This blog is all about the fine art of monochrome photography. It includes hints and tips on composition and digital darkroom processes, achievements and images I'm pleased with, musings about this and that and items I find interesting.
I'm quite happy for it to grow like topsy, to evolve as it goes...
I've been experimenting with a new graphic style for some of my designs in my Zazzle store and this is what I've come up with...
A new life for low res shots?
These were shots I took a very long time ago,when digital photography was in its infancy. The shots were great but the resolution was far too low to do anything useful with.
A shame because they were great images that deserved sharing. I thought I might try and "remix" the images and use them as designs for some gear in my Zazzle store. I loved the shots, the top one was one I took of a dancer on stage, the bottom one was one of the part-goers and the middle ones were shots of dolphin backdrops painted by my company.
(You can see the gear I've designed using these images by clicking the link under each picture.)
I hope you like how they turned out—I put in a lot of effort!
What a great portrait this was, now even more intense!
I liked the composition, structure and form of each of these images and I think the approach I've taken has worked. They're still great images, but presented differently and, more to the point, at a much higher resolution. The one with the pod of dolphins, for example, was 700 pixels wide, now it's 6400! All that means that I can now share them with all my Zazzle customers, which is nice :)
So is it thumbs up or thumbs down for you? I'd love to hear what you have to say :)
If you recall from a few posts ago, I couldn't make up my mind whether to frame the Caryatids / Maidens as a triptych or as three separately framed images.
After a lot of soul-searching and head scratching, I went with framing them separately. I went that route because it allows folks to buy them singly or, if they go for them as a set, they can hang them as a triptych or choose instead to stagger them like below, or even have them hanging in different areas. The additional flexibility should make them more saleable... we'll see :)
The certificate showing my Black and White Spider Award finally arrived, so I got that framed and took it down as well. I also took over a mounted copy of Life In Progress for the browser.
I loved the splash of exuberant colour on the skyline and that's what first caught my eye in this shot. I then noticed all that interesting geometry and pattern in the architecture so I moved around to find the best viewpoint and also to remove some obstructions that were intruding into the scene. As usual my trusty zoom lens allowed me to fill the frame with what I thought was the best crop.
Life in Progress
I'm not sure what the lettering "LiF" is all about. Maybe that block of blue is a hint that it could become an "e", and the message being shouted from the rooftops is that the joy of being alive can only be appreciated while life is unfinished.
Anyway, I was dead pleased to learn that this one got a Today's Best Award in Zazzle. Here's the gear it's on.
So Fathers Day is Sunday 20th June this year (2010)... here's a card I made for it
Every girl's a Princess
Every Dad's daughter is a little princess in his eyes and every daughter loves it. And there's no better time than on Father's Day for that little girl (that even big girls carry inside them!) to say so.
So here's the card I made specially for that little Princess to say to her dad how much she loves all the things he does for her and how much it's appreciated. Click the card to see the cute verse inside...
I've come to the conclusion recently that any artist (possibly even the huge names of the art world) needs to produce two types of work.
Aiming for the mainstream
I reckon that as well as producing work driven entirely by your own internal muse, an artist also has to produce with an eye to the mainstream and what's actually liked by them and hence, hopefully, what sells.
So with that in mind, recently that's what I've been trying to do. Here's one example of what I mean; what I'd call a "pretty" photo (I hope you think so, otherwise I'm really off-base!!).
Grazing Dartmoor pony
My recent post, Moored Boats at Bantham, is another example. Do you think I'm heading in the right direction? I'd love to hear what you have to say, so don't be shy, drop off a comment and share!
Here's a mock-up of what the triptych might look like on a wall.
Mock-up of triptych on wall
Compare to the individually framed mock-up and see which you prefer (remember, you can click the image for a bigger version). It'd be great if you left a comment saying which, that way I'll get a vote on which to prepare for the gallery! So thanks in advance ;)
After a lot of experimenting and guided by some previous comments...
(..always a dangerous thing for an artist to say, hehe!)
I decided to cut the original shot into three separate pieces, with the intention that they are mounted and framed individually - but presented as a set. Here's what they might look like on a wall (click to see full size and get a better feel for them as a set).
I might do them as a triptych instead, but I do like the individual framing and the flexibility that gives. Which framing do you think would work best? As shown or as a triptych? I'd love to hear what you think...
Where the river Avon meets the coast at the delightful South Devon village of Bantham I just had to capture this really tranquil scene. I love how the boats seem to be following each other as they're pulled by the river's flow, straining to be off on their next voyage.
If you're interested, those endearing little boats are called, from front to back, Endeavour, Windjammer and Delta of Aune. Sweet names :)
Another shot from my Athens visit and a comparison between a bw and a colour version
Black and white Caryatids
Here's the bw version, following my signature, high-contrast approach and better expressing my artistic intent.
Emphasis on beautiful sculptures and poses
...and here's my colour version (and, as you know, I'm much less confident with colour)
In context, Athens in background
Even though I like the colour version, to me it's more of a touristy-type shot. The black and white version, I think makes them much more lifelike; they're almost stepping out of the shadow into the light and that gives them a sense of movement.
Also, the colour version is obviously more in the present time, as given by present-day Athens, whereas the bw version is more in keeping with the ancient times.