Just Want To See

Painted sky.

Pastel Sky, looking like a water color. That wasn’t my intention, but that’s what happened.

In this day of all things digital photographers are trying to make their work look like anything but photography. I understand the need to take things to the next level. I do it myself more times than not.

Just don’t force it.

It’s more of a Zen-like approach for me. I try to let the scene teach me how to take the picture and the picture try to show me how it should look.

It works most of the time.

That’s why my work looks all over the place sometimes. In fact, I think as I build new portfolio pages for Storyteller I’m going to group images by color and hue rather than by subject matter.

I saw a friend’s bookshelves organized that way and I thought it was just the coolest thing. I don’t imagine that you could organize a public library that way because you’d never find anything. But, for home or office… why not?


Why not?

The cold is the cold. Managing to make a picture look that way is something else.

This picture was mostly the result of seeing rather than developing.

The picture looks cold because it was cold when I made it.

I didn’t have to do that much to it to make it feel that way.

I used only one technique. I minimized the structure and just barely sharpened anything. That brings a water color look to the finished image. It also plugs up the shadows which makes them look a little moody.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. You know the rest. Enjoy all the color.



4 responses to “Just Want To See”

  1. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    This right here: “t’s more of a Zen-like approach for me. I try to let the scene teach me how to take the picture and the picture try to show me how it should look.” Yes! I’m a baby photographer, as you know, and often, my camera is smarter than I am. Something tells me to click, but it isn’t until I look at the images later that I realize what I’ve got.

    Your musings about your work being all over the place could be flipped around to say that you have a broad palette of colors and styles, which is a good thing. Like a musician that won’t be penned in to a particular genre but just keeps making music that he/she likes, or is called to make. Curiosity, challenge, creativity – all these things lead to discovery. It’s a good life.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      It’s not your camera. It’s a metal and plastic machine. It wants to be smart, but it can’t. It’s you. Making pictures is like any art. It’s about the apes in between.

      Photographers who are seeking to move into the art world typically use one color palette for one project. Because they aren’t telling obvious stories, that’s how the manage to get the pictures to hold together.

      Yeah, I know about that musician. “Never put me in a box,” said to Blue Note suits.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Maybe. I’m not sure I get myself.


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