Meet one of my neighbors!

Cow portrait by Edward M. Fielding
Cow portrait by Edward M. Fielding
Cow portrait by Edward M. Fielding

Meet one of my neighbors!  I managed to get this great shot of a beautiful cow when it came over to investigate my little westie dog Tiki. Tiki thinks cows and deer and just about anything with four legs is a big dog that needs to be barked at but these gentle cows just liked to come over and investigate.

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Pirate Treasure Cave Pa’iloa Beach

Pirate Treasure Cave Pa'iloa Beach

Pa’iloa Beach Maui, Hawaii – On the “Road to Hana” there is a special black sand beach called Pa’iloa Beach, and unimaginable beautiful beach with walls of cliffs on two sides and a deep channel leading to a small, deep, beautiful rocky beach of lava rocks and these secret lava tube tunnels.

Hiking trails border the cliffs on both sides leading to incredible views of the beach, the rock formations and of course the amazing ocean waves.

Part of Wai’anapanapa State Park, the beach is the  most immediately noticeable feature to the 120-acres that make up Wai’anapanapa State Park. The translation for Wai’anapanapa is “glistening water” or “water flashing rainbow hues”, both of which are accurate in describing the powerful contrast between the black, pebble lava field and the deep blue-greens of the ocean.

Pa’iloa Beach is small with a ocean cave on the east side that can be traveled through to the ocean. There’s also a naturally made lava arch in the water.


A collection of fine art photographs made by Hawaiian born photographer Edward M. Fielding is available as fine art prints for framing at home, framed prints, metal prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints as well as on products such as tote bags and throw pillows.  The entire collection can be found here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/hawaii

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About the Road to Hana on the Hawaiian Island of Maui:  The Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kīpahulu as Hawaii Route 31.

The twisty road often has a posted speed limit of 10 miles an hour as it’s multitude of one line bridges create the need for careful driving.  Along the way you’ll find beaches, waterfalls,  hikes, jungle, scenic overlooks and pure adventure.

Where can I dump my crap in Iceland?

If you are new to motor-homing, you’ll soon discover the not so much fun jobs such as dumping the grey water tanks, dumping the black water, filling up the water tank and maybe getting more propane.

Some campgrounds have all of these facilities, others have some  but not others.  The easiest thing to find is water hoses for filling the fresh water drinking tank and a gas exchange.  Most gas stations have gas canister exchanges.  Many have washing station with brushes attached to hoses for cleaning off the dirt on your car or camper.  Water is typically available at campsites or gas stations.

Grey water which is the water from the sink or shower is typically mild stuff but it does contain grease and laundry detergent (i.e. phosphorous) so it can be dump just anywhere.  I ran into one campground that had a black water dump but not a grey water.  But a lot of the gas stations have drains appropiate for dumping gray water.  Sometimes you can even park over a drain while filling up.

Black water is another matter.  We used the toilet in the camper sparingly.  Primarily for pee and used the campground toliets or swimming pool facilities for more substantial usage.  As a result, our 17 liter little black water tank only needed to be dumped three times in 11 days and even then it was never rally full.  (Three adults, using facilities outside the camper as much as possible).

As a result we were not too concerned about finding black water dumping places.  We used them when we found a convenient one.  It wasn’t until we had to drop off the camper that we had to search around for place to dump our crap.  After searching the gas stations around the drop off point in vain, we stumbled on a great website that lists all of the dumping stations on the island:

http://www.ust.is/library/Skrar/Kort/kort-seyrulosun.html

Some of these location will be at campgrounds, some at gas stations and some like the one we found near the airport and the camper return was a stand along one down near some boat docks.

 

Examples of Low Key Lighting Photography

Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television. It is a necessary element in creating a chiaroscuro effect. Traditional photographic lighting, three-point lighting uses a key light, a fill light, and a back light for illumination. Low-key lighting often uses only one key light, optionally controlled with a fill light or a simple reflector.

