Musings On The Craft With An Aside

April 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

When I am out photographing, the images that I see are most often based on the emotional response of "oh, that's cool", or maybe I see a repeating or non-repeating pattern, sometimes linear, sometimes not. Occasionally, I respond to just a glance, something that is unexpected or has surprised me to the point that I start working the scene until I find what I am striving for. Then there are those times when I have a preconceived idea of how I want an image to look that I take into the field. It is very difficult sometimes to qualify what I see and then have to explain it in words. The image has to speak for itself or have an unusual element, such as intense color: otherwise, it does nothing for me. There are often many more unsuccessful images captured before finally getting what I want. Sometimes, I don't get what I want. Sometimes, what my mind's eye sees is not translatable from a camera's viewpoint, regardless of lens choice. Sometimes, I settle for as close as I can get to my vision, but the results are almost always unsatisfying.

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I have often been asked where I came up with the 'brand name' holoceneimage. My early interest was a direct result of the geology of the rocks contained in a particular scene. When I started this journey, we as a species were living in what geologists call the Holocene Epoch. I started to think of my images as scenes from the here and now, or the holocene. I combined this concept with the photographic element and thus was born holoceneimage. As my interest evolved from just the geology to nature as a whole, I considered a change, but I had grown so accustomed to using the expression that  I decided to stay with it.

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"Green On Red 2"

This image was taken with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor AF-S 18-70/3.5-4.5 @ 70mm. The exposure was at 1/3 sec @ f/22 @ ISO 100. The image was processed in Lightroom 4, slightly cropped with a bit of clarity, vibrance, saturation, and contrast added. These processes are typical for most of my images, as I prefer to do no more than is necessary. Occassionally, I will adjust the white balance when needed.

-TGW


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