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A September Afternoon with Thee Immortals – California 2006

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, California, Electrified, friends, Music, Nature, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by sambissell

As I write this, I am listening to one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. This is, of course, a personal preference that others may not appreciate….but, humor me and turn it up so you can listen to this single guitarist play his music while I show these “new pieces” to you.

This was taken one Sunday afternoon in 2006 when I was visiting my friend, Paul, when he was practicing with the jazz-fusion band he was playing bass for (they have since disbanded and he has moved on to a new band). I stepped outside for a breath of fresh air and found this nearby…

Sunday Afternoon Fence Post

Sunday Afternoon Fence Post

Just a fence post.
I hadn’t done anything with the photo until tonight…it sat in the archives as IMG_7385. And then this happened

Three-Way Intersection

Three-Way Intersection

It’s a “negative space” of the original. Well, you know me, don’t you?
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Photo Drawings I

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Horses, Idyllic, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by sambissell
When Beauty Reflected, It Was As If

When Beauty Reflected, It Was As If

I believe this was the first photo-drawing I ever made, which was a few months ago; the original photo was taken in January 2005.

The process is one step further, after deriving my “electric” manipulation, which defines the clarity, to a great extent, towards creating the finished photo drawing.

While I have made several as I go along with current works…..

Benevolence

Benevolence (2009)

….I am more inclined to go back into my archives and play with photos that I took last year….

In Her Backyard, I Wait

In Her Backyard, I Wait (2008)

or even a few years ago….

Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile (2002)

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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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And now….Negative Space….

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Nature, Negative Space, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by sambissell
Fireball -- San Diego, CA -- May 2008

Fireball -- San Diego, CA -- May 2008

As many of you who have seen my previous entries here, you know that I like to “bend” the parameters of what I am doing. By “bending” it, of course, I mean putting it through whatever filters or processes that are unique to me and, more often than not, discovered “by accident.” My “electric” photography is one way I bend it and the twists I make are catching the eyes of those who have never quite seen anything like it before. Electrifying my work always gives me a bit of a charge in the process (pun intended)….and in that process, I look for even more ways to change it. For instance, I am interested in HDR and have put a few up of those but have backed off a bit in favor of others whose work speaks for itself and makes me wonder “WHOA! how does he do that!” but I keep at it. Doing it is better than the alternative. I’ll put some more up when I feel a bit more confident about the process.

In my never-ending search to tweak my photography, I find myself going back into my archives of work that I have shot in the past. That is, anything from a few months ago….to a few years ago. Case in point: last year, I spent the weekend at a friend’s property in the mountains southwest of Ft. Collins, Colorado. This place, Shoshoko, is the most wonderful spot that is within striking distance for me (as opposed to, for instance Pt. Lobos, near Monterey CA, which is, frankly, Heaven on Earth for me, and is also 1200 miles away); I get up to Shoshoko as often as I can. Last September while there, I took this photograph:

Shoshoko After Dawn

Shoshoko After Dawn

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Stepping Into the Infinite

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , , , on August 31, 2008 by sambissell
The Beginning of the Universe

The Beginning of the Universe

My birthday was yesterday. I celebrated the 30th anniversary of one of my earlier ones. A friend was over and I showed her my “electric” stuff, which she hadn’t seen. So I started to show her the process from start to finish. She interrupted me and suggested I use this other sliding bar that I have never used….doesn’t matter which one. We played for a few minutes. I took her here:

Prickley Universe

Prickly Universe

Then she took me there:

Prickly Universe 2

Prickly Universe 2

I asked her if she wanted to be responsible for my never leaving my house again so I can pinpoint who and why I’ll be on my computer the rest of my born days.

What with what she showed me and what I have to learn, also, about HDR (see an excellent source of that here), I’ll never get out of the house. Oh, I may go outside, but I won’t leave the yard long enough so I can come back in to alter my photos some more.

Jettison

Jettison

Nah……………………..Dream on!

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Hibiscus in Light and in Dark

Posted in Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2008 by sambissell
Texture of the Hibiscus

Texture of the Hibiscus

Once a week, I document the gardens for one of the curators at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The purpose is to keep track of what is growing, dying, blooming, fading, filling in, and so on. Each morning before 7, I arrive so that I can take pictures with a more subdued light.

On Thursday morning, when I was done shooting the nearly 200 shots of this long walkway boarded by gardens, I honed in on this hibiscus blossom. When I processed it, I did some things that I don’t usually do with my photos….I actually pulled the texture out of the flower’s center. More often than not, I can deal with an overall texture and tone of a photo but images that have a lot of white in them just vex me! I pulled way back on the midtone contrasts for this by darkening the image and I really liked the result.

Then I ran it through my electric process and the results just about knocked me over. Blown up on my monitor, it has a much more dramatic effect than the small version here.

Thing about this was, when I worked on it, I lightened it a lot more than I usually do….a reverse of the original….and the textures of the background popped out a lot more than usual.

What struck me about what I had created, though, was the explosion of a black hole… especially the spikes of green shooting out from the deep red in the center of the image.

The Heart of the Black Hole

The Heart of the Black Hole

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