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This Is For……… (another post to a friend)

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Infrared, Shimmering Silver, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by sambissell

Reaching Out To, Santa Fe, 2006

THIS IS FOR JESSICA.

I met you last night and one I hope that our friendship blossoms for a long time to come. In the brief moments we had to talk, we cut straight to the cores of things and connected in ways many people still have no clue about. So, consider these photos as a way to see a little deeper into me………..

Minions Reaching for Their Garden God, Edgewater, 2010

Getting Out of Hell, Edgewater, 2008

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As Fall Approaches

Posted in Abstract, Alternate processes, Botanical, Buildings of Denver, California, Christmas, Contemplative, Electrified, Everlasting Love, Idyllic, Me, Mysticism and Magic, Nature, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography, Snowscape, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by sambissell

DBG Pond and Changing Trees, 2005

These are photos I’ve taken through the years that reflect the oncoming colors that Autumn graces all of us with, in all of our different spots in the world. When I moved to Colorado many many years ago, I was told that there “aren’t any real colors, just lots of yellows.” Because I came from New England, where I grew up, and spent lots of time in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest during many of those same years, I was used to seeing a vast range of colors.

I didn’t think much of Colorado’s Autumn colors when I was in and out of college….I simply didn’t make note of it (if you can believe that!!). The more time I spent in the mountains, though, the more I came to realize… Continue reading

At Long Last: The Gardens at Jay Street

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Idyllic, Infrared, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photographers, Photography, Solarization 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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Galaxies, Upon Request

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, Electrified, friends, Infrared, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography, Shimmering Silver with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by sambissell

My friend, Catherine, asked “Wither is they?”
So, I respond, They is here:

Close-up of a Mentzilla (I don’t know a common name for it), taken down the street at my friend, Mark’s, house. I have mentioned Mark here a few times before; he is a curator at DBG. Recently, I submitted this photo for possible publication in a book of local photographers on Contemplative Photography (examples of which are here but aren’t local, just good examples that were used in a class I took at Working with Artists).

Galaxies, Waiting for Rebirth

Galaxies, Waiting for Rebirth

This photo was in a previous post but since it is a galaxy photo, here it is again:

The Center of the New Galaxy

The Center of the New Galaxy

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Dahlia: 3 ways

Posted in Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by sambissell
Extraordinary Dahlia

Extraordinary Dahlia

My friend, Ross, the curator I’m shooting pictures for at DBG, identified this as a dahlia. Frankly, I never would have thought it. Side to side, it is about 8″ wide!

Whirlwind

Whirlwind

Well, he THINKS it’s a dahlia. If someone knows different, please tell me. In any case, it is absolutely astounding to see, with stalks like a giant sunflower, 6-8′ tall!

In the Snail's Command

In the Snail's Command

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Musical Interlude II

Posted in Botanical, Everlasting Love, HDR, Music, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by sambissell
Locust Tree Near Dawn

Locust Tree Near Dawn

Coming and Going 2 (Anemone biarmiensis)

Coming and Going 2 (Anemone biarmiensis)

Respite 2

Respite 2

Another trip to DBG…my weekly sojourn to chronicle certain installations. The top and second photo were shot in Plant Asia, the third in Wildflower Treasures. I’m not actually chronicling these 2 gardens, I just like them because they are curated by my mentor, Mark Fusco.

Here’s the musical interlude for you: a choice of Bruce Cockburn’s Last Night of the World or his End of All Rivers. The first is a studio cut, the second is a live one….don’t watch the second one for the video, listen to it for the music because the video is not very good. End of All Rivers, an instrumental, is probably my favorite Bruce song for its overlay upon overlay…..it really is easy to imagine a massive river flowing down and, perhaps, over a waterfall, then down into a soft flowing stream at the end of its course, then into the ocean. If you choose this one, simply open it in a separate window and listen to it…it really is an amazing piece of music. Last Night of the World is a vocal that I asked my friend, Paul, to learn for what turned out to be an inauspicious occasion that I won’t go into here (or ever). Another gorgeous piece, though this one features Bruce’s buttery voice. (OK, I weaseled another piece in here….love those links!…another studio cut… the beuatiful Pacing The Cage.)
So, listen and view some photos from my recent visit to the Gardens.
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Recent Electrifications, including a few degrees of separation, and some HDR

Posted in Electrified, HDR, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by sambissell
Penstemons

Penstemons*

Been a bit idle here for a few days….well, since I put the piece up for Angel. She was sick for a few days and didn’t see it right away….that’s OK. The blog cheered her up quite a lot and put a bit of sunshine back in the apartment where she lives.
Anyway, I’ve been doing some other stuff…mostly research on neuro-liguistic programming and neuro-acoustic sound therapy. I’ve been using the sound therapies of Dr. Jeffrey Thompson for about 6 or 7 months and found them to be VERY beneficial; I highly recommend anyone to use his works, which are available at your local library (or can be ordered through it).

I can only do so much research before my eyes just burn out, though, and I need to take a break. I get up, maybe put some eye drops in my dry scratchy eyes and go out to the garden and get some air. To relax, I play with a photo. The stuff I do with my photography is, of course, work…and laborious, too. It’s a labor of love and anyone who works on their photography like I do enjoys what they are doing so it isn’t “work,” or “labor.” It’s love, pure and simple.

Landing

Landing

Take the work I discovered recently of Matt George. Matt is a photojournalist who obviously loves his work. Look around his site and see the vast range of subjects he uses and the depth to which he goes to study his subject. Then, when he processes his work, the end result is absolutely staggering. I wrote him and compared his work to Louis Trociolla, since it appeared as if uses HDR, which I recently “discovered.” I fairly certain I’ve mentioned Louis here before; his work explains itself as soon as you see it. So, Matt’s work reminded me of Louis’ work; Matt comes back and tells me he doesn’t use HDR but others have said the same thing about his work. Coulda fooled me! O, yeah, he did.

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