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Welcome to KJB Images Blog

Welcome!  I am really glad you found my blog site and are taking the time to interact with me.  I look forward to having a meaningful interaction with you!
2017 will be a year for communicating and sharing my photographic vision, images, and experiences through an updated blog site. 

 

Welcome!  I am really glad you found my blog site and are taking the time to interact with me.  I look forward to having a meaningful interaction with you!

2017 will be a year for communicating and sharing my photographic vision, images, and experiences through an updated blog site.

Blog Intentions

My intent for this blog is threefold: (1) share the story behind a photo or series of photos, (2) share my artistic inspirations — fellow photographers and artists, helpful links, or whatever else that inspires me to further my creative motivation, and (3) share some tips and tricks I use as part of my photographic endeavors.

I’ve noticed, too often, that photography sites tend to dive directly into a technical discussion (techniques, tools, gear, etc.)  at the expense of the artistic impact of the image on the viewer or the photographer’s vision behind the image.

So as you view a photo, notice where your eyes travel, does the photo stir up an emotion within you, does the photo create a story for you, does one of your memories get stimulated from the photos,  etc.  Share what you discovered as you viewed the image – this provides a means to have a conversation and learn from each other.

Guidelines

  1. Practice the ‘Golden Rule(s)’ and I’m not talking about photography’s composition rule.
  2. Be constructive.  My mother used to say “If you can’t say anything nice than don’t say anything.”  It is okay to say nothing.  Destructive comments will be delete.
  3. Be respectful.
  4. Seek to understand.
  5. Avoid technical critique.  I’m sure there are millions of ways a photo shoulda, woulda, coulda been improved.  The web is full of wonderful sites that can explain “how to,” “with what,” and “where to” information and on occasion, I’ll point you to a few that I’ve found helpful.

 

Orchid Love

This image is about vision, fine art, emotion, and movement. It wasn’t a routine photo taken but rather the creation of fine art photography—born out of creativity.

The back story on how this image was born.

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©2017 Kent J Burkhardsmeier    All Rights Reserved

As you look at this photo:

  • Where do your eyes go?
    • Do they linger in one place?
    • Do they move around within the image?  Where?
    • Do they want to move out of the image?
  • Are you drawn into the image or does the image reach out to you?
  • Does it conjure up emotions within you?

The rest of the story…

Continue reading “Orchid Love”

Switching to Capture One Pro

How I made the move from Lightroom to Capture One Pro.

How I made the move from Lightroom to Capture One Pro

For the past 6 months, I’ve been using Capture One Pro (COP) by Phase One as my RAW converter and image editing software. In this article, I am going to share How I switched from Lightroom (LR) to COP. I won’t cover Why as many others have already covered this topic (see resource links at end).

With a long career in IT as my background, I put together a transition plan to assist me in moving to C0P. I’ve simplified the transition plan down to 4 Transition Stages and 2 Post-Transition Activities to help others interested in switching to Capture One Pro…

…Read the full article on the Phase One IQP Blog site —> here.

Eight Black Birds

The back story on capturing the image of 8 black birds on the fence post.

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As you look at this photo:

  • Where do your eyes go?
  • Does it conjure up emotions within you?
  • Do you linger in the photos (and where) or just move on?

Rest of the story behind the photo.

I was attending a photography workshop about long exposure and high dynamic range techniques on the Outer Banks (OBX), North Carolina.  Fog had engulfed the area, we’d just finished our initial shoot of the sunrise at Avalon pier, and had stopped to pick up some coffee before heading to the next shoot location.

As I left the store – heading to our car – I noticed these black birds sitting on the white picket fence with the fog behind them.  The contrast of black on white, repetition, and linearity really captured my eye. I knew I needed to get a picture of this.

The haze of the fog along with the subdued and muted lighting, plus these birds and the picket fence just popped out at me.  The birds were lined up as if queued to enter the store, too. Each perched on its own post as if waiting to be the next one to enter the store.

So I grabbed my camera out of the car, adjusted its settings and proceeded to “sneak” up on the birds with out startling or taking notice of me.  I took several shots while slowly advancing closer and closer to them as I continuously adjusted the composition.

To me there was something about how each bird had its own post, yet could just as well have come from a corresponding background house or lot.  The power lines, alignment of houses and birds, the pickets, and the placement of the stop sign worked for me and I know I had captured the image just as I had internalized it when the moment caught my eye.