Driving Home

Dear Reader,

Well, isn’t it funny how some photos are planned and some are more about chance favouring the prepared mind.  Friday evening there was a brief flash of interesting colour in the sky.  By the time I had found a safe spot to stop the truck, the flash had gone. In another direction there was a hill I had photographed before (2017).  That capture was graphically interesting, technically fine and emotionally blah.  I have included it as a point of reference.  The black and white capture from Friday, has more character.  What do you think?

Cheers, Sean


Better This Time

Dear Reader,

I revisited a location this morning, because I bungled the previous visit and the light was off.  The light wasn’t right either when I first drove by.  1 hour later there was a window in the morning cloud  that provided the contrast I was hoping for.  Here is the result.

Cheers, Sean


On Reconnaisance

Dear Reader,

We have had some great light the past couple of days.  But, I have been either working or making mistakes.  I do have one from last weekend which I will revisit when the light is a little better.  You may have to refresh your browser to get the correct user experience.

Cheers, Sean


Happy New Year

Dear Reader,

May 2019 meet all your needs, half your wants, and be filled with many smiles.

Saturday, I was on a dawn scouting expedition.  Maybe the morning would be one of those legendary prairie sunrises.  It wasn’t, but I do love our skies, even when snow leopards don’t appear.

Cheers, Sean

More Roadside Attractions

Thursday night was let’s photograph murals in the Calgary Beltline as per the map from BUMP (Beltline Urban Murals Project) http://yycbump.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2018-BUMP-Mural-Map.pdf.  Keith (http://keithsodyssey.blogspot.com/2018/12/wide-to-long.html), as always, was an enjoyable accomplice (he also  had the map and the car).

This post comes in 3 parts
~ The Photos
~ A short babble about cropping
~ A list of murals.  If you know of other murals, please let me know and I will add to the list.

The Photos
They’re numbered left to right top to bottom.  Being a clever reader, you will say to yourself, why the science fiction film still?  The answer is we stumbled upon it. Actually, we drove there but did not know in advance  we were also scouting for a movie.

Short Babble
To crop or not to crop is the question.  As part of my normal post-processing workflow I may straighten or crop a photo.  Except for the recent modelling work, where I have been changing the aspect ratio from 3×2 to square, I usually keep the aspect ratio to the original 3 x 2 ratio.  The above photos break with that behaviour.  I like the results of changing the aspect ratio to 16 x 9.  I also like the way these photos have structural connections to some of my other work within the Roadside Attraction umbrella.

Cheers, Sean

Artist and Mural List
Listing is alphabetical by artist and formatted as follows: Last Name, First Name / Collective; Artist’s base; Location of mural; Year mural was painted; Artist’s website; number of photograph in grid above or comment. We didn’t quite get to all the locations.  In other cases I have a photo that I didn’t like.

Dear Artists, Thank you!

Dan Teke, Kalum (Colouring it Forward); -; 1232 17th Avenue SW – West Wall; 2018; colouringitforward.com; (by KFC – To be Revisited)

Faith47; Cape Town, South Africa, 735 12th Ave SW Corner of 12th and 7th ave ; 2018; faith47.com ; (Fortes et Liber – To be Revisited)

Fluke (ASHOP); Montreal, QC; -; planned for 2019; ashop.ca; (-)

Green, Katie; Calgary, AB; Vistek – 10th Avenue & 12th Street – South Side; 2018; katiegreenartist.com; (7)

Jill Stanton, Jill; Edmonton, AB; 1126 17th Ave SW  – East Wall; 2018; jstanton.ca; (Boots – To be Revisited);

Kevin Ledo, Kevin; Montreal, QC; 340 10 Ave SW – West Wall of Parkade; 2018; kevinledo.com; (To be Revisited)

Lemermeyer, Tyler; Calgary, AB; 735 12th Ave SW; 2018; lemermeyer.com; (Not yet Photographed)

Naperialski ; Mateusz ;Calgary, AB & London, UK; The Camera Store – 802, 11 Avenue SW , South Wall;  2017; www.gustofwindstudio.com; (1)

Nasarimba (Mikhail Miller and Rachel Ziriada); Calgary, AB; 1022 17th Avenue SW; 2018; nasarimba.wordpress.com; (8)

Nehlawi, Natalie; Kanata, ON; Vistek – 10th Avenue and 12 Street – West Side; 2018; natalienehlawi.com; (6)

Pichon, Ilana; Quebec City, QC; The Bike Shop – 1103 7 Street SW – East Wall; 2018; -;(4)

Farrell, Rhys & Arsenault, Shane; Calgary, AB; Saneal Camera – 1402 11 Avenue SW – West side; 2018; -; (Geometry – To be Revisited)

Sorenson , Curtis Van Charles; Calgary, AB; Saneal Cameras – 1410, 11 Avenue SW – West wall; 2017;  www.vancharlesart.com; (To be Revisited)

