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At Long Last: The Gardens at Jay Street

Posted in Photography, Nature, Photographers, Botanical, Abstract, Photo Drawing, Idyllic, Solarization, black-and-white, Infrared, Contemplative with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by sambissell
Dwarf Tulips

Dwarf Tulips

This post is going to be virtually nothing but pictures, I’ve decided. To be precise, pictures of my yard, close-ups of some of the plants, blooms, etc in both the front and back yards as well as shots of groupings. Many readers either haven’t been here to the house or, if they have, have not been by this year, for one reason or another.
I’ll name as many as I can; I do know most and many I know only by their botanical name, not their common name, and vice versa. I’ll always label them from front to back.
If you want to write back and identify ones I haven’t named, feel free and I’ll add a note to the photos. And don’t be surprised if I add a few “shifts”.
In any case: ENJOY!

Fading Dianthus Bloom - Spiderweb Cactus BloomFading Dianthus Bloom – Spiderweb Cactus Bloom
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Peter and the Snowflake Lights

Posted in Abstract, Buildings of Denver, Electrified, friends, Photo Drawing, Photographers, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2009 by sambissell
Reflection No Reflection

Reflection No Reflection

My friend, Peter Forss, and I went to a photo gallery, Rule Gallery, last week to see a large selection of collodion wet plates by Mark Sink (with examples here). Sink’s wet plates are absolutely exraordinary and actually give you a sense that they were taken in the 19th century, for the most part.

As we were leaving the gallery, Peter stopped to inspect the “snowflakes” in the window. My intent was not just taking a photo of Peter but of the buildings across the street. And then this woman strolled passed outside on the sidewalk and just happened to look in the window, presumably at Peter.

Seing Just Beyond

Seeing Just Beyond

What They See

What They See

Have an excellent week!

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Dahlia – 5 Ways to Expression

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Everlasting Love, Haiku, HDR, Nature, Negative Space, Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2008 by sambissell
Dahlia - Emerging

Dahlia - Emerging

A few days ago, I was talking to my friend, Lotte Janus, whose “home” is the world (she never stays in one place very long but considers her “base” Ojai, CA). She comes from a very artistic family, with one person or another having acted, worked in photography, and so on.
We were talking about a photographic exhibit she saw recently near Bridgewater, NY, and the various styles of work exhibited. Then we started talking about my work because there were artists in the show whose stuff is as unique as mine. One of the comments she made was in regard to the adaptations I make for a single photo and, I believe, that her sister would be interested, also being a photographer.

So, feeling a trace of  “challenge,” I decided to take a recent photo and play with it. The photo I chose was one I took for the Denver Botanic Gardens project for my friend, Ross Shrigley, who I have been shooting for this season. The original photo is above. One of the reasons I chose this photo is that it is just slightly out of focus, which would be masked by each of the processes.
First, I shifted it to my “Electric” process and produced this:

The Jelly-Starfish Nebula

The Jelly-Starfish Nebula

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Recent Electrifications – Part 2

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by sambissell

I’ve been going through old works looking for pieces to work on and thought I’d share what I’ve done.

I took this photo when my son and I were on vacation in Arizona in 2003. It was taken in the Saguaro National Park, west-southwest of Tucson. We stopped on the road because the sunlight was so dramatic on this one saguaro as well as the clouds above. The day was a rolling series of rain squalls that blew in from various directions. So here are the two pieces:

Saguaro and Storm

Saguaro and Storm

Radiant Saguaro - Before the Storm

Radiant Saguaro - Before the Storm

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Plugging a hole that slipped by in the last blog….

Posted in Nature, Photographers, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2008 by sambissell

Just a quick one here, folks……….. in the last post, I meant to give mention to another blogger, whose site I find incredibly enthralling, if not for the photographs she has taken, then for her prose. Anna’s Bee World is the work of buzzybeegirl, who is a graduate student at the University of Arizona. I’ve mentioned Anna’s blog before but her most recent one is about moths…excuse me, it’s about caterpillars and what they become. I highly recommend that you check out her work– incredible closeups — of these beautiful creatures. The beauty she exhibits in her closeups, I find, is just astounding. Take a moment or two and go see for yourself!

Visitor at Dawn (Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae)

Visitor at Dawn (Cabbage Butterfly, Pieris rapae)

I sent her an email a couple of days ago, asking about a couple of run-ins I had had recently. Originally, I just thought they were butterflies…but, after I had seen her recent post, it seemed natural to assume they were moths. She concluded, of course, that they ARE butterflies.
The “run-ins” I had with these 2 butterflies came at a time for me, this summer, which meant a great deal to me. On somewhat of a make-shift “walk-about” in July, I discovered some very deep and intrinsic details about my inner core. I’ll leave it at that and let you read an explanation of the butterfly’s power, below.

Guide and Friend (Skipper Butterfly, Hesperiidae family)

Guide and Friend (Skipper Butterfly, Hesperiidae family)

Simply put, butterfly symbolism is about transformation or, better still, the never-ending cycle of self-transformation. By determining where you are in each or in all of the stages — egg, larva, cocoon, or birth — you understand where you are and each symbol can teach you where you are headed for the next stage in your transformation. The clearest message of the butterfly is that you are either about to undergo, or are already undergoing, some sort of change in your life, whatever it may be. For a clear description of the symbolism of butterflies (or any of the other beings in Native American medicine), refer to the work of Jamie Sams.

Have an excellent weekend! I know I will!

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Water Cube Photos (and others)

Posted in Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2008 by sambissell

Browsing through photographic blogs a couple of days ago, I came across some very interesting ones that I thought I’d pass along:

Tim Shisler is a “writer, photographer, outdoor guide and entrepreneur,” who has links for photographic sites with tips, reviews, forums, and lots of very interesting blogs that are simply great photographic links. One that found through him (and he has a plethora of them) is the NBC Water Cube, which are photographs taken underwater during each of the events at the Olympics. Amazing photos!

Another photographer I came across recently is Derek Shanks (and can also be seen here) ….beautiful black and white photography. I particularly like his Waiting for The Sea. I grew up on the east coast and spent a good deal of time along the Maine coast so I can appreciate this photo quite a lot….but the sheer fact of where the boat IS is the interesting part, aside from the beauty of the photo.

If you aren’t familiar with it (and I wasn’t until I saw this great video of National Geographic’s Photo Editor David Griffin), National Geographic has asked ANYONE to submit their photographs to YOUR SHOT and the best are picked by photo editor Susan Welchman and shown at The Daily Dozen. Click the Submit Your Photo under the YOUR SHOT tab and you’re in!

That’s it for now!

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