As this hobby is moving along, I'm moving (slowly) to a more complete product. I want to move on from DIGITAL presentation and smaller print formats to PRINT in a larger format presentation.
I am passing the year mark since Channer turned me on to HDR and that leap has really provided a hobby that entertains me. There are so many great photographers - I really wanted to find a niche that I liked and was extremely comfortable with. I'm OK with some saying it is not real photography I am doing with the blending of light. I'm happy with ART.
I am continually inspired by my association with the Flint Lensmen Camera Club and have learned much from them. (Even Bob....) The members are all very diverse with a wealth of experiences and different takes on what is good, bad and ugly. Most of all, although there are a few hecklers in the rear, no one has tried to change my style - just hints on how to be better technically.
So the next step to 'building' a final product is the presentation. I didn't think much of this aspect until talking with some of the club members. A few meetings have centered on the art of mat cutting. So I bit and bought a mid-range model. I've been working with it for two weeks - and aside from a few mistakes the results are fairly good.
For now - it is an exponential gift. Another layer to my ART.
These are my first three efforts.
The first effort is a black mat on a B&W (Algoma Steel) photo. It is fairly idiot-proof. I'm sure I still have a lot to learn on what colors to mat a photo with - what adds to the final product.
The next effort is a photo of seven birds on a rail that really doesn't translate well into a 'standard' photo size. With the mat, I can size the photo to any that best enhances the photo. That was an unexpected gift.
The third effort is a double mat. This photo of the Rockland Breakwater light in Maine is a real favorite. My dilemma was what color to go with - either a green or red. Went with green. Worked great.
Still have a long way to go - but this is fun.