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On Photography, Art, And The Creative Life 

  Welcome to the place affectionately known as my "writings on the walls", where you will find images, thoughts, and discussions on Photography, Art, and The Creative Life... or so I'm told.  

 

 

 

A.I. and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

So what is all the uproar about Artificial Intelligence and the creation of images/artwork? I have a few thoughts 💭… Now let me say I have not personally interacted directly with any A.I. program targeting the creative image making field (i.e. Photography.) I have however watched a number of demos of some of the newer iterations like Adobe’s “Gene...
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It’s the LUT Life for Me!

A while back I did a video tutorial on how I create LUTs using Affinity Photo to color grade images and import them into my desktop 🖥️ program Exposure X5. Because Exposure X5 (and later versions) is one of the only image post-processing apps that has a well developed, robust and dedicated LUTs tool, it has been where I’ve chosen to utilize this p...
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One Lens to Rule Them All!

Now let me start by saying I am NOT by any stretch an optics engineer, nor do I fully understand the physics of lens creation. I certainly don’t know what Apple engineers know about creating lenses for iPhones and the technology associated with the chip sensors and neural goodness they employ to go with their lenses. That said, I can’t help but won...
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I’m A Skipper

I am a “Skipper”. No, not the boat kind, I skip software versions, and hardware upgrades on a regular basis (but not every time 😉.) Coming up in the analog photography days, it was easy to see the camera as just a “film holder” with a lens. Choosing a camera system was more about choosing the best glass for the best image quality, and that’s why N...
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How I Did It :: Used Film Post 1

This is the first in a series of 11 blogposts in the “Used Film” series describing the thought processes, creative decisions, and analog process of creating these images using film 🎞, both Polaroid and sheet film. So much of these processes, figuring out how to create the looks and effects, felt very much like being Victor Frankenstein and piecing...
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How I Did It :: Used Film Post 2

This image of a ram’s skull was fairly simple to photograph, it was in the “processing” that the qualities really brought about its magical potential. First, the rigging: I draped a large black velvet cloth backdrop that I cut an X slit in the middle of. Next I rigged a stand behind the velvet with a pole sticking through the X and mounted the skul...
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How I Did It :: Used Film Post 3

If you are following this Used Film series in order, you’ll recognize the technique I used to get this second ram’s skull image. This particular image above is actually only technically the third step in the process and not the final image (it contains the negative image of the skull, plus the negative image of the paper background itself, both “sa...
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How I Did It :: Used Film Part 4

This image titled, “Feather, Stone, and Light” was inspired by the title track from the collaborative album of the same name by the Native American flautist R. Carlos Nakai. It is the literal interpretation of that instrumental piece, which I listened to while making this image. Shooting straight down on a tripod mounted 4x5 large format camera is...
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How I Did It :: Used Film Part 5

Ah, now this image I feel was truly inspired! What is it? Technically it was created as a background only for a watch ad where the theme was “Cubist” and meant to play up the qualities of the watch and it’s calendar features. After days of not having a clue as to how to illustrate a “Cubism” look with a 4x5 camera and analog film (remember this was...
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How I Did It :: Used Film Part 6

This image was originally created for an editorial cover illustrating the human senses. This one turns up the notch on creating multi-layered analog film images. Long before I was introduced to Photoshop I was creating various multiple exposure images in-camera using Polaroids and color positive films. I learned how to combine multiple images on a...
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