I had driven into Montgomery County to visit a friend who had made a hobby shooting in the butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens, so call it a social occasion, not work, and that’s how I shot: hand-held and with few notes. Down the line by hours to weeks, one has to make the editorial decision as to the character of the display: tourist or artiste!? I’ve chosen “tourista” on this set.
If I had shot differently and perhaps with permits, I’d have used the tripod in the conservatory and butterfly exhibition and possibly outside as well. For the kind of day it was, and for being tired after being in the warm and moist butterfly room, I chose to mosey, lift camera, and shoot, but with just a slight change in attitude, the use of a graduated neutral density filter — I had a card with me but was on the move — would have saved or improved a few shots.
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Viewers will find these posted as LinkedIn posts and status line statements as part of an effort to garner some love in that community.
How is it going?
It’s like drowning. Items that should garner positive attention for any number of reasons just aren’t attracting click-and-look efforts. The set plus others have been displayed on LinkedIn but a look or two doth not make for exciting marketing.
One’s enjoyment and pursuit of an art, or several, should not hinge on social approval or enthusiasm. I think it perfectly legitimate to strive to make beautiful things and to make things beautiful. Let the audience come and go. God, nature, and the universe remain ever present and all artists present with them in the making of art.
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Just add text.
Looking back, commercial (commercial-like) photography — all of this was and remains demonstration — doesn’t get more simple. The photographer brings his bag and tripod; the model brings herself, change of clothes, makeup: done. If the model has a friend, add a bounce card.
It’s easy to complicate a “shoot” with gear — the studio has been always portable: Vagabond field battery, light stands and lamps, even the changing room that comes in a bag — a one-person tent — but especially in public open space, the more junk hauled along, the greater the hassle.
I want to do this stuff again!
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Editing Screen: LaCie 320 1600×1200
Editing Software: Adobe Lightroom 3.6; Adobe Photoshop CS4; “onOne Presets” Volumes 1 to 3.
Image Standards: Nikon RAW; Adobe DNG; Edited Final: TIFF
Image Sizing: Facebook and Flickr: 900 Vertical; 1600 Horizontal. Note: for a short period, I was uploading full-sized images, just beneath 6,000-pixels-width, to Flickr, but I’ve settled on the standard noted for the web. What this means for the viewer is that when the option to see the “original” or “full-sized” image on screen, it’s really about 1/3 the image size available for the file of interest.
One Chance, One Desktop, One Photographer
While my XP-era technology has aged multiple computing generations, it has within the nostalgic traditions of photography — the field is famous for its leading personalities taking great leaps backwards (to wet plates, wooden boxes, FILM, for pete’s sake) to pursue their promotion of the look of having recorded what is to become shared visual memory — rather matured.
I like it.
It and I have already fallen behind.
I don’t care.
The industry has thundered on to the next level — and doubtless has already in hand the level after that — and I’m just hanging out with a couple of old Nikons, digital and film.
Walkabout: Nikon D200, Nikkor 16-85mm VRII, basic filters plus graduated neutral density card (always in the bag), and a carbon fiber tripod.
Portraiture: Nikon D2x, Nikkor manual 105mm f/2.5.
I don’t keep track (as I perhaps should), but the Big Landscape is why I carry the graduated neutral density card.
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