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Multiple Shades of Gray

Black and white photography is not as popular in today’s digital imaging world as it was in the days of film. Yet it remains a reasonable alternative in rendering scenes with inherently low contrast, as in e.g. mid-day/ mid-Summer lighting where an abundance of light may overwhelm camera sensors, “washing out” the scene.
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Still, it is Spring

Hard to believe, with our weather, but underneath all the grey, wet, and cold overcast there are fields of color to be discovered. Not far from home

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Creative decisions: full color or not?

Digital Photography offers many ways to express our artistic inner vision. Decisions we make, from field capture to post-processing, help communicate the message we intend for an image. One key decision is whether to render the scene in full color, partial color, or no color at all.
The default shooting mode of modern digital [...]

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Context

Every picture tells a story, and every story must be told in its rightful context.
The other day I heard again the oft-repeated quotation by sir Winston Churchill  “…democracy is the worst form of government…”   and for a moment I wondered, did he really say that? How could a leader of the democratic alliance that [...]

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Interpretation

Art Photography, like all forms of art, is a means of communication; a kind of “language.” As such, it is subject to interpretation, based on individual life experiences (the ‘filters’ through which we perceive the world).
Cultural wisdom, e,g.  the old Indian tale of “the blind men and the elephant” reminds us that each of us [...]

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Self Critique & digital image-making (6/6)

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Sixth and final part in this series. (On the theory behind my practice of digital image-making) (Earlier posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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Detail is an important part of every work of the visual arts. In digital photography, detail relates to “micro-contrast” (or “sharpness”). Enhancing micro-contrast/sharpness will create the illusion of more detail, [...]

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Elements… (5 of 6)

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Fifth in a series of short articles on how I approach digital photography. (Links to previous parts: 1, 2, 3, and 4)
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Do you sometimes “feel blue”? Or do you see the world through “rose-colored glasses”, and want to “paint the town red?” Or… perhaps you feel “green with envy” when [...]

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Self Critique (3 of 6)

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Third in a series of six parts on how I personally approach the art of digital image making. Sharing in appreciation of the many social media friends who are interested in my work.
(Access: part one and two)

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Composition is the next most important element of an image, and it is best optimized [...]

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Elements of self critique (2 of 6)

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In the first part I mentioned the five elements that have the most impact on mood & emotion in art photography: Light, Composition, Contrast, Color and Detail. I use their initials L-C-C-C-D as a mnemonic device; a working checklist.

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Nothing influences the overall mood of a scene more than Light. So [...]

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Elements of self-critique in digital image making (part 1 of 6)

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The journey toward higher artistic accomplishment and ever improving levels of craftsmanship, requires that we migrate from a reliance on external feedback, toward a disciplined habit of self-critique. This is part 1, of a 6-part summary of how I personally approach this.

To begin with some key definitions, my main area of interest [...]

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