Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Big City

This past weekend my family and I went to Toronto to go see a craft show called One Of A Kind. Although crafts aren't exactly my thing, there were several photography booths, and we did see a whole bunch of Toronto afterwards. We went to the Eaton Centre, which is just fantastically set up for Christmas. They had a massive Christmas tree set up in the middle of the mall, and were sending down bubbles that looked like actual snow. We then went to Ikea and wandered a bit, before heading home, having spent a complete day in Toronto. It's great that fasmily stuff like this, and solid photography can co-exist like this. It's very heartening.
Archipelago Photography: Islands of thought and image, connected with a name.

Monday, November 29, 2010

No Big Deal- Just a Hawk

It's really not even all that exciting. I mean, I see wild hawks less than 10 feet away from me all the time. Oh, right, that was the Zoo.
I was astounded today to see an actual hawk on my route to and from school. At first it was up in a tree having an argument with about 5 crows, and then it was on someones lawn standing on a squirrel that it had claimed as it's own. I was able to get within 10 feet from it, and it was totally calm. I have no idea where it came from, or where it went (as it was gone when I came back 2 hours later, after class) but it was certainly a sight to behold. A beautiful animal, it's saddening to see it forced to enter cities to find food.
Archipelago Photography: Islands of thought and image, connected with a name.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Production Value

Morally I had issues with this. This is the kind of thing I hate. I love seeing a photographers work, and hearing that there was no digital manipulation. Love it. Because it, to me, shows so much more skill. Photographers nowadays are replacing instinct and vision and foresight, with editing, and afterthought. This whole "Shoot 100, keep 1" Ideology is the bulk of what I am fighting against. It discredits photography as a skill as well as an art.

But I'm not condemning photoshop. It's useful and in a situation like this, commercially invaluable. The edited photo is exactly what I was tasked to make, and without removing the wires, the photo would have been unacceptable. Unfortunate, but realistic for sure. By the way, the edited photo is not quite the final copy. There is a bit left to do, but it's close.
Archipelago Photography: Islands of thought and image, connected with a name.