I take pictures, and write stories.
The pictures I take today are digital, though I have done analogue in the past, and probably will again at some time. For now the digital are more practical for my works. I want only to produce images that please myself, and I use every format to achieve this end. There’s a lot of editing, and manipulation im my work, including some ‘cartooning’ algorithms. When I use automated programs, I choose the images as I take them, pre-edit them to get what I want out of the automated software, and edit again to ‘tweak’ the image. I found it best to control the image I insert into the algorithm, from the composition to exposure, processing, and effects, to get more from the final image than the software was intended to offer. The photographs I take, as they appear directly from my camera, I can only describe as ‘muddy’. I choose exposures and ISO to achieve this, as the horrid looking image that is produced with this technique holds much more information to work with in processing than an ideal image obtained by ‘proper’ exposure settings on my camera. It’s a technique I learned in college, called the ‘zone’ method’ that I used for black and white analogue photography, and it works well in digital as well. The ‘auto’ setting on my camera is only used for rapidly changing light conditions, or action photos, where the camera can adjust much faster than I can. I try not to over ‘photo shop’ my pics by adding celebs, Patching in odd images, or over thinking the subject.
Most of my subjects are inanimate, with the exception of self portraits, or random strangers that may never see the images. I find I receive no complaints when they are less than complimentary presentations than the subject hoped for in this way.
I’m not doing this professionally, or for approval from anyone but myself, and solely for my own entertainment and enjoyment, I do like getting feedback, be it negative, or positive, and I find helpful criticism an interesting aid to my learning process. I am forever learning.
I hope y’all find my photos as pleasing as I do.
The stories I write are on cowbird.com.
- The “Ancient” (I am over 60) tumblr; Leonard Adams.
Not all of the vintage images I rework in my hobby are from found images. Some are from my family’s collection of photographs passed down to surviving members, or shared between us online.
This is my father’s boot camp graduation portrait from Camp Grant in Rockford Illinois during WWII. I obtained this photo from one of my relatives on facebook (There are some redeeming facets to having a facebook account, I guess).
My hobby is usually confined to found vintage black and white photographs, but it has produced some nice portraits for a family history wall display as well.