First Fall


The colors of Virginia.

It worked this time. But, the computer had all night to reboot. Between the crash time and now it’s well over 24 hours. The computer is fast, very fast. We’ll see how it goes.

This is a new photograph. I made it using the RAW setting on the iPhone 14 Pro. RAW is usually the way to go because the file contains all the data just like a film negative does. It will create workflow problems eventually because it makes a 48 meg file that yields a finished 60 meg file. That’s before I do any real work on it.

If you are wondering, I think a 20 to 24 meg RAW is just about right for most things. With such a huge file like this one I can easily make a 6×4 printed photograph. That’s 6 feet by 4 feet.

On the other hand, the detail is amazing. Even though the leaf is overexposed because the phone’s camera was exposing for the dark areas you can still see the detail in it. The rest of the enhanced looking color is simply the result of stripping back the haze which is easy to do using OnOne.

Just to add another layer of complexity, this is the first take from Virginia. We were expecting five inches of rain from the leftovers of Hurricane Ian, but it has apparently turned and will hit Southwestern Virginia where my newspaper career began. Good luck and God speed to them.

As you know I’ve been working through my archives. Two things have been happening. The first is good, the second not so much.

When my slides were scanned for Lonely Planet Images and Getty Images they returned the slides after scanning was complete. These are the originals to images that I scanned on a sort of cheap Nikon scanner. These slides are the originals of the originals. I now use a high end Epson scanner. I’ll see what that yields.

The second thing is interesting, looking at all of this work makes me sad. I was a really good photographer once but I blew so many good opportunities. Missed opportunities will kill you. They certainly may have hurt my career.

In the old days, knowing that could set you on a course correction. Not today. The art world in general has changed so much that unless you completely pivot you can’t recover because 129,765 other artists have climbed past you. Trust me. I’ve been trying to rebuild my photo business for the last few years. The lockdown set everything back.

For me, it’s that we live in a world of, “unless it’s free this lesser image is good enough.” Buyers really like my work. But, they don’t want to pay for it. They want me to give them a picture for free… for exposure. Sheesh, I’ve been so exposed that I might as well never wear clothes.

And, so it went.

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.

11 thoughts on “First Fall

    1. Tim, that’s what usually causes problems, but this was multiple days. I’m pretty sure that it’s WordPress because whenever I open it, the software takes forever to load while other sites load very quickly. I think Opera is fighting with all of the advertising WordPress buries.

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      1. I know you are committed to your browser and that is good. Maybe trying WordPress on another browser as a test to see if it also crashes my give Opera information that can help them deal with WordPress that as an individual you would not possibly do.

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      2. Firefox has released a new version. Maybe I’ll try that. They seem to be at war with with Google because Google forces a default to their search engine, but they do that with Opera so why do I care?

        I trid a couple of trick moves on WP today and I didn’t have a problem. I still think it’s WP because I once stumbled on all the hidden ads on everyone’s blogs. Opera blocks them. That may cause the spinning wheel of death.

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      3. Yes, sometimes I find that Firefox does not allow me to load embedded sites. I’m not sure the word to use but I get a blank site when that happens. In cases like that I have to use Safari. Good luck with your exploration.

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