Low key light accentuates the contours of the subject by throwing areas into shade while a fill light or reflector may illuminate the shadow areas to control contrast. The relative strength of key-to-fill, known as the lighting ratio, can be measured using a light meter. Low key lighting has a higher lighting ratio, e.g., 8:1, than high-key lighting, which can approach 1:1.

The term “low key” is used in cinematography and photography to refer to any scene with a high lighting ratio, especially if there is a predominance of shadowy areas. It tends to heighten the sense of alienation felt by the viewer, hence is commonly used in film noir and horror genres.

In film, low-key lighting is associated with German Expressionism and later film noir.

Examples of low key black and white photography by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding

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Artists recognized the power of low key lighting long before photographers came around. Painters during the Renaissance and Baroque periods often used a technique known as “chiaroscuro” to achieve a similar dramatic tone for their images. Chiaroscuro comes from the Italian “chiaro” meaning clear/light and “oscuro” meaning obscure/dark.

Chiaroscuro was used not only for drama but also to bring realism to a painting. The varied lighting creates a sense of three dimensional depth that can be quite stunning.

Dark deep shadows and bright highlights require careful lighting techniques, exposure and intense post processing skills to achieve the dramatic look of low key photography.

 

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Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography Framed Print

Vintage Typewriter Print for sale
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Available as a print rolled in a tube for custom local framing or framed by our experts in one of hundreds of framing and matting combinations or as a canvas, acrylic, metal or wood print, “Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography” by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding makes a stunning statement in your home or office.

Bring your print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.
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The concept of a typewriter dates back at least to 1714, when Englishman Henry Mill filed a vaguely-worded patent for “an artificial machine or method for the impressing or transcribing of letters singly or progressively one after another.”

But the first typewriter proven to have worked was built by the Italian Pellegrino Turri in 1808 for his blind friend Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzano; unfortunately, we do not know what the machine looked like, but we do have specimens of letters written by the Countess on it. (For details, see Michael Adler’s excellent 1973 book The Writing Machine. Carey Wallace’s 2010 novel The Blind Contessa’s New Machine is based on the relationship between the Countess and Turri.)

Typewriters of this type were the word processors of the day and were found in every office and every up scale home. Today some writers and novelists still prefer to type out their books and letters using these reliable old mechanical machines with keys and ribbons of ink.

The photograph by Edward M. Fielding gives this old workhouse plenty of drama and weight using low key photography techniques in the studio.

Low-key lighting is a style of lighting for photography, film or television. It is a necessary element in creating a chiaroscuro effect. Low key light accentuates the contours of the subject by throwing areas into shade while a fill light or reflector may illuminate the shadow areas to control contrast.

Black and white themed office work spaces

Get the Look: Monochromatic Style

Black furniture, grey walls and white matted black and white photographs makes for a stylish home office

Black and white themed office

Black and white themed office with smart, museum quality framed black and white artwork and photography.

Black can be dull and white can be boring, but the classic combination is a timeless duo that is fashionable, stylish and always chic. What better way to adorn your home office than with a bout of sophistication and class?

Contemporary home office in black and white
Contemporary home office in black and white – notice the handsomely framed and matted black and white photography.

TV set designers know that black and white photography says modern and sophistication.   You’ll see TV characters in hip urban apartments and homes adorned with classic black and white photography.  Black and white photography says smart and modern without distracting.

Contemporary home office in black and white
Contemporary home office in black and white with framed black and white photographs.

Framing with classic white mats and black frames gives a cohesive look to a wall of black and white photographs.  Either in collage arrangements or formal, organized groupings.  Frames can be spaced apart as above or tightly displayed.  It just depends on how many photographs you want to display and how much wall color you want to allow thought the arrangement.

Contemporary home office in black and white
Contemporary home office in black and white – Tightly space black and white photography collection smartly uses the space under the stairs, for a home office.

Suggested fine art photographs from the gallery of Edward M. Fielding:

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More black and white photography – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/photographs/black

GoPro Hero 5 Black

The newest GoPro Hero 5 Black finally has some specs I’ve been looking for – 4K video and 12 mp stills.  Mine comes on Friday.  I had considered the GoPro Hero 5 Session which is a tiny, one button version but decided the touch screen on the HERO5 Black and the better technical specs made the slightly bigger regular GoPro a better choice for my first GoPro.

