Peter Turnley on Haiti

Just posted this morning is an excellent (and heartbreaking) piece of that increasingly rare beast, long form photojournalism.  Peter Turnley’s photographs provide a striking narrative of the recovery (or at least the beginnings of a recovery) for Haiti approximately three weeks after the devastating earthquakes.  Kudos to Mike Johnston’s The Online Photographer for providing the platform for these 60 photographs from Peter Turnley.  Highly recommended.

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The Lenswork "Look"

Many black & white photographers are familiar with Lenswork magazine, the excellent fine art black & white magazine that is known for its superb quality of printing.  Founder Brooks Jensen has started a number of promising blogs associated with the magazine, and I wanted to highlight two recent postings that might be of interest to many fine art photographers and printers.

One thing Lenswork is also known for is its consistent warm, brown look for its black & white imagery.  Lenswork uses a duotone printing process and Brooks has an interesting discussion of why they use such a process instead of a more traditional quadtone CMYK printer on his new blog.  Many people have tried to replicate that look (which originates from the duotone printing process and their choice of inks) but Brooks has posted his own personal attempt to do so in a format suitable for both Lightroom and Photoshop at the bottom of that article.  I tried out the Photoshop version (a Black & White adjustment layer that you ‘load’ as part of a new adjustment layer) and I’d say it is a pretty close match, as you can see in the image below:

I don’t think that one should blindly follow the settings of others, but this should be a good starting point if you are a fan of the tone of Lenswork.  Each printer and paper will also have an impact on any final printed images, and to use this particular conversion you will have to print the image as a color image using Photoshop.

If you use an Epson printer with its Advanced Black & White mode (which I find to be superior to printing a black & white image, even toned, as a color image), you can also use Brooks’ ABW settings as a starting point for your own printing.  I haven’t tried to print using these settings but I look forward to testing them out.  Achieving a satisfying tone and color on a fine art digital black & white print is often difficult to achieve, but the tools to do so are quite powerful (and complex) and having a good starting point for the look you are trying to achieve can result in significant savings in time, ink, and paper.

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Pixels Show in Lewiston

UpdateThe local Village Soup/Herald Gazette has an article about this show featuring one of my images.

This coming Friday, Jan. 29th, from 5-7 pm, L/A Arts’ Gallery 5 in Lewiston is hosting an opening for its Pixels show.  Three of my pieces will be in the show and the show will run until March 29th.  I’ll be attending the opening (maybe with my daughter Eliza, perhaps not).  Here is a copy of the flyer:

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The show should be an interesting one as the curatorial basis for the show is “Pieces of a Whole”.  My interpretation was to include my abstract cityscape photography that includes, well, pieces of whole buildings.  You can see two of my images on the flyer – and since those are hard to see, web versions are below.  And, of course, if you want to see the real thing, hopefully I’ll see you on Friday night at the opening.

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The first two are from Seattle and the third from Boston.  You can see more of my cityscapes here.

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Favorite Photographs from 2009

I thought it might be interesting to select and post my favorite photographs from 2009.  With one Rocky Mountain-derived exception, they are all from Maine.  I believe that 2009 represented a significant step forward in my photography in all aspects, and I’m optimistic that 2010 will be even better.  Without further ado, here are my favorites from the year – please feel free to comment if you have your own favorites from this list!  And best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2010!

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The Tarn, Acadia National Park

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September Snow, Colorado

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Sunset, Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

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Reid State Park, Dusk

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Reid State Park, Late Afternoon

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Marshall Point, Dusk

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Falls, Grafton Notch State Park, Maine

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Baxter Reflections, Baxter State Park, Maineimage_megunticook_at_dusk

Megunticook at Dusk, Lincolnville, Maine

image_megunticook_reflectionsMegunticook Reflections, Camden, Maine

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New Work Redux

I’ve just completed another big update of the galleries of my website.  I’ve added three new galleries – a Favorites Gallery, a Flora Gallery, and an Other New England Gallery (which, at this point, includes CT and NH).  The Favorites gallery will be my current favorite images – not necessarily the best sellers or the ones that others like best, but the ones that are my personal favorites as images.  Over time new images will certainly kick some of these out, but as of the end of 2009, this is what I see as my best.

I’ve also added Portland, Maine images to my Cityscapes Gallery.  Next up – winter images!  I will hopefully be photographing quite a bit over the next few months and the Maine winter should obviously provide me many opportunities for winter photographs.

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New work!

Today I’ve updated the Gallery of my website with quite a bit of new work.  I’ve added two new sections – Maine Mountains & Lakes (as I venture further away from the coast) and Colorado (from a short trip this September).  I’ve also added new work to the Acadia and Maine Coast galleries.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

As a teaser, here are two of the new images – one from Baxter State Park in Maine and one from Colorado.

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Baxter Reflections

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September Snow, Colorado

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Winter Light Show

Well, just like that, thoughts are turning to winter after an all-too-brief fall.  Two of my older images will be on display soon in Lewiston, ME in the Winter Light exhibition sponsored by L/A Arts.  The exhibit will be up from November 6 through December 19th.  It appears work will actually be in two locations (about two blocks apart) – Gallery 5 and the Community Gallery.  I believe that my work will be in the Community Gallery and it may not be up until about a week after the beginning of the show.  I’ll try to find out more details on how this is actually working soon and I’ll post an update here once I find out.

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These two images are actually from one of my former favorite places, Gay City State Park in Connecticut.  To clarify, the park still exists, we just no longer live nearby.  We used to walk there multiple times a week with our dog all throughout the year, as Brutus loved the wide open trails.

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My Work in Upcoming Reflections Show

You can see my work at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont in the upcoming Reflections show sponsored by the Vermont Photography Workplace.  The opening reception is 5-7pm on October 9th.  I’ll unfortunately be unable to attend the opening, but the selected work looks to be strong so I’m confident the show will be a good one.  My image from Cape Cod entitled Nauset Marsh, Sunrise is the image that will be shown.  The show will be up from October 8th to November 9th.

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Nauset Marsh, Sunrise
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Art Nouveau Show at VoxPhotographs Next Week

Next Wednesday, September 2nd, the new Art Nouveau show opens at VoxPhotographs in Portland, Maine (a private gallery).  The show includes new work from all 9 nine photographers represented by VoxPhotographs, including myself.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Heather Frederick of VoxPhotographs.  A small version of my image as well as the VoxPhotographs flyer are included below:

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September, 2009
www.voxphotographs.com

NINE ARTISTS / NEW WORK

Mark Rockwood · David Wolfe · Susan Guthrie
David Brooks Stess · Liv Kristin Robinson · Arla Patch
Stacey Cramp · Jim Nickelson · David Puntel

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VoxPhotographs’ photographers are gathering at the gallery
on September 2 to meet you.
They have been working on new projects and are eager to share them –
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– with the community.


When and Where
Meet the Artists!
Chestnut St. Lofts
Portland, Maine
Wednesday, September 2
4:30-7:30pm
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