After a rant in the previous entry, it is overdue to list a set of blogs that I visit everyday, enjoy, and find inspriring (in no particular order).
i[daily dose of magery]
A Walk Through Durham Township, Pennsylvania
aphra pia photos
:: big Alba photography
c h r o m a s i a
Ephemera - SF Street Photography
every so often
girl inchoate's Photos
j o e P h o t o s
judith polakoff photographs
My Still Life
Orange House Photos
Photoblogs de crespo - Propulse par tutoshop.com
Staring at the Sun
The BlueHour Blog
Here is a list of places where you can find a variety of blogs. Happy browsing.
On a different front, I had a portfolio review from two photographers that I respect and admire. The results were mixed with my take-away that I am not ready to join their group. However, some of the analysis bothered me. The comment was that "Infrared has been done." This comment has been like a splinter working in and festering. Done... Hmmm...
How can infrared be done? Maybe, my images are cliche or badly composed or too much like someone else's work or not too your taste but done? After mulling this over night, I do not think any form of image has been done. Even if I plant my tripod feet in someone else amazing photo, it is still NOT done by me. Surely, color is not done even though there are thousands of photographers shooting color images. Same reasoning says that B&W is not done. Therefore, infrared cannot be done.
If I get enjoyment making an image, then it is worth making for me. If someone finds enjoyment looking at the image than that adds greatly to my pleasure. Yes, I am chasing beauty and maybe pictorials. Hopefully, the future will bring better images, a unique viewpoint, a more distinctive style and most importantly, more people who enjoy the work.
My new goal is no cliches. I heard a good description of a cliche image. An image that may be well executed but can be looked at and be understood in a few seconds. I do not care how many folks have already made the image. Once I can consistently make strong individual images, I can start to master this nebulous concept of "a body of work". Check back and you can see my progress.
Today, I was still dragging around but I have a assignment due for the "Designing a Color Image" class. So I wandered around the local shopping center to find something. This is a potato vine growing along the sides of the storefront. I did a lot of dodging and burning to make the composition a little more "readable".
I have not been feeling well for a couple of weeks. Today, I spent in bed and got up about 45 minutes before sundown. I looked out and saw the dramatic sky with our winter storms rolling in. I rushed out to Don Edwards and went down to the fishing pier, which is under the bridge. The light was fading and I only had 15 minutes to catch a shot. This is the best of the bunch but I am going to return.
Note: the blues have shifted in posting to the web to a little more teal. Hmmm....
Last nite, we had record cold temperatures and we have snow on our mountains. Just in for my Mother's visit. The last few weeks, we had record warm temperatures. On a different note, I managed to get black grease on my new camera's sensor. I am unclear where it came from but I have been swabbing away. Yikes!
Tonite in my photo class, we reviewed the images from our first photo class. This one was a class favorite which was a little surprising to me. I should have known when Chip said it was "Pretty cool." For Chip, that is glowing. This is another image in my growing 'wet foot' collection. It seems I cannot make an image lately without getting wet feet.
Last nite, I went to the local ASMP meeting for becoming a fine art photographer. The room was packed to overflowing maybe 100 folks showed up. The panel was very nice but not enouraging based on the panelists information. I walked down from the BART station and saw these staircases with the colors. Later, I reviewed the image and realized that it was a face. As I walked in front of the building, I saw that this is the side of San Francisco MoMA.
I think that the Olympics are inspiring me. I retrieved this from the unprocessed folder tonite for a composite but instead liked it by itself. I cropped off the bottom and cloned out an intruding petal. I shot this with my 50mm f/1.4 lens wide open. This does give a lensbaby look but it still autofocuses.
This was taken on Sunday lookup up Alameda creek. This is where the wet hiking boots began. I liked the ripples over the stones and waded out for the shot. Then, I walked downstream along the opposite bank and could not find a way back that was shallow enough. This was an overcast day so this shot was warmed in processing and a fair amount of contrast added.
If you feel the shot feels tilted to the left, I thought so too. I rotated it twice and realized it is an optical illusion. It is rotated clockwise until I would have toppled the trees.
I am taking a photo class for the next month. Each week we have an assignment. This week is to find repititions. This was taken tonite down at Santana Row. We sat outside to eat dinner before heading to the movie. This shot was taken wide open so is very soft which I kind of like but I wished I had played with the depth of field.
For this shot, I had to light-paint after the fact to open up the heavy shadows in to the top of the image. This is really handy when you are not using flash in the field. In Photoshop, make a duplicate of your flattened image. The image must be in 8-bit color for this filter to work. Select Filter | Render | Lighting Effects. At the top, choose Flashlight from the Style dropdown list. Now, position the center of the flashlight beam where you want. You can size the flashlight beam by grabbing the edges in the preview window and dragging. There are a lot of sliders that you can ignore. You may want to play a little with ambience. This controls how fast the light drops off to black. Click OK.
Now, you have a bright spot in your image fading to black. Add a layer mask to the duplicate layer and fill with black. Take a soft brush with Opacity 50% / Flow %30 and slowly start revealing where you added light. By building the light slowly, you should avoid an obvious edge. If you want a stronger effect keep increasing the Opacity of your brush.
Went out today to Uvas Canyon. This park is truly magical after some rain. Unfortunately, I was not feeling inspired so I reverted to one of my 'comfortable' landscape. I am still adjusting to the full frame of the 5D. I have never anything but a cropped sensor before so all my lenses felt really really wide. Of course, the details are beautiful and the dynamic range seems larger. I wish I could of gotten a slightly higher viewpoint so that the boulders in the middle of the frame were separated.
Today, I received my new Canon 5D just after the sunlight was gone. I decided to buy an upgrade because I am going to starting marketing my prints. My friends from the printing class recommended that I be able to make larger prints. Good advice so I decided to bump up my resolution to give me cropping room and still be big enough for large printing sizes. Time will tell how long it takes to adjust to a full frame sensor. This is a sandwich with a waterlily shot with a 5D shot of wide open lights and grasses.