A self portrait for the end of the year
Yeah, it's a challenge to the rest of you who post photos. Let's see your end of year self-portrait.
maya, on Monday, December 31, 2007 at 7:14 AM:
ha ha. i love it. i'll see what i can do...
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, December 31, 2007 at 11:02 AM:
Get to know the real me: http://unclevinny.wordpress.com/2007/12/31/eyeball/
ejuana, on Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 10:29 PM:
Most recent accidental self-portrait:
Best one from earlier in the year:
Breadfruit in the sun
Sunfriday, on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 2:03 PM:
"Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a tree and fruit native to the Malay Peninsula and western Pacific islands." This quote has been copied directly, without paraphrase, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breadfruit. In no way do I imply these words are my own. I fully respect the work and intellectual value of these words, which have been written by another person, a person who is not me. To be clear, I share these words because I find the breadfruit to be an interesting plant. I am not attempting to pose as an expert; I am not. I do not attempt to profit from the fruits of labour of others, nor from the labour of the fruits themselves.
Somewhere it must be warm and sunny, right?
Because it sure isn't where I am.
One day we drove up to the north shore to sit on the sand and watch surfers enjoy the good sets at Pipeline.
maya, on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 7:58 AM:
look at the colors of the water.
it's cold and rainy here. boo hiss on cold and rainy.
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 1:27 PM:
Ever wonder if maybe we're living in the wrong part of the world....?
David Adam Edelstein, on Friday, December 28, 2007 at 1:34 PM:
Only every couple of hours in the winter.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 1:55 PM:
We are so fortunate in northern climes, protected, at least in part, from the menacing, ultraviolet rays. As a side note, Vitamin D is on sale this week.
Laura Z, on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 9:15 AM:
This is a very elegant line.
Years ago, I noticed a couple of small trees had started growing in the gravel no-man's-land between the parking garage for our building and the next one over. By now they've become quite elegant trees, enjoying the light that filters between the buildings.
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 11:40 AM:
Opportunists! Freeloaders! WELFARE TREES!
heather, on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at 2:21 PM:
This is so striking. Thanks for taking it, and thanks for posting it!
heather, on Monday, December 24, 2007 at 10:55 PM:
Ok dude... it's about time you said "Orange" ;-)
Maya, on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 7:06 AM:
nice. almost looks like fabric.
Little bit of a banana obsession
No, there's nothing Freudian about that title at all. What do you mean?
Maya, on Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 6:44 AM:
awwwwwwwwwwww. my grandparents always had banana trees at their house. they're gone and their house is now a rental property (breaks my heart). but i love seeing a banana tree - reminds me of the good times, of which there are too many to count.
In which I finally go home to Hawaii for a visit
Somehow it had been over two years since I had been home, so when we landed in Honolulu a couple of weeks ago I felt like a cartoon character diving into a desert oasis.
We started out with a couple of days of rain but after that it settled into typical gorgeous Hawai'i weather.
We'll get to the art soon enough, but for today I thought I'd post a few panoramic images to give you an idea of what it looked like while we were there.
First off, I've been meaning to shoot a panoramic photo of the view from my parents' condo for years but only finally got around to it on this visit. Here's the view I grew up looking at, the neighborhood of Mo'ili'ili out to Manoa valley and the University of Hawai'i.
One of the things that was odd about this trip was that since we had an adorable little travel buddy with us this time, there was no way we were going to be able to all fit in my parents' condo, so we stayed in a hotel in Waikiki. The Doubletree Alana was great for our purposes. Definitely not a five-star hotel but the room was nice, the staff was great, the hotel was convenient to everything we wanted to do, and a suite — room 1620 — was perfect for the three of us.
Here's the view from the two lanais this corner unit had. The blue and white building just to the right of the tall condo tower in the middle of the first panorama is the building I grew up in, and the previous panorama was shot from just about the same height as this one, facing the same direction.
Yeah, the weather was OK... sigh. I'm home now and it seems like a week in Honolulu completely reset my internal thermostat. 40° F was bearable before we left Seattle but now it feels like I'm swimming through ice when I walk outside. Ah well. I'll adjust back sooner or later.
rfkj, on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 11:34 AM:
I had planned to start this off with "You're nuts! You and I were both there not that long ago! At the same time, even!"
