Steamtown

Marion and I had a great time at the Steamtown National Historic Site on the last Saturday in Bloomsburg.  Here are a few of the photographs I took there that have been converted to monochrome.

Caboose Engine LogoSteam Control ValvesLocomotive NumberInside a CabooseBoiler PlateEngine LogoRound HouseRound HouseMail CarOld Steam EngineSteam Engine NumberDated Concrete SlabOld Steam EngineCanadian Pacific

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Just a Dam Hike

These are photographs I took while my granddaughters and I were hiking around the C. J. Brown Dam and Reservoir.

AllieEmLost GlovesThornsApproaching Emergency SpillwayBelow the Emergency SpillwayBelow the Emergency SpillwayDeer on the RunAbove the Gated SpillwayTrees

I had never been to the top of the emergency spillway, so we made a big loop that included a little along the shore of the reservoir, out the overflow channel, over the top of the emergency spillway, across a meadow, over the gated spillway, across the earthen dam, and back to the parking lot.  Since we were a little early for spring colors, I decided to convert the photographs to black and white.

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A day with my granddaughters

I just returned from a visit with family in Ohio and was fortunate that school schedules worked out so that I could spend the day with my granddaughters.  The two older ones, Allie and Em, and I took a long hike at the local reservoir and then met Lily at a neighborhood park.  Of course, I had my camera.  Here are a few photographs of the girls.

AllieEmEmLilyThe GranddaughtersLily

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Digital Painting

Back in January, I posted some digital paintings on my photography Facebook page.  This is another digital painting using the same basic technique as those posted earlier.

Churning

Churning

Since January, I’ve been experimenting with the basic technique, trying other techniques in combination with it, and looking for the best photographs to use as starting points.  This digital painting is the result of that experimentation.

Posted in Extensive editing, Illustration

Extreme Photo Editing

I’ve been doing more and more pieces with a significant amount of editing in Photoshop and/or Illustrator.  Lobsterman’s Shack is a recent example.  This piece started out as a standard digital photograph taken on a sunny day.  My intent on using extensive editing was giving the image a historic feel along with the occasional harshness of living next to the sea and the difficulty of life as a fisherman.

Lobsterman's Shack

Lobsterman’s Shack

My problem now is deciding what I call this piece, this type of work; fine art photography, digital photograph, digital art?  I’m still trying to work that out in my mind and that will likely be the topic for another post.     Continue reading »

Posted in Experimental Photography, Extensive editing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Random Thoughts

I Love Crows

My business partner at Art on West, Ivan Rasmussen, paints lots of crows and does a great job with them, so this means we normally have a good selection of crow painting in the gallery.  Visitors are often very generous with their opinions, but particularly so when looking at the crow paintings.  In general, people either love them or hate them.

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Posted in Random Thoughts

2014 Season Starts Today

Well, sort of.  Art On West doesn’t open until May 23, but I am shipping my first photograph of the season.  A woman who was in the gallery last fall saw Autumn Ridge and she said she thought about that photograph all winter and decided she had to have it.  Quite a compliment!  So, a 20″ x 24″ framed Autumn Ridge is leaving for Minnesota this afternoon.

Autumn Ridge

Printing and framing this morning is certainly making me anxious for the season to start.  (Ask me about the season in late September though.  October can be brutal.)

An online gallery of limited edition photographs can be seen here.

 

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Adobe Illustrator – Shape Building

Adobe Illustrator is a great program for working with vector graphics.  Essentially, that means images created from defined lines and shapes while the more common type of image on the web is raster or pixel-based where each dot of the image is defined.

In the past most of my work in Illustrator has been converting photographs to vectors or using the pen tool to trace a hand-drawn sketch that’s been scanned into the computer.  I’ve recently started learning a different technique called shape building in which you buildup a complex shape by combining simple basic shape.  You can combine, add, subtract, and distort these shapes in an amazing number of ways.

Here’s a recent attempt at using shape building.  I call it Island Sunburst and it’s inspired shape of the Porcupine Islands by the sunrise over Frenchman Bay.

Island-Sunburst

 

Posted in Illustration

WordPress Publishing from the iPad

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This is more of a test than a serious post. I’ve install the WordPress app on my iPad, connected it to several sites, and now I need to test it.

I made the hand-drawn illustration while playing around in Adobe Ideas and thinking about a logo for this site. I decided it wasn’t the style I wanted for the site, but it does make a good image for this test.

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The new blog is here

This site is my personal blog.  I’ll post random thoughts, non-Maine photography, non-photography creative efforts, and anything else that happens to catch my attention.

I’m not sure how active this site will be.  Only time will tell.  If you’ve been around the Internet for any length of time, you’ve seen very interesting sites arise and then fade away quickly.  I can’t promise that this will be interesting, nor a site with lots of content, nor a site that’s around for a long time.

I’ve wanted to do this project for a while and this year it’s getting off the ground.  I do hope it has a long flight and that at some point I have a good idea where it’s going.  You know what they say though, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.  I believe that’s true!

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