Archives for the month of: June, 2012
On the Cover by Terry Schmidbauer
On the Cover, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This one might actually end up being the cover piece for this book project. The ideas are still stirring around in my mind but I have a certain idea for what this book will be about and how it will be presented. I’ll start to put all of this together in the next couple of weeks to see how it works and whether or not I need to keep shooting.

Reflections (for lack of a better title) by Terry Schmidbauer
Reflections (for lack of a better title), a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Working in series is a totally different way of developing your vision and really has its high and lows. Right now I’m now getting “best of the series” almost every day so I think I’ve hit my stride in this series. What that means to me is to keep following this same direction until it feels like I’m done. I don’t know when that will be but I’ll know it when I get there.

I love it when I flip something it totally changes the look and feel of the image. This one becomes a tapestry of shapes and color. I love the abstract quality in this one but it still has a focal point so the viewer has a “comfort spot”.

The Empty Interval by Terry Schmidbauer
The Empty Interval, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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Just when I think I’m done shooting these flipped images, I find one more. I can’t help but shoot one every day. I’ve even gone in to my archives and have flipped images that work perfectly fine as shot just to see what it will look like. The results really surprise me sometimes. This one takes on a whole new meaning when it’s flipped because of the shape of the sidewalk created by the flip. This one also has the added benefit of being a non-cropped capture so it is one huge file.

I processed this to look like it was shot with a view camera. I deepened the blacks, kept the highlights to a cream tone and desaturated the greens. Overall, the processing doesn’t look overdone but still makes a statement that works with the image, something I’m always striving for.

Something Refreshing by Terry Schmidbauer
Something Refreshing, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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These are getting easier for me now. I know how to shoot a file to be flipped when I’m out in the field so the seam is less noticeable. I’m looking for graphically flattening images that have a straight horizon line and something that will become the center without too much distraction. I still like the surreal feeling from these images but there’s something more that I’m attracted to that I can’t quite put my finger on right now. I’m thinking of these as very large prints. The original size of this one is 12000 x 4000 but I cropped in to tighten up on the focal point. I could see that printed at 3 x 6 feet!

Curtis Jenny by Terry Schmidbauer
Curtis Jenny, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is right out of the camera; I just had to adjust the tilt so the horizon line was straight. Taken at the Museum of Flight without a tripod, I’m still amazed by the scene type in my camera called Hand Held Twilight. It allows you to take photos in very low light, without a tripod and keep the noise very low on high ISO exposures. I’m really surprised that more camera companies don’t add this feature.

Heaven Can Wait by Terry Schmidbauer
Heaven Can Wait, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I almost discarded this image when I was editing my shots from the Museum of Flight. It didn’t light up for me until after the composite in Photoshop and I saw the image as a whole. I thought I had missed the shot because the man was not isolated enough from the background. I would have liked to have captured him a step sooner but it works that he’s on a lighted square and out of the large shadow. The gesture is really what makes this work as it adds to the surreal feeling and at the same time it looks like something right out of a Jules Vern novel.

This may be the most successful image of the series to date because it really makes the viewer question the reality of the image; they know it’s a faked image but they want to believe that it’s real.

Museum of Flight by Terry Schmidbauer
Museum of Flight, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I went to the Museum of Flight to drop off a print and took a quick picture in front of the front doors. This just brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.

20120609-36770-Edit.jpg by Terry Schmidbauer
20120609-36770-Edit.jpg, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This is a mirrored shot from the Museum of Flight. I caught this just as they were closing the museum. I saw this guy at the other end of the gallery and took a long shot of him which is actually a nice photo. But then I wanted something for my Strange Symmetry Project so I snuck up on him and captured something closer. Yes, I felt like a stalker but after I had the shot I wanted, I was gone. I will never see this guy again and he never even knew I was taking his picture. He’s also not recognizable so there won’t be any lawsuits when I’m ready to publish my book either.

Double Take by Terry Schmidbauer
Double Take, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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This guy was so busy with his smart phone, he never even noticed me. I really think this one feels religious. At first it looks like he’s praying and you can almost make out a church in the background. But then you take a second glance and find that he’s looking at an iPhone and the church front is an illusion. That is so deep it scares me a little.

Shadowless Symmetry by Terry Schmidbauer
Shadowless Symmetry, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

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I haven’t done a B&W Symmetrical composition and the light was so soft and shadowless today I couldn’t resist capturing a great one on the shores of Lake Washington.