Friday, August 11, 2006

straight from the camera

I tried some straight-from-the-camera photos and the concept doesn't excite me. I see the image captured in my camera as a beginning, not an end.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

truthful photos

There seems to be a lot of discussion in print and online, about honest photographs. At what point does manipulation, either digital or darkroom. cause a photograph to no longer be true? Changing color? sharpness? tones? adding or removing elements? scratches? sensor dust? Is it possible for the subject or scene to remain true, no matter the processing?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

a mini revolution

or just a mini-fad? a small group now, but growing, posting photos with no manipulation other than resizing for the web. quite interesting results... the photography gods must be laughing themselves silly. ;)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

too hot to shoot?

there is no excuse, really, for not getting a decent shot today. Running low on ideas? Too hot outside? Too many to-do things on the list? Lame. How to get my artist's eye working again? Tired of photographing 'things'....

Thursday, August 03, 2006

straight from the camera

a friendly challenge among a few photogs to post a shot just as it came from the camera - the only editing allowed: resize for the web. Interesting results - more difficult than I imagined. But then, my heart wasn't in it today.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

watershed day

sometimes it takes a brutal, hurtful event to open our eyes. we wonder how we could have been so blind.... what were we thinking? we wanted something to be true so badly, that we ignored all the warning signs. today was my day to finally see things as they truly are.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

artist = angst

when I was young (weren't we all just so smart when we were young?), I thought the premise that great art is born out of angst.... was silly. surely one did not have to suffer for their art! but, after a while, making pretty pictures becomes almost comtemptuous. yes, there are beautiful, breathtaking places and things all around us... the 80's song "Is that all there is?" comes to mind. if these scenes just pass through my camera's eye or my painter's brush and I haven't added any of myself, they are no different than what a thousand other cameras would produce.

Saturday, July 29, 2006


today is my birthday... no need to specify which one. ;) everyone wants at least a little hoopla on their special day.... I used to be disappointed when nothing happened. then I decided that if I wanted hoopla, I needed to make it myself. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

what mark

what mark will I leave on this earth?
will a grain of sand be displaced because I walked there?
will a waterfall fill a spot where I once stood?
will a beam of sunlight shine on a place that recalls my name?
will a soul remember my kiss? my touch?

Saturday, July 22, 2006

ear worm

"Song that is stuck in your head."

This happens to me all the time and my ear worm today is Gordon Lightfoot's "If you Could Read My Mind". Occasionally, I will use this as an idea for a photo.... hmmmmm

Friday, July 21, 2006

it's all been done

is there anything or anyplace that hasn't been photographed? peruse some of the online photo sharing sites and it would appear that it has all been done before. maybe that's why we eventually begin photographing people - each one is unique and we believe we can capture them in "wow".

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


music - lizzie west
photography - ralph gibson
author - anne tyler
poetry - rilke
food - pasta
color - black
place - the italian coast
artist - john singer sargent

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

copyright dammit!

I do not understand people who have no problem taking a photo of someone else's artwork and posting it on the web. They admit that it belongs to another artist, but they don't provide a name, so they obviously haven't received permission. As if putting your art on display in public places makes it fair game for any talentless creep with a camera.

Monday, July 17, 2006

say no to non-photography day

some fool in britain came up with non-photography day, purportedly to make people put their cameras down and enjoy the life around them. if your camera is interfering with your life, you have bigger problems than a 24 hour fast can fix. go ahead - take a picture! take two!!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

the frame

I admit that I don't always compose my shot in-camera... shame on me. Instead, I rely on post-processing cropping to achieve the composition that I want. This often results in an odd size, which may be okay for the web, but printing/framing is another matter.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

the empty third

I see so many photos with the subject off-center and an empty void filling the remaining space. the 'rule of thirds' has been drummed into every photographer's head and it can be a very useful tool, if you know when to use it and when to disobey. the rule does not intend to leave a third of the frame empty, unrelated to the subject.... instead, create a background that supports the main subject, without competing for attention; use the edges of the subject matter to create an interesting negative space.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


I usually give a title to my photos... and most of the time it has a personal meaning to me, rather than trying to convey something to the viewer about the subject or scene. other times, I don't want to influence any recognition or empathy and I omit the title, allowing the viewer to interpret.. or not! it would be interesting to know if the photography biggies titled their work at the time it was made or if that came later, for marketing purposes.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

ack!! photos

mamas - don't let your babies grow up to take macro photos of flowers, with or without water drops! I admit, I've posted flower pics myself, but I hope they are at least a bit unique.... I recently picked up a copy of look-look magazine for young artists and the content is so fresh and untainted! I hope at least one of those featured artists keeps their artist's eye. I'll take a photo that speaks to me over a technically 'perfect' one any day of the week. now... what to shoot for my daily?