WHEW! THAT WAS AN ORDEAL!
Chris Fedderson — MacroFine Musings
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Hello, again, Everyone. Miss me? ;-) I’ve missed you; I’ve missed writing these blog posts. I’ve missed your comments.
The short story is that I have had some medical things that have taken all my attention and prevented me from keeping up with MacroFine Musings. We have a diagnosis and a plan of attack now, so things are almost back to normal. A bit of good news associated with this whole shebang is that now that I’ve had every medical test known to modern science, I now know that everything else is running smoothly! Yea!!
And some other Good News over the winter… I was honored to have élan magazine ask to interview me about my photographic vision and insights. The article published in the January issue (page 30). I’m very happy with the write-up and they did a super job presenting a few of my images, too.
Speaking of photographic vision and insights, What’s yours? I touched on this a bit in my post, “Where Does Your Brain Go?” from August 9, 2016. With painters, we see and recognize a wide range of visions, insights, styles; it’s expected after all. It’s all a made-up, invented representation of reality as translated from the painter’s mind’s eye — and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible. But, as contrasted with the process of photography, which when taken in its most over-simplified analysis, is just using a tool to capture a copy of what is standing right there in front of you.
Aaahhhh, but there’s the rub! Even when trying to capture a literal reproduction, the camera will not deliver exactly what you see in your mind’s eye. The camera will not automatically even out the light and shadow. It will not take the initiative to adjust your depth of field. It won’t necessarily stop action or allow something to zoom by. All these details — and a bazillion more — are up to you. This is where you engineer how the camera is going to “paint” what you are seeing in your mind.
So, what are you seeing? Do you know already, or are you still searching for your voice? Either way, continue to experiment with all sorts of photographic “feelings”. Try shooting, and capturing, every kind of emotion you can think of; happy, gloomy, somber, festive, remorseful, thankful, pensive… Need a few suggestions?
Not into heady, emotional imagery? That’s fine. You can still experiment with all sorts of photographic styles and subject matter. As I wrote in “Best First Camera For My Teen?” (12-8-2015):
“Try shooting architecture, portraits, animals, plants, textures, mechanical, food, bugs, stars, fireworks, motion, sports, landscapes, pets, close-up, far-away, cityscapes, countrysides, still lifes, studio set-ups, storms, clouds… and yes, even Selfies; there is something to be learned from every shot taken. Soon you’ll start to discover a photographic preference developing.”
Wishing you happy shooting and amazing discoveries!
Thank You for visiting,
P.s. Thank you, again, for your patience with me and my absence this winter. I hope now things will return to normal and posts will be more regular.
. . . And Happy Valentine's Day to All!
2/15/2017 04:49:50 am
So glad you are back and feeling better!
2/15/2017 10:45:14 am
Thanks, Sheila. No, it wasn't any fun, but it feels so great when it stops!
2/15/2017 05:40:15 am
I saw the photos in Elan. Congrats on the feature! I'm partial to the ones of bark but they were all lovely.
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I am a Virginia-based photographer and gather my images while hiking in parks and natural areas here at home and in the locations I travel to. I also love to visit arboretums and botanic gardens to find unusual and exotic subjects.