Yes, it’s official! I will have my first (and hopefully not last) exhibition next spring. Theme: landscapes. I will certainly include the recent b&w beach series, which I am still expanding. Below another example from that series. I am passionate about this series for 2 reasons: first it reflects memories from childhood when I spend many days at the beach with my grandmother, who lived not far from the coast. Second, it shapes my dreams about space, light, land, sea and sky: about the earth. After all, I am a geologist by training.
I’ll keep you posted on the exhibition preparations: selection, prints, frame choice, size, etc.
I love black and white photography. I grew up with analog b&w so I guess it got firmly entrenched in my brain. The photos I made in the north of the country along the beach and dunes over there were made with b&w in mind during the shoot. Luckily my favorite print shop Profotonet just got a new fancy black and white printer with 7 grey inks promising a beautiful tonal range. I was very happy with the result. The photo fulfilled my intentions. Deep blacks, beautiful greys and whites. Judge for yourself. This photo is part of a series which you can find back on my web site www.arthurreijmer.com/holland
While i was working on my photos of flowering tulip fields and other typical Dutch low lands scenery, I stumbled again about the usage of the verb edit in photography. I am not a native speaker. I have the following phases when I come home with flash card(s) with photos:
1. storage: images are uploaden to backup(s) and imported in photo application (e.g. Lightroom); LR DNG files and catalog are also back upped,
2. Raw selection: the files are put in a collection and checked for total failures. These are deleted completely, not wasting unnecessary space,
3. Rating: I start rating = selecting by giving 1-5 stars. Lately, I abandoned a fine-grained selection and rather give 3 stars, meaning good/maybe and 4 stars meaning very good. I find this selection process difficult, I talk about that in another post.
4. The four star pictures are further processed in LR and sometimes PS, during which phase more photos drop out of the race.
5. The final images are set in a separate collection (called ‘select’) synced to mobile and distributed or uploaded elsewhere. Typically this is a ‘long list’ of 5-10% and a short list of 1% of the original set.
Which of these phases can be called editing and/or post-processing I do not know exactly.
How would you describe these activities?