Which is more satisfying ? —Guest Blogger Prasenjeet Gautam Photography Blogs (www.prasenjeetgautam.com)

The important thing to know for all the photographers “Which is more satisfying factors” This is a quite difficult question to answer. There are end number of photographer with their 1000s of amazing photograph collection but still they are little confuse about their photographs, which photography factors satisfy them? In the beginning of my photography […]

Which is more satisfying ? — Prasenjeet Gautam Photography Blogs (www.prasenjeetgautam.com)

Add On Interview With David Kanigan

It’s close to a year since I talked with David Kanigan about photography and wanted to do an Add On interview to catch you up to date. So much has changed in David’s life with regard to photography.

I interviewed David Kanigan right after he bought his new camera which was about the time COVID hit the area hard. A link to the original interview is included below. Be sure to check out his blog at www.davidkanigan.com.

I’ve included some of my favorite recent photos of David’s below. You can check out his Instagram account for the full display at https://www.instagram.com/dk25ct/

What was the first day you went to Cove Park with your camera and what were your first photos?

My first day was May 5, 2020.  Here is the link for the shots I took that day: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7FGMsWaQQrw5bBnk6.  I believe I used a small pocket Sony camera.  Outside of the goose, shots were uninspiring!  And I’ve gone from 12 shots that day to 75-150 shots a day today.  And on May 5, 2020, I ran to the Park.  Today, I take my car and walk. 😦

Now that you’ve had since May 2020 to visit and shoot at the park every day, what have you learned? You’re top three thoughts.

Top 3 thoughts. 1) 458 days in a row. I can see the streak being broken next month for a family visit.  Makes me sad that this day is approaching.  2) I am shocked at how few “rainouts” there have been.  3) Not every single day, but most days, I am awed by something I have seen.  I especially love the twilight “light” in the morning. I have gone back to the back at midday to the park, it’s a totally different (and crowded) place -and I find that I am less inspired to shoot at any other time but twilight.

How has the Pandemic, from a time and photography standpoint changed your life?

Photography has injected balance into my life, one that was focused on Work and Family.  And it enabled me to start my day from an inspired, natural position. Rather than jumping into my email queue and working that down.

What is next for you and photography?

What’s next for me and photography.  I haven’t framed a single photograph of mine.  My Son is a fine photographer and has created a number of spectacularly beautiful prints.  I’d like to try this.  I would like to acquire Photo Editing and Video Editing proficiency.  I’ve dabbled here, and I can see this is a significant investment of time.  And I would like to try to use my camera’s video-taking capabilities. Finally. if I could learn one new function on my camera a week, I would still not figure it all out in a year.  I would like to benefit from all that it can do.

Here are a few of my favorite recent photos.

You can read the first interview with David here.

Happy Snapping!

Melinda

Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is a first-class must-see museum and I have been there many times since I live in the DFW area. One exciting program they offer is Artist Night where artists will come in and talk about their art books or works of art and answer questions. It’s always in a limited setting and very intimate You get a chance to meet the artist and often get a book signed. they also have an extensive art book collection in the museum store. 

A Brief History of the founding of Dallas Museum of Art

Taken from the Official Catalogue of the Dallas Art Association, 1909

The Dallas Art Association was organized in 1903 and was a direct outgrowth of the Art Committee of the Public Library. At the suggestion of Frank Reaugh, the well-known Texas artist, an art gallery, properly lighted and arranged, was provided for in the building.

When completed, this room was most attractive, and the late Mr. J. S. Armstrong, himself a member of the building committee, became so interested in procuring pictures for the gallery that he offered to give half of any amount that could be raised for the purpose. Accordingly, the Art Committee of the Dallas Public Library was formed and consisted of the following members:

Henry Exall
Mrs. Sidney Smith
Mrs. J. E. Schneider
Mrs. George K. Meyer

The members immediately set to work raising funds for the purchase of pictures of recognized value. In the autumn of 1902, they gave an exhibition in the art gallery that was by far the best collection which had ever been brought to Texas at that time.

These works of art were secured through the influence of the late Mrs. Sidney Smith from the Fair Association, which generously loaned its entire collection to the new gallery. An admission fee of twenty-five cents was charged for the exhibit, and the first person to present herself was Mrs. C. E. Fargo, who paid one dollar for admission, the first dollar collected for the art gallery.

From this collection, two pictures were purchased by the Art Committee, the selection being decided upon by popular vote. The first two pieces purchased by the Art Committee were My Gondolier’s Kitchen by Herbert Faulkner and September Moonrise by Childe Hassam. At this time, Frank Reaugh also presented to the gallery one of his best paintings, The Road to the Brazos. Gustave Wolf, of St. Louis, also presented one of his pictures—a landscape—making four fine pictures acquired by the Committee in its first year.

Perhaps no woman in Dallas has ever done for the cause of art what Mrs. Sidney Smith did by her persistent efforts to establish an arts community and by her encouragement of artists. She was esteemed and beloved by all who knew her, and her passing away the next year was a sad affliction to her friends and associates.

A few of my favorite works are:

 

I hope you will take the time to take in all the Dallas Museum has to offer if you’re in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. You won’t be disappointed. They also have a nice restaurant so you can have a leisurely day and rest between collections.

