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Artsy, Black and White, Color, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography, Still Life

Sunflower Photography: New Prints!

Today I’ve added two new prints to my Sunflower gallery. These are fine art images, one in color and one in black & white. I was really taken with the shape and form of sunflowers a few months back and it resulted in a rather large body of work on the subject.

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There are a few more images to be added to this catalog in the near future, likely just before Christmas ūüėČ

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As always, prints of my work can be found at desmondmanny.com.

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Artsy, Black and White, Color, depth of field, maternity photography, Photography, portrait photography

Fall Maternity Session – Pretty in Purple

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph Jhoanna’s maternity session. Jhoanna knew exactly what she wanted from her session and so I was able to choose a location that met her needs.

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It’s fall which means some fantastic changes in the natural colors here in the Pacific Northwest as well as cooler temperatures. Portraits at this time of year are something special. There are plenty of venues for outdoor portraits. A photographer is limited only by their own desire to seek out some of these locals. This made my task a lot easier in this particular session.

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Jhoanna and her husband Chris picked the colors for their wardrobe which I think works. Jhoanna had already expressed her desire for nice, warm, fall images.

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Fall normally means rain here in the Pacific Northwest and there was some concern that we might have to reschedule our planned day. Fortunately, things worked out just as we planned for our late afternoon shoot.

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A great session that resulted in a happy client and a happy photographer. I’m looking forward to her new arrivals for their first portraits too. That’s right, “arrivals”, can’t wait to meet these twins!

Artsy, Black and White, Color, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography

Tulips, Tulips, Tulips – Flower Photography

Today’s post is an update to my fine art photography catalog. I’ve spoken about the appeal of fine art flower photography before and these recent images reinforce the message. Tulips are¬†pretty common in the¬†genre, but with¬†good reason.

As usual, these images are all available as prints to be found here.

Tulip Gallery at DESMONDMANNY.COM

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This is the first to two major updates for this subject. The second will be coming later this year between some other major updates.

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As with all my prints, these are printed on archival matte papers so they are meant to last years. My own style of flower photography owes a lot to my love of images with lots of characters and harkens back to the style of late twentieth-century photography in many ways.

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Fine Art Photography Prints Available at DESMONDMANNY.COM

Tulips Gallery at DESMONDMANNY.COM

Artsy, Black and White, Fine Art Photography, Photography

Influences and Inspirations in Phototgraphy

Like anything else, you bring yourself to your photography. Your photography is a distillation of experiences and the art and media you consume. Like writing, painting, songwriting – pretty much every creative endeavor – it all gets thrown in the mix.

Along with that comes the importance of the idea of curating what you consume, media-wise. For a writer, this means reading, voraciously, not just the stuff you like or the stuff you would like to write but as much as you can bridging as many genres as you can. Photography as a visual medium has an even greater responsibility not just to look, but to see.

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Fortunately, photography lays its past, present, and ideas about its future out to see for everyone. A lot of photographers today lock themselves into a certain style or genre, emulating but not innovating. Some photographers ignore what has gone before entirely rallying around the mantra that art is subjective as an excuse not to elevate their work or learn. Both approaches are creatively myopic.

My own personal journey in photography has been dictated by being genuinely curious about what came before and attentive to where the road may lead.

I don’t consider myself an innovator by any means, in fact, I would probably consider myself a classicist. But I couldn’t do that without a healthy knowledge of many different styles of photography.

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Take the images in today’s post. These were not planned. I was visiting with family and my youngest niece¬†was petitioning to go outside. Forced to wait she reacted as most 3-year olds do; she hung around the door singing to herself and hanging all over it. Something that caused me to reach for the camera and take these three images.

It was only later that I realized what I saw and recognized the inspiration to grab the camera. I’ve mentioned before how one of my main influences is photographer Ralph Gibson. Gibson is all over these images. I’m still happy with them, but I have to acknowledge the influence that caused me to snap the shutter in the first place.

Your¬†creativity is a river, it should be evolving and changing, taking things in, sweeping along, then leaving them on the shore as you mature as an artist. And occasionally¬†you’ll get a reminder of where it is you’ve come from. An echo of the visual vocabulary you’ve built up over the years. It should make you smile, I did.

