Sketchbook
Old 08-19-2013   #1
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Sketchbook

(Ref. Wikipedia) The exhibition of sketchbooks at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in 2006 suggested that there were two broad categories for classifying sketches -
Observation: this focuses on the documentation of the external world and includes many such travel and nature studies and sketches recording an artist's travels.
Invention: this follows the artists' digressions and internal journeys as they develop compositional ideas.

So, I thought of this as you might refer to as a camera walk. I would refer to a short, focused group of photographs, all taken in a single session, not too seriously, as a sketchbook. A sketchbook, then, is an opportunity to simply pick up a camera with a focus on a single theme, but not done with the explicit idea of "producing a great work."

Please see here for one such, that I did yesterday. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jllbms/...7635134781774/

"Sketchbook: Harbor"

If you like this metaphor, let's see your sketchbooks! Best, John.
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These conform to the second notion. I was up early, and NE light in the bath made sharp Hilight/shadow contrast on the shower door. So I began shooting my hand behind the glass with the GXR 50 2.5, then climbed into the (dry) shower, shooting my face/ head against the glass with the camera in my left hand, trying to not block the light.

There are more than 5 in the series, but these are the selects posted in the gallery.











This was not premeditated. This was simply 'how might that look?' And getting the GXR from the bedside, and forgetting everything else in the world for 30 minutes, until the light was no longer special.

A day later, though, these images evoke the way I keep an invisible, translucent shield between myself and everyone else. And also the chronic mental pain of tinnitus, which no one else can see or hear, though it affects me 24/7.
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With digital, I think I do this a lot and with ease. Given a single subject, I try to take a few different perspective with a few test shots. However, I usually pick one, maybe two, of the set for final processing.

Here's a set from the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, as I tried to explore some interesting angles and ended with my favorite shot:






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Great examples, Gents! That's exactly the notion.
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Not sure if this fits, but:

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A day later, though, these images evoke the way I keep an invisible, translucent shield between myself and everyone else. And also the chronic mental pain of tinnitus, which no one else can see or hear, though it affects me 24/7.
I hear that too! But I never tried photographing it. - Genius!






which means that I will probably appropriate your idea at some point.
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Appropriate away, Chris! As the saying goes, mediocre artists imitate, good artists steal. I'm sure you'll get results I might never imagine until I see your images.

John, thanks for setting this up. I look forward to more sketches/series. [Chris: batter up.]
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I take oft photos in the spirit of "sketchbook", just as starting point for something to be developed, improved or changed later. A few days ago, during a short trip by train I took a few snaps. I wanted to keep the movement feeling, therefore I set iso at 100 (minimum) , I closed so much as possible the lens, and I overexposed one stop to have a longer exposure time. This is a first series I got. It's just an experiment and I'm not (yet?) sure about what to do with it. Thinking that I'm now interested in photos which do not looks like photos probably they could be a starting point for some postprocessing work or for a series of phots taken from a moving vehicle or...give me some time...comments and suggestions are appreciated...
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So, I thought of this as you might refer to as a camera walk. I would refer to a short, focused group of photographs, all taken in a single session, not too seriously, as a sketchbook. A sketchbook, then, is an opportunity to simply pick up a camera with a focus on a single theme, but not done with the explicit idea of "producing a great work."

If you like this metaphor, let's see your sketchbooks! Best, John.
That's pretty much how I take photos. I like clusters of images. I stumbled across this abandoned cinema the other day.


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I visited a different harbor today with the result here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jllbms/...th/9583585940/
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Nice work, sharp lens. Bob.
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Thanks, Bob, and thanks for the sale! Very happy to have a ZM back in my kit.
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For a sketchbook you can use a pen.

I use an Olympus Pen.

Film of course.
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For a sketchbook you can use a pen.

I use an Olympus Pen.

Film of course.
I like this!
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