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Welcome July

July 1, 2012
wall art of folded usa flag

July is the month of much celebration during the summer. The obvious holiday of  July 4th and also my birthday occurs during the month of July. I will be away for the first half of the month and plan on bringing back  images to share with you. Although I shot this image a few years back, it is one of my favorite flag images. I have a great giclée print  available if anyone is interested. You can contact me through my website susanmcanany.com.  It is for sale online at my Etsy Store.  Thanks for visiting.

 

July wall art of folded usa flag

© 2008 Susan McAnany

Creative

More Creative Experiments

June 15, 2012

Creative experiments are a great way to jump start your ideas and give you a break from routine creative work patterns and flow.

“Leone On Shore”

creative experiment with digital painting
Low tide in Madagascar

The last couple of  weeks I have had a very out-of-box experience. I had been a little fatigue from working digitally and thought I would stretch myself and try a little analog work, so I enrolled in week and a half art class at the local college of art and design.  It was a Mixed Media class taught by Brian Haverlock, who is an outstanding artist and teacher.  I took the class with an open mind,  hoping I may  find new ways to take my work to a different level.  Needless to say it was harder than I anticipated, especially since I found my actual painting and crayon skills were at perhaps a kindergarten level and advanced maybe to 3rd grade during the class. However despite my inadequacies in some areas, I did gain valuable lesson in other areas. Here are some of my insights:

Exposure to the work of accomplished artists outside of photograph, such as Max Ernst, Scott Eagle, Joseph Cornell or  Brain Haverlock will stimulate ideas and inspiration.

I look at my own art different and for more ways to take even a simplistic image a step further, whether that be with lighting, color, texture and or combining multiple images.

A lot of photography is based in facts and computations so take time to let loose and experiment. I plan to continue trying several methods that were taught to stimulate creativity, like Decalcomania or  drawing and cutting with my non dominate hand. Never know what might emerge.

Each exposure to something new helps me craft my vision for my own body of work.

Lastly, a deep appreciation for the undo button.

More of my work can be viewed at www.susanmcanany.com.


Equipment, Software & Technique

Painting With Light Technique

May 30, 2012

Painting with light is one technique I really enjoy experimenting with. I think I like it so much because I never know exactly what I am going to get. There is definitely a surprise element when you try the technique of painting with light. If you have been following my post, I’m sure you’ve noticed I am always searching for the unusual and like to experiment.

I have been doing some research on the Painting with Light technique and wanted to share my findings and first efforts. The image below was taken in a harbor on Sarasota Bay with the Ringling Bridge in the background on the right.  The mechanics of the process is to place the camera on a tripod and using a slow shutter speed rotate the camera either left and right or up and down. For the image above, I obviously rotated the camera laterally.  The exposure was 1 second at f/22; ISO 100. I was shooting at sunset, which required me to really stop down the aperture. I was wishing my ISO would go to 50, but no such luck just yet with most digital cameras. There is definitely some experimentation required with the shutter speed and this process can be done with speeds as fast as 1/15 of a second. As always, lighting rules and shoot many frames.

“Ringling Bridge” Painting with Light

paint with light technique

Abstract of Ringling Bridge and Sarasota Bay.

View more of my work at www.susanmcanany.com.

Thanks for reading!


Creative

Creative Thought

May 8, 2012

Often for me a creative thought can be spun by words of another and provide guidelines for expanding my creative boundaries.

“Strive for the moment of recognition that there is something else going on – that both attention and inattention is required to fully experience a piece — is often what gives artwork its impact …..”

Karen Irvine, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago