I love photography.
But first, let me say I am not a writer. So please forgive me if I use dangling participles and any other type of english language errors that you may see.
There are many types of photography. Abstract, conventional, street photography, landscape, portrait, Miksang, etc. You may like them all, you might only like certain types. That is fine, the great thing about photography is you can make that choice.
For myself, I love to view all photography. Seeing other people's work both excites and inspires me. It's like any other art, sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't. But make no mistake, photography is an art.
I belong to a meet-up group here in Florida called "The Art Of Seeing". That is exactly what photography is, being able to see. Not just taking a snap shot, although you could say yes, that is another form of photography. It's truly the ability to see and express what you see in that moment. When others 'read" your photo, you want them to be able to create a thought, a feeling, an emotion. It may not be exactly what you felt, but again, that's ok. It's up to the reader to interpret.
As you view my photography, you will also notice for the most part I do not end up with something straight out of the camera. I am a huge fan of photoshop, and two plug in programs I use without fail. On-One Suite 6, and two of the NIK filter products, ColorEfx Pro and SilverEfx 2.
I always wanted to be able to draw and paint. Never could. I tried, I still try from time to time but I just don't have it. But I can take a dam mean photograph. And what these programs allow me to do is become even more creative. In effect, they allow me to draw. Not in the literal sense, but they allow me to see what I have in front of me and create my very own vision of how I see it. Now some may say this isn't photography at all. It's purely manipulation.
Think about it tho, how many people know the work of Ansel Adams? I would imagine anyone reading this blog has heard of him and seen his work. Those beautiful, rich black and white photographs of mountain ranges, New Mexico in all it's glory. Tell me do you think that his work is right out of the camera? You might be surprised to learn it isn't. He dodged and burned, he used bleach on his negatives to get the effect on the clouds he wanted, he manipulated the photographs in the dark room to create his vision. To me, todays digital photoshop is yesterdays chemical dark room.
I mention all this because I think it's worth the brief discussion and to help you understand my point of view. You may not agree, and that is fine, but at least we understand each other.
So thank you for taking the time to read my initial posting of the new blog and I look forward to coming back from time to time and sharing more with you.