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Black and White, Color, Photography, Portrait, portrait photography

A Quick Portrait Session, Rustic Fun

The last few days have been rather busy. Nothing to complain about there. One of the highlights of that busy-ness was a quick and fun portrait session. Fall colors are not quite in full effect but the session was successful nonetheless. The young man I was to photograph was full of personality. Like most little ones it took a minute to warm up to this stranger with the weird contraption trying to get him to smile, but he was a trooper.

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The outdoor setting was a good compliment to his classic denim wardrobe. The addition of a favorite toy helped elicit a little more emotion and interaction. Unpredictability when photographing the little ones is alway an adventure, but a rewarding one.

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The challenge of being true to a child’s personality should never be taken lightly. When done well it produces a lasting testament and cherished memory. Delivering photos like these to appreciative parents is one of the best things about my photography.

TECHNICAL: Fujifilm XT-2 & XF 56mm f/1.2

Black and White, Everyday Life, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A State Fair #3

Another Monday another round of images. Things have been keeping me busy and these posts are a nice opportunity to slow down and reflect a bit.

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More images from my recent visit to the Washington State Fair. I don’t know if I mentioned but there were lots of other photographers present. Some were obviously using photography as an adjunct to their enjoyment of the fair. Others, like the two older gentlemen with backpack, tripods, and a full kit…were also there for enjoyment, but photography was obviously paramount in their purpose. I fell into the former category. Rarely am I to be found without a camera, but except when engaged professionally it’s as an enhancement of the experience. I have a particularly abysmal memory for events and experiences (facts are quite the opposite). For me, photography also functions as a form of memento vivere¬†that makes re-experiencing those moments easier. Or else they would be lost.

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Upcoming, I will have some street photography to feature here on the blog. For the interested, a comparison can be made between these images and my style of “true” street photography.

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So actually, that’s all there is for this series of images. Next post will be something completely different.

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Black and White, Color, Editorial, Photography

Scenes From A State Fair #2

Another set of images from the Washington State Fair. The similarities between this type of photography and street photography lie in the necessity of being constantly aware of your surroundings.

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Things are always happening with such rapidity that if you are not aware and present, always observing, you will see the shot just a second too late.

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Rides dotting the landscape provided opportunities to try to capture some sense of the experience. I toyed with the idea of using motion blur to give a sense of motion, but ultimately decided against it and tried instead to find moments of expression from the riders, all the better to give a sense of the experience.

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There will likely be a couple more posts on this topic, a few more set more firmly on terra firma.

Black and White, Color, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A State Fair #1

The Washington State Fair, known colloquially as the Puyallup Fair, is an annual event in the state of Washington and one of the largest state fairs in the nation.

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Traditionally, school-aged children are permitted a ticket or two to gain free entrance to the fair where they can ride any number of dizziness-inducing rides, and sample the delicious fair….fare. Elephant ears (a cinnamon encrusted pastry) and scones are legendary.

It had actually been a few years since I attended the fair and by my recollection, the fairground space used has increased over the years. Always one for a lark I did manage to find my way onto two rides; The Zipper and The Enterprise. I imagine The Enterprise was trying to avoid copyright infringement¬†on the name…by infringing two other copyrights.

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I wrestled with taking the Fujifilm X-Pro2 or X-T2. Generally, the X-Pro2 has been my “walkaround” camera while I’ve been using the X-T2 for studio work. I would have taken the X-T2 without the battery grip, but at the last minute went with X-Pro2. I did, however, get a bit edgier (/s) by not taking the XF35mm f/2. Instead, I took the XF56mm f1.2 and XF23mm f/2. The XF56mm f1.2 is a marvel. The XF23mm f2 is a fine lens that I don’t use nearly enough.

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For the day the shooting conditions were not ideal. Cloudy and overcast, things were not helped by a miasmic haze that clung in the air due to the wildfires raging here in the Pacific Northwest.

All in all, it was a fun day and there are a few posts worth of images to prove it. State fairs are excellent opportunities for a couple of different styles of photography. Many of the skills that go into street photography and landscape photography, in terms of framing and consideration of what makes an image work, are readily applied on the fairground.