Mood Tone

I set up a photo shoot with an actor to collect some photos for an end-of-term project that I am working on. In general, I’m not in the habit of taking a lot of pictures- some people are great shutterbugs, like my mother or the Curmudgeonly Lion; maybe that is why I never developed the habit- because I’ve always been around someone much more committed to photography than myself.

I’m more of a Photoshopper. I find it fun and relaxing. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it until I was downloading the photos for the class project. We’re not allowed to photoshop the photos that we turn in for the project, but nothing says we can’t photoshop some of the shots for our own personal edification. Since many of the photos that I took during this photo shoot were focused on the idea of Tone (black, white, and the greyscale) I thought I would see how some of the shots looked when converted to black and white. Tres artistique. I felt like I was back in my high school photography class developing actual film in a dark room and trying to get the chemical exposure just right.

To me, these photos tell the story of an observer: someone who is looking, not being seen.















Model: Nick Pellegrini (also a darn good actor)

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on April 19, 2014.

One Response to “Mood Tone”

  1. One thing I appreciate about modern digital photo technology: The great liberty of image editing without having to experiment with chemical baths. Although, I still find the whole red light/dark room experience somewhat fascinating (and fun to experiment though I have yet to even try it once). [In other words, my fascination is with the rumors of the process:P] But, the limited use I’ve had with photo-editing software has brought me similar joy (to your own).

    I don’t have Photoshop myself, but I’ve worked with a “simpler” Photo Studio which came with a realllllly crappy digital camera back around 2001. I have used that software for years with my old 98 PC. And, if I knew it would still work with my laptop, I’d be using it now. It had its occasional hangups, but the tools it provided were great fun. I learned a new one each month, it seemed. I started with simple cutting and pasting and tone/color shifts (as one can do with even MS Paint). But, then I added airbrushing and more accurate shifting/skewing and resizing techniques, shadows and motion effects. I made a woman into a cliff with her ponytail as a waterfall. I turned a sleeping woman into an island with forests for a dress and beaches for arms.

    And, one of the other great aspects of digital editing/art is the relative (not flawless) ease of using UNDO to back out of a mistake. I lost some precious hours’ work when the program hit some weird snag and locked up. This typically would happen when I was creating too many variations of an image and piling them up on screen til there were layers upon layers. And, you’d think I would have worked around this and stopped repeating the mistake. But, it came so naturally for me and became a bit of an addiction (unintentionally leading to dismay when my work was lost). I had to console myself by saying it was meant to be…that art had no rightful place (either).

    I am not a shutterbug, either. But, I am happy to have a camera handy and snap some surprisingly good images when I can. I don’t often have the best of luck (at anything). But, when I least expect it…or, sometimes, when I keep trying…I get a lucky shot that impresses both me and family (which is a challenge). Often the key to taking up photography (for me) is ensuring that opportunity to take a photo. I suppose if I was more “smart phone” savvy, I’d be using one of those (and later questioning my photo management skills). And, for the longest time I was adverse to digital cameras because of the initial reports I had heard of photos fading/not lasting and being of a lesser image quality than film. I stood by film a long time and paid the growing price. I’d still use it for a special occasion with the right tripod, etc. But, on the go, digital works just fine for me. And, like I said (at length), sometimes you just get lucky. Enjoy it when you do. And, as for those taking “too many” photos, I hope they make good use of them ALL. 😛 There was a time when the only people snapping dozens of frames were film makers and fashion shoot/model photographers. Look at mankind now.

    I like your first two photos (the detailed window/glass panel and chessboard image) as well as the second last one (with the angled perspective of the table, chairs and sofa). The ones with the giant “blunt” or whatever that is strike me a bit odd/unsettling but seem like the sort of photos I’d expect in a modern art museum:P The one with your “star” walking past the blank panels on the wall is begging for some creative layering/additions (like making your own movie posters, adding transparent eyes/body parts or inserting images tied/related to the individual in the shot, etc.). The last image with the number and text behind the individual reminds me of a Matchbox 20 album photo/cover.

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