Posts Tagged ‘art’

Photo Friday:The Seeds of Beauty

May 13, 2016

This week I’ve been watching videos of National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones.  In them he talks about finding multiple right answers to any problem. He also talked about the fact that National Geographic will sift through 14,000 photographs to find thirty photos used in one article.  With that much dedication to finding the best of the best, it’s no wonder they are the top.

I’m not a National Geographic photographer, yet, but today’s photo stood out from many photographs, and I couldn’t resist giving it the top spot of the week.

Dandelion Seeds

Photo Friday: Photographic Exercise

December 11, 2015

The artist who does not practice his art, is not an artist.  This holds true in all arts, including photography, so I’ve been practicing my breathing, and pressing the shutter calmer, to help eliminate camera shake in low light situations.

I get out of my job at 3:30 in the morning, so I have no problem finding low light situations, and I can’t exactly bring my tripod to work with me.  Armed with only a Canon SX610HS, and nothing else, I knew I had to time my breathing with the shutter button release, just right, or I would get a blurry image.  I did get some blurry shots, but the last ones taken in each area came out much better.

Here, then, are my final results.

They are not perfect, but compared to what I started with, they are improving nicely.

Photo Fridays are back

November 6, 2015

I have been away for a while due to internet problems, and illness, but I am back to doing what I love; doing photography.  When I last posted, I had a Canon t3, and a cheap point and shoot, but in the time since I last posted I have acquired a Canon SX610HS for my Point and shoot, and; drum roll please; a Canon 7D Mark II.

I spent 39 years taking photographs, hoping that some day I would be able to live my passion for photography through the lens of a professional end camera.  I now have that opportunity, and I am going to use it for all I can.

In addition to the cameras, I now have Adobe Lightroom to process my raw files.  I have already used it and I love it.

Here, then, are two of the first photos of my new camera.  I hope you all enjoy it.

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Photo Friday: Shocking moments.

June 5, 2015

There are two types of photographs that I am obsessed with capturing, but as yet, have not caught the perfect moments.  These photographs are waterfalls, and lightning.  Lightning is easy enough to capture, as today’s photos show, but the shot I am after is a strike that spans the length of Portland.  I have seen many of these types of shots, but most, I have seen have proven to be composites of multiple frames.  The shot I want to capture needs to be done in one shot.

Today’s shots were taken during a recent storm through the area, and I took 399 shots to get these three.  I hope you enjoy.

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lightning two

lightning three

Photo Friday: Adding Drama with Clouds

May 1, 2015

Today’s picture is devoted to clouds.  Clouds can add drama, mood, and can help lead your eyes in a certain direction.  It can make an ordinary picture unique, and no matter how many times you take the same subject, you will never get the same picture thanks to clouds.  So, if you’re the type who waits for a sunny day to take out the camera, don’t.  You’ll get more interesting shots if you just include clouds.

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Photo Friday: Living by a Rocky Coast

March 20, 2015

The great thing about living in South Portland, Maine is the photo opportunities I get involving lighthouses, forest, ocean life, and my proximity to its rocky coastline.

Today’s picture was taken this morning, at Spring Point, which is one block from my house.  It is high tide, and the rocks disappear into the water.  For those who have never been here, this is a part of Willard beach, next to the Southern Maine Community College campus.

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Photo Friday: Shadow Play

March 6, 2015

Today’s picture came courtesy of a sunset.  One of the biggest photo clichés is, of course, the sunset.  Everyone with a camera has hundreds of pictures, at least, of sunsets.  To be fair, no two sunsets are exactly the same (foregrounds, cloud formations)  all different.

In the case of today’s photo, I decided to show the beautiful effect the sunset was having on my surroundings, rather than the sun.  I still get the warm glow, and with the angle of the sun through my window, it created a perfect silhouette of the flowers on my entertainment center.

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Sometimes the sun is the only light source you will ever need.

Photo Friday: Can you tell the difference?

February 27, 2015

On today’s video, on my NaturallyPhotographic channel on YouTube,  I am talking about how good photographs come from the photographer, not the camera.

Digital Rev has a series of videos in which they give a professional photographer a really cheap camera, and have them take pictures with it.  The resulting photos are always good, proving that the photographer is the key to better pictures; not the camera.

When people come up with “bad” pictures, they try to justify it by saying, “Well, I do have a cheap camera.”  This leads many people to believe that when they see really good pictures, it must be a superior camera.

