Dynamic Soundscape — Freedom Principle

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If you have a chance to check out the Freedom Principle at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, I highly recommend you do it. They have a mini-site that is worth looking at, but it doesn’t do the immersive … Continue reading

Composition Practice

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I was recently reminded by an artistically inclined sibling of mine that I should continue to develop my understanding of composition and design. It’s hard to find time for formal studies, but there is an activity that I have been doing for the last couple … Continue reading

San Pablo Colors

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After taking some time to get good OOC B&W images from the OMD EM5 with Zeiss C Sonnar 50/1.5, I’m now taking a closer look at the color profile of this lens/sensor combo. So far, so good, but JPEGs aren’t quite as … Continue reading

White & Black (take 5)

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I usually revisit a visually rich place and try to come up with unique views rather than repeating previous pictures. Other times I try to get closer to what I want to represent in a particular subject. Looking back over … Continue reading

Mostly about the color

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I don’t really look for architectural photography opportunities, but the Bay area was quite colorful this weekend, even outside of San Francisco! And these scenes jumped out at me. If only I could find a way to get the kind … Continue reading

The dangerous world of symmetry and balance

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  Merely knowing what symmetry means in a formal sense doesn’t help much in art. It may even get you in trouble, from an aesthetic standpoint. A perfect mirror reflection doesn’t seem to be terribly interesting to our cortical processing machinery. … Continue reading

Drawing with light

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After coming to grips with low light people pictures using small sensor cameras, and taking some time to experiment with monochrome portrait composition, I wanted to turn back to nature photography to see if any of the new ideas I … Continue reading

Crystalline Forest – and lens drawing like Gainsborough

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The dense foliage in some woodland scenes lends itself to a classic monochrome treatment IMO. In the following picture, I tried to achieve a range of textures from bone-like trunks to billowing crystalline leaves that would make one feel the … Continue reading

Thomas Gainsborough’s Forest

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After reading a nice article by Ming Thein about the technical and perceptual differences of various aspect ratio photos, I decided to put some ideas to the test. Nature photography offers many opportunities to try image sizes and orientations that … Continue reading