Everything You Need



I stole the title from a brand new song by Doyle Bramhall II, featuring Eric Clapton. It was released yesterday. I heard it first, on my iPad Pro. That’s normally pretty good. It sounded tinny. So, I opened it up on the real gear.

That did it.

I used it as the background music while I processed this picture.

Funny thing. I’ve been making a lot of pictures while I was walking around with my dog. Nature-like sorts of pictures. I think that I’ve photographed the seasons. That bored me. Eventually. I felt a little disconnected. Then, I took to the streets. People. Music. Indians. Baby Dolls.

That broke me loose.

I started looking for pictures. Like I used to do. On my way from one place to another. With the music turned up. Not so loud. But, loud enough.

That’s the other thing. Photography. Music. They are mixed together for me. When I lived in Dallas, I read that the new director of The Dallas Philharmonic Orchestra saw pictures when the music was just right. That made me smile. I hear music when the pictures are just right. That’s probably why I like brass bands on the street when I photograph second lines. The music is right. The pictures are too.


This picture. I made it at just about noon. Yeah, yeah. I know. I don’t work at noon. Usually. That changes a little with the kinds of clouds we’ve been having. It also changes by time of year or location. This time it was about the clouds. And, an idea that I had rambling around in the back of my mind.

I knew with a little luck that I could make the base picture into something else. So, that’s what I did. I made the original picture on the scene at about 30 miles per hour. I did the rest in the studio. At about 90 miles per hour. One the computer, using mostly OnOne. I used Affinity to make the watermark since OnOne doesn’t do that.

That’s the story. See if you can catch the little trick.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

10 thoughts on “Everything You Need

  1. I don’t see evil or scary…more like heading away from an unsatisfactory situation into the unknown, but different. And not looking back. At all. Ever. The music I feel when I look at this is Radar Love. The lyrics doesn’t match what I just said, but there’s no rule that I have to be consistent, right? I really like today’s picture, too.

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