All posts tagged: black and white

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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: The Magazine is Here

It has been a very stressful time the last few days. I have been sick, and trying to get my website ready for the launch of Dynamic Range. I have spent the last three days trying to get the e-commerce part of my website working. OMG, it doesn’t if they say it is easy, believe me, it isn’t abd wasn’t. I went through about 5 different ones until one of them finally took me by the hand to go through it. It is all up and running now. Dynamic Range – Get Your Copy Now We have seven articles for you, and I would like to this opportunity to thank all the contributors, Stacey, Mel, Chris, Loré, Sharon and Emily for their brilliant articles. They had faith in the magazine and wrote for it. Great quality as well and I’ve really enjoyed reading what they’ve written. I would also like to thank another Chris for helping with the editing and my daughter Klara. She wants to be an editor so it was good for her to get some experience. Her …

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Introductions: Clyde Butcher

Last week as I was driving around country Victoria with a friend she asked me if I knew Clyde Butcher and I had to admit that I hadn’t, but I certainly do now. I got this from Clyde’s website, I think it describes him quite well: ‘Like fast-action drama in still life, the majestic beauty, boldness and depth of Clyde Butcher’s photographs, which have earned him recognition as the foremost landscape photographic artist in America today, will make your heart beat faster.’ I really like his work and I’m really looking forward to studying it closely. I do like how on his website he has descriptions of the photos, so I am going to share some of those for a few photos. Mangroves are special plants, because without them we would have no fish. Yet people do not respect them. I remember when Florida’s late Governor Lawton Chiles said he was afraid that if we didn’t pass a law to save the mangroves, the state would look like a giant bathtub because all the mangroves …

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Influencing Me: Joel Tjintjelaar

If you love architectural photography then you will, I’m sure, know about Joel Tjintjelaar.  He is like a guru when it comes to architecture and long exposures. I know many of you already know his work and those that don’t will fall in love in love with it.  His work is something I aspire to be able to do and I plan work thinking of how he executes it. Shame he is in another country to me. There is a rawness to his images, they are devoid of distractions. When you look at his work there are lessons to be learned on what you should include and what you shouldn’t include. The work is about shape and form, and you look at the structure of the building. It is like an architects vision of what they thought the building would look like. His work is predominantly black and white. It strips away more of the distractions. It helps make the buildings beautiful, but also very simple, if that is the right way of putting it. Though …

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UfD: Workshop Lessons

Today for our Up for Discussion post Susan Portnoy from The Insatiable Traveler recently attended a photography workshop and she has written for us what she learned at the workshop. There are some great lessons here and I think we could learn a lot from this.   Five Essential Lessons (and One Great Tip) I learned about Photography at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops BY SUSAN PORTNOY ON JULY 22, 2015 As a photographer always looking to hone my skills, I recently went on a unique adventure as the guest of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico. I’d heard about the globally renowned workshops for years (the workshops are year round and boast an amazing roster of instructors) from photographers who were students and others who had the honor of being asked to teach. The Santa Maria building where I stayed and where breakfast and lunch was served The trip was a great learning experience and completely out of my comfort zone but exactly the kind of push I needed to up my game. …

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Influencing Me: Those That Came Before – Margaret Bourke-White

Today I have another female photographer for you from the past. A woman who had a distinguished career and was quite remarkable considering the time she was working. She was Margaret Bourke-White. Instead of me just telling you about her here is what Wikipedia had to say about her: Margaret Bourke-White ( June 14, 1904 – August 27, 1971) was an American photographer and documentary photographer. She is best known as the first foreign photographer permitted to take pictures of Soviet industry, the first American female war photojournalist, and the first female photographer for Henry Luce’s Life magazine, where her photograph appeared on the first cover. She died of Parkinson’s disease about eighteen years after she developed her first symptoms. What an amazing career. There is a link there to a page on her and I’m sure you could learn a lot about her. I am just going to put her work into a gallery. I just love her work. How amazing is it and it is so different to what most women were doing …

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MM 2-16: Monochrome Madness 2-16

There have been a few emails asking me about the next theme and when it is. Next week is theme week. So I hope you have planned what you are going to do for the letter K. There are so many options and I’ve received quite a few already. I’m still working on mine, but I know I will have something by next week. So remember for MM 2-17 it is a theme.  Anything starting with the letter K. Shall we take a look at this week. I spent a lovely day in the country the other day. I went with a friend and we went to so many places. Initially we kept stopping and we realized we were never going to get anywhere, or least to where we wanted to go. Still, we had fun and we will do this some more. This is the Viaduct bridge for the train in Malmsbury. It is an amazing bridge built around the 1880’s. Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are …

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UfD: Black and White Photography My Way

A few people yesterday expressed an interest about me doing a tutorial on how I do black and white images. There are so many different ways of doing this, and so while I’m going to show you what I do, this is only part of it. This is going to be an easy way, I hope.  Just a few steps, though the first part you can do and leave it there if you choose. Here is the final image and then I will show you how I did it. The first step is alway going to choose the image. The best types of images are ones that have lots of contrast, which is lots of darks and lights.  If you choose one that is very colourful but with little contrast it won’t convert to monochrome very well. I choose an image that was taken in at the Docklands recently of the Melbourne Star. I have opened it in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), which you can do by using the o Browse in Bridge. Click on the image then …