It's admittedly been much too long since the last blog post. However, this has not reflected a lack of new photographs. In order to better accommodate the wide range of subject matter, I'm starting to rename Galleries using a "Portfolio" designation. This will allow me to include a broader range of images without compromising a designated, narrow subject description instead. I believe that this new naming system will help me better manage the diversity of my catalog and keep things in better order. Unfortuantely, organization is not one of my strong suits, so I believe this new naming system will help. I also have a new camera - a Mavic Pro Drone. Wow. What a treat. I'm finally able to create images from an entirely new perspective. As many of my images - speciically those in "Portfolio 1A" - are "aerial" and taken from commerical aircraft, this new camera allows me, on a more limted scale, to take aerial pictures at just about any time. You will begin to see these images within the Galleries soon. As always, let me know what you like and would like to see more of. Stay tuned.
It's been far too long in between posts, but I wanted to share with you that a new Gallery - "Working the land" = has been added and newer ones are on their way. It's an interesting thing about photography in that, like all other medium, it results from a combination of multiple factors. In this case, the mechanics of selecting and preserving the image digitally, the use of peripheral devices to help that process, and the post-capture management of the image to give it the life that you had in mind when you took the picture. New hardware, firmware, software, etc. have expanded the photographer's ability to reveal his or her images. But, when you get right down to it, no combinations of these can ever hope to match the essential and bedrock value of good composition and light selection. Being prepared with equipment in good operating condition, plenty of fresh batteries and media are only part of the equation. Patience, understanding and an appreciation of what makes an image memorable - at least to you - are key. Technique mixed with creativity and a devotion to the art form are the tools of any artists - professional or amateur. Take the time to learn and observe, mix it with some patience - actually, a lot of patience - and your art will take on a whole new dimension. For example, nothing helps develop composition skills better that a tripod and cable release. The value is by allowing you the time to closely check each element of your composition before shooting it. This technique obviously doesn't work for every subject, but, when using it with landscapes, still lives, portraits, etc., it can help you hone your skills and will, over time, provide you with the discipline needed for these types of images. I know it's a pain sometimes, but it can really help.
First, thanks so much for visiting. I hope that you find plenty of images that you enjoy. I really don't have much to say about my style, but in upcoming posts, I'll give you the backstory on some of them. For the sake of getting the page up and running, I limited it to just a few galleries, but new galleries and images will be added regularly and if you want to make sure that you know when that happens, contact me. If there are certain themes or types of subjects you would like to see, let me know and I'll search around my files for them. Also, please share the site with your friends and family. I know they will appreciate it.
As this is the first post, let me answer some of the most common questions I'm asked;
What kind of camera and lenses do you use? A variety of Canons - my current favorite is the Canon 5D Mark II. No only do I like the name, it's an extraordinary piece of equipment. Almost all of my lenses are Canon glass, but I have a Sigma 50-500 that I also just love to use.
Do you make adjustments to the pictures on a computer? Absolutely. The programs I use, primarily Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge and onOne's Perfect Photo Suite 8 are necessary for me to use to transforming electrical digital files into beautiful fine art prints - and also for use in other applications.
Now that we have this out of the way…I acknowledge that the camera, lenses, programs, etc. are the essential tools every photographer must have to achieve their photographic vision. Ultimately, however, that vision comes from the mind's eye.