“Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers, and the photographer side of painters.”


Monday, June 27, 2011


Digital art software has empowered both the painterly side of photographers, and the photographer side of painters.”   ~ Buffy Sainte-Marie

I can’t speak for the “painters,” but it has certainly been true for me and many other photographers I see. I think it’s just a natural progression. Most creatives want to express themselves, transmit mood, light, and sensations. Digital software allows us to do this. Some, of course will take it to the absolute limits, others will want to “hide” the technique in favor of the end image. I try to treat every image individually, using what ever techniques bring out the best in that particular image. I know some will say “best” is subjective, well of course it is, that what makes us individuals, we all, hopefully, have our own, unique vision. It’s what makes being an artist exciting and fulfilling. There are and infinite number of notes, but there are countless musicians, each with their own unique style…

Here is an urban landscape that works really well as an HDR, while another image might not, but the strong architectural elements in this image suite the technique.

Enjoy,

Tom

“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.”


Friday, June 24, 2011


It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.”   ~ Vincent van Gogh

Nature’s voice can seem so small and inconsequential, but that is merely a disguise so that only the truly sensitive and loving can hear her voice. If we become silent and turn off the inner dialog, her voice can begin to be heard. When I go out to image nature, especially to someplace new to me, I just try to quiet my mind and let it all flow in and simply let the images come to me. My job it to know my craft and my equipment, so when it arrives I am ready to capture it.

This is such a simple image and yet so full of life. You have the ocean, the ducks and of course, the invisible observer.

Enjoy,

Tom

“Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”


Monday, June 20, 2011


Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”   ~ Man Ray

Ain’t it the truth. People will more ofter ask how rather than why, just the opposite of what an artist would prefer to talk about. In reality, most really good artists don’t even like to talk about the work at all, feeling, and I think justifiably so, that if the work doesn’t speak for itself, what’s the point. Images, after all, are a visual language, not a verbal one!

Here is an image, that is abstract in nature, yet is realistic in essence in that it is an image of peeling paint on pavement. There is such a fine line between what we perceive as realistic and abstract. In truth, every image that appears three dimensional is abstract in the sense that it is two dimensions appearing as three.

Enjoy,

Tom

“A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.”


Friday, June 17, 2011


A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.”   ~ William Dobell

Van Gogh’s “Starry, Starry, Night,” Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring,” the “Mona Lisa,” these are examples of images that become “in themselves, a living thing.” One may not always succeed in such a quest, but surely it is a worthy one for the artist/photographer and one which I strive to achieve in my work.

This is an image that I feel captures the feeling and mood of place, as well a creating an environment that is alive and beguiling when viewing the image itself.

Enjoy,

Tom

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”


Monday, June 13, 2011


The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”   ~ Michelangelo

When I go out and wander in nature, I see perfection everywhere. Nothing is wasted and beauty abounds, even in the most hidden and desolate places. The idea that we can “improve” upon it seems the ultimate folly to me.

We can certainly work in harmony with nature with great results, just look at gardening, sailing, even flying, but we are subservient to nature’s powers not master.

Here, working with nature, is evidence of her bounty.

Enjoy,

Tom

“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”


Monday, June 6, 2011


“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

It’s hard for me to speak for “all artists”, but for myself this is true. I turn off, little by little, the external dialog when on a shoot, eventually getting to a place where my mind is very quiet and my eyes are very alert, watching and moving to find an interesting subject and perspective of that subject. It almost feels like sleepwalking, but it seems to work well for me. To be clear, I’m not trying to be “unique” but, rather, clear and open to the stimulus around me and in doing so often do achieve “unique” images.

The cloud bank over the water would lay there all day on the horizon and then crawl in and cover the land after dark, so at night it was a lot like walking in a cloud when venturing outdoors. Typical late spring conditions on the Oregon coast.

Enjoy,


Tom

“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.”


Friday, June 3, 2011


And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.”   ~ James Russell Lowell

Ah! June in the Pacific Northwest. The first warm days, the roses coming into bloom, the sun having an equal chance with the rain. “Perfect days,” indeed, not too hot, not too cold and the whole wide world bursting with new life.

Speaking of roses, here is and image that breaks the rules a a bit, as far as “centering” the main subject, but for this image it just seem to work!

Enjoy,

Tom