Bob Kidd Photography: Blog http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Bob Kidd Photography bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:33:00 GMT Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:33:00 GMT Sunday Street: Showtime in Jamestown http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/7/sunday-street-showtime Meyer Barn No. 1 interior - Yosemite NationalMeyer Barn No. 1 interior - Yosemite NationalFine art analog Piezographjy print on 315gsm conservation grade baryta paper with gloss optimizer. Archival mat board and acid free foam core sized for a 16x20 or 11x14 inch (inside measurement) frame.

Pricing available upon request.

 

 

One of the more creative and productive events for a photographer can be preparing for an exhibit. The creative decisions made about what to leave in and what to leave out all contribute to achieving your vision represented by the photograph that will be hung on the wall. I enjoy the process and the chance to support a local art association. One of my favorites is the Conanicut Island Art Association in Jamestown, RI - a small island that is located near Newport, but miles away in culture and vibe. Their 44th Annual Summer Members Show begins Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 6pm with an opening reception in the Jamestown Community Center (41 Canonicus Avenue, Jamestown, RI).

 

This year, I submitted three framed prints, as well as a number of matted prints ready to be put into the frame of your choice.

 

 

Fort Adams-7Officers Quarters - Fort Adams (Newport, Rhode Island)Fine art digital giclée print on 100% cotton rag 305gsm paper textured matte paper. Archival mat board and acid free foam core sized for a 16x20 inch (inside measurement) frame.

 

 

Fort Adams-100Artillery Placements – Fort Adams (Newport, Rhode Island)Fine art digital giclée print on 100% cotton rag 310gsm conservation grade soft gloss paper. Archival mat board and acid free foam core sized for a 16x20 inch (inside measurement) frame.

 

 

F100 #2 TMAX100 009Meyer Barn No. 1 Interior - Yosemite National Park Fine art analog Piezographjy print on 315gsm conservation grade baryta paper with gloss optimizer. Archival mat board and acid free foam core sized for a 21x26 inch (inside measurement) frame.

 

 

This is a wonderful opportunity to see, admire, and purchase affordable art from local artists. The exhibit runs through Sunday, July 29th, 2018 and will be open every day from 10am until 4pm. I encourage you to stop in and see the paintings, graphics, photographs, and sculptures by contemporary artists.

 

I look forward to seeing you there,

Bob

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) conanicut island art association photography http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/7/sunday-street-showtime Sun, 22 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Printmaking more than Black and White http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/7/sunday-street-printmaking StairwaySee this Piezography print at the South County Art Association - Member Annual Exhibit. Opening reception July 19th at 7pm.

 

 

When it comes to photographers and printmaking you quickly hear a lot about preferences. Both brands and types of paper are more fuel for disagreement than discussion and that's ok with me. I have learned through observation and printmaking experience that there is no best inkjet paper, but rather the paper that works the best for you and your particular printed photograph. Just as different film emulsions produce different looks and feeling, so does paper. 

 

There are tons of links on line where you can peruse paper reviews, evaluations and even comparisons. I have read my share. My own conclusion is that it all depends. When I look at the printed results from a single image printed on several different baryta papers, I do not see a better or worse, but some very slight differences among a handful of Red River, Canson and Hahnemüle proof prints scanned for accurate presentation.

 

RRP BarytaRed River Baryta

 

 

Canson BarytaCanson Baryta

 

 

Hahnemüle FA BarytaHahnemüle FA Baryta

 

 

Hahnemüle FA Baryta SatinHahnemüle FA Baryta Satin

 

Each of these baryta papers makes a great print. The subtle differences represent their character, not their quality. Make your prints on what pleases you the most.

 

You can see the Stairway Piezography Selenium print at the South County Art Association Member Annual Exhibit. Opening Reception is Thursday, July 19th at 7pm. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

See ya around,

Bob 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) and baryta black canson hahnemüle Piezography printmaking red river paper white http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/7/sunday-street-printmaking Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:09:46 GMT
Sunday Street: Making Relationships http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/7/sunday-street-making-relationships  

DIMA ED397_DIMA INT copyInvoke - Dan MorettiCD tray

 

 

I am thrilled to have two of my photographs grace Dan Moretti's newly released CD "Invoke", including a multi-exposure image used on the CD tray. Dan is a multi-talented jazz musician and professor at the Berklee College of Music.

