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Andrew Hersom wrote: A number of old photographs are available online, for example in New York Public Library, the Library of Congress and the V&A Museum in London, where I found this: There are a number of night-time images, sadly many are undated. - Posted: 2020-07-10 04:37:12 (1 comment in thread)

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Dale Yates wrote: Thank you Lance for posting these tips in Silver Efex. I have seen these controls in Silver Efex, but didn't know how to use them. This truly adds another dimension to B&W photography! Thank you Jennifer for posting these photos to allow us to see how these filters are used! Of the four you posted, I personally like the 2nd (copper) the best. Thanks again! - Posted: 2020-07-13 09:44:47 (1 comment in thread)

Graham Jones wrote: Lance thank you for the B&W tips using Silver Efex. And thank you a Jennifer for posting the different applications. This is very useful. - Posted: 2020-07-10 17:36:57 (2 comments in thread)

Lance Lewin wrote: Both the 2nd and 3rd examples are wonderful - and so is the 4th version.... So I am clear, did you try and Customize any of these? Great work, Jennifer! - Posted: 2020-07-10 16:48:09 (2 comments in thread)


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Asbjørn M. Olsen wrote: Thanks everyone. I don't know if any of you did some magic, but since my post, PS has not crashed... But to Diana's idea; I thought PS is updated very frequently, almost invisible for the user (me). I use PS almost daily. But, I don't have any plug-ins. I used to have Nic collection when I still had the standalone PS. Now with the PSCC, I have not reinstalled any plug-ins. - Posted: 2020-07-08 14:20:01 (1 comment in thread)

Group 83

Lance Lewin wrote: Continuing the Discussion on Wabi Sabi: Long before my recent introduction to Wabi Sabi most of you have heard me speak and promote the "Visualization" process: here we seek to become one with our immediate environment in hope of initiating creativity. In my opinion (and a thought I also shared with two of the Japanese photographers I listed previously) the Wabi Sabi philosophy works well (and seems interconnected) with the process of visualization. Here are some of my thoughts from my Intimate with Nature Series I began about three years ago: 'creep along the forest floor or climb tree limbs and seek the often hidden spaces in bushes, thick grass and behind rocks, or explore the crevasse of tree-bark and moss examining the intricacies and interaction between light, shadow and texture. Take a full breath and smell the varied Earthy scents from the fallen and dried leaves of fall or the sweet smell of roses and wildflowers in spring. Thus, I invite you to look closely and seek more than what initially meets the eye and is perceived as austere, or common place in nature, and instead, explore and find deeper meaning within your immediate environment. In this instant, the camera is a tool to capture artistic perspectives that bring to print a swatch of the normally hidden beauty, mystery and foremost, reality that surrounds our space'. LAL - Posted: 2020-07-12 06:42:55 (1 comment in thread)

Lance Lewin wrote: The Wabi Sabi philosophy is also very connected and in many ways, compliments the "Visualization" process. I speak about this concept regularity in all my photographic clubs and PSA groups, as it is central in becoming one with your environment as a means to initiate creativity from behind the lens. A subject talked about with passion and conviction by Ansel Adams in the 20th Century. Image: "Destiny" digitally captured from my series Intimate with Nature. - Posted: 2020-07-09 14:54:34 (1 comment in thread)

Lance Lewin wrote: 7-9-2020 NEW TOPIC: THE PHILOSOPHY OF Wabi Sabi The Japanese Wabi Sabi philosophy includes several aesthetic principles: 1. simplicity 2. asymmetry or irregularity 3. beauty in the understated 4. naturalness without pretense 5. subtle grace 6. freeness 7. tranquility Within these ideas beauty is found in the simplest of forms and perhaps, inspires tranquility: for example, a single rock or the draped dried flora that seemingly cascade like fireworks from an old Bald Cypress Tree - (see attached example). Or the eeriness of the swamps located in the deep south - but to some a nostalgic feeling, as it did with me. (See my July post). Alternatively, a photographic composition of old tools, a torn or used leotard next to a similarly used pair of ballet shoes will evoke many different emotions - including those that describe the beautiful. Shooting in film helps to capture the many aesthetics outlined in this Japanese philosophy - but careful planning and proper used of any both digital and film photography techniques can also capture and produce engaging compositions. Landscape and natural photographers like Bob Kolbrener, Nobuyuki Kobayoshi, Naohiro Ninomiya shoot film exclusively: that film captures and amplifies the aesthetics outlined above. (I too, have now dedicated myself shooting up to 35% BW film using my 1970's camera and lenses). Another photographic technique that helps build an aesthetic is the paper you use to print on: this is also an important process regardless if you capture using film or digital means. The topic is grand - and needs serious research, practice, and also examination into ones own means of inspiration to fully appreciate. However, this initial introduction can help us all "look" and "see" photographs with a new perspective and surely, appreciation for the individuality in work that follow and help sustain the traditional values of photographic fine art - and the work most collectors are hunting for. Thank you. - Posted: 2020-07-09 14:34:19 (1 comment in thread)