After spending most of the past few weeks exploring how my new On1 software can be used for photoart fuckery, I’m now playing with it as more of a straight-up processing platform. On the left is 5280LM’s own Michael Pecaut, who should post here more often.
Street Art, RiNo, Denver
Not that there’s no fuckery afoot, of course. Continue reading
I continue working the vein…
Music of the Spheres
… steel on a bridge near my house.
Along South Broadway, in Englewood CO.
Gothic Theatre Neon, Denver CO
This has a sort of Hotel California album cover vibe, I think.
Neon: Lucky U Motel: South Broadway, Englewood
I felt the solemnity of the location, the near-sacred aura of Ground Zero, coupled with the somewhat lacy reflections of nearby buildings juxtaposed with the strong lines of the memorial structure was poorly served by a riot of tourist color. The gathered crowds retreat into the background when rendered in black and white, while the names stand starkly front and center.
I’m glad to have shot this after Moab. I feel I did it much more justice than I might have otherwise.
I had a wonderful experience during a weeklong workshop and symposium (the Moab Photography Symposium) in early May. Among the realizations was remembering how much I loved working in Black & White as a kid (much easier to process and print in black & white when you are using film). In conjunction with starting to print my own work, I am re-exploring monochromicity. The next few days will bring samples.
Bodie is a California State Historic Park in the Eastern Sierra, south of Bridgeport and north of Lee Vining. The ghost town has been a state park since 1962 and a national historic landmark since 1961.
A short stop in Bodie in 2014 began my adult, digital, photography as art period. I had about 45 minutes in the middle of the day and shot deliberately for black and white, using the harsh light in an attempt to evoke stark emptiness. Out of less than 50 exposures (most of them bracketed sets of three to capture the total dynamic range available), I got three or four of my better images. It’s taken nearly three years since then to solidify my sense of my photography as art, but the Terrific Trio workshop before the Moab Photography Symposium (plus one other presenter during the Symposium itself) have managed to do that.
B/W version of the previous.
This is a shot I tool in late 2013 when I lived in Seattle. The original process used HDR, which I have always thought made it a little noisy. Today I reworked it for a contest. See what you think. (Original follows.)
Monorail, EMP Museum, Seattle