Even if your not anywhere near the mid-atlantic read on there might be a few tidbits here that are useful. For those of you that are close I invite you to check out the very first mini-workshop that I am leading. It's one of my favorite topics - window light. To lay it all out on the table I'm a little nervous. Not because I'm shy or don't know what I want to cover or anything like that. It's because I've never done anything remotely like a workshop in such a small amount of time - two measly hours. I could do an all day-er on the subject for sure. Maybe a two day intensive - my usual venue for such topics.
Before it slips my mind I thought I would share a brief excerpt - word for word - of a mini-interview I just completed for a fellow photographer that is collecting thoughts on gear, etc for publication. It's not published yet but assuming he pings me I'll push out a link to it for your amusement. The very last segment of the interview thing was about my favorite photography quote. Just being me I could not give a strait answer to a simple question. I wasn't being evasive or cute as might be interpreted by the more paranoid - I just let the first thing that came across my mind and that was not a simple and singular thought - as usual.
I wrote a couple of random thoughts yesterday regarding point of view. Specifically the merits of exploring as many as you can think of with any given subject. I really didn't provide any sort of visual example or reference just some thoughts. As I was going through the same old images I shot almost two months ago I ran across a few that provides a bit of an example and some additional food for thought.
It's no secret one of my favorite photographers is Patrick LaRoque. For lots of reasons - of course a big reason I've had the opportunity to get to know him a bit is of course I love the pictures he makes. Recently I had the honor of providing my nutty 2¢ on a pre-press version of his latest book - 1 Eye Roaming. I thought for a change of pace since the cat's out of the bag and the book is now available for public consumption I would take the opportunity for a brief review and of course just a smidgen of my 2¢.
I've mentioned a couple of times lately that I am reviewing images I've shot in 2013. I love to look at images after some real time has passed. Completely new perspective. I'm bitterly hard on myself during this process as a matter of course. Yes I find a few hidden gems that I passed over before. Some that I was enamored with due to one minor bit or another may fall out of favor but most of all I am hard on myself about how much I didn't shoot and didn't get done.
I'm pretty sure that Nikon 58mm f/1.4 G is in my future at some point. I know it's not now while it's hot and new and going for full price for sure. Even when the street price new or used comes down in a year or so it will still be far more expensive than any of the regular old crappy 50mm Nikon lenses. I also know that it's not going to make one iota of difference in any pictures I will ever make as compared to what I am currently using or have ever used. We all have to have our little photographic fetishes though - part of the fun. I've mentioned on numerous occasions my personal poison is normal-ish primes. I've got a bunch of um. I even have some for cameras that I don't own.
Okay enough with the 100% screenshot views of an out of focus section at the top of the post. This isn't a science project - well at least I hope it's not. At the top we have my take on LR5 with VSCO Portra 400 done in Aperture 3. It happens to be the same images I was using for demonstration yesterday. We'll get to the 100% views of the out of focus areas in a second. A quick follow-up to my last post on RAW processors, tools, etc. Another exercise - pointless or maybe not. Took me another 10 seconds. This time on the ultra-accurate film emulation presets of that wonderful marketing machine that is VSCO.
Religious wars. That may be a little strong. Actually way too strong but let's stick with that for a second. In some ways the discussions regarding the merits or lack thereof remind me of Canon v. Nikon, Mac v. PC, etc. Mole hills turned into mountains. I guess it's human nature to examine differences and magnify them into some chasm of contrast - night/day kind of measurement. As a public service for anyone interested I'm going to share a ten second exercise - literally it took me ten seconds to do this. Far less time than sharing it here. That exercise is matching the Lightroom 5/ACR 8 default RAW rendering in Aperture 3 and then applying the most basic correction required for this specific image.
Just a quick follow-up to my rant on reevaluation and exposure automation. The infamous brick wall test. Of course I can't possibly shoot just a brick wall not even when playing around. I guess this is what qualifies as good enough. I've had boat loads of cameras, lenses, etc, etc. For the most part of the last decade I've complained a lot about digital and some of the things that I think are just not that great. Somethings have been pretty darn good for a while others not so much.
It's hard to believe the winter is here. Seems like just yesterday I took that road trip to DC armed with only my X100S, my D600, and a 50mm prime or two, and maybe another couple of lenses. Actually too many lenses for the purposes of the trip - re-evaluating my bias towards the 50mm focal length vs. the 35mm welded to my Fuji X100S. I did end up staying true to my purpose and that is re-evaluation of a bunch of things that tend to build up biases over time.