|Spirit Tree Series Number Twelve|
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
|Prairie Creek Evening Light, November 2011|
My work this year has been a combination of vibrant, and saturated colors, a more subdued color palette, and an in-depth study of digital black and white processing. I expect that I will continue along those lines in 2012.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
|Spirit Tree Series Number Eleven|
I used the 17mm Tilt/Shift lens on the Canon 5dmII.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
|Flat Top Mountain, Wyoming 2002|
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
|The Original Interpretation|
|Bikini Goddess on a Brick Wall|
Feedback is always appreciated.
Friday, December 9, 2011
|A Very Simple Composition|
Monday, December 5, 2011
|Joe's Ford Pick-Up At The Arcata Marsh This Past January|
Friday, November 25, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
|A Study in Black and White, by Daniel Bethune|
When I think of art, I usually think of my own photography. I mostly consider the individual pieces as they relate within a body of work. My vision is often one that incorporates the overall look or the theme of a body of work. What I see now, is that a single work of art - this painting - stands very well on it own. I do not intend to take away from the artistic value of my photography, but there is nothing more visually stunning to me as a nice painting like this one.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
|Spirit Tree Series Number Ten, November 2011|
Monday, November 7, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
|The Same Image in Both Color and in Black and White|
THINKING IN COLOR, BLACK AND WHITE AND IN INK JET COLOR
One common thought on photography is that the photographer should previsualize the final print while taking the photograph. Back in the days when I shot mostly black and white film I eventually got to the point where I did "see" the final print as I was looking through the viewfinder or on the ground glass. I grew in my photography to the point where the individual acts of photography (photographing, developing, and printing) were all part of a greater whole wherein I saw the ultimate product prior to its actual emergence as a finished print.
It was sort of like "remembering" what the print looks like prior to snapping the shutter. There came a moment or a flash of insight, where I knew that I was in the flow - that the image I was seeing was what I came to create. I knew too, whether the image called for color or black and white. I often worked in that state up until the day that I dismantled the darkroom, and took a break from my art.
When I started to photograph again in earnest about six years ago, it was in digital, and mostly in color. It took me awhile to learn the medium, and the differences between it and color slide and black and white film. The first couple of years I mostly worked in color. Then over the course of the last year, I again started working in black and white.
I started making black and white conversions, but I seldom took the image while thinking black and white. Sometime in the past few months, I slipped back into previsualizing the final print. I started to notice that I was looking at form and tone as much as I was at color and hue.
Nowadays, while I photograph I develop a sense of what the final print should look like - black and white, inkjet color, glossy or matte. It was just recently that I understood that the color imagery that I sought to produce for years is now part of my repertoire. I sometimes previsualize matte paper prints with their subdued saturation and with soft hues.
The bottom line to all of this is that I feel directly and strongly connected to the entire process of creating my art. I am at a place in my development where I create images. I do sometimes "luck" into a nice composition, but mostly I am present with the subject matter throughout the entire process.
At times while I am photographing, and occasionally while I am printing, I feel as connected as I have at any time when I sat and meditated, or at any other time when I attempted to come to an understanding as to what life is all about. This is my Bliss.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
|Carter House Inns|
Saturday, October 29, 2011
|The Carter House Revised in Photoshop and in Lightroom|
I realize that a project like this could go on forever. I could go back time-after-time and take photographs in various lighting conditions. I could also incorporate HDR techniques to balance the subject with the sky. HDR could also be used to balance the contrast of front/side early morning light. By doing so the effects of the shadows could be lessened.
Overall, I think this image is successful. It will be fun to do a few follow-up sessions in the morning light with this building and others. I think I need to photograph the Carson Mansion. I never have taken photographs of it, and now I think it will be fun.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
The RAA has a new exhibit at their gallery that starts this Wednesday October 26, 2011. My brother, Daniel and I have examples of our work in two of the upstairs galleries. Please feel free to come by Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon until five. The opening reception will be Saturday, November 5, 2011 from six until nine.
We shared this space for the October Arts Alive, and we were well received. This exhibit is the first showing of Daniel's work in Eureka. He resides near Santa Fe at Lamy, New Mexico, and has exhibited in Santa Fe galleries for the past several years.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
|A Preview of the Show|
My thumb rehabilitation is coming along. I am still not ready to handle my camera. I have done some printing, and with help, I was able to do some framing for this show.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Tomorrow morning I will have my right thumb reconstructed. I have bone-on-bone arthritis, and it has been bothering me more and more. The procedure should alleviate most of my pain, and I should be back in action within a month.
I am hanging a new show at the Senior Resource Center in Eureka on June 30th. The show will be up for the month of July, and I encourage everyone to drop in for a look. I will hang a show in the F Street Foto Gallery in Eureka for the months of August and September. I would appreciate it if you would drop in and take a look at these. As always, I am open to comments and observations on the work.
I will not be posting any new posts for at least two weeks.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
|Faces on a Wall, Arcata, 2011|
|A Portion of the West Side of the Plaza|
|The Former Smoochie Skin|
Sunday, June 12, 2011
|The Schooner Saloon, Eureka 2011|
I was near the Lloyd Building, and I only had to walk a few steps before I started seeing my photographs. I think the small amount of caffeine had kicked in, and most of the cobwebs were cleared from my head. I am amazed how quickly I started finding the shots.
It only took a few minutes before I decided that I would use the 17mm tilt/shift lens. I think I like to have manual focus as my only option. That I can magnify the image on the screen is a real asset for my style of shooting. I mostly focus on something in the foreground. Because I usually have the lens stopped down to about f16, and the inherent depth of field for a 17mm lens, I can expect acceptable sharpness for most of the image.
|315 C Street, Eureka, 2011|