photography

A Generational Gap

I grew up hearing about Generational Gaps.

According to Wikipedia:

Generation gap

A generation gap or generational gap, is a difference of opinions between one generation and another regarding beliefs, politics, or values. In today's usage, "generation gap" often refers to a perceived gap between younger people and their parents or grandparents.

I was reminded of the term when I recently saw one of these:

3 Minutes for 75 cents…

From now on, entire generations will never know what this was and why it was needed.

I still remember my college year, before cellphones, when I was a young turk without a driver license and I had to call my father to come and pick me up from school.

I was broke so many times that I had to borrow a quarter from a friend… It was either that or walk home.

It was incredibly amazing when me and a bunch of friends discovered the way to hack the payphone to make free phone calls. No more been stranded.

Now a days, five year olds get a cellphone!

Without the intention of getting on a soapbox and screaming “Get off my lawn, you pesky kids!”, i think there are some values and history worth preserving.

One of the great things about American society is the value they place on history. The highways are littered with signs that point you to this or that other museum.

Old houses are labeled with the construction year and preservation is on everybody’s mind.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."— George Santayana

In the current political climate, we see numerous examples of people forgetting the crimes of our past, and because of that making the same mistakes.

Is the Generational Gap so wide that our memory has been wiped clean? There is definitely nothing new under the sun, and we seem to be repeating the wrong choices over and over.

Anybody have a quarter? I will like to phone home and have someone pick me up…

Is Ok to Fail

It’s said that you need 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill.

In photography this is translated to the famous axiom: “Your first 10,000 pictures are your worst.

To me, that means that is ok to fail. 9,999 times to be exact!

It is though failure that we are able to identify greatness. It’s through falling that we can get up, dust off and continue on the journey.

If all we do is successful, we will never know the sweet taste of achievement. It will be a very boring existence.

It’s said that struggle is what makes us feel alive.

When we look back at our failures, we always fell happier. We got over them. We succeeded! “We are better than that”, we tell ourselves.

Of course is scary when we are failing, but we should never let fear run us.

This too, my friend, shall pass…

As photographers, when we look at our pictures from 10,000 images ago, we see how good we have gotten. How much we have advanced, as photographer, editors, human beings.

That is why I say, is always OK to fail. You will become a better person in the end.

“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” —Wilma Rudolph

Pictures of Flowers

As they say: “Spring is in the Air”…

Cliche I know, but what a great season!

My wife and I are hard at work in our yard and one of the main characters on our little peace of land, are the flowers. Man, I love flowers.

They are the perfect subject.

I was trying the technique of shooting flowers that I learned from Nicole S. Young. In this technique you use an iPad as the background for a flower.

Chives, who knew that they have flowers!

Or a simple foam board ($2 at your local paper store)…

Cala Lillies

Brilliant!!

A simple edit on Lightroom to increase the shadow and fix some blemishes, et Voila! A pair of great photos.

Did I mentioned that these were taken with the iPhone?

Gnarly

Testing the Texture feature in the new version of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

I call it Clarity Light

Somehow I think Adobe has lost the mojo and it is giving us crappy updates to justify the new price increase.

Like Flat Field Correction. What the fuck? Who the heck asked for that?

Is that something we really need? Are we going the same way that Photoshop went? A super massive program that tries to do too much!

A vine on a tree…

Photoshop started as a photo editor. Nowadays, it tries to do 3D, movie editing, layouts and everything else under the sun.

I think Adobe is trying to do the same crap with Lightroom.

Flat-Field Correction?, Come on Adobe!