my wife’s potting table. Just after the first snow, spring seems so very far away.

A building along Pratt St., near the convention center. I was attracted by the extreme repetition and geometric shape. For some reason two panes stood out and I enhanced the blue with a BW/luminosity layer and a saturation adjustment layer. Left in the top of the tree for scale and to add a bit of “imperfection” to the image.

Monday Missive — October 8, 2018

Quotes

I don’t just look at the thing itself or at the reality itself; I look around the edges for those little askew moments – kind of like what makes up our lives – those slightly awkward, lovely moments.” – Keith Carter

I realize more and more what it takes to be a really good photographer. You go in over your head, not just up to your neck.” – Dorothea Lange

Along the way I tried to convey that while nature has power and fury and should always be respected, she can also be funny, elegant and whimsical.” — Photographer Ruth Fremson about a poem by Joy Harjo in How poems inspire pictures

Links

– Luminosity Masking in Photoshop
– Refining your masks
– National Park Odyssey Part 4
– Selling sotck images and footage
– The best Instagram hashtags
– Retain the original color after applying effects that change color or desaturate
– Control your neutral tones to make your image believable
– Colorful images to look for in fall You might find similar images much closer in Shenandoah and West Virginia
– 10 National Parks for fall color

From Steve Oney:
– Color spaces, gamut, calibration Good explanation of these key concepts.
– Fall foliage getaways Includes suggestions for Shenandoah

Titled: “Nike.” Taken on the lightrail. Not sure what attracted me except that it was a different picture from any I have seen.