POTD: Blind Abstract

POTD: Blind AbstractBlind Abstract
Bozeman, Montana

If you read anything at all about the ideal room environment for processing photographs on a computer, you will soon come across the advice that the room lighting should be dim and most of all controlled to a constant level and color temperature. This means that windows, especially ones that are not suitably draped are a no-no. The changing conditions of daylight can affect how photographs and prints look.

So, that’s the advice. The problem is I don’t like working in windowless rooms, so in my studio I have four 4’x5′ windows and a set of full-glass patio doors. I enjoy the full view of the Bridger mountain range these windows provide me. Does it affect my photography work? No doubt, but I can close the blinds to dim the room when necessary and my computer is in the back half of my studio, away from the windows so that helps too. (This doesn’t really help the change in color temperature of the light in the room but then I mostly work in black and white anyway.)

One upside of the windows (besides the great view) is that they wrap around the large work table where I mount and frame prints. The more light the better as far as those activities are concerned. And of course the windows sometimes afford yet another photo opportunity such as today’s POTD.

6 thoughts on “POTD: Blind Abstract”

  1. Great photo, Larry. I actually like the idea of a play on the word “blind” (as in not able to see) since you obviously can & did! 🙂
    Also concur about the windowless studio idea. My new studio space as lots of window light, if not as picturesque a view as yours.

  2. I edit in a similarly windowed room with a view of the city of Austin. I generally produce color images and therefore feel a need to obsess over my color environment although I’m not sure why because noone buys my imagery. Perfectionism is often a curse.

    1. Russell, I guess I’m guilty of obsessing over my color environment as well. Besides struggling with the usual issue of trying to find lights of the right color temperature, I also printed out a neutral gray and took it to the paint store and had them match the color for the studio wall paint. It’s amazing how much effect light reflecting off of colored walls can have on print viewing.

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