Showing posts with label art seeing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art seeing. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


 Things that beginning photographers could do better! 

Around here I see a lot of beginners. You know, the folks that just bought the camera or have had it for years and never really learned how to work with it. They go out to the woods expecting to return with something great and are disappointed with the results they obtain.
So, just to help you along, here are some of the common things that can go wrong when you are out with the camera.

1)  There is no plan! Don't just jump out of the car and start shooting. Walk around a bit, without the camera,  maybe the best image is four feet away. It seems that if you have a camera, you will take a photo without much thought. So, start without the camera and just LOOK at what is there. Begin to plan your image. Where are the darkest parts? What is the lightest thing in the image? How do these look in reference to each other?
What are the dominate shapes? The subordinate shapes? Do they help support each other? Make a plan for your image!

2) The colors clash! Now, sometimes clashing colors can be a good thing but mostly nature has harmonious colors.  Do your colors harmonize? Try shifting the image just enough to allow the colors to work together.

3)  The image is over-processed! The post-processing should be done very subtly and not be glaringly obvious. Most beginners go a bit wild with the post-processing software. Around here we work with the students a lot with Lightroom, Photoshop and On1 software and we do it very lightly. It should look very natural and not show that any processing was used.

4)  Out of focus backgrounds!  Utilizing the depth of field that you have available will give you a much more cohesive image, even in portraits. One or two wide-open shots are sufficient to establish the tight headshot of the subject. The rest should be more inclusive and show the surroundings, placing the subject in a space that emphasizes their connection to the location. We recommend using color, shape, and lighting to distance the subject from the background.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Light Rays

A new scan...
A bit of photoshop...
A better photo....

Thursday, August 21, 2008


From a year or so ago.
Leica M-6  50mm f/2
Tri-X  Diafine

I have used Diafine since it came out way back in the 60's.
It has not always been my favorite developer
 but it has always had a place on my shelf.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Onward & Upward

Growth, change, moving onward and upward;
those are the signs of a progressive society.

Small churches like this have been eclipsed by the megachurch.

Is growth always better?  Is bigger always better?

How about some growth and change that leads us
past the old mythology. Past the old ideas that 
have kept us killing each other for thousands of years.

Past the traditional labels of conservative and liberal......
Past the willingness to kill
 just because someone used the wrong "magic words".
Or, worse yet, used the right words in the wrong way.

Past the idea that if you are correct, 
that means that I must be wrong.
Past the "one way".......or the "my way is the only way"......
These ideas are part of the "old myth"....
that has done nothing but cause conflict for thousands of years.

Isn't it about time for us to grow and change....

Divine Dish

Talk about connected.
Some folks pray.
Some folks meditate.
These guy are really hooked up.

So, after church on Sunday it gets ESPN. 
We hope.
Might make it worth showing up ...... not.

I took a break from show printing last Saturday
 and drove down into southern Ohio.

Amazing the odd things you find.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Class Night

Ahh,  the 4th class in the series of six.
Landscape 101.......after how to use the camera,
comes  "How To See 101".....

This, in the front yard of the museum......
just waiting, unseen,  for discovery and recognition.

Within 3 feet of students, busy setting up gear,
too busy to look down, too busy to see.

Much to often we are all like that....... 
too busy with our own pursuits to look,
or even to realize where we are and what surrounds us.

I, at least need to spend more time in "now" ....
and less time in future plans and past "stuff".
More time spent seeing......less time searching...
for that which is right

Friday, July 4, 2008

Summer Sun

" Spring has sprung...
  Fall has  fell....
   Summer is here and it is hotter then hell"
Something my children used to say when they were younger.
In reality it is 62 degrees and raining.

Something comes over us in summer....
A different way of seeing....
Things are warm and bright, even if they aren't...
We become more optimistic, 
Aware of  bright future in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

Maybe it goes back to humanities origin in Africa.
Maybe we have a genetic disposition for light and warmth.
Maybe, as artists, we just need light to create.

