Sketchbook: Watching Trees and Photographing your work
acrylic, ink, brush on glaze
photo of Autumn tree in Yellow Springs, Ohio
I part the out thrusting branches
and come in beneath
the blessed and the blessing trees.
Thought I am silent
there is singing around me.
Though I am darke is vision arod me.
Though I am heavy
there is flight around me.
Woods by Activist Wendell Berry
Importance of Taking GOOD photographs
Last week I was scrambling after getting requests from two reporters needing images for printed articles. One was no problem because I had high res pics of my work on file, but the other was a royal pain. Dayton City Paper needed photographs of the Yellow Springs Arts Council permanent collection but unfortunately most photographs available were too small, add to that the reporter wanted a pic of my work (which is horrible to photograph due to the resin). ARG!!!!!!!!!!! Another lesson: photograph your work before you pour resin on it, or frame it behind glass. Anyway Nancy and I had to go and take down a few pieces in the show and photograph them, and that was a pain in itself. All worth it though.
How to photograph art by J R Compton
Important Tip: Because the colour we see vs what the camera sees is different it helps after downloading and adjusting the image to have the original piece nearby for reference.