Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Week 45 - 2017 in Photographs

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My weekly blog is late. And I was rather winging it all week long. Too much going on. Focus elsewhere, pun intended. Sorry but next week is going to be the same. My biggest piece of photographic equipment, Big Blue, is getting another mechanical fix. So no photo trek. All these are taken as I was traveling along going else where for other reasons, or off the studio deck. To facilitate that latter photographic platform I have the new heated door mat to stand on in my stocking feet and snap pictures of the dawn without freezing feet.

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And Thicke continues to pose although sometimes reluctantly. 

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Week 44 - 2017 in Photographs

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St. Anthony Catholic Church

In one of the many digital photography books I have read the writer maintained you should know if you were going to process in black and white or in color. That was certainly true in the days of film. But that decision was largely made for not just one photo but a whole roll of film because it was what you had loaded in the camera.

I will be honest and if it was not a requirement for a photography assignment I seldom used black and white film. Every once in a while I would feel guilty about not being a true photographer like Ansel Adams and shoot a row of black and white.

Digital photography and control of the "post processing" means you can do whatever you want with your images. You can make the decision on photograph at a time. The same rules of composition apply. Images with strong elements are generally my choice for black and white. But I have often taken an image or a subject and processed it in both color and without color.

Color is still my favorite. Black and white is still an exercise I give myself.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Week 43 - 2017 in Photographs

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 It is all about the light. Cameras, whether they are film or digital, capture the light. 

One morning, while delaying arriving at my dentist appointment, I stopped at Eagle Rock Lake to capture the colors of the cotton woods. Yellow is one of those colors which captures light very well. And with sunlight streaming through the leaves they seem to glow.

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 What amazed me once back home and remembering I had taken all those photographs before have the truck not start, five teeth pulled, and lower face totally numbed is that fall photographs look awesome in black and white.

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 And the light streaming through the leaves and the trees and across the pond's surface is even more striking without the color.

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 As a landscape photographer who always eagerly awaits the fall colors I surprised myself during the post processing. It seemed like a sacrilege to remove the color. But photography is about the light. And that is so evident, as Ansel Adams proved, in the black and white versions.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week 42 - 2017 in Photographs

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Too much to do this morning. And I thought I had gotten it all done. And mostly. I just had my weekly photography blog to put words to. I uploaded the photos, finished a group email I was responsible for. Tried to start the pickup so I could drive it to the mechanic. And when it wouldn't start went on a pleasant walk with my friend who was going to drive me home after we dropped off the pickup.

One more attempt to start it and then plan B. To make a long story shorter the pickup is now where it needs to be awaiting repairs. And I got home in time to meet the owner of one of the dogs I am sitting.

I patted myself on my back and promptly forgot about this blog.

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It goes without saying that this photos are more serene than my morning was. So perhaps it is good to have this remaining task to restore my soul. Photographs have that power. Art is a gift in your house whether it is a photograph or a painting or a sculpture.

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I mentioned the walk through many of these aspens this morning. Before the winds rose it was silent and peaceful.

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Now my day is truly complete. All remaining items are for tomorrow. I can retire to my couch with my cat and be peaceful.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week 41 - 2017 in Photographs

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 When my sister was here we revisited Valle Vidal. We discovered this new burn area. Ponderosa pines don't have fall colors. Our guess is it was a prescribed burn of undergrowth which got a bit too hot. 

But made for a great photo shoot. No photoshopping involved.

Sometimes you just get lucky.

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Like with the clouds during the extended monsoon season. My camera has  dawn/dusk and sunset settings. But beyond that only cropping once on the computer.

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 And sometimes the luck is just being in the right space with just the right light and a few well placed clouds. It is pretty difficult to take a bad photograph in New Mexico.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Week 40 - 2017 in Photographs

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 Kasha-Katuwe National Monument in New Mexico is southwest of Santa Fe near Cochiti. Kasha-Katuwe means white cliffs in the pueblo language of Keresan. They were created by layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by a pyroclastic flow from a volcano in the Jemez Volcanic field 6 to 7 million years ago.

My sister and I, both avid photographers, took the slot trail to the top. Not your causal stroll by any means. The view from the top is fantastic but I loved the canyon bottom and the slots and the trees which seem to go to amazing heights to reach the sun. I posted more pictures of this amazing place in a previous post on this blog. But then some of the photographs were of course used in my 365 day challenge.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Studio September 2017

The Prussian Blue Wall

Taking photographs of my studio has been a challenge. All the walls are not the same height and the light can work for or against me. I have come to know there are certain times of the day when I will get less glare from the sun through the windows, etc. This week the process was helped along by rain dimming the sunlight.

And in the case of the photograph below which sits in the corner surrounded by windows it is best to record it before the sun comes up. In the winter this is where I sit to have coffee or read or just bask in the warmth of the sun drenching the plants. As I told many people who stopped by on the studio tour this room was suppose to be a greenhouse which provided passive solar heating to the house. It is that but it is also my gallery and studio.

Tea corner

The meeting of the arts

The west corner is where the arts meet. Painting and photography and my original bead jewelry meet with my collection of still life stuff; the collectibles I use to stage photographic challenges in the cold winter months when I don't want to go outside with the camera. Crystal vases, bones, rocks, crosses all get dusted and staged. Decluttering is not something which serves an artist well. Never get rid of all your props. 

The portable wall separating the work area

Art is messy and requires furniture to tools to support it. The portable wall runs beside the large flat file where I store mat board and paper. It serves as a work table for matting and framing my photographs as well as a large surface for doing drawings for my larger paintings. The grey mound in the lower left is my compound miter saw for making frames.

The East Corner

Over the drawing and work table

This wall gets most of the new paintings. And as it is across from the studio door I realize its impact on visitors. But it can be the messiest area because the work table and flat files are arrayed under it and around the corner. Ending at the easel and the director chair where the studio cat often sits.

North wall with north light

There are also paintings over the doors and windows on the east but I did not include them in this review of the studio because I did not rearrange it.