Timelapse taken with the GoPro Hero5 Black

The 4K video beats my Canon 6D and I’m glad to have a dedicated video capture device.  I’m also interested in seeing what the GoPro software can do as opposed to editing in Photoshop as well as playing with the in camera time lapse.

Capture different with HERO5 Black. Share immersive 4K perspectives that make you feel like you’re there. HERO5 Black makes it easy with its one-button simplicity, convenient touch display and ready-to-go waterproof design. Smooth, stabilized video, crystal-clear audio, and pro-quality photo capture combine with voice control and GPS to make HERO5 Black the most impressive GoPro ever. And when it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Black automatically uploads footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account to provide easy access on any device. Then, create amazing videos automatically with Quick, the GoPro mobile editing app. Your life as you’ve never seen it-HERO5 Black.

What’s Included:

  • HERO5 Black Camera
  • The Frame (HERO5 Black)
  • Rechargeable Battery (HERO5 Black)
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Mounting Buckle
  • USB-C Cable

 

Recommended Memory Cards for the New GoPro Hero5

The reason you don’t need the fastest memory card for the GoPro Hero5 is the camera is limited to shooting a 60 Mbps data rate, this is 7.5MB/s. USB transfer speeds from the GoPro seems to also bottleneck at around 12MB/s. Even the slowest card I tested still was able to write at around 20MB/s.

AmazonBasics Carrying Case for GoPro – Large

Zookki Accessories Kit for GoPro Hero 5 4 3+ 3 2 1 SJ4000 SJ5000 Camera, Black – Silver

SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter (SDSQXVF-032G-GN6MA) [Newest Version]

The Allure of Black and White Photography

The Allure of Black and White Photography

Black and white photography: Compared to the old days, color photography today is so easy.  It used to be that setting up a black and white lab at home was relatively easy.  I mean it still would take securing a dark place, maybe a large closet or blacked out bathroom, mixing up chemicals – developer, stop, fix and handling the enlarger, photo sensitive paper, negatives, trays of chemicals, rinsing setup and drying area.  Simple as pie right?

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“Colour is everything, black and white is more.” – Dominic Rouse

But developing color negatives and prints took the process to a whole new level of complexity with more chemical processes that were really out of the realm of most darkrooms.  Even today in art schools and high schools that still have traditional darkroom set ups, a color set up is extremely rare.  The equipment needed, chemicals required and temperamental quality of color film and paper is just something usually left to a lab.

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“One very important difference between color and monochromatic photography is this: in black and white you suggest; in color you state. Much can be implied by suggestion, but statement demands certainty… absolute certainty.” – Paul Outerbridge

 

But now with digital camera, computers and color printers, color photography is relatively easy.  So why the continuing allure of black and white photography?  The photographer as artist uses all elements at their disposal from the subject to the composition, to the equipment and the final processing of the image.

The conceptual idea of Modernist photography is look at this, look at how photography interprets the world: through light, lens, glass, film, paper, brain and eye.

Black and white photography’s appeal is the removal of color information and the ability to drill down to the tonal range of the light and the essence of the subject.  Often my black and white still lifes or perhaps a photograph of an old barn is a study of shapes, texture and light rather than color.  Lines, age, weathering, shapes and subject rather than reds, yellows, greens, blues etc.

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This still life image of fruit in bowl came about with the exploration of texture in black and white photography. It came about over a few years of collecting objects with deep texture, the old worn wooden planks are actually “raccoon” stretchers – a simple plank of wood used in the skinning of raccoon. I found a bunch of them in an old barn reclaiming business in Windsor, Vermont. The wooden bowl is a family heirloom past down through the generations. It was probably hand turned by a family member or family friend. Finishing off the composition is a trio of ripe pears with a beautiful textured skin and gorgeous lighting that has been dodged and burned to bring out the highlights.

