Archive for January, 2009

31
Jan
09

winter shot, properly processed

I sat down with one of my winter shots from last weekend and did some Photoshop tweaking.

28
Jan
09

projects and linear thinking

As I was wandering back and forth in my home office/studio just now, thinking, it dawned on me why I don’t like doing photography as projects.

First I want to say that this is something that applies to me, and it is not a universal truth.

Anyway, I find that when I set a well defined goal, and a time frame to do it in, I tend to think very linear. I make a plan to get to the goal, and figures out how to get there. The problem is that this analytical approach is putting my creativity to a full stop. A plan like this usually involves doing things in a certain sequence, and most likely, some boring activity comes first. The thing is that the creativity is usually at its peak when an idea is conceived, so that should not be the time I spend on boring preparations. Also, I have a tendency to stall on a boring task, trying to fool myself into believing that my reward for finishing this task is that I can go out and play ( = take pictures). An last is the feeling that I should not spend my time on photographing other topics when I have committed to a project, which effectively puts a lid on the important task of nurturing the creativity.

On the other hand, if I don’t define a project, I do whatever pleases me, postponing the boring stuff until it is absolutely needed. Suits me much better. I can let my thoughts and inspiration jump around more freely, and focus on what feels naturally for as long as it I like.

Projects to me is like a long trench, where creativity is a scheduled activity some time in the future, often to be reached at a bad day. Not defining projects is like chasing butterflies on an open field.

I prefer the open field.

25
Jan
09

A nice winter day

It’s been snowing quite heave the past two days, and today it stopped. I took the opportunity head out, and it was such a nice day. The snow muted all sounds, and there was almost no people where I went (I usually avoid the paths and ski tracks).

25
Jan
09

The third and last test podcast

Jut to finish this project, here is the last episode of my podcast project. If any of you want to listen, I’m talking about the challenges related to talk naturally. This episode is not edited much, and you here that I stumble on some of the words, but I think it’s ok. 

No more audio on this blog, but if everything goes as planned, I will try to do some photography related in Norwegian on a different blog in a short while. Well, no more audio is probably not true. I may do some  occasional stuff when I get more comfortable doing this.

Anyway, this last one is 11:51 (6.8Mb). 

Here it is!

Update:  The test podcasts are removed since they are of little interest. Saves space for other stuff.

23
Jan
09

An update on the protective spray

A while back, I bought a can of the Hahnemuhle protective spray, which I wrote a piece about here.

Now, I have used much more, and I am still pleased with the result. I only use it on Photorag and Fine Art Pearl, but for those papers I think it improves the final result. The Photorag gets slightly more dense black, which gives the print just a bit more punch to it. It does offset the soft proofing a bit, but would argue that the soft proofing is not that accurate anyway. It will get you very close to the target, but only actual printing can get you spot on.

I have had some mixed feelings when it comes to Fine Art Pearl due to the gloss difference. The whites (or the paper base) is not as glossy as the ink, and I think it is a bit disturbing. This is more or less eliminated by the spray, and I think the paper surface becomes very pleasing. On this paper, the colors are practically unchanged.

I have no idea about longevity, and I don’t really care that much. I usually hang prints in my home without glass, and I haven’t seen any effects on that yet.

20
Jan
09

more audio

Yet another episode of my test podcast. I tried a new approach now. I more or less talked through it with only a handful of cuts. It reduced the production time, and it made me talk differently. I think I sound more enthusiastic now, but I have more pauses trying to find the words. The production time, everything included except writing an outline (setting up, recording, editing, finalizing and uploading) took between 1 and 1.5 hours, which I think I can reduce even further with experience.

Here is a shot of my photography studio, which is now also doubles as a sound studio.

Here is the audio file. It is just short of 10 minutes.

Kjells test podcast episode 2

Update:  The test podcasts are removed since they are of little interest. Saves space for other stuff.

17
Jan
09

First test podcast

As I wrote in a previous post, I am trying to learn a little bit about producing audio content. Partly for my job, and partly because I think it is fun.

The link below is to my first attempt at it. Or to be honest, it’s more like my 20th attempt, but this is the first to get published. I still have a long way to go, but I was getting bored trying to improve this episode, so I just put it out and try to do better the next time. 

Why do I publish this?

Publishing is a good way push the productivity. Even if I don’t like to think of my photographing in terms of project, this is. I need to have some goals to finish stuff. Just to warn you, this episode is not really that exciting, it is just me telling a little bit about the same as I’m writing here. It was really hard to talk naturally when recording, and even if I am very comfortable talking to an audience, this was much more difficult.

Anyway, if anyone wants to listen, here it is.

Test podcast episode 1

Update:  The test podcasts are removed since they are of little interest. Saves space for other stuff.




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