Friday, August 27, 2010

A Video Presentation........

When searching for inspiration and guidance, I have always had an appetite for any material that will help me not only with the craft of photography, but also improve the way I get my work out into the world. Marketing art can be tricky, so I am always eager to learn effective and authentic ways to do that.

Right before I left on my trip last month I was gathering music and audio books to put on my iPod, when an email came in my inbox from This email contained information on a PDF and audio program called "Affordable Marketing That Really Works for You" which I promptly purchased and downloaded. I found the workbook format of the pdf to be very useful and the audio a great way to reinforce the written material.

Besides getting all of this great information, I found out that because I had been one of the first 10 to purchase this program (remember I said "promptly purchased"), I received a bonus of a custom video of my work created by Robin Sagara!

Robin sent me the finish product a couple of days ago and I am very excited to share it. If the video doesn't work here, I have posted it on youtube as well (although the quality seems a little better on the blog). Click here for that version: youtube video .

Enjoy and be sure to turn on your speakers!

Friday, August 20, 2010

"Hunting" for Photographs

In my last post I shared some "point & shoot" images that helped tell the story of our two week road trip. This week I have been working on some of my "tripod shots" and I wanted to share an interesting experience I had early on in the trip.

First of all, I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the place we visited where I took the photographs that follow. We were still in California, north of Eureka, south of the Oregon border.

It was a beautiful wooded area with sunlight dappling through the trees and a stream running through it. Beautiful, but tricky to photograph. To make it worse, I was not feeling inspired to shoot. I was having a hard time coming up with a composition that I liked well enough to set up the camera and tripod. I decided to just start taking photographs and warm up. This usually helps me begin to "see".

This was one of the first shots I made. It was a striking scene to look at in person, but I felt as a photograph it was too busy and lacked a focal point.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

When we came to the stream I decided to try for a "rocks and water" shot. Sure, it's been done before, but I saw this section where the sun was hitting just a small spot on the water and liked the simplicity of it.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

Then, while walking along the path, I noticed the contrast created by new growth on some ferns. I stopped to take a few shots and liked what I saw.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

Then it became a quest. I started noticing small details in form, color, light and contrast. I discovered how many different varieties of ferns grow in the same area. I noticed when the landscape changed and ferns were replaced with more sun loving vegetation.

Later on that week when I was at the workshop with Lauren Henkin, she mentioned the difference between "hunting" and "gathering" while photographing. I realized then that I was "hunting" and loving every minute of it. It was fun to notice people walk by while I was shooting, then stop to figure out what it was that had me so captivated.

©2010 Dianne Poinski

This is why I love photography. The ability to be in the present moment while soaking in the details of your environment. It's very much like meditation for me and probably the reason I feel better emotionally and physically when working on photographs.

I am still experimenting with these fern images as well as some other ones. It will be fun to see what the final versions look like. Stay tuned.........................and happy hunting!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Adventures on the Road

In my last post, right before I left on my trip to the Pacific Northwest, I talked about equipment and what I was bringing in my camera bag. I decided in the end (thanks to your comments) to include my second camera and lens. The extra equipment never came out, but it felt good having it there.......just in case.

I have not really had a chance to go through the images I took with my Nikon D300 and that's not what this post is about anyway.

During my time away I had little access to the internet, which I think was a good thing. I had time to reflect on how grateful I was to be able to have this vacation with my husband and try to be in the present moment as much as possible. I spent time catching up on some reading and stopped in to visit a friend in Florence, Oregon.

The workshop on "Marketing for Fine Art Photographers" with Lauren Henkin at the Luz Gallery in Victoria, was just what I needed and it was fun to meet a Facebook "friend" in person. I was excited that she also talked about book publishing during the class and am anxious to get back to work on that project. (Check out her book "Displaced" - I got to see it in person. It is beautiful!)

After I got back from Paris last year, I wrote a post about the pitfalls of being a photographer while traveling because sometimes you never come home with photos that "document" the trip. Shortly after Paris, I went out and bought my first digital "point and shoot" and have been carrying it with me ever since.

What follows, with one exception, are all images made with my little Samsung camera or my phone. I had a great time capturing random memories as they happened, including a couple of the mishaps we experienced. Yes - it was a trip with a few "bumps" along the road, but they only added to the "adventure".

Don't worry - this is not a detailed account of the trip. Just a few of the "Kodak Moments".

Second day on the road: Eureka - not sure why the SUV didn't see us, but it was nothing a little duct tape couldn't fix (at least temporarily....did you know that duct tape comes in colors?)

Florence, Oregon - freezing but so happy to be on the beach!

We stumbled upon this restaurant/bookstore in a basement of a B & B in Newport Oregon. When we walked in we were greeted by the chef, complete with "Chef Boyardee" hat who flicked on the lights and turned on Italian accordion music and gestured us to sit anywhere in the empty restaurant. One of the best meals we had on the trip!

Of course one of the highlights of the vacation was visiting our daughter in Seattle. She just got a great new job and this is the view from the roof of her office building:

Lining up to get on the ferry in Anacortes Washington:

On our third day in Victoria, we found out that the annual "Victoria Splash" was taking place. People start arriving early in the day to get a seat for the free concert that the Victoria Symphony puts on in the harbor.

The symphony is on a barge and the best seats happen to be in boats!

The concert went until dark, ending with a firework display while they played the "1812 Overture." Magical! Before the sun went down, I got this shot of the Parliament Building with my point & shoot:

Whale watching - this was shot with my D300:

The other little glitch to the trip was getting the phone call from the front desk of the hotel on our last night in Victoria that I our car had been broken into while parked in the hotel's parking garage. Luckily all they got was my husband's iPod. It could have been so much worse! Even with all the signs saying the "hotel is not responsible......" they still comped our last night, vacuumed up all the glass and sealed up where the window should have been (more blue duct tape!)

View of the sun coming up from the deck on our very very early ferry ride from Victoria to Port Angeles:

So it's back to work, back to reality and time to get ready for a busy fall. Next week I will share some of my - I think I will call them "tripod shots" - from the trip......................