Fly Me To The Moon

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I just got back from my Baseball vacation and am in the process of working on some of the images from that trip. On this sort of vacation I go to as many Minor League games as I can and take a panoramic during the game.  That image then gets placed on my website.

I currently have 75 different ballparks (some which no longer exist) and will be able to add 6 new ones within the next several days.

While watching the game I noted the moon showing itself rather nicely, and looking to its left realized that there was about to be a convergence.  Quickly moving over several rows I was able to capture this, which can be seen if one expands the image on this page fully.

 

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Clyde’s

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I have never made prints for the specific purpose of selling, but that will change this weekend.

In the past I have made prints available at shows and there have even been times when I have made a sale.  However, these have always been work that I did on a personal basis and someone made the decision to trade their hard-earned money for what they have seen.  That is actually the biggest complement one can receive.

This is the weekend of the Columbia Festival of the Arts and I will have a 10X10′ tent in Symphony Woods, where there will be plenty of music and entertainment.  I will be offering my original Bromoil prints, but also have made limited edition reproductions available.

Understanding that not everyone will “get” the process, I decided to diversify my offerings.  I have created a series of images that were taken around Lake Kittamaqundi that have been rendered to look like pencil sketches.  These images are then printed on vellum (I have experimented with Pictorico with interesting results) and after sizing is applied, backed with gold leaf (I also offer them with copper leaf), and covered on both sides with varnish.

Placed within a frame I must admit that these look rather nice.  The scan offered gives somewhat of an idea of what one will see, though the viewer will need to imagine the gold as shiny, which really makes things jump out.

I have no idea whether or not there will be an interest in what I have to offer, but it will be fun giving this a try.

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Million Dollar Print

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A photographer friend and I were working our shift at Artomatic Frederick and our discussion turned to selling prints. As one who does not sell enough to begin to think of paying for the paper used, the conversation quickly turned to what prints sell for big bucks and lamenting our inability to participate in this category.

I whined about the fact that Steichen only barely makes it into the top ten while Weston only barely makes it into the top twenty-five (no Adams, no Stieglitz, etc.).  I mentioned Rhein II, which sold for over four million dollars, and he told me that any insignificant smudge on a wall could serve for such an image and pointed to one.  As he prepared his camera to take a picture of such I one-upped him by using my cell phone to photograph the subject (after which he one-upped me by taking the picture with a much older cell phone).

So for your viewing pleasure I present Untitled, my million dollar picture (which would not come close to being in the top twenty-five).  I may print this out and offer it, hoping that someone would make the purchase for FOMO (act now and I will sell it for just a hundred thousand dollars).

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Sunny Sunday Afternoon

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Yesterday was the 16th Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, an event I helped start, so of course I had to participate. I had planned to install my work at Artomatic Frederick so my time was limited, so I decided to work digitally. I installed a zone plate body cap on my D70 and wandered into downtown Frederick.

This past winter took so long to depart that I wanted to celebrate its passing with an image that showed the warmth of Spring, so I sought out reflections of cars that might suggest this. The image presented offers what I was seeking, with just a bit of color.

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Lia’s Laces

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I have been playing around a bit more with my phone (Android) to explore its capabilities and one of the fun things is the ability to work with multiple cameras. I have tried many of them and removed nearly all because I am able to replicate the effects within Photoshop (keeping the original capture untouched).

One notable exception is Awesome Sketch, which presents the captured image as if it were a pencil drawing. I have done this effect in Photoshop a number of different ways, but this particular app does this much better than any of the methods I have tried. Finishing the image in Snapseed is, well, a snap.

This image is my ten month old granddaughter, who finds the laces of my shoes to be one of her unending joys. I happen to like this particular image partially because I believe that it captures her personality quite well, but also because she is standing without realizing it. It is quite special to observe the learning process, from understanding that one has control over their fingers to walking and beyond.

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House Exterior

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The final image in this short series is that of the exterior of the house in Asheville. Of interest to me are the vertical and horizontal elements in the image, competing with one another to bring cohesion to a lost cause.

Fighting these are two diagonals, a prominent vertical attempting to hold a horizontal. Although success is currently at hand, we all know the eventual winner – entropy.

The sink and trash can appear out of place. Once useful, they now stand as reminders of what was, as well as symbols of the house’s destination.

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House Interior

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In my last post I talked about the house on the property near Asheville, NC.  This is another picture of the interior of the house.  The glove on the floor reminded me of the final frame of my Henryton video.

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Chair

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Some friends are thinking about creating an artist colony not far from Asheville, NC and this past fall we traveled there to survey the property.  Of interest was an old tobacco barn which appeared to be as solid as the day it was built.  That building could be used for a multitude of purposes.

The other building nearby was a small house, which had been occupied not too many years ago.  Not much was in there, but I did notice a chair, which had me thinking of the person who had lived there and what they might have been thinking while sitting in the midst of a place nobody visited.

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Phantom of the Opera Tree

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We are inclined to find faces – it’s called pareidolia.  Sometimes this tendency can be combined with other things.

In this particular case when I saw this tree it reminded me of the play Phantom of the Opera.  I pass it on a regular basis but it was not until the leaves fell that it was noticed.

I wonder how long it’s got before it comes down.

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Silhouettes

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Anyone who knows me even a little knows that I have no use for being cold.

Wintertime for me is three long months of cold hands.  As I write this the snow is beginning to come down and it is expected that we will end up with about two feet of snow.  The idea of digging out over the next couple of days does not give me a warm and happy demeanor.

There is no need to yell at the sky, but there is a need to return my mind to my trip to California earlier this year, where the temperatures routinely sat above 100F and I leisurely wandered from Los Angeles to Sacramento watching minor league baseball games over the course of a week and a half.

This image is from Stockton, where they were offering water as a means to cool off from the hot day.  As can be seen, a great time was had by all.

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