Archive for April, 2010

Abstract Photography—a few personal thoughts

Abstract Photography—a few personal thoughts

Photographing my sago palm, I’ve been thinking about the nature of abstraction in photography: what it is, how we employ it in our shooting, how it varies from genre to genre…

Today’s Photograph: Water Lilly Diptych,  4/27/2010

Today’s Photograph: Water Lilly Diptych, 4/27/2010

Today’s photographs are of a single water lilly that’s been growing in our little water garden just off the kitchen. It’s been blooming for almost two weeks now, cycling opened and closed between day and night….

A Photo Scrapbook: The 2010 New Orleans Jazz Festival

A Photo Scrapbook: The 2010 New Orleans Jazz Festival

I spent Saturday out at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, eating, listening to music and doing a bit of photography. It’s always fun to shoot when not on a journalistic deadline, simply for myself…

Weekend Photography Links Roundup 4/24/2010

Weekend Photography Links Roundup 4/24/2010

Here are some things that I found interesting and/or compelling over this past week of web browsing. See if you find anything here that changes how you see things…

Using Photoshop Adjustment Layers to Create an ‘Instant Polarizer’

Using Photoshop Adjustment Layers to Create an ‘Instant Polarizer’

Here’s a cool tip for those blue skies that could really use a polarizer—you know, you thought you had it in the camera bag, but didn’t. What to do? Here’s a way to fix it in Photoshop, using Adjustment Layers.

Today’s Photograph  4/22/10: Thistles and Bumblebees

Today’s Photograph 4/22/10: Thistles and Bumblebees

Photographing some exotic, prehistoric-looking thistle plants in my yard, I was surprised by someone else interested in them…just for a very different reason….

How to Tell That You’re Ready for a DSLR Camera

How to Tell That You’re Ready for a DSLR Camera

When you know, you just know, right? It’s fun to think about sometimes though. I shoot the occasional point ‘n shoot photo like everybody else, and I still get frustrated almost every time I pick one of the things up. What follows is my check list of things that indicate you’re ready for the big upgrade…

Today’s Photograph 4/20/2010: Cedar Tree

Today’s Photograph 4/20/2010: Cedar Tree

I came across this cedar tree last week in a park around midday. The park dates from the 1930s so while this tree looks ancient, it’s probably not….

Why It’s Important to Do at Least Some of Your Own Printing

Why It’s Important to Do at Least Some of Your Own Printing

Even though it can be a pain in the butt, I think it’s really important for your development as a photographer to do some of your own printing. Why? For a couple of essential reasons…

Weekend Photography Links Roundup  4/17/2010

Weekend Photography Links Roundup 4/17/2010

Here are some links that I enjoyed this week from around the web (and Twitterverse) that I thought you might want to check out. HDR, great Tweeters to f ollow, CS5’s Content Aware feature (I know, you’re sick of it already) plus more is here for you to consider as you troll around…

Waterfall Hunting–A Photo Trip to Tunica Falls

Waterfall Hunting–A Photo Trip to Tunica Falls

I went waterfall hunting last week. This is not so easy to do in Louisiana, where we’re known more for our swamps and bayous than our waterfalls. A photo expedition!

Today’s Photograph 4/15/2010

Today’s Photograph 4/15/2010

I’m drawn to plant death and decay in my personal photography. For whatever reason, I find beauty in decay more frequently than in healthy, living plants. Like people, plants get more interesting to photograph as they get old and acquire character….

Using the Mask Feature in Photoshop Adjustment Layers

Using the Mask Feature in Photoshop Adjustment Layers

When you start toning with Adjustment Layers, you gain all kinds of new flexibility to your workflow, since it’s a truly nondestructive method of image toning. Today we’ll look at how to use the masking feature in Adjustment Layers to fine-tune the overall image we’re toning.

Today’s Photograph  4/13/2010

Today’s Photograph 4/13/2010

Beauty and fragility, both together: our wisteria has bloomed like I’ve never seen before this year. It’s been simply amazing! You never know when your opportunities to photograph will appear…

The Art of Flower Photography

The Art of Flower Photography

Flower photography doesn’t have to be trite or cliché. Like all other photography, it really depends entirely upon the attitude and approach you bring to it. So leave your assumptions at the door and let’s take a look!

Weekend Links Roundup 4/10/10

Weekend Links Roundup 4/10/10

Here’s The Discerning Photographer’s list of some of the best stuff out on the web this week. It’s a real smörgåsbord of content this week, take a look!

Today’s Photograph March 9, 2010

Today’s Photograph March 9, 2010

Hiking and photographing in the Clark Creek Natural Area in extreme southwestern Mississippi yesterday, known also as the Tunica Falls area, where many, many small waterfalls dot the hilly terrain not far from the Mississippi River. Here’s one of the first toned images from the trip…

Photoshop Toning with Adjustment Layers

Photoshop Toning with Adjustment Layers

I’ve been a Photoshop user from the very early days, back when we were simply amazed that someone had figured out how to get a photograph onto a computer screen and even more amazing, give us some very basic tools for toning that photograph. But now Adjustment Layers toning is the new frontier….

Modern Trends in Landscape Photography

Modern Trends in Landscape Photography

I’ve received a positive response, both in comments and offline in email, to the article I posted last week aggregating some landscape photography resources. This got me thinking about assembling a group of landscape photographs as a post. The idea that interested me was to limit the photographers featured to those that are members of our Discerning Photographer Flickr pool….