Autumn is Around the Corner
Greetings, friends! Following a wonderful summer full of photography, travel, family and friends, I am gearing up for the fall season... one of the busiest times of year for photographers.
I have lots of news for you... In this issue you'll find articles on my new abstract photography, the extension of my solo exhibition at Denver Photo Art Gallery, info about my upcoming fall photo workshop and Lightroom class, a discount on private instruction and more.
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About the header image: I made this photo during the peak of fall color in Maine. During a one-second exposure on a tripod, I twirled the camera around the axis of the lens. The color washes were created by leaves on the trees and the clear blue sky; the dark lines are tree branches. No special effects were applied during post-processing; I only made slight adjustments in Lightroom to bring out the tone and color. The painterly effect was achieved entirely within the camera.
Focusing on Abstract
As you may know, for many years I have been intrigued by -- and passionate about -- abstract photography. True abstraction is characterized by the incomprehension of the subject matter by the viewer of a picture. "What it's a picture of" doesn't particularly matter -- an abstract photograph creates its visual appeal and intellectual interest entirely through the harmony of shapes, colors and textures. Abstract imagery can convey a wide range of moods and themes, and is especially well suited for decorating modern public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and offices.
The photo at right, like most of my abstract imagery, is a "straight" photograph; that is, no special effects or other significant digital alteration was used to create the effect. I always strive to create my photographs within the camera and prefer to not rely on heavy post-processing to make the final picture. (This image was made on a recent trip to the Cotswolds region of England and depicts the view through a textured window out to the surrounding buildings and foliage.)
Achieving true abstraction in photography is difficult because, in many cases, people can easily identify the subject matter of a photo. I find abstract photography both challenging and rewarding and I have worked to develop a specialization in this photographic niche. Though I still enjoy and will continue to do travel, scenic and nature photography, over the coming months you may notice a distinct shift in my focus toward my abstract body of work. I welcome your comments!
Visit my abstract galleries at NatCoalson.com