In any event, here is some summer sun for you.
Happy 4th of July holiday!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Golden Light

Last week was a busy week.
Beginning with a party and drumming circle on Friday to celebrate the solstice.

The arrival of a new printer for my work. A Canon if it matters.

Putting together the class proposal for next fall at the museum.

Taking down my show and re-photographing it all for the new database that I am using to catalog my work. It has been a real problem finding things from many years ago since they were not on the computer. I keep chipping away at that.

So, this week I hope to find the time to get out with the camera and work.

I used this photo: "Golden Light"   to make myself feel better since all we have seen around here has been rain............anyone know what a "cubit" is?    heh

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Talking To The Tree

Did you ever just sit and talk with a tree?
We are alike in so many ways,
Different in a few.
But not enough to matter.

If we listen, the trees will tell us.
About nature....
About their world...
About ourselves...


Monday, June 16, 2008

This Old House

In the days of old when this was new...
Who lived here? 
What were they like?
Did the sounds of laughing children fill the air?

And where are they now?
The early ones?
Who brought a civilized atmosphere...
For a bright but fleeting moment.

Where none existed before.
And where none now exists.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Neighbors Plant

You do not need to travel far and wide
To find something new to photograph.

A daily walk around the neighborhood
Found this in a yard next door.

Light from sun breaking through
the overcast sky.....15 sec.   Gone.

Good things come to those who walk.
With a camera.....

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Water Of Life

All living things have their start in water.
Looking at this, do you see the reflections,
Or the infinite possibilities? 

Tree Mask

It is said that in every tree there is a diva.
A nature spirit that brings life to the tree.

On this day, on this tree,
the diva posed for a photo.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Other View

Have you ever been to a tourist spot?
One of those that have "scenic spot"  signs,
just in case the visitors are too visually illiterate
 to notice a great view.

Have you ever watched as tourists with cameras
lined up at "The Spot" where a famous artist has worked?
As if by being in that spot they could get the same photo.

These people miss the whole point of art.
Art is about creation, not imitation.
Art is not guaranteed by access.
Just because you can gain entrance to the most beautiful
spot in the world does not mean that you can create art there.
There are a lot of bad photos taken in great locations.

The creation process allows you to make 
good work in average or even poor locations.

How to do this?
Well, start by looking for the "Other View"....
The one that other people do not see.
Which way are the tourists looking?
Look the other direction.

What you cannot see in this example
is the crowd of tourists with cameras, 
standing right across the road...
facing the other direction!

Your comments are welcome.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Seen Again For The First Time

The "Ah Ha" moment comes when we least expect it.
Just sitting or walking somewhere and, boom.
 The lighting bolt from all the comic books hits us.

I think that we need to be "ready" to receive.
Tuned in to the universe....maybe.
Just start working, even if you don't see anything.
The physical process of starting to work in your medium,
Even if the work is no good. (so, don't judge it, just do it!)
Is the trigger that makes you "ready" to receive.

And when you are ready, you will find yourself....
"In the flow",   almost a working meditation,
A focus on your work that shuts out everything else.
A place where ideas and breakthroughs flow to you.
Where you see familiar things  as if for the first time.

This group of work is an example of that.
I have long lost count of how many  times I have seen,
walked past, gone into, or rested in front of this old mill.
In my analytic mode, I see a tourist photo.
Nothing that I want to bother with.

However, on this day I saw it differently.
Good, bad, indifferent, all of these, 
I really don't care.
I was working well and that is what matters.

Your comments are welcome.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fish Decoy

It is spring and in the spring a photographers heart turns to "Fish Decoys"  ??
Now, I am not a fisherman but I used to hunt a duck or two.  Does a fish decoy float atop the lake to draw in migrating fish from their flight path?  And then, do we shoot them or try to hit them with a well placed fly?
OK, I am just having a bit of fun. But I could not resist the combination of the incongruous sign and the wonderful magnolia tree in full bloom just behind it.  Ahhh,   spring   !