 

 

DIMA ED397_DIMA EXT copyInvoke - Dan MorettiCD Artwork

 

DIMA ED397_DIMA INT copyInvoke - Dan MorettiCD artwork

 

Have a listen...

 

 

 

it's not just the image that matters - do the work, including making relationships...

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) dan moretti invoke photography http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/7/sunday-street-making-relationships Sun, 01 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Traveling http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/6/sunday-street-traveling _DSF1458-HDR-PanoCentral Iceland

 

_DSC8427Fujifilm X-T1 next to Nikon FA (analog)

 

Wanderlust is real - a deep force from within that compels us to leave our comfort zone and get out and wander. Wandering freely and with a purpose suits me.  When we decided to spend a week exploring Iceland, I knew what photo gear I would bring - a mirrorless Fujifilm X-T1 and a 28-55mm lens. The X-T1 is an APS-C based camera that I have traveled with before and enjoyed both the images I made with it and its unobtrusive size and weight. 

 

One of the reasons I bonded with this camera is that it has beautifully etched knobs and functions like an analog camera. I can change shutter speed, aperture or ISO by turning a knob or a dial. I am not a fan of menu diving and I rarely have to consult the menu to make adjustments with this camera. Ignoring ergonomics, the other reason I take this camera on travel adventures is the ability to make images that please me. I love walking and exploring with my eyes and this kit makes it easy for me to do just that.

 

_DSF1617-HDRSnaefellsjoekull National Park, IcelandFujifilm X-T1

 

_DSF1245Þingvellir National Park, IcelandFujifilm X-T1

 

_DSF1206-HDRBarnafosser, West IcelandFijifilm X-T1

 

_DSF1302Geyser Strokkur, IcelandFujifilm X-T1

 

_DSF1662-HDR-editLimited Edition Piezography Selenium print available upon request.

 

_DSF1653-HDRSnaefellsjoekull National Park, IcelandFuifilm X-T1

 

I encourage you to get out there and see what you can find.

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) fujifilm iceland travel x-t1 http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/6/sunday-street-traveling Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:28:48 GMT
Sunday Street: Comfort Zone http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/6/sunday-street-comfort-zone _DSF1556-HDR-PanoGunnuhver Hot Springs, Icelandphotograph made with Fujifilm X-T1

 

 

All I needed was something to photograph.

 

I encourage you to venture outside of your comfort zone with the gear that you already have and learn about yourself.

 

See ya around,

Bob

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) geothermal gunnuhver hot springs iceland http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/6/sunday-street-comfort-zone Sun, 17 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Proof Prints http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/6/sunday-street-proof-prints

 

 

I make lots of proof prints. Some sit around for an extended period of contemplation before another proof version or final proof is made. This can lead to a series of questions like what file did I print from, what paper did I use and when did I make this print? 

 

Fortunately, Lightroom Print function can add this information to your print...if you remember to select it.

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

 

Post Script

I used Red River PaloDuro Softgloss Rag, an outstanding fine art inkjet paper that delivers the classic look of a darkroom print.

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) lightroom lightroom print print proof red river paper http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/6/sunday-street-proof-prints Sun, 10 Jun 2018 12:47:39 GMT
Sunday Street: Sabbatical http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/6/sunday-street-sabbatical Hen IslandHen Island

 

 

It is a spring kinda morning, right out of my childhood - fresh clean air fills my lungs and makes me glad just to be here now. 

 

We are on more of a sabbatical than a vacation and will likely pop in from time to time to share unannounced thoughts, feelings and experiences. We are working on several exciting projects including printmaking for our clients and preparing for several exhibits. All of this has happened because of our passion for printmaking. 

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

 

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) printmaking http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/6/sunday-street-sabbatical Sun, 03 Jun 2018 13:10:48 GMT
Sunday Street: Summer Vacation http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sunday-street-summer-vacation Kidd_014

 

 

One of the events I cherished growing up was summer vacation - a magic time that seemed to stretch to infinity until the last week of August when the inevitable tug of reality reminded me that time is precious.

 

 

Mamaroneck - 1955Mamaroneck - 1955

 

 

Spend some time with your family. Make photographs. Enjoy the summer as often as you can.

 

We will be checking in from time to time, but otherwise, on vacation.  It is never too late to have a happy childhood.

