Month: October 2017

The Day (And Night) Arrives


It’s here. One of the biggest days in New Orleans. Halloween. This light bringing skull leads the way. Or something like that. It moves. It shimmers. It’s just plain old weird. I made most of it during post production. I was up to my old tricks. Tinkering. Playing. This image started to emerge. It beckoned to me. Called out to me. It told me to keep going. Until I couldn’t go anymore. And, then to go further, This image is the result. It surprised me. Hopefully, it will surprise you. Oh. The skulls thing. I looked back at my Halloween imagery. Most of it is about skulls. That doesn’t mean anything. It’s just what I saw. What caught my attention. I think. You never know what’s rattling around in your brain. Especially if you believe as I do. That all art is autobiographical. Think about skulls and THAT for a minute. Oooooooooooh. Happy Halloween for those who participate. And for the rest, happy day. Advertisements

Staying in One Place


Today, you get two. Two posts. One just an hour earlier than this one. I scheduled one for yesterday morning as usual. But, I bought a new iPad, I changed some operating systems which caused WordPress to be so confused that I can’t even remove the App for the new iPad in order to reinstall it. Somewhere along the line that introduced a bug which kept yesterdays post from appearing as scheduled. I’ve had people make suggestion about workarounds. Do this. Do that. Do this other thing. Keep in mind I am not a tech guy. That’s one reason that I use Apple products. That’s also the reason  that Storyteller hasn’t become the website that I’d hope to have built by now. It’s way too much for me. I’ve tried WordPress template sites. They don’t help. I tested one page and it hung up everything. So, my apologies. I’m not one of these bloggers who thinks you should post ten times a day and then let it go. Just so you know, when I see …

Skull Duggery


A little skull for you. Because we are into our long Halloween weekend. Because it seems normal in the swamp that I call home. Because I saw it. Because I made the picture. Simple. Like a skull. The picture. It’s pretty much as I described it. f5.6 and be there. I worked on it a little in post production. Mostly to hide its flaws. My photograph’s flaws. Not the skull’s. Shooting a little after noon, does not a great picture make. I knew that. But, sometimes… you have no choice.

Shape Shifting


And, so it starts. One of the biggest holidays in New Orleans, among other big holidays. Halloween. This weekend and into next week. How could it be otherwise, when we mask for just about everything else? I made this picture the other day, in the depths of Mordor. Or, the Lower 9th Ward. Whichever comes first. The picture. Yes. I messed with it. I tinkered until it got that general “spooky” feel. Then, I kept going. One thing to know. Pictures like this work better — for me — if they can be taken from the ground, rather than looking down on the scene. Luckily, my camera’s LCD tilts upward. I’m well beyond the point of crawling around on my belly. If I ever was.

Falling Stars


A change is gonna come. That’s what Autumn is about. Yeah, sure. It’s one of four seasons. It happens once a year. Everybody likes fall colors. What’s not to like about fall colors? Orange. Yellow. Red. They warm the heart. Photographers chase the changing of leaves all over the country. We have our favorite places. We take our favorite drives. Some years are better than others. That’s the nature of the game. No pun intended. Really bright colors take some help from the weather folks. In order for the kind of color we like, there is a little timing involved. The sequence is a cold snap followed by normal fall weather. Apparently, that sort of freezes the natural sugar and creates color. That’s a very simplified explanation. But, this is a very simplified blog. Heh! The last couple of years haven’t been all that great. It’s a climate thing. A change thing. Of course, down here in the swamp just south of Lake Ponchartrain, bright fall color is minimal. Often times, you’ll have one day …

Passings


Yesterday, a great musician and a sweet and kind man died. Fats Domino. There have been tributes written from all over the world. Because, at the heart of it, he started rock n roll. Without him, the guys who came a little after him — Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and even The Beatles — might not exist. At least as we know them today. It started with “The Fat Man”  a song that was a reworked of a drug user’s song called, “The Junker’s Blues.” It rocked. It rolled. His music only grew from there. His legend did too. You can read that all over the internet today. There’s no point in me rehashing it. At the heart of him was a New Orleans man. A 9th Ward guy. He lived there. He built his very modern mansion there. And, his last studio was there. Yesterday, the media of which I was one, descended on those old buildings. Local television stations used the studio as a prop for the evening broadcasts about his death. I …

Night Work


Something common. One of my new readers commented that he liked my ability to make pictures from common subjects. I thanked him and let it go at that. That I is one thing I’ve always worked to do. It’s not because these days I’m physically hurting a bit. I work through it. Or, because I don’t like to travel. I do. It’s because I never thought that you had to take a long trip to take pictures. I never thought you had to be at an event to take a picture. I’ve done all that. And, I will again. Traveling is a good way to refresh yourself and your seeing. But. I think that pictures are right outside your front door. Or, sometimes, even inside the house. You don’t have to wander far and wide to take a picture. In fact, when struggling photographers ask what to take pictures of, I usually say “your world.” That said, this picture was made last night in the early evening. I originally made it one way — more …

Underwater


Flooded Streets. As our new fall-like weather arrived, we had one of those amazing storms that come with the transition from hot weather to cold weather. Thunder. Lightning. Sideways rain. Wind. Broken trees. And, lots of newly dropped leaves. Everywhere. Prior to the storm the city sent out tweets and texts asking us to make sure all the storm drains were cleared. They couldn’t get to it. It will take the city about three years to really clean out the gunk that block the pipes to the drainage system.  So, they wanted us to clear out the tops of the system. For most of us, this is normal. We do it because we know better. But, for the city to ask… whew. The system is so impacted that even with cleaning the tops of the drains, the streets flooded. To be sure, it was nothing terrible in my neighborhood. We had a few inches on our street, but the water barely came up over the curb. No big deal. But, the “flood” let me make …

About a Sunset


Sunsets. Everybody loves them. Me too. But, I don’t often photograph them unless there is some special quality to the light. There are a couple of reasons for this. For most sunsets, I’d rather just enjoy them. And, look at them, often thanking my lucky stars that I’m on the planet at the same time the sunset came into view. The second is more earthbound. Everybody shoots sunsets. Google sunsets. You’ll see. I’d like to try to do something a little different. Usually that happens in nature. I have very little to do with it. But, I can pick and choose. Finally, if the sunset looks pretty good, I turn around. That great dusky, warm, yellow and red light is illuminating something. Maybe that’s the best picture. Of course, you have to be in a place that interests you. Sometimes I’m not. Mostly, I’m not. Then, I look for a graphic shape to be a counterpoint to the light. That’s what I did this time. Since the picture isn’t about the tree, I let it …

Looks a Little Like Fall


Fall. And, Halloween. All in one. I took a late dusk walk with one of the dogs. I didn’t think I could even take this picture. But, I tried. You are looking at the finished result after a little fine tuning and a little tinkering to make the picture glow. There is a lesson to be learned here. No matter what you think, just shoot the picture. Cull later. Not while you are out. Yesterday. Storyteller drew all sorts of comments. On Facebook and Twitter, too. I guess that image protection and online theft are a big deal. For me and some of my colleagues it has been a big deal for a long, long time. It’s like fighting a war. Strategies, tactics and technology changes quickly. Very quickly. In order to make my point again. Copyright attaches to any kind of created work the minute the piece is finished. In photography that means when you push the shutter release button the picture is copyrighted. There does not have to be a copyright symbol or …