Much like one of those stories you hear about of now famous stars, who made daring journeys to become what they are, I have moved from my comfortable roots in New England, to the hustle of Southern California. All of this I've done in an attempt to connect with more like minded individuals in photography, art and the film business. It's already been a hard few weeks and this evening I got more terrible news in regards to some personal matters. Still I persist and I'm glad to keep you all informed on how this all goes, if you read this blog or view my work, thank you.
As I wonder about what the near future will be like for me, I will also think about images that have helped me to endure, that keep me going.
How often is your trouble shooting related to on site photographing and how often is it related to your postproduction? In the case of my latest shoot with model Chelsey Taylor, the later turned out to be my biggest hardship. In a number of my shots I covered the front of my lens with a red gel sheet. This could have easily been done as an after effect in Photoshop but by using a filter in the moment, it gave me an additional surge of inspiration, seeing the results in camera immediately has a way of rewarding you instantly. So I rolled with this surreal concept of covering her world in red. The trouble I ran into was in my attempt to export these images to her through Facebook and Instagram.
I knew about image compression and the degrading that results from passing around digital files, however with such extreme color being present in my images, this caused another issue. While they appeared crisp before my export, the end result was a blurry, low resolution looking image. The solution to this problem.
1- resize your images, with the long side at 2080 pixels, 300 dpi
2- convert your image to sRGB
3- then save to the web with the following settings on the image below. (check progressive, leave convert color and embed color profile unchecked.)
(I converted my image twice in the color space options, this was my error.)
Then export and enjoy in the sharing with your creative members. You can also read more on this exporting process at the following link, which helped me out. http://www.modelmayhem.com/forums/post/967658
So don’t forget folks, remember that your images go on a journey while exporting and can end up becoming something else at the end of the trip.
Here's a cool article I came across in which photographer Joshua Paul shoots F1 racing events with none other than a 4x5 film camera, and one from the dawn of the 19th century at that. Again very cool stuff worth spreading. News courtesy of Petapixel.
It's not only in good manners to thank others for choosing your work to be displayed in an exhibit but a call for entry can also pave a way for more inspiration. In the case of the Darkroom Gallery and the latest exhibit, "Abstraction", I gained more ideas from Blue Mitchell, photographer and juror. His work can be seen here. Thank you for your selections.
This past weekend, I went up to Boston, to collaborate once again with a model whom I've had the pleasure and privilege to work with before, Chelsey Angers. She manages to take direction and yet spin a bit of her own idea into the mix, making shooting that much more interesting. That alone wouldn't work though. During the process of shooting, my mind was running. It was windier than I was expecting, and I did not have a weight for my diffusion umbrella, which I had plans of using. Not only that but a screw was loose in the bag, it was needed so I could use my flash remotely. What to do when your original plan falters, and now your using more time to find things than to take shots? Scrap the idea and move on, I didn't have all day, plus I had a remote cable. This was one example of how I had to adjust to make better use of my time, don't always become fixated on accessories, let your inner voice speak for your shots.
There are other moments but let's get to the favorites from this shoot. I wanted to focus my energies towards making street shots, rather than high fashion, experimental ideas that I usually have in my head. Its in these shots that I believe, I've found a split second moment where simple posing ends and something shines through
Once again I'm face to face with a model, and that familiar feeling returns, that sense of dread. "I know I can get a worthwhile image out of this session, but how?". I'm experimenting, hypothesizing, searching for that moment "ah ha" moment, where it all begins to make sense. I recently photographed Sarah M Faire, a model from my home state of CT, and it's my first step back into fashion and beauty photography. It's been some time now and as I expected, it was a rewarding experience, not because I got outstanding images with every press of the shutter but because I was facing challenges that I've felt before. Ms. Faire was a worthwhile model, she was on time, more than prepared and took directions well, but my challenge remains, how do I make an image that's about something and not of something?
The answer isn't simple and the journey to finding, and creating a great moment on camera takes on different roads. What I''ll leave you with though are a few of my favorites.
Just one look at the winning images on monoawards.com gave me a brief feeling of trepidation. There are a lot of works of art here that leave me speechless but I made a submission with confidence and my entry was recognized in the abstract category, it can be seen here. I want to thank the jurors of mono awards and even if it wasn't accepted, it was only 20$, you don't have much to loose and you still get your work in front of somebody.
I wanted to thank Ms. Sandrine Hermand-Grisel for choosing one of my pieces to be a part of the upcoming exhibit from the Darkroom Gallery, entitled "Le Paysage". I wanted to include a link to her site, not only as a thank you to her but because I had a genuine resonance with some of her images and you may as well.
and below is a link to the Darkroom Gallery's website which I've had the pleasure of submitting to before, you might have an image lying somewhere that might just fit a call for entry.
A small gathering of images that I made during the fall season, good time for this kind of post now that the trees have been rid of their leaves (and that little bit of snow we got earlier before Halloween, too soon)
I've through faults of my own and from other things I couldn't control had left photography behind me for some time but it all comes back, wanting to become a part of my life again. As things have improved for me lately I have been able to afford to bring back this site and its with this rejuvenation that I'd like to share some work I've come across that broadened my mind and its with these kind of artists that I suddenly feel capable again. Check it out.
When you wait until the last day to do a homework assignment on an artist, well I figured I'd let you folks know about that person too. Ladies and gents, Damian Ortega.
"The object of art is to make the reader or viewer or listener aware of what he knows but doesn’t know that he knows… and this is doubly true in photography, because the photographer is making the viewer aware of what he is actually seeing and yet at the time not seeing."
- William Burroughs
Color and draw me inspired. His depictions of fashion and women are an eye opener to works I'm soon to start. You can see some of his work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Show will end in mid august.
It pays to look around. Through some error I wasn't notified that one of my images was selected for the best images of 2015 call for entry on lenscratch.com. I was looking around today and there it was. So thank you Lenscratch and folks remember to just spend some time looking around, sometimes things find you.
Saw it Christmas Eve to try and avoid the insane (but lovable) crowds and yeah....... it was awesome, how about that.