See ya around,

Bob

 

 

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) summer vacation http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sunday-street-summer-vacation Sun, 27 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Forgotten Dreams http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sunday-street-forgotten-dreams  

Ian Fitzgerald 09-09-2017-5Ian Fitzgerald at The Pump Hose Music Works

 

The late 1960s were heady times, musically speaking.  I was immersed in music and fortunate to be able to hear it performed live both in the midwest and in New York. Rolling Stone magazine was a startup and I was working on a degree in English with dreams about writing for them. I continued to enjoy live music until the mid 70s when I moved to rural Connecticut. By then I had tucked away any ambition of writing or photographing for Rolling Stone magazine, but held onto the dream to make a photograph worthy of a magazine or album cover.  

 

Last year I was the house photographer for The Pump House Music Works - a newly created music venue with a unique laid back vibe. I documented performances there week after week and developed both the technical skills required to catch a musician's gesture and learned the importance of establishing a relationship with them. As my portfolio grew, so did my musician contacts. 

 

This year, Dan Moretti, a talented jazz musician and professor at the Berklee College of Music, requested to use my images for a new CD that was going to be released in Europe. This in camera multi-exposure image was used for the CD tray.

 

 

Sonic Surfers 2017-11-12-76Dan Moretti

 

 

Not the cover, but close...

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

 

 

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sunday-street-forgotten-dreams Sun, 20 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: About the Camera http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sunday-street-about-the-camera f2-42-21971 Dream Camera - Nikon F2

 

 

When I was in  high school, my dream was to be creative with a 35mm single lens reflex camera (SLR). I had read about how you could select an aperture and shutter speed and focus the lens to shape your composition. The appeal to the engineer inside me was immense, plus unlike any of the plastic Kodak versions I had used, they were made of metal and looked like the ones I saw the Beatles use. The journey had begun.

 

 

_DSC8427Brothers from another mother

 

 

Over the years, there were starts an stops to my creative journey - interruptions aplenty from the kaleidoscope of life. I still have that camera and the prime lenses that I used. It hasn't seen service since the new millennium, but others certainly have. I have come to realize that the fascination with cameras is natural. When we hold them in our hands, they connect our head and heart to what we feel. Photography is exciting and shiny new things like cameras and lenses are part of that excitement.

 

 

2,8F-14Rolleiflex 3,5F

 

 

Processing, on the other hand, can be like needing to do the laundry when you want to wear a favorite pair of jeans. We would rather just grab the jeans and go. Not much excitement here until we see the results of the process. There was nothing like the magic that occurred in the developing tray. Before our very eyes, an image would appear out of nothingness and we would watch the details emerge and take shape on the paper underneath the developing chemicals. 

 

The same thing occurs now, when the proof print rolls off of an inkjet printer. A hint of bigger things to come. At this point, shiny cameras and lenses seem to matter less - it is all about seeing the image c0me to life before your eyes. Your photographic experience becomes a tangible reality that can be appreciated not in pixel count or technical jargon, but simply by processing it with out eyes and heart.

 

 

 

 

Printing is the most exciting way to become a better photographer. It has always been about the excitement.

 

See ya around,

Bob

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) camera printmaking http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sunday-street-about-the-camera Sun, 13 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: The Journey http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sunday-street-the-journey DXT12575-PSeditNot all those who wander are lost...

 

 

Enjoy the journey.

Don't concern yourself about the destination.

Above all else,

Do the work.

 

 

 

 

APC_0026your results may vary

 

 

See ya around,

Bob

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) photography http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/5/sunday-street-the-journey Sun, 06 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Inkjet Paper http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-inkjet-paper Lotus Super 7Lotus Super 7Limited Edition
16:9 print
Price available on request

 

 

There is no shortage of paper choices for photographers that make inkjet prints. While both Canson and Hahnemüle are well known in the fine art world, I have discovered that many of the printmaking papers offered by Red River Paper offer the same benefits and characteristics at a more affordable cost. This permits me to engage more freely in developing the craft of printing. When a client requires a specific imported paper from France or Germany, I am happy to provide a high quality print on Canson or Hahnemüle paper. Understanding that no two photographers are likely to agree on the same paper choices, here are my favorite inkjet paper from Red River Paper.

 

UltraPro Luster 300 – 300gsm

Similar to the lighter weight UltraPro Satin 4.0 (68 pound, 260gsm), this luster paper has an acid free base stock with a slightly acidic coating and a deep luster texture. It is a bright white paper producing deep blacks and high contrast. It has a wide color gamut and smooth tonal transitions making it suitable for both color and black & white photos. The heavier weight and thicker (11.6 vs 10.4 mil) than a lab paper, prints feel more substantial. Load through a sheet feeder or as a fine art paper.

