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Your Silent Sorrows In Empty Rooms was uploaded to Flickr

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River North at night

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I took Your Silent Sorrows In Empty Rooms on July 04, 2011 at 03:58PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 07, 2016 at 01:32PM

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February 7th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Snowy Evening Under the El Tracks was uploaded to Flickr

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January, 2011, to be more precise

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I took Snowy Evening Under the El Tracks on February 01, 2011 at 06:06PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 03, 2016 at 10:30AM

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February 3rd, 2016 at 10:39 am

You Cannot Truly Escape was uploaded to Flickr

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Cook County Forest Preserve somewhere

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I took You Cannot Truly Escape on August 11, 2011 at 04:44AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 02, 2016 at 01:28PM

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February 2nd, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Hope Outdoor Gallery was uploaded to Flickr

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Austin, TX

The HOPE Outdoor Gallery (HOG) is a three-story educational art project located at 11th & Baylor Streets in Austin – one of the largest outdoor galleries in the USA. This project was developed to provide muralists, graffiti artists and community groups the opportunity to display large scale art pieces driven by inspirational, positive and educational messaging. In addition, the project activates and beautifies a dynamic yet underutilized space with a great view of Austin! The project was officially launched by the HOPE Campaign in March 2011 with the support of Shepard Fairey and Obey Giant Art.
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I took Hope Outdoor Gallery on January 18, 2016 at 07:07AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 01, 2016 at 09:40AM

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February 1st, 2016 at 9:52 am

I Want To Believe was uploaded to Flickr

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X-Files fan, Hope Gallery, Austin.

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I took I Want To Believe on January 18, 2016 at 07:17AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 26, 2016 at 04:54PM

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January 26th, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Candy Is The Answer was uploaded to Flickr

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Clark St., Andersenville

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I took Candy Is The Answer on January 26, 2016 at 08:19AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 26, 2016 at 02:19PM

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January 26th, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Andrew and Phil in the Neon Light was uploaded to Flickr

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Lockhart, TX

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I took Andrew and Phil in the Neon Light on January 16, 2016 at 02:32PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 25, 2016 at 10:54AM

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January 25th, 2016 at 10:59 am

Setting Up “Honoria Starbuck, Flaneuse” (copper blue) was uploaded to Flickr

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Spellerberg Projects, Lockhart, TX

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I took Setting Up “Honoria Starbuck, Flaneuse” (copper blue) on January 16, 2016 at 10:46AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 21, 2016 at 09:07AM

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January 21st, 2016 at 10:20 am

David Bowie Is…Waiting was uploaded to Flickr

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From the 2014 retrospective at the MCA Chicago

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I took David Bowie Is…Waiting on November 09, 2014 at 07:19AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 11, 2016 at 10:02AM

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January 11th, 2016 at 11:42 am

Lake Michigan Is A Dangerous Body Of Water was uploaded to Flickr

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Evanston, just south of Northwestern University

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I took Lake Michigan Is A Dangerous Body Of Water on January 07, 2016 at 07:01AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 07, 2016 at 01:01PM

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January 7th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Photography Is A Two Part Process

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Photography in the digital age is different than most other art forms. Here is why.

Seeming To Be
Seeming To Be

First the photographer must take the photo. What does this action entail? A whole litany of things, beginning with identifying something interesting enough to photograph, then properly framing the interesting aspects, composing the shot, deciding about depth of field, shutter speed, and more. Depending upon the kind of photograph, you may have time to think through all these implications, but for the kind of photography I usually practice, instinctual, learned reactions are best, or else the moment may be lost. In the pre-digital days, there was also the complication of what film you had in your camera at the moment. I guess if you were a professional, you maybe didn’t mind switching out rolls of film mid-stream, but that was probably unusual. In the digital era, ISO settings can be tweaked from shot to shot.

Ok, you’ve captured something interesting, now what?

The second part of the process1 is processing the image. Currently my digital darkroom contains two main tools: Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop CS 62. I have all of my digital images stored in Lightroom3 and when I’m in the proper mood, I browse through them, searching for an image to work on. I use Smart Collections in Lightroom, which is a way to automatically sort images into groups: by camera, by lens, by aperture, by year taken, by kind of image4, and so on. Sometimes I’ll work on photographs that I took recently, especially if there is some topical, photojournalism reason5, but more often I’ll work on an image I took long ago. During the photographing session, I may think I’ve taken a good photo, but later when I’m looking at the image while sitting in front of my computer, perhaps I see a flaw6, or perhaps I stumble upon something I took long ago but forgot about and work on that instead.  

