POTD: The Color of Black

POTD: The Color of BlackThe Color of Black
Bozeman, Montana
2014

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.

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POTD: Wheels Up

POTD: Wheels UpWheels Up
Bozeman, Montana
2014

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.

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POTD: Dirty Mouth

POTD: Dirty MouthDirty Mouth
Bozeman, Montana
2014

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.

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POTD:Random Net

POTD:Random NetRandom Net
Bozeman, Montana2014

Cattail fronds in our pond (before the subzero temperatures and the snow locked them in ice for the winter).

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POTD: One Last Look

POTD: One Last LookOne Last Look
Bozeman, Montana
2014

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.

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POTD: Driven to Abstraction

POTD: Driven to AbstractionDriven to Abstraction
Louisville, Kentucky
2011

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 moirĂ© illusion that’s more pure graphic than photograph.

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POTD: Bridge Rays

POTD: Bridge RaysBridge Rays
Wichita, Kansas
2011

Those of you of the Wichita persuasion might recognize this as the railroad underpass on east Douglas downtown.

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Nothing is Original

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 Night Square 1949Night Square
Willem De Kooning
1949

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POTD: The Glue That Holds Us Together #2

POTD: The Glue That Holds Us Together #2The Glue That Holds Us Together #2
Wichita, Kansas
2010

 

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POTD: Winter Bokeh

POTD: Winter BokehWinter Bokeh
Bozeman, Montana
2014

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.

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