Welcome to the end of August. Like me, you probably are stunned that we’ve come to the end of what we think of as summer. How did that go by so quickly?!
On the last Friday of each month I’ve been sharing a bit of what I’ve been doing creatively the past month. For your visual enjoyment, I offer a sampling of August’s images.
I really enjoy creating images of people’s homes, camps, even businesses. We spend much of our time and create many of our memories in these places, so it’s very meaningful to have a formal “portrait” of them. This is a camp in the Adirondacks that has witnessed a great deal of this family’s special moments, both the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Much of my time this month has been spent in the studio capturing the bounty of the flowers that we are blessed with in the summer. I have thousands of images that I can work on during the cold, grey days to come. I have, though, worked up a few of them and these are a couple of my favorites.
For two days, I had the pleasure of working (playing) with my daughter-in-law, Katy, sharing some of my knowledge of photography. One of the days, we headed out on the back roads to do some long exposures and panoramic images. This panoramic scene from the farmland near Augusta, NY begins to capture the beauty that I have come to love about central NY state.
One of the techniques I’ve been working with is exposure blending and this is an example of that process. It is a layering and merging of 5 different exposures, choosing by hand, which parts of each exposure will be part of the final image.
And finally, this lovely aspiring actress with whom I spent a very creative couple of hours in the studio. I love working with actors and dancers, as they are so comfortable in front of the camera and come with their own set of ideas so that the session is a very collaborative time.
September is already filled with many creative possibilities. The Class of 2014 has begun coming in for their senior portraits and I love how they fill the studio with their special energy. I have a few special projects and excursions planned. I hope your September holds the process of good energy and possibilities.