In the pre-digital age, I would make contact sheets of images from a particular roll of film, then decide which of these to work on in a darkroom, having Lightroom eliminates that tedium. Not to mention that the chemicals required in a darkroom cannot be good for one’s health!

Don't Say I Never Warned You
Don’t Say I Never Warned You

Once I decide, I open the image in Photoshop, adjust exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, cropping, angle, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance, saturation, white balance, lens distortion, and other tweaks. Some images are easy – they are what they need to be without much brainwork from me, many images take longer. I often convert color images to black and white, sometimes rather easily because that is what the image wants to become, but sometimes this process takes quite a while. I currently use two third party filters: the Nik Collection7 for color and contrast tweaking, and Alien Skin’s Exposure – which emulates film stock from various films.8

The second part of creating a photograph is a much different process than the first. In fact, the two processes use quite different skill sets, and require a much different state of mind. I prefer to wander the streets, headphones on, snapping photographs. Traveling to somewhere new helps focus the eye, but as Heraclitus noted, “δὶς ἐς τὸν αὐτὸν ποταμὸν οὐκ ἂν ἐμβαίης.”9. I guess this is why I don’t take that many portraits: portraits require many photos of the same subject, I get bored by that. My style of photography is to snap only one or maybe two photographs of any particular subject at any particular time.  For the processing aspect, I have to be able to concentrate at my computer, ideally without distraction, not always an easy request.

Other art forms are not the same. Painters may sketch what they are going to put down on canvas, or not, but the sketch is only tangentially related to the finished work. Writers might create characters, and back story, but again, the finished work is a different thing. Musicians practice, create riffs, but playing the song is in the moment of the song. Photographers work differently. I guess you could argue that the photographing process is collecting raw material, but that’s not quite accurate because if you don’t take a good photograph, you aren’t going to be able to save it in your digital darkroom, you just won’t.

Don't Say I Never Warned You
Don’t Say I Never Warned You – Hipstamatic

A final thought: there is another type of photography that doesn’t involve processing images much. Namely, instant photographs, or in the digital age, images created with smart phones. I use the Hipstamatic app, but there are other similar photography tools, and part of the fun is that the photograph you’ve just taken is finished. You don’t have to go home and work on it, the image is already ready to be shared

Footnotes:
  1. and this is for me, how I work, you may handle this differently []
  2. the last version available without having to pay a monthly fee []
  3. nearly 50,000 DSLR photos as of now []
  4. segmenting the photos from my DSLR from my iPhone snapshots, for instance []
  5. protests, parades, weather []
  6. out of focus, weird crop, whatever []
  7. now owned by Google, I mostly use Color Efex Pro, rarely Silver Efex Pro, and once a year the Analog Efex Pro plugin []
  8. Kodak T-Max 100, Agfa Scala, Fuji Neopan, etc. []
  9. You can never step twice in the same river []

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January 5th, 2016 at 8:45 pm

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Americana Submarine with Cigars was uploaded to Flickr

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Clark and Van Buren, under the El tracks

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I took Americana Submarine with Cigars on November 29, 2015 at 06:27AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 31, 2015 at 12:15PM

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December 31st, 2015 at 12:25 pm

That time of night when you can’t sleep, but know you shouldn’t fix yourself another drink, so you stare out the window, and listen to the rain was uploaded to Flickr

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aka the 3 AM Blues

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I took That time of night when you can’t sleep, but know you shouldn’t fix yourself another drink, so you stare out the window, and listen to the rain on December 20, 2015 at 06:01PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 21, 2015 at 02:16AM

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December 21st, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Sun Setting On A Sacred Cow was uploaded to Flickr

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The Prentice Women’s Hospital and Maternity Center, now demolished.

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I took Sun Setting On A Sacred Cow on September 30, 2012 at 11:05AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 20, 2015 at 04:17PM

You Got To Move was uploaded to Flickr

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State St, I think

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I took You Got To Move on June 02, 2010 at 07:58AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 12, 2015 at 10:56AM

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December 12th, 2015 at 2:33 pm