In the world we live in today the lines are often blurred between genres of photography, and oftentimes overlap… it is still important to identify what you do so you can be found. With the explosion of photography in the last 10 years, it is easy to get lost in the crowd.
John Sexton, Ansel Adams technical assistant, explained some of Ansel’s feelings on Black and White one day in class. He said, Ansel believed all photography was a step away from reality, by choosing to capture a scene in a square or rectangular box, it is not reality, it is the artists vision, making an image Black and White takes the image one step further away from reality and in some cases, one step closer to the artists vision.
In 1835, William Henry Fox Talbot was hard at work trying to figure out how to preserve the images he was seeing using a draftsman’s aid, called camera lucida. This aid was used to project a refracted image on paper so an artist could trace and make drawings of the projected image.
The world is slowly beginning to open back up as the pandemic starts to subside. As I write this some countries are still under lockdown, and some are suffering horrifically, but it is a fact, that given time, all countries will eventually return to some degree of normalcy. What does this mean for us photographers?
Warrior Portraits was a project in Iraq that ended up getting some nice international recognition. Selects from this project ended up on display in The Imperial War Museum in London, England.
The project started out as a personal one, which was born out of frustration.
A few images honoring Earth Day. Earth Day is a time to celebrate mother Earth. I have been fortunate to … More
This post is a collection of a few select images made in rural Thailand while living one year with COVID-19 in our lives. It is not a timeline of the pandemic….
I started out 10 years ago with documenting change in rural Thailand as one of my main goals. In the last ten years, I have produced over 90 thousand RAW images of life in rural Thailand. Documenting these changes became a goal in the first year after I moved to rural Thailand. As an outsider, it was easy for me to see the changes that were coming. Plowing the land with a water buffalo or hand tractor had to change, old ways could not continue for long.
Small production Green Rice is usually hand planted and then hand harvested as the young rice plants mature at different rates, a few days or weeks apart. Workers walk through the fields and select plants that are mature enough for processing.
I enjoy making photos of women working in the rice fields of Thailand. That is obvious when one looks at … More
Photoshop, Lightroom, Silver Efex Pro, Luminar, Nik Software, I use them all… So here we are today in a world where digital is by far the most used means to capture an image, and most images still need post processing. One thing that sets great photographers apart from the crowd, is how they process a digital image.
There is something rather unique about the files from the Monochrom. They look much different than …
Wat Ban Rai, the Elephant Temple is located in the Dan Khun Tod district of Nakhon Ratchasima, Korat, Thailand, about … More
When I was first told about the candle festival by my wife she thought I might want to see and photograph a large parade made up of 2 story tall candles. I said yes, it was a good idea, but I want to go the day before and photograph the candles being made…
Prasat Muang Tam is a Khmer temple in Prakhon Chai district, Buri Ram Province, Thailand.
It is primarily in the Khleang and Baphuon styles, which dates its primary phases of construction to the late 10th and early 11th centuries.
In today’s post, I’m going to talk about a key element of Black and White photography, contrast, and how to find it. One of the easiest ways to find dramatic shots is to look for shadows. Look for the dark areas in the photo that can direct attention to the highlights. A person’s eye will …
Each year for the past 9 years I have photographed a woman in the fields of Nakhon Nayok, Thailand planting rice. Sometimes with help from neighbors, bu most times by herself.
The local small yield farmers in our area have transitioned from Water Buffalo and Hand Tractors to modern tractors to plow the fields, in a relatively short period of time, and yet they still use the traditional method of preparing the fields, which consists of cutting, then burning off the dead weeds, and waiting for the rain to make the hard ground ready for the plow.
I often speak of a triangle consisting of the brain, the heart and the camera. When all points of the triangle are used to make an image they can create a powerful or compelling photo. A photograph that “speaks” to the viewer.
2020 is only half over, and it’s already been a strange year. A global pandemic has changed the way we think about social interaction, and reshaped global economies, and now massive protests that started in the United States and then spread worldwide is reshaping our awareness of racial inequality, police brutality, a selective racial criminal justice system and so much, much more.
To evoke an emotional response from the viewer, the emotion must start with the photographer. A powerful photograph begins inside the photographer…