Monday, February 12, 2007

Seattle

Another busy week in the land of Southern California but I actually did get some time to do some stuff. I am using Aperture more and more in my work flow. Anyway, I spent a great deal of time getting images into the Aperture library and organized in a way that is actually useful. It makes it easier for me to get the images onto the web either on flickr, my web site or emailed out. Disk space is still an issue and I need to get this resolved but want to do it correctly. It’s just another project but an important one if I hope to have access to my images in the years to come.

Increasingly, images are appearing on the web a lot more than they are in print for the amateur photographer. This really isn’t news if you’ve looked at the proliferation of imaging sites on the web. Just take a look at flickr and you’ll see what I mean. It’s easier to get your work seen but I wonder how much input we gain from this exposure. My blog has had about 2000 hits since June of last year and there have been very few comments. In a sea of images that isn’t really surprising and I don’t make much of an effort to get it out there. On my flickr account I’ve received some comments but not a lot and again, I’ve not really been able to put much time into the site. It’s very social and for some that is great and fine but doesn’t really work for me.

The upside to all of this is that if you really want to search out great photography it’s there and in a lot of cases you can really get an insight into the photographer and their work. If like me, you are an equipment nut, you are most likely going to get some insight into that as well. I like reading about the equipment photographer’s use in making their images. I like to read how they are put together, what processing programs they use, etc. I find it of great interest and in this day and age of technical possibilities there is a great deal to learn. My feeling is that if I like the images there is probably something there to learn. If I don’t like the images I probably won’t delve into their technique very much. It’s not so much that I think they don’t know anything or that they can’t impart some knowledge that would be useful to me. But with the amount of information that is available and with limited time, I need to go where I think I’ll get something useful. Liking the images is my gauge for time spent.

Here is an image taken in Seattle last year and shot with a Mamiya 7 on HP5 and processed in dr5. I put it on a light table cleaned it up a bit in PSCS2.

2 comments:

Jen said...

For what it's worth, I really like your images. Some day I hope to be as good.

To me, there never seems to be much to say about pictures. "Something in me responds to this" feels perfunctory. Perhaps it's a lack of vocabulary to talk about what's visually compelling?

Making Photos said...

Jen,

Thanks a bunch for dropping by and commenting. It does mean something and I do appreciate it.

I agree about commentary on images and the lack of vocabulary. Some images work for me but very often I can't really explain why.

Again, thanks for stopping by and complementing my work.

Larry