On this video, I showed four photographs I took.  Two were taken with an SLR camera, and the other two were taken with a point and shoot.  I asked people to leave it in the comments which is which.  I’m going to ask you to do the same.  Here are the photographs.

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snowy winter

Here is the link to my latest video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xDCtc0iKHI&feature=youtu.be

Teaching Without Words

June 25, 2014

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The use of words is at the very core of most communication. We speak them, we hear them, we read them, and we write them, but let’s face it, not everyone can use them very well. In my own writing, I prefer a much more conversational tone, trying to write in a way everyone understands. Even though words are very important in conveying ideas, there are other ways to get certain ideas across.
I was recently listening to a program by Bob Proctor, in which he was saying that the mind does not see in words; it sees in pictures. When you hear the word candle, you don’t picture the word “candle”, your mind produces a picture of a candle. Paintings, and photographs, can convey not just an idea, but it can convey emotions, beauty, and action.
As humans, we are almost unlimited in the ways we can choose to communicate; so why do we place words so high above all other forms of communication. We can learn just as much about others viewpoints, and beliefs, through paintings, music, and photography, as we can from words. For those who have read my blogs in the past, you know how I have a problem with people trying to push the arts out of the school system. If you will permit me to use my little soap box briefly, without the arts we have no communication; without communication we have no relationships; without relationships we have no marriage, business, or even a future of any kind. We need the arts, plain and simple.
When we picture teachers, we think about a man, or woman, standing in front of a group of people, talking about something they themselves learned in books, or personal experience; but what about when you need to learn something at work, that you’re having trouble with. You don’t always need to have someone stand in front of you, and explain it. In many cases, you just need to watch them, and practice what they do. We sometimes learn better from actions, than words.
Since this is a blog, and I don’t want to lose focus, I will bring you one more important type of wordless communication, which is too often overlooked. When I was younger, I had seen a movie called Super Christian. The premise of this movie was that there are people who call themselves Christians, and once a week, they personify the perfect Christian, but the rest of the week, they are anything but. Regardless what you teach, or profess, those who are observant will be able to see the truth in your body language. Body language, to those who pay attention will either be proof of your hypocrisy, or a testament of your beliefs.
Not everyone can be a speaker; and not everyone can be a writer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach. There are many ways to communicate, and only a small percentage uses words. It doesn’t matter if you’re good with words, or not, you have it within yourself to say what needs to be said without them.

I Saw the Sign

January 12, 2014

I Saw the Sign

I am a firm believer in the fact that everything happens for a reason.  In all of the books I’ve been reading, they all agree that if you want to succeed, you should follow your intuition.  This week something happened that brought both of those to the forefront of my mind.

Last Sunday, I was enjoying the first afternoon of my vacation, watching videos, when I heard a knock at the door.  One of my favorite neighbors was standing on the other side with a tray full of oil paints, and equipment.  Since the same time last year I have been re-learning my passion for art, and drawing.  My plan was to start with drawing, then work my way up to oils, which I planned to learn by the end of this year.

I wasn’t certain when I was going to start working on it, but with her knock, I felt like now would be a great time.  Before this point, I came up with the usual excuses; I don’t know where to start, I don’t have any good equipment, all the usual points of resistance.  I tried to watch some Bob Ross videos, but they don’t stay on YouTube long enough to get anything out of.

With no Bob Ross videos to watch, I came to another resistance point; how can I learn the style I like if I can’t learn from the best?  Then I told myself that I just have to ask the right question, and it hit me.  Look up Bob Ross style paintings, and through the results I found a guy who is teaching painting.  His name is Jason Bowen, and not only is his style very close to Bob Ross, his method of teaching is close.

Since that excuse is blown, I thought canvas will be expensive.  Through the Art Mart in Portland I found stretched canvas, 5×7, for 1.75 each.  Ok, so now I’m out of excuses for starting now.

I know, I could have let that inner voice have its way, and not follow my intuition; but how will I ever find out how much potential I have if I don’t start doing something about it.  I am hoping to have a painting finished soon to show everyone, but until then, don’t let that inner voice tell you not to start moving forward with your dreams.

Don’t let your current dreams become your future regrets; start now.

Enjoy,

Allen

For those who wanted to see the motivational prints I have available on my website, there were technical difficulties last time.  That has been fixed.  I will now start selling blogs on the site for 1.00 each.  The site is www.jrnytosuccess.com

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