Friday, August 28, 2009

109 - Quality of Light

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/20, 1/6, .7 sec at f/11.0, +CPL Combined in Photomatix

Last night I attended a discussion on the quality of light by professional photographer and artist Michael Thoennes. His presentation helped me better understand that all light, natural or artificial, has characteristics that are universal and with an understanding of these principles of light we can create impactive images with the power to evoke emotion. Michael has a complete understanding of this topic, his presentation was interesting and informative. If you get a chance give him a listen.

All of this reminded me of balancing the three qualities of nature. They are
called gunas. Roughly translated as (mass or inertia), (vibrancy or dynamism) and (luminosity or the quality of light). When I am able and I remember to balance these qualities in me my photography is fun and I get better results. When my images convey these qualities in a way that connects the viewer to nature's dance to balance the gunas I am grateful.

Namaste, (The light within me honors the light within you.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

108 - Patience

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 20mm, iso50, 20 sec at f/16.0, +CPL

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama

This image was one of a very many 20 second exposures, no special lightning capture equipment just patience.

Monday, August 17, 2009

107 - Procrastination

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 125mm, iso100, 1/15 sec at f/11.0, +CPL

How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time. Fred Brooks

Found out what can motivate me, "FREE"!! I've been wanting to put together a book of images of Eleuthera for a least a year and it's now done. No you can't buy ten of them, I just had to get it out of my system. Now if you have this problem here's the deal. You pay only shipping (4.99) and you get a hardcover 26 page 8x10 book. The web based software is resonable with plenty of options, so give it a try. Here is the link to AdoramaPix and here is the coupon code PXBKSB had to call them to get the coupon to work, cart software was acting up. So if you've been procrastinating like me give this a look...

Monday, August 10, 2009

106 - The Sky is Enough

Canon 5DmkII, 16-35mm at 16mm, iso100, 1/15, 1/60, 1/250 sec at f/13.0, +CPL Combined in Photomatix

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hoffman

When the sky is like this I promise to give it more coverage as it will never be like this again...

Saturday, August 8, 2009

105 - All Aboard

Canon 5DmkII, 24-70mm at 70mm, iso100, 1/20 sec at f/16.0, +CPL, converted to B&W in LR

To follow up with 104, another rule of creativity from Julieanne Kost that I like is number "8. View every challenge as a possible discovery." This shoot of a railroad museum started as an HDR blue sky venture and ended as shown, possibly the best image of the day.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

104 - Be Open

Canon 5DmkII, 70-200mm at 200mm, iso200, 1/180 sec at f/9.5, +CPL

I've been working on creativity lately and came across 18 lessons from a book by Julieanne Kost. Kost is a Photoshop evangelist for Adobe, her tutorials are the best. This excerpt is a PDF file. To open the PDF file in your Web browser, click "Window Seat."

This image is a direct result of her rule # 3 "Be open to whatever comes your way." and rule # 4 "Share what you know and learn from others."