My brain may be on other things but I might as well keep you thinking while I’m being quiet.

Earth, Images

PICK A SIDE

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Consider your energy usage, and how you utilize our planet.

Earth

On or Off?

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Industry puts out the chemicals it wants — so what is it that you are breathing, eating, drinking? Is it pure? Or has it been contaminated in the name of greater profit?

Earth

What ARE we breathing?

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Isn’t it time to go from anger about the earth and the ecology to action?

Earth

More than Anger: Action

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Diary

Squeezing the Earth for all she’s worth

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My brain may be on other things but I might as well keep you thinking while I’m being quiet.

Earth, Images

Which finger do you hold up to mother Earth

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If you’ve been following along for any length of time you know I love monochrome images. One of the reasons that Ansel Adams images are so perennially popular is because they all exhibit a full range of light — from whitest white to blackest black. Adams accomplished that feat with dodging and burning — exposing the print paper to more or less light during the printmaking process. It was a long and expensive process — involving making multiple prints and adjusting the exposure time to the paper until after many wasted efforts he achieved the balance of light and dark he wanted.

Nowadays we accomplish the same thing electronically and so-called purists look down on those of us who do because they think the “art” of photography is somehow lessened by this electronic manipulation even though great photographers of previous days manipulated their images just as much — but, perhaps, not quite so easily. I guess the test for some critics about the validity of art lies in whether or not it was easily accomplished.

Depending on the image there might be more or fewer areas within the image that can be expanded from the original image to reach WHITE or BLACK. Graphically we view the light range of an image from it’s histogram. This is the histogram from this image.

The process is a delicate one. If you want a full spectrum of light you have to achieve some sense of balance. You are trying to get the whites their whitest without blowing out the details. You also want the blacks their blackest without losing detail. Alternatively, you can leave everything some shade of gray without contrast or however it came out of the camera. The choice is yours. Don’t be afraid of tinkering around to find out what looks best to you.

Make your images what you want them to be. There is no right or wrong in photography, it’s a medium that allows you to create what you choose. However, if you are unaware of what choices are available you also limit your ability to create. Knowledge really is power. Have fun. Be creative.

This image is not mine but it’s a good tool to illustrate

Diary

Full Spectrum

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