But then I started counting on my fingers and it turns out that "not that long ago" is in fact over two years.
So I guess I'm the nut!
Laura Z, on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 1:51 PM:
Thank you for this lovely slice of aloha!
nocklebeast, on Friday, December 21, 2007 at 5:47 PM:
Didja finally break down a buy the the Widepan 617 (http://shop.lomography.com/widepan/widepan617/), or is this some sort of digital stitchery magery?
Hey, buy the way, did you ever get that Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC1? (http://www.noise-to-signal.com/2003/10/possibly_my_nex.html)
David Adam Edelstein, on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 11:21 AM:
Nope, no widepan. It's digital panoramic stitching courtesy of MS Research and Windows Live Photo Gallery.
I didn't get that panasonic because Leica actually decided to make a digital M, and I'd rather save my shekels for that (anyone want to buy $6000 worth of photos from me?)
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 8:57 PM:
I looked at Leica's web site.
The digital M looks really really cool.
Friends hanging out
More window mannikins
Laura Z, on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 11:05 AM:
I love your work Dave. YAFPBD (yet another fabulous photo by Dave). I like the different layers of different textures here.
Timothy, on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 10:21 PM:
Who is the demon with the glowing eyes in the reflection? A friend of yours? A holiday window shopper?
nocklebeast, on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 10:52 AM:
ooh! that's spooky!
Somehow the grid doesn't seem to be helping to straighten this out
Maya, on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 6:16 AM:
Now that's cool.
ejuana, on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 11:24 AM:
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 12:21 PM:
Some structural engineer should come along and tell us why every other floor is convex, then concave, etc. Cool photo, even without a nerdy explanation.
Timothy, on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 9:14 PM:
.....and the answer is ...
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 9:35 PM:
I'll fess up here and say that although the mirror windows are flexing in different directions, they're only emphasizing the already weirdo shape of the building being reflected.
Laura Zeigen, on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 11:06 AM:
Stacy, on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 12:59 PM:
Where's David? How did you stay out of the image?
Are you standing just off to the side?
david adam edelstein, on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 1:10 PM:
I'm shooting halfway up the side of the building, so I'm 50 feet below.
Here's an aerial image of the area with pushpins showing where everything was. Firefox and IE7 only, Safari doesn't play well with others:
heather, on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 9:18 PM:
The waves and reflections are cool, but I also like the yellow and blue :-)
Let's shed a little light in here
So much dark lately.
heather, on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 10:14 PM:
Yeah, but this one still leaves me feeling a little blue... possibly even bruised.
Laura Z, on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 11:07 AM:
The lamp stares at the emptiness in the room, Zen-like in its trance.
firstname.lastname@example.org, on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 12:09 PM:
I would do so much better with rotational kinematics if I had pictures like this in my text book.
Maya, on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 8:17 AM:
The artist, framed
Laura Z, on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 9:51 AM:
Very noir-y/Arthur Hitchcockian.
heather, on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 12:19 PM:
It's you, taking a picture of a shadow of you taking a picture of a shadow of y... uh... yeah.
Very noir-iterative ?
Wow, that's yellow.
Laura Z, on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 9:47 AM:
Wow! This woke me up! Thank you!
heather, on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:04 PM:
Maya, on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 8:54 AM:
WOW! That IS yellow.
Dead skin of Nature
With apologies to Lio.
Maya, on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at 10:44 AM:
Sort of a color-field painting
I'm afraid this one isn't going to look very good on most monitors, since the colors are pretty delicate. It looks nice on mine though :-)
heather, on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 1:25 PM:
Wow. You weren't kidding.
I thought it looked nice on mine too, until the colours just started trembling and burst into tears for now apparent reason,and are now running down my monitor and collecting into a smeared, swirling puddle of pixels on my desk.
SunFriday, on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 6:17 PM:
You shouldn't have brought up their "colour management issues". And saying "Hues your daddy" was truly unnecessary.
Juanita bay cattails
ejuana, on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 9:41 AM:
Hey, how's the old hood?
