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Online Projects

Magenta has published it's latest magazine and offers sections for free download, an interesting if somewhat fence sitting approach to 21st century publishing.

What I find interesting about this issue of the magazine, is the project by Jeff Harris. Jeff Harris documents his own life and uploads a few of the photos to his website, he finds interesting after processing and printing the film. He also allows people to leave journal entries for any given date in the last 5 years. Then he chooses the most interesting journal entires and matches them with the photos he took on those days.

This quote from the magazine article on him, sums up quite neatly what I like about the project:-

Harris may be chronicling his life but, unlike most bloggers, he reveals little about himself. We can’t even pinpoint his age or occupation with any degree of certainty, let alone his tastes and opinions. Often what he is pictured doing—hanging out with friends, napping, bookstore browsing, swimming—makes his life seem unexceptional (even if he was photographed with Kim Cattrall on November 15, 2005, and some photos were snapped by Bruce LaBruce, Martha Wainwright and Don McKellar). So, instead of learning about Jeff Harris, we start reflecting on times when we were happy or sad, and how millions of people feel these same emotions every day. We are reminded that truly memorable, life-altering events don’t happen often, and many people have much more difficult lives than ours.

This project and several others, going on around the internet are the kinds of projects I could have only dreamed of in 1995 and am still excited about. The question remains though, is Western culture spending far too much time navel gazing, or to "borrow" from Roger Waters, "...is this species going to amuse itself to death?"

Good Advice

This last line in an article in the Age online newspaper about digital photography and memories is a classic, and food for thought!

DON'T DITCH THE OLD-FASHIONED PHOTO ALBUM
Make a habit of regularly printing and saving your favourite pictures in a photo album. Kids will love pulling it out and looking through it.

Self-Portraits

Self-portraiture is nothing new in Photography. Digital Photography increases the ease and speed of applying such a project. [flickr is rife with narcissistic projects like this, but what photographer isn't interested in a picture of themselves every now and again, although the 365 day project is an interesting one] This guy, has an ongoing project that he says he will do until he dies. Interestingly, he also lists several other projects that are long term documentary in nature, of the most recent internet famous one is by Noah, who interestingly only ran the project for 6 years.

Point 'n shoot pixel count

Lists?

Is this not the time of year that folks make lists? Given my list would be something along the lines of process film, make prints create new e-book/s, shoot more film, it'd be pretty boring. So I'm not writing one.

On another side note, the two prints I had in the show recently at Gallery 124 in Sunshine sold, thanks to Chris and Paul and the person who bought them whoever you are? As a consequence I've decided to print the entire body of work, entitled maps, as a series of small silver gelatin prints. So this gives me a year or so to find a space and make the prints.

Driveby serendipity

IMG 2012_power

Technorati, & Blogging

It's interesting seeing how my images are used around the internet, the consumerist uses this image, in an article about Borders and plastic bags, another article about rock and roll and taxes used a graffiti image of Jim Morrison that I photographed, to decry the lack of 'attitude' to the tax department.

All this thanks to bighugelabs.com's flickr dna page.

Facebook Albums

Not sure if I've mentioned this before, but once a week I upload 7 photos from my hard-drive to facebook, seven photos only, some weeks it's hard, this week in particular, others it's even harder, if I didn't shoot much during the week. This; on top of my daily posting direct from my phone which requires a different approach to selecting.

...and that's not being talked about.

Colour to Black & White?

In camera, or post-production?

Recently in a flickr discussion forum, the issues of in-camera processing came up. LotF, the photographer in question, was disappointed at the results his new camera was producing, with in-camera b & w conversions, compared to an older camera. Some argued that it was the camera, or maybe the camera's software. Others also wondered out loud about the pro and cons of in camera conversion and post production conversion.

I am a fan of being aware of and able to control outcomes to meet my expectations, this is something any software that is fully automatic will lock the user out of entirely. Therefore I tend to avoid in-camera processing, besides it's almost impossible to make good judgments on a screen that small.

So, for me the only way to convert is in post-production. I did however conduct a small simple test, one shot as usual and then the same shot with the camera set to b&w*

I used Photoshop's black and white conversion on the default settings. image>mode>black & whiteThe results indicated to me that post was indeed better. Subtle but better. [The in-camera shot for comparison.] The highlights were over-exposed, the shadows and mid-tones were ok though, I guess if you had the software to run a jpeg through a raw conversion tool, you could fix up some of the problem areas and blend them together.

original file converted post exposure

This in camera processed shot, has blown highlights and poor mid tone separation, the contrast seems to high too for my liking.


in camera conversion

Post processed has more values to work with, the shadows reading #3, are little empty for my liking though, easy fixed with some tweaking in Photoshop.


*This has all been done using phone cameras for speed and convenience.

New Ipernity Set

We are fortunate to have a northerly aspect in our backyard. This means the light sweeps across the yard transforming the view at certain times of the day and an year into something that is a sight to behold. I often use is as test area for cameras, for kinda obvious reasons I guess. As a result I now have kicked off a new small idea.