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant
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When you process a color image its easy to get bogged down in non-essential elements that don’t really contribute to the communication of your concept.  White balance, tone, saturation, vibrancy etc can all attribute to the pleasing aspects of a color image but does the color processing contribute much to the message of the image?

In black and white processing the artist is free to work on the essence of the subject, bring out the texture and detail of the old car slowly rotting in the snow or the wrinkles on a time worn face.  The drama of the scene can be enhanced by working the highlights and dark areas.  Or as Ansel Adams put it:

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams

 
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I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Colour is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” ― Kim Hunter

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One sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.” – Ansel Adams

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Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” – Elliott Erwitt

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Still Life with Pears

Still Life with Pears

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Monochromatic still life with three pear fruit in a wooden bowl. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com

This still life image of fruit in bowl came about with the exploration of texture in black and white photography. It came about over a few years of collecting objects with deep texture, the old worn wooden planks are actually “raccoon” stretchers – a simple plank of wood used in the skinning of raccoon. I found a bunch of them in an old barn reclaiming business in Windsor, Vermont.

The wooden bowl is a family heirloom past down through the generations. It was probably hand turned by a family member or family friend. Finishing off the composition is a trio of ripe pears with a beautiful textured skin and gorgeous lighting that has been dodged and burned to bring out the highlights.

The conceptual idea of modernist photography is a looj at how photography interprets the world: through light, lens, glass, film, paper, brain and eye.  Still life photography allows one to stop and examine all of the fine detail and texture in the world around us.

Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. An example is food photography.

Black and white photography strips away the distraction of color and allows the view to see the composition, lines, texture, tonal range and shapes that build the image.

More still life photography by Edward M. Fielding – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/still+life

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Still life with pears and other fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding is available for purchase as prints rolled in a tube, canvas prints, metal prints, framed and matted prints, cards, and more.

 

Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

1899 Barn Cupola Ely, Vermont

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Barn Cupola on a 117 Year Old Barn

Vermont and indeed all of our rural areas across the country are slowly losing their historic barns.  These structures build and raised by hand (no machinery was available to do the heavy lifting), were built for use and have with stood all that nature can throw at it.  Wind, rain, snow, insects, rot, moister and just plain usage.

As family farming has declined, so has the use for these old barns and the time and expense needed keep them in shape.  In today’s world, its easier and cheaper to throw up a new barn or a modern plastic hoop or metal structure ordered from an Internet site rather than build a majestic barn with the help of your neighbors.

This old barn in Ely, Vermont has a date on it.  Way up on the cupola you can see a sign that reads 1899.  Imagine all of the things this old structure has witnessed.  The current state of the barn is abandonment.  There is still a farm around the barn but the barn its self is not used and is surrounded by overgrown vegetation.  There is even a vine growing nearly to the top of its silos.

I’ve visited this beautiful old barn over the year but on a recent trip I tried something different.  Rather than photographing the whole structure with a wide angel lens, this time I tried a 70-300 lens and worked at capturing some of the details.  I had plenty of sunshine and a sturdy tripod so I was able to shoot at f22 with a nice shutter speed of around 100.  I was really happy with the results.  The photograph of the cupola captured plenty of details and the dynamic range of the RAW file allowed me to bring out all of the texture of the old wood in post processing.

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In architecture, a cupola /ˈkjuːpələ/ is a small, most often dome-like, structure on top of a building. Often used to provide a lookout or to admit light and air, it usually crowns a larger roof or dome.

 

The word derives, via Italian, from the lower Latin cupula (classical Latin cupella from the Greek κύπελλον kupellon) “small cup” (Latin cupa) indicating a vault resembling an upside down cup.

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The cupola is a development during the Renaissance of the oculus, an ancient device found in Roman architecture, but being weatherproof was superior for the wetter climates of northern Europe.[citation needed] The chhatri, seen in Indian architecture, fits the definition of a cupola when it is used atop a larger structure.

Cupolas often appear as small buildings in their own right. They often serve as a belfry, belvedere, or roof lantern above a main roof. In other cases they may crown a spire, tower, or turret. Barns often have cupolas for ventilation.

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