OK, what this really shows is that we need to put in better-insulated windows, but it's still pretty.
heather, on Monday, December 3, 2007 at 10:40 AM:
the first thing that came to mind when I looked at this one is "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens"... just something about dewdrops and greenery and pretty light, I guess :-)
Of course it could also have something to do with having watched Mary Poppins a total of 1,242 times end to end over the course of the last 12 months.
My precarious bedside reading stack in nice light
heather, on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 11:50 PM:
What about the"People", "Us", and "Star" that grace your kitchen counter? They deserve to be photographed in nice light too. :-)
Laura Z, on Monday, December 3, 2007 at 9:51 PM:
I second Heather's idea. "People" deserves good light as well.
My first thought when I saw this was "Damn! He snuck into our house and photographed my bedside (and living room)!" :-)
More photos taken while dining
These are turning into a nice little body of work.
Maya, on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 7:23 AM:
Very nice. I like the texture.
heather, on Friday, November 30, 2007 at 12:45 PM:
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 9:40 AM:
Why not a series of photos taken while flossing?
nocklebeast, on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 5:52 PM:
Taking pictures while dining? What would Miss Manners say?
heather, on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12:27 PM:
Or at least, that's how it appeared. But a few moments later after the green glow faded, and their vision was restored, the senior officers of the Enterprise rubbed their eyes and slowly looked around in confusion and awe. They were sitting on a bus that was trundling down a crowded street. Judging by their surroundings they appeared to have materialized sometime and someplace in the early 21st century. The vehicles were all still powered by conventional fuel and moved along the ground, and the city streets and sidewalks were all dirty, drab, concrete.
Meanwhile, back on the starship, the junior officers were attending a eulogy for the recently vapourized bridge crew and preparing for battle with the strange, green, anamoly that continued to pulsate and bob in space in front of them.
Sarah, on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 5:18 PM:
I love the Metro! It was a bit daunting at first, what with calculating the different fares and whatnot, but after trying to navigate the Beltway, I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to use the Metro to get around. The only drawback is the crazy factor. I see a crazy lady everytime I ride on it. One likes to salute the coming trains SS-style.
Maya, on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 6:39 AM:
Love this one. My dad helped dig the tunnels for the Metro in the 70s & today's my birthday, so this was a nice treat to see your photo.
It wasn't all tourist and documentary photos while we were in DC. I still see the weirdo abstract stuff, wherever I am.
Laura Z, on Monday, November 26, 2007 at 6:18 PM:
Well thank god! You had me worried for a minute there.
Seriously, this is a lovely abstract, with nice contrasts no less!
The similarity is remarkable.
heather, on Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 11:09 AM:
Way cool photo!
Tim, on Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 5:49 PM:
Laura z, on Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 6:26 PM:
Coincidence?!? I think NOT!
Veteran's Day 2
Since I was flying to DC alone with The Kid — Miz Becky flew to her conference the day before — one hard decision I made was to only take my G9 with me. Although it doesn't handle as nicely as the 5D, the stellar sensor and sharp lens make it a perfectly fine compromise, especially when there's plenty of light. Case in point: The honor guard's glove and mouthpiece.
heather, on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 10:02 PM:
This is a beautiful, solemn, photo.
Veteran's Day 1
Since we happened to be in DC on Veteran's Day, it seemed like we had to go pay our respects at the memorials.
Miz Becky had a conference in Virginia a couple of weeks ago, so The Kid and I hung out with The Brother-Thing in DC. A good time was had by all!
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 2:07 PM:
Red! Green...! CHRISTMAS COLORS!!!!
ejuana, on Friday, November 23, 2007 at 12:10 PM:
Dude, that's not red and green.
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 10:24 AM:
Whatever you say, Grinchy!
Fall in the city
Laura Z, on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 11:45 AM:
This is nicely framed!
Savannah, on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 8:25 AM:
Oh! Oh, I didn't even see the face in the tree at first! I was so fixated on those fascinating leaves.
Man. That *really* looks like "The Scream." Uncanny.
What fascinates me most about Munch is that his style, as an artist, completely changed later in his career. Completely. As Randee of the Redwoods put it with his usual profundity :), "It's like the factory's still there, but it's making different stuff now."
