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For me, the above image is somewhat of a left turn. Now, I have made left turns before, this is not my first… In fact, this past week I have just kept turning left as I began exploring a new color palette… and more specifically, a new set of steps in processing images. A little bit of high key, a little bit of an increase in tonal contrast on certain details (ensuring high key treatment doesn’t wipe things out) and some use of vintage tones.
Funny thing – The left turn was noticed. By a number of people. Not odd, really, as it was fairly obvious. I post a lot of photographs and I have a signature – It’s when you get those reactions of, Hey, this is different for you…, that you notice you habits and you question whether those are good habits.
I love my “style” to this point, but I never want to halt in developing my style… I want to constantly push the boundaries, constantly search for something new to challenge me. Then, I can add what I learn to what I already knew and create something even better.
The only thing constant is change. Impermanence is a rule. That is a good thing…
More to come with this particular left turn. For instance, these particular tones were discovered as I have begun processing photographs from my first few session with models. Models, you say? Yep. I actually have photographed people, and not just random folks on the street… rather, planned photo shoots with people, using lights, umbrellas & soft boxes, backgrounds… I still bring the street in with me, my best photographs are when I photograph in the least artificially created environment possible… But I’m learning a ton… You will soon see some results
Some of my other left turns meant to push myself…
“Photojournalism” of sorts with my iPhone during the Occupy Oakland protests (and soon to be published in a California regional magazine… I’m told on the cover – I will let you know!):
Black & white low-light film in D.C. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial…
The first time I took a photograph I genuinely thought was an interesting image
My first street candid:
My first photoshoot:
MORE LEFT TURNS TO COME!!