Melinda

Does it move me?

When I look at a work of art I ask myself: does it inspire me, does it touch and move me, do I learn something from it, does it startle or amaze me…do I get excited, upset? That is the test any artwork has to pass: can it create an emotional impact on a human […]

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Have a day filled with creativity!

Melinda

Vintage-Makro-Fotografie ♥ ♥ ♥ Vintage-Macro-Photography — Guest Blogger Mit Text und Bildern bilden

Das Schöne an der Fotografie sind die vielfältigen Möglichkeiten. Zum einen gibt’s eine nicht endende Anzahl an Motiven. Zum anderen haben wir eine große Breite technischer Hilfsmittel. Die Optik, mit der dieses Foto entstanden ist, war ursprünglich auch nicht für den Gebrauch an der Fotokamera gedacht. Sie ist eine Kameralinse der Fa. Ross, London aus […]

Vintage-Makro-Fotografie ♥ ♥ ♥ Vintage-Macro-Photography — Mit Text und Bildern bilden

Interview with New Photographer David Kanigan

How old were you when you picked up your first camera?

How old? The wrong side of 50.  I’ve never owned a non-smartphone camera until COVID hit. And never really used my smartphone for “real” photographs, even though I loved the beauty of Photographs.

How long did it take you to decide on the camera you purchased and what process did you go thru?

30 days. When I get Something, Anything, in my head, I need to get it done. And I can’t explain why a camera all-the-sudden became a necessity. But it did. I read online reviews. (Many)  I watched Youtube video reviews. (Many) The three primary drivers in my search were weight, ease of use and low light capability.  Camera + lens weight was the #1 need as I planned to take the camera on my morning walks.  Ease of use because I’m not much into the fine print. And low-light, because this exercise-hobby needed to be started and completed in the twilight / pre-sunrise time of the day.

How do you manage the photos you take a day?

I use Google Photos for my photo storage and management system.

Before COVID you traveled extensively, how will you make photography part of your day once you resume travel?

That is a really good question.  I have no idea.  But I have grooved my morning walks into my day, it is going to be so difficult to give this up. Makes me sad to think about that day now that I’m noodling it.

What are the top websites you turn to for learning new skills as a photographer?

I skim many sites and follow many YouTube vloggers.  But I can’t say that I’m looking for technical tips. I prefer to learn as I go and fall forward into new learnings.

Can you share with me your top three favorite photos to date and why are they in the top three?

Wow, such a great question. There have been so many photos that have inspired me.  And I’ve attached three of my most inspired moments. I wish I could tell you why I was inspired, but I can tell you that they were all goose bump moments.

What is your goal as a photographer? Are you learning to take great photos or to go beyond and become a professional?

As long as I enjoy photography, I’ll continue. When the enjoyment stops, I stop. I’m a momentum player in most things I engage in.  I have no interest in becoming professional.  And yes, I find I learn a wee bit more each time I pick up the camera. There is so much I don’t know, and it will take me years to figure it out. That works for me, as I’ve always been a slow learner.

What the weirdest object you’ve taken a photo of?

Dead possum on the highway on my walk.  2 consecutive days I took a shot of him. Can’t explain why but it moved me.

Do you read all the instructions or jump right in and start shooting?

Never read instructions. Don’t look for help. 

You’ve fallen in love with Geese, what other wildlife have you learned to love?

I love all birds (long story detailed why here).  And I’ve come to seek out Cormorants, my spirit bird. (More on that here).

What photo imaging software do you use? 

I’ve tried and have a subscription to Adobe Lightroom but I’ve rarely used it and I’m thinking about canceling my subscription.  One of the reasons I chose a Fuji camera was the great colors without any editing.  Love that.

Do you find photography relaxing or frustrating, or both and why?

Another great question. 95% of the time I find it very soothing. Frustrating moments (after a large # of pictures taken) when I don’t know which setting I have inadvertently turned on (or off) that result in blur, dark lighting, etc.  As I said, I have so much to learn.

I hope you enjoyed reading David’s interview as much as I enjoyed talking with him. Please check out David’s website Live & Learn for more great photographs, great quotes, and words of wisdom.

If you know someone you would like to see featured, please leave me a comment, share their website, and why you want to see them featured.

Happy Shooting,

Melinda

Gallery Travels: Maui 1997

I started scuba diving in 1987, it was difficult I’m claustrophobic taking extra classes to handle the thought of breathing underwater. I was fortunate to log over a hundred dives in ten years.

A panic attack while shore diving almost drowning two people, this was the start of my Maui vacation. This is not my idea of fun any time, it was scary. I kept taking off my face mask, not breathing thru the regulator and pushing my dive buddy under water. Once on land, I would not take off the wet suit, kept laying on the ground and would not get in the car. That was my last dive, devastating but if I can’t dive again there are so many great memories and photos.

The early evening was much better, walking thru the Gallery District, sampling the wine, talking to the artist. It was so relaxing as the sun fell. I started talking to a gallery owner about his most recent works of art. I followed him inside and saw THE painting was perfect, I could see eating at the table, drinking wine smelling the beautiful flowers. This was my first original painting and I love it as much today. Interestingly he is the nephew of Gene Stallings American Football player and coach.

 

“Two Plums” c1997  G1/399

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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