And now for a little something natural
How about a little nature interlude? A little color, a little black and white, all outside. Still moody though, because, hey, it's fall.
nocklebeast, on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 8:19 PM:
this one's way way way cool.
This is kind of vane
rfkj, on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:34 AM:
I'll let you know weather I like it after a few more people chime in. You know, so I can see which way the wind is blowing.
I bet you think this comment's about you, don't you, don't you?
heather, on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 3:59 PM:
I think this is a breath of fresh air, myself, but don't let that go to your head or anything.
Pardon me while I vent
rfkj, on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 6:14 AM:
If it looks like a duct and quacks like a duct...it's a duct.
I know...puns like that really grate on the nerves.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 8:35 AM:
If only there was some way my RSS reader could screen out posts like this one.
heather, on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 3:29 PM:
I know y'all think you're clever, but it's just a lot of hot air to me...
ejuana, on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 9:59 AM:
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 10:04 AM:
only if you whine!
Through a pitcher, darkly
heather, on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 9:30 AM:
Is that Alan?
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at 10:30 AM:
That was my guess too, Heather!
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:17 AM:
This one, and the one that I'll post tomorrow, may both be a bit too literal for me, but they're interesting to see in this context.
ejuana, on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 9:48 AM:
Dude, this is so abstract.
Sarah, on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 8:06 PM:
David Adam Edelstein, on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:18 AM:
The Canadian gets it in one. Nice job identifying the exact kind of onion, too.
A short break yesterday, and then right back into an obsessive run through a heavy post-processing style.
Tim, on Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 8:58 PM:
... I think I see myself in the reflection of that glass ;-)
Maybe this one is explicitly morose enough to communicate my feelings about the ongoing death of the year...
heather, on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 10:55 PM:
Weird.. on first glance my first thought was "snowflakes"... must be my Canadian blood ;-)
This one gets the closest to what I was trying to do with this series and this technique. Clearly more investigation is needed... but for now, I think it's time to move on to other work for a few days.
heather, on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 8:54 PM:
It actually looks like a person waaaaaay up high, doing a swan dive off a tight rope. The wing is his lower body, and the head & tail are his arms.
chrys, on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 2:43 PM:
I am really liking this series - and this one in particular.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, October 29, 2007 at 12:54 PM:
You know me... I don't know jack shit about photography. But both this one and the one from yesterday don't look photo-blurry to me, they look photoshop-blurry. Is it my imagination? Should I be able to tell?
Back when I used to work in the darkroom, I was working on a series of images I called Memories of Dreams, using an extremely manipulative technique that involved putting a piece of notebook paper over the photo paper, and high contrast filters, and very long exposures.
When I started printing my photos digitally, that technique wasn't possible any more, at least not exactly as I had been doing it. I've fussed with different techniques over the years to try to replicate that look, and although it's not really exactly the same, I like my latest version of the technique enough to start posting samples. Some of them work better than others, some work a little worse, but there's something I like about all of them.
It's going to take me a while to work through this idea, so be forewarned... it's going to be dark and odd around here for a couple of weeks.
Laura Z, on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 7:07 AM:
Well, whatever you did here, the effect to me looks cool! This building here looks like an up-close shot of a model or a doll's house (you know, the way buildings look in those old Godzilla movies). This may not have been the effect you were going for, but I think it's interesting on can manipulate the real to look so artificial and vice-versa.
2d and 3d
Little bit of an alley obsession lately
Laura Z, on Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 7:08 AM:
Either that or a Spiderman complex. :-)
Really brightens the place up
heather, on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 8:41 PM:
Sadly true :-)
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 2:34 PM:
Thoreau would dig it...? Oh, maybe not.
ejuana, on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 10:37 PM:
I have no idea what to say about this one
But I kinda like it.
heather, on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 3:26 PM:
You could say "IL". That's what I said.
Sunfriday, on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 9:40 PM:
It's obviously two legs of spindly-kneed robot. He's a terrible swimmer, but his feet can double as floor hockey sticks.
Watcher in the trees
heather, on Monday, October 22, 2007 at 1:05 PM:
Saw the eye before I saw the title. Nice :-)
Laura Z, on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 7:54 AM:
I love the angles and perspective here.
heather, on Friday, October 19, 2007 at 9:05 PM:
That is just cute :-)
Wait a minute... that's not an empty bag!
