Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I need to get back into experimenting with light and motion again. One of the things that kept me going with my 365 project was just playing with different ideas to see what I could come up with. Sometimes I thought of the idea in advance and other times it was me sitting in the garage looking at what I had in front of me in hopes of something inspiring me.
These last couple of photos are from my 365 project and I came across them while digging through my archive. I like them because it reminds me to think outside the box and to remember to play as you never know what you may up with during your play sessions. Trying to conform to some photography or art ideal gets boring after a while...at least for me.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sometimes I feel like this is how my brain works...just all over the place with no real clear path from start to finish. Which is odd since I'm a fairly organized big picture kind of guy when it comes to anything other than my art.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
So my latest musing has to do with the 100's of books on composition, lighting, manipulating (Photoshop, etc) yet hardly nothing on getting your photo from computer to wall. Where I've been stuck has been on how best to present my work in a printed form.
What sizes should I print? Do I go with the uncropped 4:3 ratio? In doing so my prints won't fit conventional frames you might buy at Michael's or Aaron Brothers because they sell frames based off of old 35mm technology. While there are a few online frame merchants such as Craig Frames, Inc and Frame Destination, will regular art buyers know of these places?
Aside from figuring out print sizes there is also figuring out the best way to mat, or do I learn how to dry or wet mount? What resources are out there to teach how to dry or wet mount? Very little that I've found aside from a few videos on Youtube that aren't very comprehensive. I was told today on Twitter that a book by Ansel Adams called The Print, does discuss dry mounting so maybe I'll check that out.
Do others just go by trial and error on how best to present their work? Should I just print out ever photo I would like to try and sell and list my recommendation on the mat size and where a frame to fit that size can be found? Would making it difficult on the buyer result in fewer sells? My guess would be yes as I wouldn't want to have to hassle with all that if I was buying a piece of art.
So...I'm asking for any kind of resources any of you have found or any helpful advice any of you may have when it comes to getting your prints from camera to wall.
**I do have a mat cutter and have experimented some and know I need to do more.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Thanks for the Happy New Year wishes Ron and Jessica...hope you both had a Happy New Year and much fun and success in this new year. :)
I'm hoping 2011 will provide me with some inspiration to do more with my photography. After finishing my 2009 365 project I didn't do nearly as much photography in 2010 as I should have. I don't think I was nearly as burned out as I kept telling myself I was. I think it was more due to not really knowing what direction to go with my art. I found myself walking the same routes, seeing the same things, and got a bit set in my ways.
So my 2011 goal is to go to different places around the Monterey area that I may have thought weren't very photogenic before and see what I can find. I'm also going to try and work as much as I can out of my comfort zone with more street photography. I'm also going to try and meet with other photographers and do photo walks because you never know what you might learn from others. Speaking of which...thanks for the invite Jessica. I'll definitely contact you if I find myself in a position to head up to San Francisco in the near future. I wish Monterey was just a bit closer because I'd love to spend far more time there than I have in the 10 years we've lived here. I miss Seattle and San Francisco would fill in nicely I think.
So maybe this photo I'm posting should be...get my butt in motion in 2011.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
One thing I would really like to do more of in 2011 is to get with other photographers on a regular basis. I'm guilty of being a bit of a wall flower so don't go out of my way to try and arrange to meet other photographers. A Twitter contact (@jeremyv10) and I have been talking about getting together for several months now and finally got together yesterday for a late afternoon walk in a part of Santa Cruz I've never been. Hope to get with him again soon because I've not explored Santa Cruz really at all and he's a local so there is plenty of new places for me to be shown.
Hope everyone had a great 2010 and continue to have great happiness and success in 2011.
Thanks again for all of you who take the time to stop by my blog and comment. I really do appreciate it and while I've been really bad at being consistent I'm hoping to be better in 2011.