Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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A little break between assessments means more time to catch up on posts and share some things.

If Douglas Kirkland is not a familiar name, some of his images of celebrities probably will be.

It would be nice to master more then one thing. Dancer turned photographer Kylli Sparre has done just that.

Frederic Lagrange has a mix of clientele and images

Listening to Rai Thistlethwayte AKA Sun Rai from Thirsty Merc who has a great voice and some pretty good keyboard skills. A great cover of a Proclaimers favourite.

Go around the back

Go around the back

I finally get to have a breather after an intense few weeks getting the latest paper ready for submission. A walk around Kyneton yesterday morning produced some images I’m pretty happy with. I took a different route through town and was rewarded. The peeling paint was found off the main street behind an old hall. The “building” theme for this month can be ticked off now.

I also took a different approach in that I packed light and limited myself to prime lenses a 40mm macro and my old 90mm macro. It got me moving rather than zooming, and my back was very grateful for the reprieve as I used an old Lowepro bumbag instead of a heavier backpack. That 90mm lens has been with me for 20 years. It gives me a good working distance for macro and doubles as a portrait lens. Unfortunately it needs replacing as the focusing has problems, so it is at the top of the wish list.

While I’m on the topic of upgrades, I mentioned some issues in a previous post that meant I have been looking at a new way to work with RAW files. I was going to upgrade to Lightroom 5 but I have too many reservations and so I am looking at alternatives, including Capture One Express which was used for these images. It does look and feel a lot like Lightroom but the range of presets and export options is limited. I’m not sure that is a bad thing and it had no problem with RAW images from my camera. Based on this and what happened with my lens selection yesterday I am starting to think less is more…

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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Mentally I’m close to exhausted. I have a paper due Friday and it is almost there but I find the review and edit to be the most tedious part.

The shares for this week include;

An-My Lê  

Traer Scott 

Listening to some Georgian folk music. Great harmonies and simply timeless

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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This week I have a little to share. I think I have been failing to even look out the window this week, let alone appreciate the view. I have spent too much time looking at this screen while I write another paper…

Dita Pepe has produced a series of family portraits, posing with friends and strangers as a family member. It’s strikes me as a very clever idea to place yourself in the lives of other people like this.

Dorothea Lange always impressed me as a person with amazing focus, drive and social conscience. There are a number of documentaries on youtube but the clip I selected is from an upcoming documentary Dorothea Lange: Grab a hunk of Lightning

Listening to ambient background noises and the clatter of keys on my keyboard.

 

Project update for August 2014

Project update for August 2014

If you are a regular reader, the image above may look similar yet different to the one I used for the looking and listening post this week. Both were made around the same time and location on consecutive days. It just demonstrates what a difference the weather makes. Here is that image for comparison.

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Both images reflect  the fact that I have hardly used my camera this month. My phone has been acting in that role.

There was only one theme that I managed to tick off, which was the hands.

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Apart from that I have not had the time to do much else than study.  I will persevere and put up a fresh set of themes for September. The weather is improving as Spring begins and provided I can get some time I hope to do better than this month.

 

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Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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Study is a struggle… So much reading, so little time.

For this week I would like to share;

The portfolio of Jessica Drossin covers a broad range of genres but the portraits give me a nostalgia vibe for some reason.

The work of Elizavetta Porodina It’s high end fashion photography and something purely aspirational for me.

I’m not sure if this Zack Arias video touched a chord or struck a nerve for me. Its from five years ago so Zack has probably come a long way since this was made. It made me wonder what I will be like in five years…

Listening to a mix of different things but this stood out because it put a totally different spin on something I took for granted.