Thursday, December 29, 2011

Spirit Tree Series Number Twelve

Spirit Tree Series Number Twelve

I am trying a slightly different approach with this image of the series. I am taking a lesson from the painter Curtis Otto. I was looking at his exhibit yesterday at the Morris Graves Museum of Art. The docent told me that Curtis discovered that one of his very warm hued paintings was not complete until he added a stripe of blue to the corner. Up until now, I have been avoiding the sky in this series as best I can. In this image I decided to embrace the contrasting colors that the blues add to the overall feeling. I think that this photograph is more about light and color then it is about form.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Prairie Creek Evening Light

Prairie Creek Evening Light, November 2011

I am somewhat inspired with the notion of posting a photograph a day on this site. I already realize that I am not likely to take a photograph every day, but I can at least post one daily.

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

Photograph of the Day

Pine Trees At The Arcata Marsh

This may not be my all time favorite photo, but these trees always appeal to me. It is fun to interpret this as black and white.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Spirit Tree Series Number Eleven

Spirit Tree Series Number Eleven

I took my brother Dan to Prairie Creek State Park today so that he could scope out some possible paintings. I could not resist this particular composition for myself. I liked it so much that I just now printed it 15"x15", and it looks great.

I used the 17mm Tilt/Shift lens on the Canon 5dmII.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Joe's Pickup Revisited in Black and White

I think I will put this photograph on paper. I think it will look really good on Platine.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Well, I could work it a bit.

If you were to look at the histogram you would cringe. That said, I still was able to tweak it a bit.

Why I Strongly Urge Aspiring Photographers to Shoot Raw

Flat Top Mountain, Wyoming 2002

I came across this image today while I was cleaning out hard drives. I shot this image with my old Sony DSC85. It was a great camera, and could not shoot raw, but could write in the tiff format. I was on the cheap, and did not have enough memory, so I shot in medium resolution jpg. Now I want to work the image, but there is nothing I can do. Oh, I guess I could go back there.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Bikini Goddess Revised

This is the full-frame photograph, but developed as a black and white. I would appreciate feedback on which of the three work best in your opinion.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bikini Goddess

The Original Interpretation

Bikini Goddess on a Brick Wall

This is an image that I took earlier this year. The color photo is where I left off on my processing at the time. I have since learned more about processing digital black and white. I think my digital darkroom skills have finally caught up with my "wet lab" skills. This image looks even better on paper.

Feedback is always appreciated.

Friday, December 9, 2011

One More From This Morning

Sunrise on the Marsh

Foggy Sunrise at the Arcata Marsh

A Very Simple Composition
I took this photograph this morning. This was taken about ten minutes before sunrise. When I left the house  this morning I was expecting clear skies - duh! The good news is that it only took me about a minute to adjust to the conditions, and soon I embraced the subdued qualities of light. I am trying to decide if I should print this one.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Joe's Ford Pickup

Joe's Ford Pick-Up At The Arcata Marsh This Past January

I keep coming back to this image. I worked on it numerous times, and have never felt that I got the feeling that I was looking for. I think at last that I have what I visualized when I saw this truck. It turns out that the truck's owner was on the other side of the pond watching me with his super telephoto lens as I photograph his truck. So this is for you Joe!