 

Arctic Polar Luster -  300gsm

A bright white paper with an acid free base stock, a slightly acidic coating and a deep luster finish. It offers a balance between deeply saturated color and minimized gloss reflectivity. Its extra weight and thickness (11.8 mil) gives the assurance of a fine photographic print. It is twice as expensive as UltraPro Luster 300. Like other heavy weight papers it should be loaded as a fine art paper rather than through a sheet feeder.

 

Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag - 310 gsm

Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag is made from 100% cotton rag (no optical brighteners, acid free, lignin free) with a lightly textured soft gloss surface like a traditional F-Type print. It features deep blacks from a barrier coat between the paper and inkjet receiving layer. A neutral white with a paper tone that is neither warm nor cool. Like other heavy weight papers it should be loaded as a fine art paper rather than through a sheet feeder.

 

San Gabriel Baryta SemiGloss 2.0 - 315 gsm

This SemiGloss paper is made from alpha cellulose with a layer containing a barium sulfate. The coating and base stock are acid and lignin free. The paper has a lightly textured surface, similar to a fine satin. This finish adds depth and subtle reflectivity to the finished print. A warm tone adds natural richness to portraits and landscapes. Deep blacks and exceptional contrast for exhibition quality color and black& white photographic prints. Like other heavy weight papers it should be loaded as a fine art paper rather than through a sheet feeder.

 

Polar Matte – 229gsm

This is economical photo matte paper is a favorite because of its bright white tone, smooth printing surface and ability hold ink and sharp detail. A lack of surface reflection means that details are the primary focus of the print. It easily loads through a sheet feeder.

 

Aurora White and Aurora Natural – 285gsm

Aurora White matte paper is made with 100% cotton rag content with a fine art semi-smooth surface. The base stock and coating are acid free with minimal optical brighteners. It has a bright white shade for crisp color tones and is also available in a warmer, natural tone with no optical brighteners (Aurora Natural). Like other heavy weight papers it should be loaded as a fine art paper rather than through a sheet feeder.

 

Palo Duro Etching -  315 gsm

100% cotton fiber, acid, lignin, and optical brightener (OBA) free with a textured surface. Ideal for museum quality and conservation grade prints. A barrier coat between the paper and inkjet receiving layer creates deep blacks. A natural white paper, benefiting images of nature, skin tones, landscapes, rich black & whites and artwork reproductions. Like other heavy weight papers it should be loaded as a fine art paper rather than through a sheet feeder.

 

 

Hot AirHot AirLimited Edition
4:3 print
Price available on request

 

Happy Printing!

 

See ya around,

Bob
 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) canson hahnemuule inkjet printmaking red river paper http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-inkjet-paper Sun, 29 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Wide and Loose http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-wide-and-loose Pete's Posse 2018-02-10-104Pete's Posse performing at the Pump House Music Works on 2018-02-10

 

 

When the situation is right, I love using a wide angled fisheye lens to capture everything that is going on in one frame. Such was the case with the talented trio known as Pete's Posse. I composed this image from the front row of the Pump House Music Works during their performance. 

 

 

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A fisheye lens is a great way to make a photograph that would be impossible any other way.

 

See ya around,

Bob

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) composition fisheye http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-wide-and-loose Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:09:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Piezography - Product & Process http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-piezography 2014 05 09 FA HP5 23-22014 05 09 FA HP5 23-216:9 format

 

 

Piezography prints are easy to appreciate and understand when you see them - they look like the best dark room prints imaginable. Explaining how the process of making them is different from typical inkjet printing is more difficult. For starters, there are five different Piezography ink sets: Neutral, Carbon, Special Edition, Selenium, and Warm Neutral, plus a sixth Pro edition which supports creative control of the warm, neutral, and cool axes. Wait, where did everyone go? Let's use a few examples to illustrate.

 

Here is The Migrant Mother, printed (from left to right, top to bottom): Neutral Reference, Carbon ink, Special Edition ink, Selenium ink, Neutral ink and Warm Neutral ink. Which one do you like best? My favorite is the Selenium tone.

