Archive for November, 2008

17
Nov
08

starting to realize where I'm heading

Lately I have discovered two projects that seems to resonate well for me. First there is my shots of the forest, and now the night shots. I haven’t posted that often, and quite frankly, I haven’t been that much out with the camera either the last couple of weeks, but I do spend quite some time on the photos I have so far. 

As a result of this, I’m starting to understand something about why I like to photograph. I have always had a rich imagination, and I don’t necessarily like to picture reality as it is. I often feel like I want to add some mystery to a scene, or create some dramatic effect. For some reason, I have said to myself that this is not what I should do, and I have suppressed it. I have fooled myself into believing that I should create photographs that are true to the original subject, but no, that’s not me. The pictures I like best is usually the ones that does not exists in real life. I’m not talking about way over the top photoshopping here. The pictures look just like when I saw them, but I don’t think anyone standing besides me when I shot the pictures would agree that it was like that. Is that a bad thing?? No, I don’t think so. I don’t take pictures to document anything, nor do I claim they are a true record of what I saw. Well, they are records of what I saw, not what anyone could have seen. 

Hmm, still haven’t finalized my thoughts on this, but it felt kind of good to get started. Somehow I feel like I’m starting to tear down a barrier that I didn’t know about until now.

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13
Nov
08

print swapping

A couple of weeks back, Eric Jeschke and I started a print swap. I sent him this shot

 

and I got this one back, called “Evening Swim“.

It was a really nice picture contrasting the action of kids having fun jumping into the water with the calm mood of the sunset. It was also printed well.

I’ve been doing these swaps for a while now, and I’m starting to accumulate a stack of prints from different people. No doubt the technical quality varies, but they are all a joy to own, and I’m starting to learn more and more from this. First of all, don’t ever underestimate the kind of abuse the postal service will do to your envelope. Sturdy packing is essential, even if it is a bit more expensive to ship due to weight. The important thing is how they work as a reference to measure my own effort against. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys the printed image, and want to improve their own skills.

13
Nov
08

Not the night for shooting

I went out last night with my camera thinking I should do some more night shots, but it turned out that what I needed was a fast walk. Lately, my wife and I have worked on her getting her drivers license, which she did yesterday. This has consumed a lot of time driving around the last couple of months, and we both noticed the tension prior to her exam. It went really well, so we’re both happy, but I certainly did not have the right state of mind to do any shooting. Hopefully this will change now that things are calming down.

02
Nov
08

some night shots

I originally thought of something like this for the SoFoBoMo project, but the evenings in May aren’t really dark enough, so i put it on hold. More on the idea and concept later when I have done some more shooting  and thinking. It still haven’t settled in my mind.

 

02
Nov
08

cropping tool in Lightroom

I still haven’t settled on my input sharpening, mostly due to lack of time for experimenting. I’ve read a couple of small articles on the subject, but it seems that most don’t really know what their talking about. The main problem is the “Detail” slider. One thing is to just fiddle with the sliders until it looks about right, but I want a systematic approach to it. A way to quickly set the sliders very close to the optimum. If I just turn “Detail” to 100%, I have a pretty good method for the others.

Anyway, I was doing some quick processing of some recent takes when the grid in the cropping tool suddenly disappeared. Things like this happens from time to time if I accidentally press some button. The good thing is that I then learn a keyboard shortcut in order to fix it again.

The shortcut in question is the letter “O”. Press this when in crop mode, and you’ll toggle through a series of different grid overlays. Some of them are not symmetrical, and those can be flipped around by pressing Shift-O. Still haven’t figured out how I turn it off, but I like it on, so I don’t bother.




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