Archive for ‘Monday Morning Coffee’

October 4, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I did a little reading this morning.  A couple of blog posts by some photographers I like to follow.  I’m not going to bother adding links to their blogs or even typing their names.  It just seems to me that a lot of photographers like to spend a lot of time whining.  No whining!

I’m waiting on my new fog machine to arrive in the mail today.  I’ve been looking to get one for a couple of years now and finally found one for a reasonable price.  I have big plans on using it for some “illustration” photography I have been wanting to do.

The picture above is just a picture, nothing to do with today’s post other than to adorn the page.  I love the random shapes I find in the natural world.

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks doing everything but photography.  I think I’ll make some pictures this week.

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September 20, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I have only been practicing photography full time for a few years now.  Before this I worked in construction.  And I took pictures with my film cameras and eventually digitals only as a hobby.  I like what I do now more even though I make much less money.  Photographs have always been fascinating to me both from a technical aspect and an artistic one.  I can geek out on equipment with the best of them but I have learned to keep that at bay, knowing that the newest and best gear will not by necessity make me a better photographer.  In fact, I am coming to the conclusion that the digital age in photography is ruining the craft.  Yes, with histograms and little screens on the backs of our cameras it is easier to make technically better pictures but at the same time photography is becoming more and more homogenized.  Everyone is doing the same thing.  Me included.  Yuck!  I am not swearing off digital as the devil.  I just think film is better for a lot of reasons.

I am going to spend more time with my old Nikon FE film camera and perhaps the N80.  Why?  Because it isn’t easy.  Because it makes me think about exposure.  Because film costs money so I won’t be as tempted to shoot a bunch of crap that will later be deleted.  Film is where its at.  So starting this week I am going to have a blog post on Fridays titled Film Fridays.  I plan on posting a scan from a negative, color or black and white, and discussing it.  Don’t know how far this will go but I intend to at least make the film photography part a long term project.  I invite comments on this.  It is my intent to learn and become a better photographer.  And I want to share what I learn along the way.  Perhaps someone else will get something out of this as well.  And maybe I will start to make better pictures instead of the digital garbage I pollute the world with now.

And just because this is a photography blog, here is the included picture for this post.  Taken with a Nikon N80 on TMax 400 B&W film.

This is Tuckerman Ravine with Mt. Washington in the clouds on the right.  My wife and children have explicit instructions to leave my ashes here when I die.  My favorite spot on the planet.

August 30, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I am not really a fan of HDR processing.  It seems gimmicky to me.  But of course, I have to try it out myself just to see if I can do anything with it that satisfies my vision of my photography.  So this is what I came up with that seems cool to me.  It isn’t too crazy for HDR I think, but just enough to give it some edge and it seems to work with this picture of my son on his bike.  So I can’t dismiss HDR completely but its important to keep in mind that as with all things, a little moderation is a good thing.  I used two speedlights to light him even though it was a bright, sunny day.  I wanted high key lighting to get the effect I was looking for after the HDR processing.  In the end, I like this well enough although it is really just another example of the types of images we see all over flickr and I just don’t see the need to flood the world with more of the same thing.  So I’ll keep working on my vision knowing that at this point HDR may only be a small part of my photography.

August 23, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

Continuing my boating theme, here is a picture of my two sons (on the right) and their cousin.  They always have a great time together when we go camping.  More summer memories for them.

I just finished up a wilderness medicine course that ran from Friday to Sunday.  Three very long, physically grueling days.  I had a blast and purposely did not take any pictures.  I’m glad I took the course, the instructor was fantastic.  If anyone is interested in learning wilderness medicine let me know and I’ll put you in touch with her.

Short post today.  I’m really tired and reality decided I should wait for the refrigerator repair person today. 😦

August 9, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I’ve had this picture floating around on my hard drive for some time now.  At first I didn’t like it much, it wasn’t what I was going for when I made the picture.  The other day I got it out and messed around a bit and came up with the image above.  Its not great, but better.  I like old cars and this one sure is sweet!

I’m still working on my marketing plan.  I am grateful for Heather Morton’s blog and all the information she shares.  I am also glad I follow Don Giannatti’s Lighting Essentials blog.  Again, more valuable information for those of us trying to “make it” as photographers.  So even in the dog days of summer, I’m still working, working, working.  Now if I could just find the time to shoot more.