 

 

 

When you consider Piezography Pro, the possible variations are staggering because you can independently control the warm, neutral, and cool characteristics of the print.The sample images below (from left to right, top to bottom) illustrate a few of the many tone possibilities of Piezography: Neutral, Warm, Cool Neutral, Neutral Shadows with Warm Highlights, Warm Neutral, and Warm Neutral Shadows with Cool Neutral Highlights. 

 

 

 

 

One of the major differences in a Piezography inkjet print, compared to an OEM Black and White print, is the availability of numerous ink shades. Piezography uses seven shades of carbon based black ink, while OEM systems typically use only three, requiring dithering to make up for the missing tones. In a dithered image, colors that are not available in the palette are approximated by a diffusion of colored pixels from within the available palette. The human eye perceives the diffusion as a mixture of the colors within it. Dithered images, particularly those with relatively few colors, can often be distinguished by a characteristic graininess or speckled appearance. As a result, this graininess increases with the size of the print. while Piezography tones become more defined in larger prints.

 

 

 

 

Smooth graduated Piezography print shading is achieved from linearized curves made from 129 step targets.

 

 

 

 

 

The advantages of Piezography extend beyond the comparison to black and white OEM systems, exceeding the highlight and shadow detail of traditional darkroom processes.

 

 

 

_RBK2702-HDR-1

 

 

My inkjet results from Piezography printmaking are frequently mistaken for darkroom development. The multi-monochromatic tones and linearization of the image exceed, by far, what I have achieved with Epson Advanced Black and White inkjet printmaking.

 

See ya around,

Bob

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) jon cone piezography printmaking http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-piezography Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Blue Angels http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-blue-angels Blue AngelsBlue Angels~ Limited Edition Set ~
Three 8x12 prints on fine art paper
Price available upon request

 

 

Blue Angels ~ Limited Edition Set

Three 8x12 prints on fine art paper

Price available upon request

 

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) "blue angels" "limited edition prints" ri air show http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-blue-angels Sun, 08 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Sky Above - Earth Below http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-sky-above-earth-below Milky Way over the Große ZunigMilky Way over the Große Zunig9:16 print on fine art cotton rag semi gloss paper. Pricing available upon request.

 

 

You seldom see a truly clear night during August in the mountains of Austria because of the nightly storms that roll in. I was thrilled to see the Milky Way over the Große Zunig (9,108 feet) last summer in Matrei in Osttirol. I felt the same way earlier in the spring, sitting on the breakwater in Point Judith, Rhode Island. A few clouds made the sky interesting, as a little wave spray hit the breakwater.

 

Milky Way over Point JudithMilky Way over Point Judith9:16 print on fine art cotton rag semi gloss paper. Pricing available upon request.

 

 

When I learned that the Conanicut Island Art Association was hosting the Sky Above - Earth Below  exhibit, I thought about a third image that would fit this theme. Half Dome in winter followed the end of the draught in California and was made during a short lull in a week of unrelenting rain.

 

 

Half Dome - 2017Half Dome - 201720x15 print on fine art cotton rag semi gloss paper. Pricing available upon request.

 

 

The Opening Reception for Sky Above - Earth Below will be held at the Jamestown (RI) Town Hall on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 5 to 7pm. 

I would be delighted if you stopped by to say hello and see these prints.

 

See ya then,

Bob

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) grosse zunig half dome limited edition prints matrei matrei i.o. milky way osttirol point judith yosemite yosemite national park zunig http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/4/sunday-street-sky-above-earth-below Sun, 01 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: Meaning and Message http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sunday-street_meaning-and-message DSC_2404Decisive Moment Leapfest - 2015

 

 

It's kinda like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. When the crop is just right, the photograph is complete and the story is told without requiring any further explanation. I found a further example of this concept in the introduction to Ansel Adams' book Examples; The Making of 40 Photographs published in 1983. 

 

 

IMG_5705IntroductionExamples The Making of 40 Photographs

 

 

More images and fewer words should be my goal to avoid "pointless intellectual carousels." Ansel certainly had a way with words as well as photographs.

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) ansel adams composition cropping photographs http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sunday-street_meaning-and-message Sun, 25 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: The Best of Both Worlds http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sundaystreet_best-of-both-worlds iMac and NEC displaysin a dimly illuminated studio setting

 

 

I spend a considerable amount of time editing images to make prints - that is what drives me. 

