ANTLERS A LOVE STORY

I have to admit I have a serious antler obsession that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.  I think it may go hand-in-hand with my log cabin and Pendelton blanket obsession which of course both the antlers + blankets would look fabulous in a log cabin, no?  This photograph was taken in New York the last time I was there and you would be surprised to note that I have a dozen plus other antler captures from this trip.  It seems NYC is filled with antler photo-ops, who knew?  Speaking of New York I will be leaving again on the Sunday red eye, it will be a brief trip–Monday arrival, Wednesday a sad good-bye.  Like last time I will be sure to document it with my I phone via my Twitter feed, sort of like taking you along with me without my neurosis thrown in (okay a little bit). I’m not sure if I will have any down time to break out my ‘real’ cameras but I sure hope I do.  
If you are having some antler lust in your heart, may I suggest these fine shops to satisfy your antler needs?
//faux antlers// 

P.S. This has nothing to do with antlers but I missed these Kinfolk videos when I was doing the week of E Mags. They are in a word–magical.

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD BY CHAD PITMAN

 I don’t think I need much copy here to explain why I love these photographs, do I? Yesterday when we were vacillating over which matinee to go to for my birthday afternoon,  the violent one starring Mr. Skarsgard was at the top of our list.  Why?  I have feelings for him and the Fancy said he thinks he has a man crush on him.  Yes, Mr. Skarsgard has this brunette loving woman and her jock finacee swooning. That my dears is what I suspect is called movie star quality. We ended up seeing Crazy, Stupid, Love, which I must say was a sweet treat.  Ryan Gosling isn’t too shabby either, just sayin’…
P.S. Thank you all for the birthday wishes!

ALEXANDER JAMES:: UNDEWATER VANITAS

I am here late today because I was up all night at an event.  An event that I did the flowers for, amongst many other things. For these events I am usually relegated to ‘staff’ photographer, which I actually don’t mind because I am a bit of a shutterbug, but last night it was an intimate party, no photo night and thus I concentrated on the flowers.  I had visions of harnessing my inner Amy Merrick, but the client wanted a single floral story so I went wild with the Casablanca lilies, well as wild as one can get with utilizing only one floral. Again, no photos as it was banned from the evening.  If I had my druthers I would have created Dutch vanitas type arrangements, not that I know how to, I only wish I could attend Chelsea Fuss’s floral class and get some floral design chops. I am only obsessed with floral design right now for one sole purpose (see shutterbug above). When I saw Alexander James’s work and learned his process I was duly inspired. Mr. James recreates Dutch painting vanitas, not via painting in the traditional way, but via painting with light.  Yes, my dear friends, the above image is a PHOTOGRAPH!  How are the painterly effects created?  Not via Photoshop or some texture but rather by shooting these still lifes underwater and allowing the ripples to create the allusion of paint strokes.  Why this man not one of the world’s most celebrated photographers is beyond me.  Pure Genius. I hope you enjoyed this find and decide to celebrate his work with me.

A WEEK OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY:: REPLICATING FILM EFFECTS

As I draw this week to an end, I figured I would end it with some secret resources for replicating film effects. The trend for the look of film is at an all time high and a lot of savvy entrepreneurs have created some pretty convincing doppelgangers. I have gathered a collection of links for you to explore if you decide film is not for you right now but you still want the look.   The key to any simulation of the ‘real deal’ is moderation. Who knows, you may even develop your own film + Photoshop processing hybrid.

::FILM SIMULATION TOP SECRET RESOURCES::

  • Clickin’ Moms (don’t let the name dissuade you) just released a set of film presets for Adobe Camera Raw + Lightroom.  I was very impressed with the samples and even happier when I knew they were available for Adobe Camera Raw (I don’t work in Lightroom…yet).
  • I mentioned a truly talented photographer Sean Flanigan a few weeks ago. Sean offers both private classes and workshops.  I hear he is generous with sharing his post processing techniques which include film inspired looks. If I could afford a private class I would have booked it yesterday.
  • Totally Rad Actions, you may have heard of these Photoshop actions and I do have to say if you are going to lay out some dough for Photoshop actions you should lay them out for TRA. They are highly customizable, organized and just really good. For the filmy look try their Detroit B+W, it’ll give you that low contrast, soft gray effect without being too contrived.
  • FloraBella classic film action, this just arrived in my inbox yesterday.  I think FloraBella creator Shana Rae does a superb job with her offerings.  I haven’t tried the new set yet but I do own a couple of her other Photoshop action sets and they are excellent.
  • Tutorial for creating natural film grain in Photoshop.

If you have any resources you think I should add to this list please let me know in the comments.

 photo by:tristan b.

A WEEK OF FILM PHOTOGRAPHY:: ALTERNATIVE FILM PROCESING

This here photograph (an outtake of Ms. Grace Kelly) is from a favorite Flickr photographer, although in retrospect he may not want to be referred as that so I shall recant and just add him on my list of favorite photographers, does that work for you Mr. Palumbo?  I sure hope so.
As promised I was going to share an amazing photo processing workshop. It’s called the Photographer’s Formulary and it’s located in Montana.  I want to go so badly it hurts. If you are like me and are on a shoestring budget they do offer kits.  The only problem I have with that is that I am not known to follow directions very well and when you are working with caustic chemicals that could be a disaster waiting to happpen. Why is this so exciting?  Well because they show you how to work with antique processes that are not readily available in this here 21st century.  I know a lot of you (like myself) have a predilection for vintage and this feels like the ultimate in creating a non-phony vintage, heirloom quality memory, but what do I know?
::RESOURCES FOR FILM PHOTOGRAPHY::
I am assuming these posts were either– A) a bust, since it’s been crickets in the comment section or B) a total success and you all have been rushing to the links.  I still have one more day of posting but Friday I think I will give you a guide to digitally achieve film looks.  It seems to be all the rage.