Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Expression of my vision- not merely
The Art in photography goes
beyond what is in front of the
camera- what has been within the
photographers imaginary mind. How
to accomplish this with a apparatus
we call a camera. A chef once stated
that when he makes a new dish he can
taste it before it is made.
As a photographer- how I achieve it makes it
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I start glassing this portrait to depict a warm feeling, I love the old masters burnt umber look and so it toned that color down to show a warm brown. To create a photo that is or can be considered an art piece we must begin with the pose- composition- expression to give one the feeling, to study and evolve our thoughts. When we accomplish our vision then it is up to the viewer to read in the message they are capable of and appreciate it's beauty.
I used photo shop to add dry brush very low setting- then on top I put the filter poster edges again low capacity. This is my final finish for the wall it has to be large at least 24 inch to be view from a proper distance - don't smell the art piece view it from the proper distance please. Every art piece has a proper viewing distance.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
My client loved this image that was part of the back yard, where they entertained and loved to relax. They asked me if I could capture the feeling of this area that may represent there art of living. Being artist in there own right it was a challenge for me to produce something that excelled mere photographic imagery, but kept the feeling of there place.
The photography was the least challenging because of the years of practice in operating my cameras and learning about the light, manipulation of both. When I invited two photographers from each of the western provinces to my studio and hired an expert in Photoshop in 1998 his lectures and hands on approach, helped. We were encouraged to add in the name all the layers we used to make the image more painterly; but for me I have felt I needed to approach each image afresh so I have no easy way to fall back on and produce the same look over and over again. My lab printed the image on canvass, adding hand painting made the image unique and personal to the buyers to purchase one of a kind art piece from me.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Was inspired when I slowed down my shutter and moved my camera up wards to create a feeling of movement and the unreal-which can spook us; because we are unfamiliar with what has not yet been seen. Especially if it is dark and dreary-from our child hood the stories we were told scary one in particular. This image has a sense of the above and we precede it based on our past experiences. The technique is simple slow down the stutter- experiment with that 30th of a second and keep lowering the shutter until you got what seems to be right for you. The subject matter is equally important-needs to fit what is within our mind...
There are times when what we don't understand can stand in the way of learning more about ourselves and to capture that emotion in a photograph is; perhaps unrealistic but never the less an attempted that we should try, like a poetic expression from the heart! Capturing this images in an unreal way not only gave me a vision into the subconscious mind, but a dream of an interpretation of reality. The trees are barren and yet there exists life around them in a distance, with motion and strong dark colors with splashes of green but not on the trees in front, strong but spoke, feeling but not alive to reality, movement but dead.
Monday, May 4, 2009
My lighting consisted of a soft box and a translucent screen in from of my soft box, to even soften my light more. The concept of northern window light. A soft reflector on the other side, to open up the left side of her face. Portrait painters used window light to illuminate there subjects for effect, to see light on there subjects face. I love the window light effect and the softness of it!
The pose came about by making my subject comfortable and taking some exposures to settle my subject. My subject never knows when I will push the button on my camera so after a little while they forget the camera, pay attention more to my voice and unconsciously my expression. I do want the client to reveal what is in them at that moment in time-it takes time to learn- the psychology of helping the subject to be free of me and able to let go; of the influence of the surroundings. NLP has helped me to learn my craft in creating a portrait that captures individuals assents- in a fraction of time!
To learn to photograph artistic portraits is a life time of study...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I started with a Nikon D200 and a lens Nikon 18 to 200. I set my camera on portrait which give a softer affect to the image. and this is the image I got, uncropped just as is. The next image has been turned black and white, cropped-over sharpened to the full measure possible. Then I turned it to a chocolate brown-it feels like it was bronzed.
There for the name:
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Friday, April 24, 2009
Learning is what keeps us alive and moving to a never ending destiny!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Thanks for the many comments about how I created the photograph of the Snowbirds Canadian flying team. Was asked to go up with them; I chose slide film (transparency film). Because it was impossible to get the sun so big and dramatic-after wards I shot another frame on my slide film of a yellow bottom slightly out of focus-close up and sandwiched the slides together and had the lab produce a 4x5 negative. I took a coarse from Robbin Parry who montaged many of his images that way.