Sunday, May 08, 2005

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Final Portfolio. Posted by Hello

Sunday, April 03, 2005

My house at 10:00pm; almost full dark. This exposure was 15 seconds at f2.8, ISO 200. Posted by Hello

Sunday, March 27, 2005

I am doing some fun experiments. For this image, I took an Agfa 8x Lupe and set it over the dried flower head of a Monarda (Bergamot) blossom. I then set the camera to Macro mode and shot through the lupe as if I were looking through it. Beautiful results! Posted by Hello

A cut glass vase in my window at sunrise.  Posted by Hello

Image for my Self Portrait assignment. Posted by Hello

Monday, March 07, 2005

A handsome skiier. Posted by Hello

Interior doorway of dredge...chromatic distortion visible on edges of light... Posted by Hello

Old bath house Posted by Hello

Wild shooting in the wilderness

March 6th I skied 2 hours out to a remote site---an abandoned gold dredge! This expedition was a fabulous outing to test the limits of my Canon Powershot A95 as an "Adventure Camera." During the trip, I shot over 50 images in all lighting conditions imaginable, everything from bright sunlight reflecting off of snow to the deep shadows inside the dredge, skiers flying by on the trail and old mining buildings covered in snow and obscured by brush. I learned a lot about my camera's abilities and limitations. I found out that my camera does have a tendency to have chromatic aberrations when I photograph very dramatic light changes---it's a purplish glow distortion at the edge of brightly lit areas. Also, my camera is unforgiving when I try to shoot low-light situations without a tripod! 90% of shots inside the dredge were out of focus. (Next time: ski in with tripod strapped to backpack.) Additionally, it's hard to read my LCD in bright sun. The great benefit of this camera is that it is light and small---easy to haul out anytime and take 20 shots of anything.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Experimenting with what camera can do. Posted by Hello

Birch bark for basketmaking. Posted by Hello

100 Images

Now that I have overcome my film frugality, I am a glutton for any and all images. I feel like I'm getting to know the camera pretty well now, helped immensely by my constant shooting. Neat thing to do: lay in bed in the dark and look at all of the pix I took during the day.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Cow and calf eating pumpkincicle together. Posted by Hello

Moose on my front porch.... Posted by Hello

Mask , part of larger sculpture in the Native Arts Studio, UAF Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Constantly Shooting

I am picking up the camera at every opportunity, at the slightest inclination. This is my process for overcoming my innate Film Frugality. I spent so many years carefully shooting only what I deemed absolutely worthwhile that it is hard to be fast and loose with images. It's ingrained to worry about the amount of film I am using, the expense of film and processing and avoiding, at all costs, wasting film. Today I had an excellent opportunity to shoot like mad. A cow moose with calf in tow found the frozen Halloween pumpkins on my porch and spent half an hour gnawing on them---pumpkin popcicles. I took my Canon and shot over 40 (frames?) images at all angles that I could get. I could feel the nagging knowledge that it wasn't the BEST shot, but kept going anyway. On review, several images are very bizarre, but good, quirky composition.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Have Camera, Will Travel...

I bought a Canon Powershot A95 as my first digital camera. I wanted a model that had all of the basics for point and shoot, yet still went a little higher and farther in quality to do more. I needed a camera that could also create art without worry over resolution loss and document finished artwork with excellent image quality for gallery submissions.
I am totally happy with the camera so far. I take it everywhere I go and find myself shooting in the public library, classes and constantly at home. I've mostly been exploring the results given with different white balance. I love being able to take dozens of shots without the nagging feeling that I could be wasting film. One of my ever-present concerns with my old Nikon is that there is a finite amount of film (and money to process it) and that I must be very frugal and careful with what I have.
A side-benefit of the digital camera's review function and LCD screen is communication: take photos and later be able to show the experience, encounter, image to people.
I believe that this camera is re-awakening my interest in Photography. After several frustrating years in professional darkroom work and a bad health scare due to poisonous photo chemicals, I had just about given up on photo as a favored art form. Digital photography really jumps over my problems with traditional darkroom work. A relief.

Monday, January 24, 2005

January 24th

First Class! I've been meaning to, planning to, and thinking about taking a digital photo course for about 10 years. I plan to do all the necessary research and purchase a camera this week, before the next class. I am really excited to begin a new method of creating and playing with images---it's been four years since I've spent any time at all in a darkroom. I miss it---the alchemical lair. I don't miss the poisonous chemicals, however. Also, after several years working in darkrooms, I began to get the sinking feeling that life in the daylight, outer world was passing me by. This is a big shift for me, the jump to digital medium---and also far overdue.