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Archive for December, 2008

Having not posted in awhile, I figured it was time for some new stuff. Something maybe out of the ordinary. I have enclosed a collection of examples of my new favorite digital post processing technique: sepia.

The use of sepia has become more of a genre idea instead of the commonality it use to serve. Many say that sepia gives photos a sense of elegance or artistic quality. I found one website that regarded sepia as the tonality that makes everyday scenes into art. Well, I am all about taking ordinary scenes and turning them into art. I do go a step further and capture scenes that are common, but not ordinary. They are not ordinary because most people do not take the time to see them.

I hope you enjoy these images. I usually shy away from  extensive photo post processing, but I feel that I was not excessive. In order to enjoy some artwork, you must first put aside preconcieved ideas on how something should look.

MT

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Well, once I again I have gotten in the habit of not regularly updating my blog. I can not use the excuse that I was busy, because I wasn’t. I just was enjoying my Christmas break. I have been busy editing photos though. Tonight I am uploading some pics that were taken awhile ago. The glory of digital shines again. It is so easy to pull up an old image and do another version of it. I recently found that I have passed over some great images that I took awhile back. Well, I used some newly acquired techniques in Photoshop and created some nice pieces in my mind. Enjoy and have a nice Christmas.

MT

Storm on the Way

Joplin Storm

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Amongst the Trees

There is something miraculous about sitting amongst full grown trees. It is easy to fall into a deep philosophical trance when thinking about a trees life. I will not do that in writing, but you should try it some time. The memories I have where the only witnesses were the trees around me, are some of my greatest. The silent observers are always around and therefore always watching.

MT

Amongst the Trees

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geese-triptychThis will make four posts in one day, oh well. I usually wait and spread out my uploads, but I figured that the reason I take photos is so that I can show them. Enjoy.

MT

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Lions Lake Wide Angle Panorama

Okay, so sometimes I get a little cocky. But seriously, isn’t that a spectacular sky? I had a wonderful time tonight, but now I must do the dirty work. Editing 270 images can become tiresome, so bear with me.

MT

The panorama may look kinda small, so here is a link to my flickr site where it is a little larger. http://flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/3098477991/sizes/l/

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Quick Post

I apologize for these random and short posts lately. I guess it resembles my mind. haha

I just gots back from the trip I mentioned in my previous post. I might write more later, but for now I will leave you with a sample what I saw.

I am now off to shoot the sunset and freeze my tail off. Naw, I will be fine. When there are geese flying, I must be photographing.

MT

Knob Creek

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Rocky Mirror ImageLooking back on some of my older photographs, I began seeing things I hadn’t seen before. I see details, textures, lines, and colors I hadn’t noticed. I enjoy the benefits of digital because of the simple fact I can review any number of photos I have taken in a matter of seconds. This leads to constant creative excercises of the mind.

With the included image I tried a square crop. Before, this image lacked a sense of solidity. NowI feel it is simple yet complex, flat yet textured. Cropping out some of the image lends to its mirror type look. Including only what is necessary in an image can lead to simple yet powerful displays of visual stimulation. I may be uploading a whole collection of square cropped images very shortly, so stick around.

MT

This image makes me want to go take some more like it. SO, I will go right now. Well….after I make some coffee.

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I have a myriad of images I would love to share with you…unfortunately for you I am too busy. Lets see, I need to make some images, print some images, and sell some images. Oh, besides the fact that I am putting on my boots to go shoot some “waskly wittle wabbits”. Off I go, enjoying my life and nature at the same time.

I did have time to upload one exceptional image. Enjoy.

MT

Joplin Sky Pano

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Goose TriptychHaving felt some flu like symptoms, I decided to get my mind off of it by taking some photographs. I am glad I did because it was a very productive night. I went to the local lakes on the edge of town and began searching. At first I was wondering if the clouds wouldn’t overcome the sun and it would turn into an overcast sunset. To my joy, the sun overcame the clouds to create a miraculous sunset. I always say that the best sunsets are those followed by storms or clouds. I was right. Well, I went to another lake after a few landscape shots and found the good stuff. Dozens of Canadian Geese were circling and landing on what is called Lion’s Lake. It was spectacular to see them fly with the wind, cup their wings, face into the wind, and gently glide to the water. Due to the low light conditions, I was forced to use long exposures. I knew what the outcome would be; impressionistic and painterly like photos. I loved it! The geese were very nervous with me there and began taking off shortly after landing. I never chased them to fly, they naturally and freely fled the area. With the fleeing geese came great sunset shots. I began composing some simple landscapes and then I created one panorama. I may share that on another day. I must go now, even though I am just getting warmed up. I must finish a few homework assignments before going to sleep. Have a great weekend.

MT

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Crawling on my hands and knees gave me copious photo opportunities with my 100mm macro. Using a shallow depth of field I was able to highlight certain details amongst the numerous blades of grass in my front lawn. This image here is mixture of minimalism, abstraction, and fine art. I love the feeling of warmth in the background; the orange is the autumn leaves blanketing the grass in the background. When photographing macro, I find it is most poignant if there is a defined main subject. I only wish that I could freeze the fall colors for more than their short life consists of.

MT

Intricate

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