Still More Rousseau

Bald Cypress – UCF Arboretum – April 2015

“Nothing makes me so happy than to observe nature and paint what I see” – Henri Rousseau

Finished my last available book on Rousseau Portrait of a Primitive by  Ronald Alley excellent biography and a good chronology of his works.

I continue my quest to capture greenery and portray it in Rousseau’s style. I’ve said this before, I need to develop some contrast somehow. I’ll continue to work on it.

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Dancing – UCF Arboretum – April 2015

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This fellow was doing a sort of mating ritual – he was perched and would fly about in a perfect square of about 4 foot. I couldn’t spot the other birds he was trying to impress, perhaps he was practicing.

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Mystery – Photo 101

Searching – UCF – March 2015
fog egret
Egret in the Fog – UCF Arboretum – February 2015

Not sure about these pics. there’s no mystery about what they are looking for – food. So we have to go with lighting. 1st pic the reflections are interesting. This pic was taken just after the golden hour – but before the light got too harsh. Second pic was a foggy morning at the arboretum.

I need to learn how to capture the mystery of fog – any tips are greatly appreciated. Because I “see” a smokey moor and capture a cloudy picture.

Edward Weston – Photo Pioneer

Flycather – UCF Arboretum – February 20

My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea. – Edward Weston

Edward Weston, who along with Ansel Adams and Minor White were founders of the photography program at the California School of Fine Arts. Thanks to the pioneers of American Photography who gave us all inspiration to pursue our passions.

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More Minor White

St Andrew’s Cross – UCF Arboretum – February 2015

“Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind through positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration'” – Minor White 1950

The above quote goes well with the adage that God helps those that help themselves.

Currently reading The Moment of Seeing – Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts by Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko with an essay by Jeff Gunderson. Excellent chronology of the school’s development with historical documentary photos of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Minor White among others as well as photographs from the students and teachers at the school dating from the late 40’s/early 50’s. If you love photography and history seek out this book.

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