Archive for Louis Trociolla

I’m Back……..I think

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Contemplative, friends, Nature, Photographic Commentary, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by sambissell

Friends of the Night

As was my last post, which was 11 months ago, these photos are for another friend, who shall remain nameless. We were talking on the phone last night about a few things…but mostly about my health, which has been a rollercoaster for quite a while. We also chatted briefly about the time it actually takes to write a blog and populate it with photos.

Fish out of Water

Much of the time, I try to upload an original photo with the variations I have made to alter it, then explain each photo or what have you. Although it doesn’t sound time-consuming, it really can be. With that said, I’m going to shift gears a bit with my previous blogs……. Continue reading

Fountain Valley – June 2007

Posted in Abstract, Electrified, Me, Negative Space, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by sambissell
Hacienda Tower - FVS 2007

Hacienda Tower - FVS 2007

This post is for a specific group of people: it is for everyone at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado; I graduated from FVS in….well, I graduated from there back in the dark ages sometime…it isn’t really necessary to know when I did.

It is also a means for the photography students at FVS to see what is possible in what one can “see” in a single photograph: nevermind, how I do these…it is up to you to figure them out. If you are interested in the processes, I’ll guide you along, if the need arises. Seeing what you can see now only builds towards what you will see later, not to mention the places it will take others through your eyes!

For those of you who don’t know, the building above includes living quarters, the dining hall, a communal “living room”, a gorgeous courtyard (where the photo was taken), and several private rooms, which look out into the courtyard, among other things.
The photo was taken on Reunion Weekend 2007, when I was down at the school for the Alumni Art Show, which is held every year during that weekend. Continue reading

I’ve been tagged with a “Meme”….hmmmmm

Posted in Abstract, Electrified, Me, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by sambissell
Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile

My friend, Anna, has tagged me. She did this because of a mini-sorta-blog called a “meme”. A “meme” tells 6 random things about yourself and then you tag 6 other bloggers. (The  rules are below.)

While I don’t usually do this sort of thing because I look at it sort of like a “chain letter”, I’m making an exception because it is through Anna, who I respect quite a lot and consider a good friend, even though I have never actually met her. i Love her blog but I especially like her macro photography of bees and bugs, even though some of them give me the creeps!

But since this is a photo blog, I feel compelled to include pictures related to this blog as much as I can.
Like this one:

Her Ringheart is Cracked but Not Her Heart

Her Ringheart is Cracked but Not Her Heart

So, anyway, here’s how the “meme” works (in Anna’s words):

It’s time for the 6 random things “meme”.

The rules are:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

My “meme”:
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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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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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