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.
Shooting in 3D has got me re examining cloudscapes again.
Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell: Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere, i’ve looked at cloud that way. But now they only block the sun, they rain and snow on everyone. So many things i would have done but clouds got in my way.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now, From up and down, and still somehow It’s cloud illusions i recall. I really don’t know clouds at all.
Moons and junes and ferris wheels, the dizzy dancing way you feel As every fairy tale comes real; i’ve looked at love that way. But now it’s just another show. you leave ‘em laughing when you go And if you care, don’t let them know, don’t give yourself away.
I’ve looked at love from both sides now, From give and take, and still somehow It’s love’s illusions i recall. I really don’t know love at all.
Tears and fears and feeling proud to say “i love you” right out loud, Dreams and schemes and circus crowds, i’ve looked at life that way. But now old friends are acting strange, they shake their heads, they say I’ve changed. Something’s lost but something’s gained in living every day.
I’ve looked at life from both sides now, From win and lose, and still somehow It’s life’s illusions i recall. I really don’t know life at all.
Stereo graphic 3D images, AKA ‘magic eye pictograms’.