IMG 1961

Is Photography Dead?

A Breather

IMG 1765_chained

I suspect things will shortly be getting out of hand around here.

Photophlow

A new experience in online photography and chat is in beta stages.

It's like flickr on crack!

photophlow anteroom

Photoshop Layers 4

Layer Masks, one of my favourite tricks is to duplicate a layer, make some changes to it, whether it be colour contrast b&w, or some other effect I want to, apply to the image then add a layer mask and brush in any differences I want to see applied to the image.

Using a black and white image on top of the other is one of the most common, but intensifying colour using curves or levels is one of my favourites. Again this approach in non-destructive, and infinitely un-doable, while the layers are unflattened.

Lastly the Text Layer, which is relatively self explanatory, I hope? Handy for adding a copyright watermark to your image I guess?

Photoshop Layers 2

Yesterday, I talked about 4 kinds of layers. The first in my list was just a Layer, an empty one. As an artist with a training in wet darkroom processes and the production of photographic prints as objects, I actually have little use for many of photoshop's features, this layer does however have a fantastic use. If I fill it with 50% grey, and change it's blending mode to soft-light, this enables me to burn & dodge an image in a NON-DESTRUCTIVE manner as I would in a wet darkroom.

I've never quite understood HOW¶ this works, but it's power, simplicity elegance, and infinite un-doability makes it a must have trick in my bag of photographic darkroom tricks.

Then using either a) a paintbrush and black or white at low opacities, or the burning & dodging tools again at low opacities, in photoshop you can totally re-map the tonality of your image shifting emphasis on areas in a way that painters have understood for 100's of years.

The real beauty of this is if applied subtly there will be no obvious artefacts creeping into your image and even if they do, they can be wound back by using the opposite colour to change, not to mention that no pixels are edited directly in the image thereby non are destroyed and no issues such as banding creep into you prints†.

colour picker 50%
¶Many of the blending modes remain a mystery to me, and as photographic tools there are only really a couple that I would use regularly, this being one of them.
† All of these articles will be written from a paper output approach, as when producing screen based work I rarely make modifications to my images, due to the great unknown which is monitor calibration, and monitor colour spaces.

Influences

Processing Matrix

Here's a Downloadable pdf of the processing matrix, that may be easier to read.

Photographic Processing Matrix

Sometime back, I mentioned, I was thinking about a processing matrix of sorts, well here it is, now I need to make a better looking pdf version

Photographic Workflow Matrix

Shoot Process Proof Print/Output  
Task/Digital Exposure, be accurate, avoid under exposing shadows. Download from camera. Process to format suitable for future reference. Colour correct. Add colour Profile. Archive to CD/DVD. Add/Import to catalogue program. Print out hardcopy if needed.‡ Send to Print bureau for output as either Lambda or Pegasus print, or inkjet or print in-house using inkjet printer, or publish to the web. Infinte control available in digital tools such as Photoshop
Task/Analogue Neg film expose for the shadows, usually over. Positive Film expose for the highlights.¶ B&W Neg Film, process for the highlights.†
Colour Neg process. Positive film Process.
B&W make proof sheet colour neg, get machine proofs. Positive, view on light box. File negatives and proofs away for future reference. B&W, make work print. †Colour neg, make print, some local burning and dodging possible. Finished B&W prints can take as long to produce as the skills of the printer allow.
           
Software/Digital Raw Files
jpeg files
5 megapixels plus
Download from camera.
Process to format suitable for future reference. Colour correct. Add colour Profile.
Archive to CD/DVD. Add/Import to catalogue program. Print out hardcopy if needed. Send to Print bureau for output as either Lambda or Pegasus print, or inkjet or print in-house using inkjet printer, or publish to the web.  
Software/Analogue Choose a format and film type to suit the task at hand, eg 35mm for street photography, 5x4 and larger for landscape or product photography and so on. Choice of film developer, determines time temperature and agitation method, which in turn affect reults like contrast and grain. B&W requires minimum time maximum black. Labs produce colour proofs, using machinery with associated costs, and time. Expose for the highlights change filters for the shadows, then make local adjustments in darkroom, B&W only. No global contrast control, local contrast control in Type C is not impossible but technically difficult Finished B&W prints can take as long to produce as the skills of the printer allow.
  ¶ Remember the trade offs.    
    †The choices here, are exhaustive, it is even possible to make your own papers, and chemicals.
      ‡To an extent many packages will do this task sufficiently, such as Adobe Bridge, but iView Media Pro, frees up choices in terms of physical media and it’s location.

#4 For 2007

Hanging Exhibition #4 2007

Gallery 124 in Sunshine are having a X-mas Show, I have some new work and some old work in the show. The old work is from a couple of shows I had in the early 90's and 2 of the pieces are from the yet to be completed series, Maps. Given the response to the Maps pieces I may well try and finish printing the work and exhibit it in either 2008, or 2009.

The Show runs until 21st of December 2007, the gallery is at 124 Hampshire Rd Sunshine.

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