 

The challenge when editing an image for printing is to make a print that matches what you see on your display. After using traditional computer monitors for years, I learned about NEC and Eizo monitors that can be calibrated for printing. As you can see from the image, the iMac display is brighter and has far more contrast than the NEC display on the right. My subject looks terrific on the iMac's screen, but will not match the print I want to make, no matter what paper, ink, or printer I use. Why is that? For starters, ink on paper relies on reflected light rather than back light. In comparison, the NEC display on the right is calibrated* to look closer to what I can print. It is neither as bright or as contrasty - the net result is it looks a little dull.  Softproofing an image on the NEC monitor brings it closer to the way the print will look.

 

What can you do to have the image on your monitor look more like a print?

 

Reduce the ambient light in your room and turn down the brightness on your monitor. For those wanting to do more, use calibration software and a colorimeter to get closer to a D50 standard.  If you want to go all the way, get a monitor that can be calibrated made by NEC or Eizo and calibrate it using their software and a colorimeter. Lastly, match your color space of your images and display to what you can print. Spoiler alert: no one can print in ProPhoto RGB color space. No one. There is no hardware that supports this color space, unless you plan to time travel to the future to make a print and then return with it. That doesn't mean your have to limit yourself to the much smaller sRGB gamut.  Adobe RGB (1998) is the current sweet spot for many photo printers.  

 

Whatever you decide to do, don't chuck your old monitor. It provides the best of both worlds when used along side a monitor that has been calibrated for print making.

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

Geek Speak

* For those interested, both displays are calibrated to D50, gamma 2.2, Adobe RGB (1998) and viewed in a low light environment with the brightness greatly reduced (read: go full cave). The difference between the calibration of the displays is that the NEC is actually calibrated without changing the output values on the graphics card, whereas the iMac display requires changing the graphic cards values in one or more of the RGB channels.

 

 

 

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bob@bobkiddphotography.com (Bob Kidd Photography) calibration d50 display calibration monitor calibration nec multisync printmaking http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sundaystreet_best-of-both-worlds Sun, 18 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT
Sunday Street: A Closer Look http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sunday-street-closerlook RBK_3546-PSeditBridalveil Fal - Yosemite National Parkl15x20 Selenium Print Baryta Paper

 

 

The devil may or may not be in the details. I leave that for you to decide. What I can tell you is that a Piezography print is like no other black and white (BW) ink jet print. My photograph of Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park is displayed along side several other BW prints at the South County Art Association in their Photography Annual Exhibit. While the other inkjet prints all look very good, they do not have the classic tones of a darkroom print.  This image, converted from a color digital raw file, retains an amazing amount of detail. That detail was not lost when it was printed at 2880 dots per inch on Baryta paper. Several photographers remarked that the tones and detail were extraordinary and one of them commented that they were pleased to see a darkroom print.

 

 

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The exhibit will be on display at the South County Art Association until April 7, 2018.

 

See ya next week,

Bob

 

 

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Sunday Street: Barthes' Punctum http://www.bobkiddphotography.com/blog/2018/3/sunday_street/barthes-punctum F6 #036-024Small Craft Warning9x16 analog photograph printed on cotton rag etching paper

 

 

In his book Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes identifies two main factors in a photographic image: studium and punctum. Studium is the element that creates interest in a photographic image. Punctum is an object or image that jumps out at the viewer within a photograph.

Studium shows the intention of the photographer. Journalistic photographs are good examples of studium. Studium adds interest, but in the order of liking, not loving. Punctum often accompanies studium, but it also disturbs it, creating an ‘element which rises from the scene’ and compels your attention. Punctum may be a discovered detail that attracts you to an image. According to Barthes,  punctum's "mere presence changes my reading, that I am looking at a new photograph, marked in my eyes with a higher value." Punctum changes the ‘like’ of studium to the love of an image and requires an accidental quality about it to be most effective. It is very personal and often different for everyone, but shares the common experience that it moves the viewer.

After trying to figure out what fine art photography is (besides a marketing term), I am more convinced then ever that Barthes' Punctum differentiates great photographs from the mundane. Size, both large and small, as well as aspect ratio, contribute to the punctum of a printed image and, for me, seem to be lacking in online viewing.

 

 

RBK_3546-PSeditBridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park15x20 digital photograph printed with selenium ink on cotton rag paper

 

 

Of this I am certain, a photograph must first move the artist before it will move the viewer. After punctum, the rest is marketing juju.

 

See ya around,

Bob

 

 

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