Archive for November, 2010

#132 No-Color Sunset

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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I left in all the black and all the white

When is black and white better than color?

A: When the color gets in the way.

This photograph has spectacular color, straight out of the camera with no darkroom magic applied, but the gesture of the sky was obscured, the rush and scurry of the clouds was lost, amidst all the flash and spectacle. With color, this is just another sunset. It’s better this way.

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BW, as it’s called in short-hand-speak, is a difficult discipline. To be consistently successful, one must learn to see not only with the color sense shut off, but must understand the various colored filters and how they effect the light as it connects with the film. The scene must be embraced for it’s tone and not for it’s hue. My friend, Anna Lee Keefer, is a black&white photographer of sensibility and subtly, who creates with great intent. You can see some of her stuff, in collaboration with Ian Talbot, here.

Rating 4.50 out of 5

#131 On Guard

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Awaiting the Midnight Hour

The Entry Bowl is very precious

To Blue Bear. When it’s not holding the entries to the Thanksgiving Prize Drawing, it’s his to drink from what and when he will. Meantime, the deadline to enter the drawing is getting ever closer. Midnight, MST, Friday. As they say, if you don’t enter, you can’t win.

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I’ll announce the winner on Monday (probably just before Monday Night Football) and I’ll notify the winner directly by e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter Direct Message, as appropriate. The winner has to get back to me within 24 hours of notification, or the prize will go to the next in line.

Rating 3.50 out of 5

#130 Keepin’ Warm

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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A quiet evening by the fire

We hit 10 below last night

Here in Casper. And we’ve spent the day huddled indoors, gathered by the trusty stove.

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There is still time to enter to win the Thanksgiving Prize. Just leave a comment here, or retweet (you can use the button above) with my @WalterHawn handle & the URL for any page on the site. Entries close at Midnight, MST, Friday.

Rating 3.67 out of 5

#129 I Want To Enter!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I Want To Enter

But Dragons don't twitter

It is a sad thing

When a dragon can’t get it’s way. But it’s a fact they are technologically challenged. Never met a dragon with a PC or smartphone. I think partly because the claws get in the way, and partly because they don’t read very well.

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You, on the other hand, don’t operate under those handicaps. You can enter, quite easily, to win a signed, original fine-art photograph, as detailed under ‘A Thanksgiving Prize,’ above, and you can purchase one for your very own right now at a significant discount, and if you’re a winner, I’ll give you another or refund your money! You choose. To win, you can tweet, comment here, or on my Facebook page. Check the rules for details.

Sorry dragon. Besides, dragon’s breath is very hard on photographs.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

#128 Another Wyoming Sunset

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Another Wyoming Sunset

An experiment in selective color

I’ve mentioned that these works

Are sketches or studies, and this is certainly the case here. I wanted to find out how emotional responses would change as color is removed from a scene, especially one that had been filled with very wild color to begin with. I took nearly every color away from this sunset. No greens, no yellows, nor browns (which, in fact, are a class of yellows), leaving only a bit of red, a touch of blue and a good deal of what we photographers call ‘tonal values;’ that is to say, blacks and grays. Compare this photograph with this one, which was made in the same place and only a few minutes earlier, but it was developed in a wholly different way.

I think here you can see the importance of the palette of colors used by an artist. Another example to illustrate: Monet’s painting technique is not greatly different from Van Gogh’s, but the emotional impact is much changed by the palette of each painter.

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And I’d like to remind you that I’m giving away a prize for Thanksgiving. To get your chance to win, you can tweet this page, along with my @walterhawn handle or post a comment here or on any page of this blog, or post to my Facebook profile. The complete details are here, or at the “A Thanksgiving Prize” link above. And I’m offering a splendid price on certain works to those who enter the prize drawing.

Rating 4.33 out of 5

#127 The Entry Bowl Retweet to enter

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The Entry Bowl

All the entries go in here

These are the first few

And it’s filling rapidly. You may have heard that I’m giving an original fine-art photographic print to some lucky someone the Monday after Thanksgiving. The winner can choose among three works: “Wearing Whites”, “Purple Mountains, Purple Sage”, or “Long Time Livin’”. The complete rules and all can be found on the page, “A Thanksgiving Drawing”. But the short form is that you enter by tweeting (while including my @WalterHawn handle) any page from The Daily Photograph™, by commenting on any page here, or by commenting on any posting on my Facebook profile. You can enter every day, twice a day, until midnight Friday, November 26th. I hope you will!

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Also, I’m offering a darned good deal to anyone who enters: A signed, original fine-art photographic print of any of the three works, matted and mounted to fit an 11×14 frame, for only $89. That’s twenty-six dollars off the regular price of $115. And, on the rules page, you’ll find a way to get an additional ten dollar discount.

So, I hope you’ll enter, and I hope you’ll think about ordering a fine-art print for someone you love or for yourself.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

#126 Wearing Whites

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Wearing Whites

Even if they are not in the Navy

It’s become winter

Suddenly on the flat. There has been some snow up high the past two weeks, but only a skiff one night a couple of weeks ago in my backyard. Today that changed, and no more will the colors of autumn be seen. From here on out, the skeletal trees will strive to scratch the sky until Spring comes to relieve the itch of Winter.

Rating 4.40 out of 5

#125 Red Soil In the Sunset

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Red Soil In the Sunset

Someone will sing that song

Mountains and oceans

Have a few things in common. Among them, the morning and evening breezes. East to West in the morning, then West to East at nightfall on these mountains. This particular evening, the wind was a brisk forty or fifty miles an hour, and the sun filtered its light through just the right amount of cloud and dust to light up the West end of Muddy Mountain like a bar-room sign. The clouds above the mountain had a hard time holding their shapes in the evening breeze.

Rating 4.29 out of 5

#124 Reprise of Wheat

Friday, November 5th, 2010

A Reprise of Wheat

A meditation on Seed and Sun

You may recall this shock

Of prairie wheat from an earlier post. I liked it so well that I cut it loose from the parent grass clump and found a suitable vase for it.

I’m not sure quite what to do with it now, but I still like it. Perhaps it will become another recurring character in still life photographs, alongside the Bowl of Roses.

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By the way, I have added a new feature to The Daily Photograph™. Below you’ll see a line of stars. This is a way to show your approval or not of a particular photograph. Each star indicates a higher rating. I’d appreciate it if you’d click on one or another of them.

Rating 3.70 out of 5

#123 It’s a Very Vine Thing

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

It's a Vary Vine Thing

Just hangin' out in the sunshine

The sun slanted so well

On this vine that I spent several days exploring and learning about backlighting and how it works with color. Ordinary reflected light looked fine on the vine, but with the sunlight glowing through the leaves, the colors deepened and came alive. I learned that even five minutes could make a huge difference as the sun angle changed.

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The fun lasted only a few days. The leaves eventually withered and dropped off, and the vine is now a mere skeleton of itself.

Rating 4.22 out of 5

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