My Not Santorini Series

Published April 16th, 2012

Since joining 500px I've followed the posts of some pretty terrific photographers. Through my journeys on this site I kept running across some very attention-grabbing images by Vicky Dens (check out her site to see what I'm talking about). Among the images that first caught my eye were her very dramatic white/blue shots of scenes in Santorini. Vicky's Santorini shots often include interesting architectural features, shadows, colorful objects of various types and always that very saturated blue sky providing such great contrast with the other high key elements within the frame. I've visited them time and again and keep telling myself that someday I have to go there to capture these minimalist blue/white images.

This past weekend I went for a shoot. It was overcast and I decided to take advantage of the diffuse lighting to do some architectural shots. Well, the conditions changed quickly and the sky cleared to a brilliant blue. I was shooting around this white building and decide ...

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Tonal Abstracts

Published February 22nd, 2012

Recently I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot of the interior of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The museum was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. I was interested in capturing the geometric features of the interior in natural lighting. I think many visitors overlook the art of the structure itself as they view the art objects displayed throughout. They frequently miss the forest for the trees so to speak. I wanted to highlight the architectural features. But I wanted to do so by creating a series of images which weren't just photographic reproductions of the view one would see with the naked eye. I tried to be creative by post-processing images in ways that would exaggerate natural contrasts, accentuating the lighting variations created by the building's design. The resulting tonal variations reflect lighting differences present naturally but which are too subtle to appreciate without careful inspection by the nake ...

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Directory of "Best Photos of 2011" by JMG-Galle...

Published January 22nd, 2012

If you haven't seen it yet you should definitely check out Jim Goldstein's 5th annual post of best photos from readers of his blog. This year Jim has compiled 289 links to his readers "Best for 2011". Some names you may recognize but many included in the list are not (yet) famous. The work is very impressive. So take a few minutes and check out the links in Jim's post:

http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2012/01/10/best-photos-of-2011-by-jmg-galleries-blog-readers/#ixzz1jbFFkVsj

Thanks Jim for highlighting the work of so many great photographers!

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