November 20, 2012
As much as I love to photograph outdoors, often it simply isn't possible for any number of reasons. But that does not mean I can't or don't photograph! I often explore for abstracts in my house and I have accumulated a rather large portfolio of this work over the years which I will present under the category 'Contemplations'. This image depicts a shadow created from the sun passing through a baby gate and projected onto a mahogany closet door. It was quite a challenge to try and keep up with the 'moving shadow' as the rising sun continually changed position. The tight space I had to work in necessitated that I use a tilt/shift lens and photograph the pattern from a rather sharp angle. I ultimately made 5 exposures at different focus points and merged them into Helicon Focus software to create a sharp image from edge to edge. Photographing often keeps your skills sharp and allows you to work quickly when required.
November 8, 2012
Last Sunday afternoon, my youngest daughter dragged me out to La Barriere Park to walk the dog. Although it was particularly dreary outside, I nevertheless kept seeing interesting compositions, mostly of the trees along the LasSalle River. Having left my camera at home for a change, I borrowed my daughter's iPhone and began to make a number of more or less B&W compositions. Back at home, I processed one of the images in an app called FX Photo Studio Pro and then added an 'antique canvas' layer to further warm up the scene. Thus was created 'Trees Forever'.