The Color of Black
This is the same raven as in the black and white image from two days ago. I processed this shot in color to show the beautiful subtle blue/purple shades that actually go into making a black raven black.
I have two computer monitors that aren’t calibrated the same way, a laptop, and my smart phone that I can view images on and every one of them renders an image somewhat differently. In most cases the differences are relatively subtle, but for some like this one there are big differences. The colors look too subdued on one screen and too bright and saturated on another. So I struggled with the adjustments, trying to hit a happy medium on the look across the screens. Still I fear some of you will be thinking I might have well just done it in black and white as the colors aren’t very obvious at all while others will feel like I cranked up the colors to a garishly unbelievable point. Such is the life of an artist in the digital age.
Urban crows and ravens seem to be quite tolerant of paparazzi like myself pointing cameras at them from close distances. But they eventually reach their limit at some point.
A raven gleaning tidbits from the snow covered tailgait party area of the football stadium at Montana State University the day after their last home game of the season last Saturday.
Cattail fronds in our pond (before the subzero temperatures and the snow locked them in ice for the winter).
One Last Look
It got white (and cold) here all of a sudden this last week. Until a week ago we were enjoying a gorgeous Indian Summer. It’s going to be white for a long time now, so I thought one last look at the colors of fall from a couple of weeks ago was a good idea.
Driven to Abstraction
It starts out in the upper left as a simple shot of the windows on an office building, but by the time your eyes get to the other end, you somehow end up in a moiré illusion that’s more pure graphic than photograph.
Those of you of the Wichita persuasion might recognize this as the railroad underpass on east Douglas downtown.
Some time back I posted a photo of a quote from Jim Jarmusch about the non-existence of originality (see it here). I was reminded of that very fact today when I cracked open a new book about one of my favorite photographers Aaron Siskind. Because Siskind hung around and emulated the painters Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline, some of their work was included in the book. My POTD for today shows a strong resemblance to this one by de Kooning, which I had never seen before. Jarmusch said “Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.” Does it count as stealing if you didn’t even know about the other piece beforehand?
Willem De Kooning
The Glue That Holds Us Together #2
Bokeh is subjective quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus points of light in a photograph.” For whatever reason, circular (rather than polygonal) bokeh seems to be the most preferred aesthetically. So I guess my long telephoto lens won’t win any awards in that department. But I like the effect here nonetheless.