I read more each day about his style.
The way he composed, framed and compiled
the sights that ran through his head.
Seeing it all with a lens instead
of just a simple man’s eye.
I find myself wishing that I might find
that open place in my own mind.
Where all of creation’s attempts to lead
with light and shadows my meters might read
are not wasted before I lie.
To capture and make an image so rare
that others must stop and stare,
telling whole stories in a single frame
the photo would echo my name…
You’d see as with his, though my eye.
I honestly do read from Ansel Adams’ photographic bibles, collections and how-to books, everyday now. I have eight of his and three of Dorothea Lange’s, and that is NOT counting the myriad texts needed for school, and all the Nikon books I’ve bought. I am obsessed. There, I said it! ;~)
My Photographic Growth, an update: My efforts with the eclipse were less than gratifying. I have some serious doctoring to do and since I’m really trying to be a purist, I am loath to “fix” my images artificially (read that, PHOTOSHOP). However, since I went to great ends to complete this project, I will attempt to make the images viewable in a single collage from start to finish. We’ll see. If they suck no matter what I do to them, they will remain forever dormant on my usb-photo-drive. This will take some time since I have tons of Photo homework to do, too. Sigh!
I am not putting Photoshop or its users down, by the way. I am one! There are creative, artistic avenues of imagery that are only possible because of tools like Adobe’s suite of Photo/Video/Design related Apps. Simply put, the possibilities are limitless. From a simple couple of normal photos, one can create a most bizarre montage of artistic delights.
This image is from my summer class, “Individual Projects”. The artist used three images to create what you see; the clouds (a photo of a studio background we use in school), him holding a film strip and a selfie for the eyes. He got an “A”.
I am also learning to do this. My desire is to use such tools to enhance my work, not repair it. CHEATING!!!!!! I feel the same way about dodging and burning in the darkroom in an effort to repair your poorly taken film images. Again these tools have their place. I won’t do it to fix though, I will learn to use them for artistic enhancements.
Ansel suggests we make the image properly in the camera. I shall endeavor to do so…always.
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