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Irresponsible Rhetoric – Explored

Another photo of mine made it into Flickr’s Explore

Irresponsible Rhetoric

Columns, Federal Reserve Bank, LaSalle St. and Jackson, downtown Chicago

I took this photo February 2nd, 2020, and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 13th, 2020.

Equipment: Nikon D7000 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

  • ƒ/4.2
  • 32.0 mm
  • 1/50
  • 200 ISO

Sort of an unusual angle, I suppose, and cropped so as to look like the columns are leaning to the right. I bumped up the contrast, and used a Kodak Ektar filter (emulation of film stock).

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City Sonata Number Twenty Nine was uploaded to Flickr

Hipstamatic double exposure

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I took City Sonata Number Twenty Nine on March 01, 2020 at 11:29AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 01, 2020 at 05:29PM

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Pip checks out the N95 particulate respirator was uploaded to Flickr

happened to have a bunch from a long-ago project

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I took Pip checks out the N95 particulate respirator on February 29, 2020 at 08:36AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 29, 2020 at 02:42PM

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Nothing In The News Today was uploaded to Flickr

Hipstamatic

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I took Nothing In The News Today on February 23, 2020 at 10:58AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 23, 2020 at 05:14PM

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Just A Little Song was uploaded to Flickr

Hancock Building (or whatever its called these days)

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I took Just A Little Song on February 23, 2020 at 10:59AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 23, 2020 at 05:14PM

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Waiting For Our Fair Share was uploaded to Flickr

Chicago

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I took Waiting For Our Fair Share on February 23, 2020 at 11:12AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 23, 2020 at 05:14PM

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Bleak Midwinter Archive Dive

I find it harder to take new photographs in the bleak mid-winter months, so instead dig through my massive archives of unprocessed photos. I randomly click around in my Lightroom catalog, find a time that has lots of photos that I never really looked at, and often find some interesting images to work on. 

For instance, these are all from 20121

Ever Since The Day Began

Ever Since The Day Began – Downtown Chicago with a bit of snow.

As Is Usually Required

As Is Usually Required – Fulton Market somewhere. A study of light and brick.

I Almost Remember Now

I Almost Remember Now – alley, Elmhurst. I have no idea what that thing is, maybe for coal?

Nothing Was More

Nothing Was More – Blue Line, CTA tracks, and interstate traffic, Irving Park, Chicago 

As Close To Yesterday

As Close To Yesterday  – West Loop CTA tracks at dusk

Footnotes:
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Arts Business Photography

Google Photos trialing subscription to get best pics printed

Little By Little The Night Turns Around

Speaking of algorithmic art selection, 9to5Google reports:

Google Photos is now trialing a “monthly photo prints” subscription program.

Google will send you 10 prints that will be “automatically selected from your last 30 days of photos.” This subscription program is a way to “get your best memories delivered straight to your home every month.” For $7.99 per month, subscribers get 4×6 pictures printed on matte, white cardstock that features a 1/8-inch border.

While an automatic process leverages Google Photos’ smarts, you’ll be able to pick one of three themes for your monthly prints. Google touts the first “people and pets” option as being the “most popular.” Additionally, you can edit the photos before they’re printed.

  • Most people and pets: Relive your best moments of people and pets. Get prints featuring them and other great photos every month.
  • Mostly landscapes: Revisit your most memorable places. Get prints of your outdoor shots, city scapes, scenery pics, and more sent to you every month.
  • A little bit of everything: Mix it up! Get a mix of all your best moments! Photos of people, landscapes, and other photos delivered to you each month.

(click here to continue reading Google Photos trialing subscription to get best pics printed – 9to5Google.)

SmugMug/Flickr could emulate this, actually, and I’d probably consider it. I don’t use Google Photos, so unless there is an IFTTT recipe that automatically uploads Flickr images to Google Photos, this monthly scheme wouldn’t be viable for me. 

Conceptually, I like the idea of having prints sent to me, selected by not-me. The 21st C.E. is buried in gazillions of photos, but most only exist in the digital realm, and aren’t physical objects that can be studied by future generations, or by our Robot Overlords, or whatever.

For a few months, I tried to capture my favorite images from the previous month in a gallery, but it is a hard project to sustain. Life happens, and that would get put to the back burner up until the next month’s batch was due. 

Maybe I should try in 2020 to make an analog version of the Google algorithmic art selection, and make small prints every month from the previous month? 

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Photography

Gazing Up In Awe – Added to Flickr Explore

A photo of mine was added to yesterday’s Flickr Explore.

Gazing Up In Awe

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I took this photo on February 2nd, 2020, and processed it later that evening.

I personally like this photo more than the Chicago Union Station photograph I discussed previously, even though I didn’t quite capture the photo as I intended – aiming at the sun is always a challenge – I mostly was successful.

The winter weather has been frighteningly depressing this year, overcast skies for weeks and weeks, without even a glimmer of sun, has taken a toll on my mental health.

Specs:

Nikon D7000
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6

ƒ/10.0
18.0 mm
1/640
200 ISO

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Dirt Behind Your Daydreams – In Flickr Explore

A photo I took of Union Station made into today’s Flickr Explore.

Dirt Behind Your Daydreams

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I took this photo February 2nd, 2020, and processed it in my digital darkroom a few hours later.

While I think this is a perfectly serviceable photograph, I’m not sure I’d add it to my portfolio. I enjoyed good light, I had the proper lens to capture a decent angle on a modestly interesting and historically significant building, but to me, this illustrates a flaw in letting an algorithm define what is an “excellent” image.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the pat on the back of being included in Flickr Explore, there is certainly a dopamine rush of pleasure when the positive attention of social media suddenly converges on my art.

But if I look at the photos I’ve worked on in the last year, this particular one would not be in my own selection of top ten images to hang in a gallery show or sell prints of.

Am I wrong?

Nikon D7000
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
ƒ/5.6
48.0 mm
1/800
200 ISO

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I Mean It Sometimes – Added To Flickr Explore

A while ago, this photo was added to Flickr Explore ((August 30th, 2018, but I forgot to post it here))

I Mean It Sometimes

Walking south on Halsted, about to cross Chicago Avenue.

I took this photo with my iPhone in May, 2018, and processed it in my digital darkroom August 29th, 2018. I actually made a mistake, and imported this photo as a Digital Negative in Lightroom, thus I opened it in Photoshop as if was taken with my Nikon. Ooops. It worked out ok though, but I don’t usually process iPhone snapshots in Photoshop.

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Marred By A Bitter Word – Explored on Flickr

A photo of mine was in yesterday’s Flickr Explore

Marred By A Bitter Word

Storefront, Fulton Market somewhere at night.

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I took this photo on May 29th, 2017, and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 27th, 2020.

I didn’t have to do much, just bring up light in the shadows a bit to show off the red dress on the mannequin, while keeping the green windows from over-exposing and thus maintaining the urban noirish feel.

I already forget where the title came from, but it meant something at the moment (and it is part of a longer poem).

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Early Evening Snow Flurries was uploaded to Flickr

West Loop. Commute should be fun

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I took Early Evening Snow Flurries on January 17, 2020 at 10:36AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 17, 2020 at 04:44PM

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Rush Hour in the Snow was uploaded to Flickr

Commuting tonight should be fun

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I took Rush Hour in the Snow on January 17, 2020 at 10:36AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 17, 2020 at 04:44PM

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Simplicity Not Scorn was uploaded to Flickr

Chicago River

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I took Simplicity Not Scorn on April 22, 2017 at 09:48AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 16, 2020 at 04:11PM