Showing posts with label Winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Winter. Show all posts

Monday, February 22, 2010

Before It All Melts




FOLLOWING THE PLOW


FROZEN FALLS





ASH CAVE FALLS

Just a few things from this winter.
I have not been out very much but I did get some atmospheric things.
It has been a long time since I did anything in B&W but this waterfalls seemed to warrant that treatment.

I am just dreaming of SPRING!!
Enough of the snow & the shovels & the neighbors getting stuck in the street out front.  
It is picturesque but I grow tired of it quickly.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Revisited

---GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST---


Across the street is a hedge with the holiday lights still working.
A remnant of Decembers past.

Makes me stop and think.
How many things that should be in the past am I still holding on to.
Time to sell some of the cameras that I have not used in years.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Who Are We?

---Winter Ornaments ---


Should we be thought of by the subject matter we choose to photograph or paint?  No! But, we always will be. Simply because it is an easy system of classification that has been around since our ancestors first drew on the walls of their cave.
It is a workable and well respected system. Which, to some degree inhibits our creativity. When we become known for a certain subject matter and/or style it is sometimes difficult for our collectors to move along with us if we start to explore new and different ideas. So the financial pressure to stay where the $$'s are is certainly a consideration if not a hindrance to artistic growth.

On the plus side, it tends to narrow our focus and refine our ideas and techniques. If something is popular and selling well, we want to keep doing it. At least until we have enough financial stability to allow us to experiment with other ideas.

I have approached the question in my usual pragmatic manner.  I re-prioritized my time. I usually spend 40 -50 hours a week at my work. Of that time: 75% is spent producing my best selling work. This was a natural evolution due to the fact that when a  image or a group of images is selling well I need to take the time to produce those images. That has always amounted to around 50% of my time. So. it was an easy step for me to allot more time to the production of my best selling group of work.  The remaining 25% is allocated to the creation of images that are outside of my "established" norm. They are the play images that I love to do but usually do not sell as well.
The interesting thing  is that as I do more of them, they are beginning to get collectors of their own. People who would not purchase my more traditional work, but just love my experimental things.
This world is a funny place.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Gear Or Not The Gear?


---WINTER WAY---





It is snowing here today. This was the view early this morning.  A good day to stay warm and dry.
This afternoon I go and teach. The class started last Tuesday.  A day time class for a change.
Today we will talk about White Balance, a good topic with all the snow.


Being inside most of the day has given me the opportunity to catch up on my fellow bloggers.
Have you ever wondered why some photographers obsess over gear?  Several folks have said that the most popular blog entries over the last year were the ones on gear. It is well known that the most popular photo blogs are the ones that are equipment orientated. If you have an "Photo Art Blog" like I do you are not going to get huge amounts of hits on your site.
Interestingly enough: the majority of technical interest comes from men and the majority of Art interest comes from women. This reflects my ad hoc observations when selling in art shows and galleries.


The men ask technical questions and mostly do not purchase prints. The women see the image, enjoy it and purchase it. (thank goodness).  The men look at the image and see it in terms of: how to do that, what gear do I need to make that, Oh, he was just there at the right time, if I lived there I could do that, and Wow, he must have a great camera!
Women see the image, and a bit more, they mostly are able to read the message in the medium. They usually do not care how it was made. To them, the image, not the process is the important thing. Amen!


It has been my experience, over years of being a working photographer, that the gear does NOT make a good photograph. Yes, the equipment is necessary in order to create an image. But, the worlds best gear will not create anything by itself. It need the heart and mind of the artist behind the lens to make anything worth looking at for more than a glance. A typewriter was helpful a few years ago if you wanted to be a writer, but I will bet that no one ask Robert Frost what make and model typewriter he used.
Whatever you have now, learn to use it, to get the most out of it, to make say say what you want to say.
That message is what I will try to get across to my students this term. We shall see how that works out.




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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ghost Trees


OK, I have done it.
After many requests, I have set up a site where
you can purchase my prints. 
See the side bar under My Places and use the link.

The prints are / have always been archival since
I use the Canon pigment inks in my printer.
Tests show that they should last a long time.

This print, Ghost Trees is from this Januarys trip
to the mountains.

ENJOY


Friday, February 6, 2009

Frozen Fog

Back to teaching,
the classes at the museum started on Tuesday.
A beginning class this time.
All digital as usual.
They seem like a nice group of folks.
 
It is a pleasure to watch as they learn and grow.
They always start with amazement that it takes
so much knowledge to make a photograph.
Shutter speeds, F/ stops, Depth of Field, ......
all the essentials that they must learn.
"WOW, I did not know it took that much".

