I guess a good place to start is to share some of my recent favorites…

…and tell you a bit about myself.

Let’s start with one of my favorites. This was shot after a rain with a gray dull sky. When processing the image in Photoshop I wanted to give it a warmer character. Similar to the way this scene might look late in the afternoon when the setting sun gets under the clouds.

Just about everyone asks how I got the mirrored look. Many people viewing the image at an art show last summer thought it was a painting rather than a photograph. That’s ironic considering that one of the things that led me to photography was a lack of patience to do oil or even watercolor painting. I saw a large puddle on the sidewalk leading up from the parking lot. I placed my camera, with a wide angle lens on the ground and hit the shutter release. I think this is the second of three clicks.

Five minutes later my client arrived and we started their portrait session. I thought about trying this angle again with them lying on the grass, but the press of time and wet grass kept that from happening.

This image is about the same area, just from about 90 degrees east.

We were on a Chicago party boat. We had been invited to an event on the boat and I didn’t bother to bring a camera. Karin only had a small pocket Canon P&S. While we were on the cruise an inversion came through, the temperature dropped and the fog rolled in. This is one of several images I shot with the P&S. It has spent some time in Photoshop being converted to B&W and having some film like grain added.

For me, these two images illustrate that its possible to create images worthy of a place on the wall with a wide range of camera equipment. There has also been some Photoshop processing on each to get a final image that is closer to what I envisioned than what the camera captured.

Which brings me to my thought for the day; When I started doing photography in college I spent a lot of time in the darkroom, first developing the film. Often it needed to be “push” processed because it was shot in a theatre during rehearsals with out much light. And flash was an No No. Partly because the director didn’t want it and mostly because I didn’t own one.

With digital we still have a multistep workflow. Capture, image development, print development lead to a viewable image.

For me, a program like Adobe Lightroom fulfills a role similar to film development. Photoshop is akin to printing onto paper. Although, now I prefer to print from Lightroom. So maybe Photoshop is now more like the enlarger with associated dodging and burning.

So, that’s it for my first blog post. Hope you find it as enjoyable to read as it was to write.

Originally, I was going to use a dark background for this blog, but I think I like the white better. Images might be a little more punchy on dark, but I think the text is easier on white.

More to come…