The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

Lately, I’ve been working on going through some of my photographs from last year and editing them in the digital darkroom – which means Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, in my case. There’s sometimes a disconnect between the picture I … Continue reading

Awesome Graphic Design

Have you ever noticed that news websites tend to employ people who are capable of producing the “awesomest” graphic design?

Maybe I’m just a pretentious art student-type… but I really wonder if the people who are behind the graphics on these websites are deliberately producing the weirdest, worst looking, most horrible juxtapositions of text and image ever created (I prefer not to, but you could look at Fox News on any given day and see an awful example appear before your very eyes.)  Tabloids of course, are infamous for horrible graphic design.

The reason I bring this up, is because I was randomly surfing the web and I came across this:

It is an anime about health care!  Special guest appearance by Pres. Obama

"Uh...What? There is a cartoon caduceus behind me? It's kind of creeping me out."

I saw this and I thought: SERIOUSLY???????

Someone gets paid to do this??????  Good thing I spent all that time and money getting my degree in art.  Because although I do not benefit financially from having that degree (yet?), I am good at critiquing now.  I haven’t done it in awhile, so I might be kind of rusty.

Let me share a haiku to explain what I see when I look at this image:

Cartoon caduceus

President in mid-sentence

Bad use of half-tone

And is it just me or do you see a touch of lens flare above Obama’s shoulder?

If you look under the snake’s face (on the right side), you can see just the shadow of another snake face…

Okay, I need to stop looking at this before my brain explodes!

The future of photography?

It was my grandfather’s birthday this past weekend, so I decided to start a photo project.  I went through family photos, both digital and printed, in order to find six that would fit the frame.  I converted the newer prints to black and white, so they would match the older prints, (which were taken before color film was available.

Here is my favorite photograph that I chose:

Grandpa with my dad and aunt

Grandpa with my dad and aunt

Most of the old prints I found were printed on Kodak Velox paper.  I am kind of curious about who the photographer was for this picture (likely my grandmother) and I am also curious about the type of camera that was used.  Perhaps I will ask my grandfather and see if he remembers.

It is interesting to think about the evolution of photography, and the future of photography.  I started out as a darkroom photographer who shot and developed 35mm black and white film.  Now, I mostly work digitally, although I still have much of my darkroom equipment and two 35 mm SLR cameras.

It is interesting to think of what might happen when film is completely eliminated.  One aspect of photography which might be lost in the transition is film grain.  Although digital cameras do have some type of grain/noise at fast shutter speeds, it is entirely possible that in the future cameras will be able to take pictures in this manner without any grain or noise.  What would that mean for people who like that kind of texture in their work (I’m thinking of Anton Corbijn)?  It could be as simple as adding grain in Photoshop (kind of like the way people convert color photos to black in white instead of actually shooting in b&w).  I am wondering how my potential grandchildren or great-granchildren will sort through family pictures.  On a computer, or will something else come along?