The camera companies want you to think that
anyone can take a great photo.
That sells cameras.
But you need to have a little knowledge.
No matter how good the programming in the camera
it still does not think for you.
There is no way that it can know what
 you are trying to do, show, or express.
OK, enough rant....

The photo: Frozen Fog
sometimes called Hoar Frost.
Along with a mild dusting of snow.
Lends a new look to the barn at the Ogle cabin.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Enjoy




Monday, February 2, 2009

Waiting For The Message


A seldom seen church.
Back off the  road,
up on a hill, surrounded by trees,
not seen by the casual tourist who
roars past at 10 mph over the limit.

Is it still used? I do not know.
It has been restored, but used??

I wonder what happened to the people
who once sat here waiting for the message.
Waiting to have the God of their understandings
reinforced and explained by the pastor.

Enjoy

Friday, January 30, 2009

Never Give Up


"Never Give Up!"
A quote from WW II.
I do not think this tree ever heard it.
But it simply refuses to give up its' leaves.
This was taken on Jan 10th.
You would think the silly tree 
would have gotten the memo:
It is winter, get rid of the leaves.

There is maybe something we can learn.

Keep doing your art.
You may starve.
You may not be able to afford the home 
that you want.
Your partner may complain about the money
or lack thereof.
Keep doing your art.

You will be tempted to "sell out",
to paint something that you know will sell.
Or, if you are a photographer,
to do the wedding or the family group.
After all, you tell yourself,
that's where the money is.
Keep doing your art.

You will be tempted to get involved in
clubs or groups where they have "competitions"
which will lead you to scale the 
mountains of mediocrity.
Stop listening to what others think.
Keep doing your art.

You will be tempted to photograph or paint
what has worked for others.
After all, it worked for them.
Do your own thing.
Keep doing your art.

You will be  tempted to just give up.
You will feel frustrated, depressed, and unappreciated.
You will send out hundreds of "packets"
and you will receive hundreds of rejection letters.
Keep doing your art.

You will read about the many artists who did not
"make it" until they were dead.
Keep doing your art.

People will give you the ultimate complement:
if you are a photographer,
"wow! that looks just like a painting"
if you are a painter,
"wow! that looks just like a photo"
Keep doing your art.

You see, art is what you do for you.
Not for others.
It is what you do to keep in touch with your humanity.
Keep doing your art.
It is good for your soul.

 

Recycle The Wreath


Our Christmas wreath has found a new way
to be decorative. 
Tossed out the back door until spring.
When it becomes an addition to the compost.
I discovered it today after a day of shooting.
Partially covered with snow it looks 
almost as good as it did hanging
on the door when it was new.

Enjoy

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Winter Water


It has been a while since my last post.
Life happens.
Trips to take, prints to make and send,
classes to plan, ....you know, life.

It would be really great if all I had to do
was take photos and post them for you all to enjoy.
However this is a business and I have a cat to feed.
So, I must attend to the business of photography.
It is nice that I am selling enough work to
buy cat food.  She gets unhappy if she is not fed.

Todays photo is called "Winter Water".
Taken on a walk in the area.
I find it interesting just how much color
is available even in the dead of winter.
Oh, and yes, the water really is green.

Enjoy!



Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Yellow Springs


The desire to take longer daily walk than usual
brought me to Yellow Springs.
A small town about 10 miles from home.
There are several local and state parks here.
Makes for good walking.

These are the Yellow Springs...
the town was named after them.
A large part iron in the water has formed the 
distinctive yellow color on the rocks.
Moss growing down the sides gives the green
and the blue water comes from the open sky reflection.
I had never seen it in just this way before.
It is normally in the shade, but since this is winter
and several trees were lost in the big wind storm
that we had here a few months ago...I received rare
treat. Perfect light falling on the springs.

I will have to walk here more often.
Who knows what else I may find.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Just A Little Snow


Less than 1/2 inch, but snow.
Just on the furniture not on the ground.
OK, that's enough.
I can see it, photo it, and appreciate it.
And I do not need to shovel it!

This was really taken in the mountains last November
and I just found it.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hocking Steps


Old Man Winter is fast approaching.
We have the dull, drab sky
complete with cold rain.
I know that snow is just around the corner.

This is a good time to get some Black and White.

These are the steps at Rock House.
Built during the great depression by the WPA
these lead down to the original parking lot.
Not hard to get to, just not seen by many
since they are now off the main driveway.

I did these in both B&W and color.
Different photos, not a color shot
photoshopped into B&W.

I have spent so many years in film that
I prefer to "see" in the medium that I am
using at the time.

On the Canon it is a simple matter to change
from monochrome to color, so no big thing.
Changing this way also allows me to use the
B&W filter option in the monochrome setting
rather than trying to recreate the effect later
in photoshop. I used the "orange" filter here.

ENJOY