Sunday, May 21, 2006

Rusting Bolts

This is an image I took while on a business trip in the Boston area some time ago. As unorganized as I am, I often get into folders full of images that I’ve forgotten or discounted at the time I edited them. As is often the case, I found several in this group of images that I like 8 months later.

I’ve tried this in both black and white and in color. At this point in time in my photography I am finding that I enjoy the black and white images more than the color. (I realize most of the images on this blog are in color). This image just reminds me of the reason I started taking images in the first place. I like it so it gets posted.

On another note, the images on this site are available as prints. Contact me if you want to get information on an image. I plan to make them affordable and in line with the philosophy of Brooks Jensen . Wish me luck and let me know if you want a print.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Focused Wave

As I go through images shot earlier this year, and even some that were shot late in 2005, I’m finding more images that I like. I think I’m also finding themes that seem to show throughout my work. Time will tell if this is actually the case or not, but it does appear to me that there is more consistency than I expected.

This is an image that illustrates my point. The wave image was taken a short drive from our home in Southern California. In my mind I think I could make images that excite me if I lived close to somewhere else. It doesn’t matter where that might be it’s just not here. I’ve been trying to shoot closer to home and really explore areas that I am excited to shoot. It’s not always easy and I don’t always get the juices flowing enough to make it work but I keep trying.

This particular image was shot with a Canon tilt/shift 45mm lens and that is how I got the out of focus affect. The colors are very close to what I saw that early morning in February but it did take some processing of the RAW file. As I gather a better understanding of my own personal workflow I discover new things that work more effectively and within my own vision of the world. This image again underscores that capability.

With a simple adjustment that I had never tried before, I got more depth, more color and an image that reflected what I was actually trying to accomplish that morning. There are several images from that morning that I am currently working with to try and get to print. This one will likely go to black and white as well because of the strong graphic nature of the image.