In the aftermath of a recent still-life studio session, I experienced a mini-epiphany for me in regards to photo composition. Please don’t run away now – this will not be another regurgitation of the classic rules of composition. No dissertation on the rule of thirds, the golden spiral or golden ratio, leading lines, framing, balancing elements, Fibonaci’s number, or whatever. My point is is not … Continue reading Plane Perspectives on Composition
On September 5, 2019, I was invited by my local camera club, the Lake County Camera Club (affiliated with the CACCA, the Chicago Area Camera Club Association) to give a presentation at the monthly meeting on light painting techniques. I had been experimenting with the light painting methods espoused by Harold Ross, and had entered some images in club competition that evidently attracted some attention. … Continue reading Light Painting – Sculpting with Light
A week ago, I returned from Montana where I had attended a black & white photography workshop, “The Art of Black & White Photography,” June 9-14, sponsored by Photographer’s Formulary, in Condon, Montana, and taught by Nathan McCreery. Nathan has been a professional photographer since his college days, with work encompassing wedding, portrait, commercial and product photography; he is primarily focused today on fine art … Continue reading The Art of Black & White Photography – Workshop Review
All of my recent photography activities have not been exclusively film-oriented, despite the implication of the last post. Something that I have been exploring lately is still-life photography in my makeshift studio in my home’s attic. Still-life photography takes two primary forms – the found still-life and the created or constructed still-life. The found still-life consists of a scene or tableau as it exists in … Continue reading Still-Life Photography
There has been a lot of movement in my photography pursuits over the past several months; I hesitate to call it progress too quickly where it may be just manifestations of G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome). Nonetheless, I have made several acquisitions in support of furthering my wet darkroom capabilities, expanding my digital scanning capabilities, and may have fallen down the analog rangefinder rabbit hole. This … Continue reading Do Analog Photographers Dream of Celluloid Sheep?
Many of us involved today in the art of photography cannot remember a time when photography was not primarily a digital experience, with images taken on digital cameras, recorded on digital memory media, imported to a computer, and then processed with a favored suite of software. For many the ultimate output from this endeavor is an image viewed primarily, if not solely, on an electronic … Continue reading The Wet Darkroom Revisited