Suche, Cassie; Calgary, AB; 1518, 7 St. SW; 2017;cassiesuche.com; (Not Yet Photographed)

Wolf, Nicole; Calgary, AB; Vistek – Corner of 10th Ave. and 12th St. SW- North Side; 2018; -;(5)

Zhu, Adam; Calgary, AB; Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731, 10 Avenue SW; 2017 ; zooooo.org;  (2 & 3)

-;-;In the alley facing South entrance of Rose and Crown on 4th St. Near 17th Ave.; -;-; (To be Revisited)

A Mannequin, A Friend, and A Model

Dear Reader, (2018-12-22)

Sometime in November, I think it was a post from Dan Jurak, I was reminded of the idea of practising photography.  Practice is about learning the tools and techniques of the craft so that when the opportunity for expression arrives, there is the potential for art.  In recent months I have sat on a chair looking out the front window learning some of the more unfamiliar settings on my optically enabled computer.  This past week my practice was much more ambitious.  On Wednesday, with the helpful assistance of Keith, for which I was ever so grateful, and  a mannequin, Steve, of my own making, I spent 4 hours in a rented studio space going through a self-assigned series of lighting exercises.  On Friday I worked with a model for three hours.  Elora Dawn, who I found through Model Mayhem, was a professional, kind, and patient model.  She was a real pleasure to work with.  I was pleased with my practice.

Depending on the web site referenced, there are 4 classic set-ups, Rembrandt, loop, butterfly, and split.  Broad and short lighting can be applied to the last three.  I tried using them on the first and it didn’t work.  In today’s and upcoming posts I will share with you with some of my practice.

Photo 1 – Establishing Shot

In Rembrandt lighting there is supposed to be a triangle of light under the eye on the shadow side.  In Steve you can see that the triangle is poorly formed.  The results were much better with Elora.

As always, I invite and look forward to your comments.

Cheers, Sean


A Rare 5

Dear  Reader,

I have yet to share this photo from early November. On the Sean scale this is a five. It is a photo I have returned to off and on over the past month or so.  I am so very pleased with it.  Whether you are indifferent , love, or hate it, I would love to know.  PS It looks better large.

Cheers, Sean

RA So Far

Dear Reader (2018-12-11),

One of the lovely things about Lightroom is that as my skills improve, I have the opportunity to revisit images and make better adjustments.  The result is that there are now 5 images in the RA collection.  RA-014 is the most recent one (last in the sequence below), and I am very pleased with it.  Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote in “The Black Swan” about the difficulty many have with randomness.  As a result, we want to apply order and a narrative where none exists.  RA-014  also plays with this idea.

Other Posts about the RA Series
ra-000-introduction (text)
RA-Interlude 01 from June 16 (text)
RA-Interlude 02 from June 26 (text)

Image Size without white border -> 61″ inches x 41.0″ at 300 pixels / inch.
Proposed Print Size including 2.5 ” white border on all sides -> 60″ x 42″ at 300 pixels / inch

Cheers, Sean


Learning Or Not

(2018-11-27) Dear Reader

I have been out and about these past 3 weeks or so trying to get one last photo to complete a set of 10 photos in the “Thin Line” series.  Winter arrived and has now temporarily departed.  The winter photos have a very different feel.

There was a time when my skiing was improving.  My consolation when I fell was, if I am not falling, I’m not learning.  Photographically I have been falling. One lesson is to use bracketing more often.  Currently my new default setting is to take 5 photos bracketed on either side of the adjusted exposure in .7 increments.  Adjusted exposure is the exposure I set after considering colour and brightness.

The first photo is the outcome of my third drive to a specific location.  After finally getting something that worked, I realized that the structure was different than the other “Thin Line” members.  I remain one photo short of the ten.

The fourth photo illustrates the idea that photography is also about a way of seeing.  The road behind is the consistently busy TCH (Trans-Canada Highway).  The answer to the unspoken question is yes, that is how I remember the light.

So where does that leave you the viewer.  Well, it is like this.  Here is a disjointed set of images captured while on a quest for a number 10.

Cheers, Sean

Dawn Missed

(20181104) Dear Reader ,

I missed the dawn yesterday morning.  It wasn’t for a lack of trying.  My destination was a provincial park east of High River by about 45 minutes.  The road was empty, dark, shrouded in mist, and unfamiliar.  Once I had reminded myself to not look beyond my high beams, the driving was therapeutic. I arrived at the lake shore well before dawn.  Only my cell gave me a sense a time – the light did not.  I was undecided about whether 1 or 2 should survive or not. Any thoughts?

These are photos to get lost in.

On a different note, yesterday I thought I had completed a set of 10 images for the Thin Line series (another component of the larger Roadside Attractions umbrella).  Putting together a set of images is a fascinating exercise.  It is all about answering the question does photo x belong with the others already in the set or not?  In the case of the Thin Line many are called – few are chosen.  I remain 1 photo short.

Cheers, Sean