Sunday, March 27, 2016

Breaking the rules

Sometimes we need to break the rules to think differently.  We all become creatures of habit and develop routines.  These routines are important to develop consistency and to reach our objective goals.
Without a pattern of routine we would wander aimlessly without a defined purpose.  But we must not let these established routines prevent us from exploring and learning a new approach to the way we do things.  I am primarily a black and white photographer and will always pursue that style of photography, because I personally believe that an image revels much more when viewed in black and white.  But sometimes I need to break from the routine and explore something entirely different.  For me a color image is more about color and shapes than the subject matter.  This image is in opposition to everything I do with a black and white image.  The central theme of this image is color and space, the subject matter is secondary.  Where as with my black and white images I work for a strong but simple composition with a focus on the subject matter.  I like to think of this as sideways thinking to our normal thought process.  It may not always yield results but the exercise is worth it the effort

Monday, March 21, 2016

Early Spring

I made this image back in 2007 in the first part of March.  I had just purchased my first digital DSLR camera and went out at sunrise in my neighborhood to try out the new camera.  I knew from the start that I wanted to continue photographing in my black and white style of photography, and was up for the challenge of attempting to make the switch from film.  While I continued to use film up until 2011, I forced myself to use the digital camera as a black and white camera much like my primary film camera I was accustom with.  The above image was skipped over and it was recently that I took a look at it and decided to work on it.  I find that with some images that they actually look more appealing years after the initial exposure was made, in this case nine years afterwards.
My analysis of film vs. digital is probably typical of anyone that has a long history with using film.  Certainly there are many things about film photography that I miss, but I also enjoy the simplified process of the digital medium.  The most important thing for me to remember, is to think and work as I did with film.  It certainly is an advantage for me with my style of photography to have most of my years working with film and the darkroom process.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Allegheny National Forrest

One of my favorite places for camping and hiking is in the Allegheny National Forrest of Northwestern Pennsylvania.  It is truly a wilderness area of old growth forrest and fresh water streams full of boulders.  Touring the area you will find old mountain towns from the logging and railroad days.  On scenic Route 6 you can travel 400 miles winding your way pass mountains and through valleys of farm land.  Western Pennsylvania has so much to offer the person that enjoy outdoors recreation.