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Sources

Sources

A big part of what I like to do regarding photography is to draw elements from other sources and work them into my own art.  This commonly goes by the name appropriation.  The subject itself can be a thorny one.  There are issues of originality (think Sherrie Levine) and also, even more importantly, issues of […]


Site Update

Site Update

Looks like integration is here with this blog.  I have officially switched over to the Facebook commenting engine for this blog.  I had recently adopted a captcha system that was much more difficult to crack than previous systems, but cracked now it is.  I have been receiving an increasing number of emails per day trying […]


Tweeks

So as you may or may not have noticed, the site here has been evolving a little bit. If you visited the main page recently, you would have seen the category block at the bottom of the page. At the end of each post now are social network sharing icons so you can spread the […]


I Really Should be in Bed

I Really Should be in Bed

But for some reason I am not.  I have a busy day ahead tomorrow as I begin to build the next project for my Color Theory course.  I’ll have more details on that one later.  For now, however, let’s stick with the photography. In my Primitive Photography course we have done 1 project so far […]


And August Rolls Around

And August Rolls Around

It is officially 19 August 2011.  Tomorrow night I will be heading to the Texans preseason game where we will be hosting the New Orleans Saints and on 23 August I take the first academic steps my journey toward qualifying to enter the Photography/Digital Media program at the University of Houston.  I still haven’t figured […]


The Latest Toy

The Latest Toy

On 21 April I picked up the pinhole optic for my Lensbaby Composer.  Unfortunately, 21 April was also the middle of the end-of-semester crunch, which hasn’t left me much time to play with my new toy.  I’m happy to report at this point I have 1 more project component left for my Art History class […]


Frustrating

Frustrating

Red is just one of those wavelengths that frustrates the hell out of me sometimes.  When I was shooting a lot of concerts I would have problems with blown highlights because heavy metal performers love red lights.  There was a really good photo I got of Erik Rutan from the death metal band Hate Eternal […]


A Blank Mind and New Software

A Blank Mind and New Software

Other than the drone of existence and working the past few days, I’ve pretty much kept my mind a blank slate.  I’ve pretty much been taking everything in, processing it superficially, and then moving on with the next course.  Today I decided to snap out of that rut and start thinking again.  Let’s see how […]


What the Hell…

What the Hell...

I can’t sleep anyway so I worked on the project some more.  I found there were issues with the black and white version of the photo I was using.  The issues came from adjustments I had made to the color filters in the black and white.  The reason I made the adjustments was to lighten […]


Random Mumbling Post 2011-1

The Silvershotz annual ‘Folios’ issue just recently hit the newsstands.  Aside from being one of my favorite magazines to look at the world of art photography, the ‘Folios’ issue is one I look forward to each year as it contains work by emerging artists and those who are not strictly photographers but have an artistic talent for photography.  The 2009 issue contained […]


Some Post-Holiday Mumbling

This Christmas was definitely a good one for my photography equipment. My lovely wife gave me an all-weather hood for my DSLR, a 5-in-1 reflector kit, and a flash bracket. Unfortunately I had to return the flash bracket as it could not be used with my camera. The resulting store credit netted me a backdrop […]


Gum BiChromate Printing

Gum BiChromate Printing

I just realized that I never updated anyone on my education in the Gum BiChromate printing process.  Well, let me start by saying “I’m sorry”. The inspiration to learn this print process got its genesis when I saw some of Peter Liepke’s work in Silvershotz magazine.  The colors achieved via this black and white process […]


The Ever Expanding Lens Collection

For a long time I’ve been fascinated by selective focus. In selective focus the photographer is able to seemingly focus on a certain subject in a frame while the rest of the image (even in the same plane) is out of focus. The first photograph where I realized the power of selective focus was the […]


Exposure

Few things can be as confusing to a new photographer as the concept of exposure. I can assure you now that I am not the exception here. Often I find that I missed a good shot because, while my meter said it was ok to go, I did not expose that part necessary to accurately […]


New Toys

I know it’s been a while since I posted here. While I have been shooting (and my flickr profile attests to this), I really haven’t been challenging myself for the past few months. I spent some time in Los Angeles near the middle of July, but most of my shots were of the snapshot variety. […]


Digital Toolbox

One of the amazing things about digital is the vast array of tools that are available to the photographer for processing the shot. Indeed, the amount of hardware and software packages available is astounding. You can get a Chromira processor for a price that runs well into 5 digits, a scanner dedicated to film (thus […]


Color Film

My Pentax 645 came with a 220 film back. At the time I didn’t know the difference between 120 film and 220 film so I really didn’t care. Well, when it came time to buy film, I realized there is a difference. The biggest difference between 220 film and 120 film is the number of […]


New Toys

I made the leap from 35mm film to medium format film with the purchase of a Pentax 645 Medium Format Camera. There was a little bit of a learning curve as the controls were different from my digital and film Canon SLR cameras. This camera is a bit older so the ranges on the shutter […]