Ted Forbes from the Art of Photography youtube channel is once again doing Photo Assignments given we have a lot more time at home to improve our skills. His first assignmentis about available light and trying to re-create/mimic a still life photo as created by Josef Sudek.
I took advantage of the the free time this morning to try creating my image. I chose this image of Sudek’s as my inspiration:
I really liked the refraction of the light from the bevels on the glass and how it impacted the look of the eggs in the background. I was missing a few things to re-create this image…namely the glass! And seltzer or mineral water to get the bubbles or a brown egg. But I had a glass, water,eggs, and some available window light. I started with one glass type…but it didn’t look right.
Then I tried a different one that was taller and had horizontal bevels. The glass was taller and to get some impact from the water and refraction, I decided to add eggs into the glass as opposed to just behind.
I wasn’t getting the kind of light i wanted, so I moved things to the other window nearby and closer to it. I was still getting some edge light from the original window and i liked that. I even changed the angle of the blinds to modify the light.
Lastly, I raised the blinds and got a slightly different look…the light was a broader, less focused.
Clearly the intention of Sudek is more visible in his image and I was working with what I had available. I did like how it turned out though!
I then grabbed a couple flowers and went up to my office and a different window to make some additional still life images. With these I edited the final product and included some textures/overlays. Let me know what you think!
Happy to announce that 3 of my recent fine art portrait images is included in an online exhibition. Photographer Mike McDougall reached out to artists in the middle Tennessee area on Facebook asking for submissions for an exhibit “with the intent of giving you a break from current events; an escape from reality.” He has curated an exhibit of 30 artists from many different disciplines. Check out the exhibit at the link below…
We are all doing our part to flatten the curve of this 2020 China Virus Pandemic by staying home. But, I am sure you can’t stay cooped up for days on end without going stir crazy! So, when you are on your next toilet paper and mask shopping/hunting trip, go check out my image that is on a couple billboards around Nashville.
The image above is from a trip I took with my wife to visit friends/family in Florida earlier this year. We were taking a walk along Madiera Beach and I was shooting with my infrared converted camera and Lensbaby Trio28 lens.
The good people at Art Pop Street Gallery and RBXMedia are sharing my image and work from other artists in Nashville during the next month. Head on over to their sites and let them know you appreciate their efforts to make Nashville a better place sharing art work for all to see!
The current locations for billboards with my image are:
Murfreesboro Pike and Cleveland
Lebanon Pike at Fessler’s Lane
I spent a little time shooting downtown today and stopped in to the Nashville City Cemetery to shoot a little more before heading home. The cemetery is such a wonderful place to shoot and I enjoy it every time I go there.
Last October while visiting New Orleans, I took an early Sunday morning stroll down Bourbon Street. The remains from the previous night’s revelry was both astonishing and intriguing. I imagines myself as a forensic anthropologist trying to put together the story of the past inhabitants. Each plastic grenade cup, each oyster shell, and each overflowing trash can have a story waiting to be retold…
While driving the back roads of TN on my way to another shoot, I came across a field of tobacco plants. If you have never seen a tobacco plant, you don’t know what you are missing. The leaves are large and grand, the colors and tones are so pleasing to look at.
Here are a few of the images I shot there…
While scouting a location for another shoot, I took the opportunity to shoot some images for myself. I really liked a large grass plant and spent a good 30-45 minutes capturing images. Here are some of my favorite…
I have started a new photo blog and Instagram account for images I capture of rural Tennessee scenes. I like to drive the back roads and see what I can find and this will be where I share the images.
I have only posted a few images, but I plan to post regularly in that account. Here are a few.
Last week was a good week in terms of my fine art photography. Two of my images were accepted for shows, one in New York and the other in Athens, Greece.
I heard from Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece that one of my images was accepted for their upcoming exhibition “Monochrome”. The chosen image was one of my favorite images from last year. It was shot in New Orleans and was my homage to Robert Frank’s iconic capture of the New Orleans streetcar and the riders within. Here is my image:
On Saturday, I awoke to an email from the New York Center for Photographic Art letting me know that one of my images was accepted for their exhibit, “One”, and it was awarded First Place. The exhibition was jurored by Aline Smithson, an excellent photographer and founder of the Lenscratch Blog.
The image is of the Snodgrass Building in Nashville. For some reason, one of the windows was different from the others, and the contrast stood out to me so I captured it.
The New York exhibit will run from April 3 – 14, 2018 at the JADITE GALLERY in the exciting Hell’s Kitchen area in Manhattan. My New York friends, try to stop by and check out the exhibition.