Laura Z, on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 7:14 AM:
Aaahh! This kind of freaked me out because it took my eyes a second to register that there were eyes in that bag. Aaahhh! Creepy and Halloweeeny!
ejuana, on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 8:51 AM:
diane brown, on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 5:08 PM:
Circus Contraption's Haunted Housewarming
Hey, Seattle folks -- the Circus is having a party on October 26th and you're invited. Come join us at Circus Contraption's Haunted Housewarming!
The Second Annual Backyard Ballistics & Projectile Potluck Party
I can't remember why we couldn't make this party last year, but I definitely wanted to come this year. A fine time was had by all, and lots of potatoes were blasted through the air.
You can see the full set as well, with my snarky commentary.
Stacy, on Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 8:00 PM:
You Northwesterners know how to have a good time! I saw some familiar faces in those pics.
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 8:03 PM:
I think it was either you or Rob who told me "If you hear a redneck say 'hey, look at me', run the other way." I thought about that a lot with the guns going...
Savannah, on Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 8:04 AM:
Why no, actually, I am *not* done with the DAE love!
David, this picture made me see something "ordinary" in a very non-ordinary way.
Savannah, on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 10:04 AM:
Look at how the light changes 'texture' halfway up the cup, near the top of the handle. The vanishing shadow of the handle, looking like a ghost highway into the depths of the cup, is great too. And I'm not even done--there's a lot more I could say. You really, really made the most of this one.
Savannah, on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 10:01 AM:
Wow! The perfect blend of your wild/abstractionist and tidy/geometricist/realist instincts. *Nice* synthesis.
heather, on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 8:16 PM:
I'm checking this one out on my iPhone right now and as usual I ignore the title (it's a fun little thing I like to do with your photos, btw :-)) and the first thing it looked like to my was an ultrasound photo. And of course you can guess what my next thought was ;-).
heather, on Monday, October 15, 2007 at 9:31 PM:
Yup... on the computer I still see a fetal ultrasound on first glance. :-)
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 7:07 AM:
Mmmm... nope :-)
That is exactly the right way to look at my photos... the titles are really titles of the posts, not ever titles of the photos. I don't think I've titled a photo in my life, except for descriptive titles ("cherry blossom #4", etc.)
*Sci-fi film noir, remember?
heather, on Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 12:42 PM:
No sooner had Scotty cried out "Brace y'erselves, she's gonna blow!" than the pulsating anomoly they had been watching intently on the view screen suddenly expanded and engulfed the ship, casting an eerie green glow on the bridge and vaporizing everyone inside.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 2:20 PM:
Man, Star Trek would have been so much better with Heather as a writer.
Bit of a change of pace
I'm really not sure how to describe the feel I'm going for with the next couple of photos. Sci-fi film noir, maybe. We'll see if they're working.
chrys, on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 7:31 PM:
This is wonderfully painterly. A la Klee or Kandinsky.
heather, on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 9:55 AM:
I'm loving the whole Space theme :-)
Sunfriday, on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 2:18 PM:
Your influences are showing. I like the motion, round curve of the first person's leg, and the second person in the background.
heather, on Monday, October 8, 2007 at 12:19 PM:
Well done! Awesome photo. One of my favourites!
chrys, on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 7:29 PM:
Wow! Is it coincidental that this got posted at the same time the solar eclipse (from Saturn) was posted on the Well.
And yes, I have tried to post before (three times!) and nothing happened. I was wondering if you had banished me.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 2:16 PM:
One of my favorite subjects, captured beautifully. How can you not love urban autumn in the rain?
Tim, on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 3:46 PM:
Hmmmm - no HOT mannequin legs in this one.
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 12:36 PM:
I can't figure this out at all. Well done!
ejuana, on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 12:09 PM:
Sunfriday, on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 2:08 PM:
I like the mannequin series. This one seems like they're dancing in earnest, fighting against dark odds. I'm torn between pity and cheering them on.
Laura Z, on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 9:01 AM:
I like the many overlapping transparent layers on these window shots.
Tim, on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 10:22 PM:
...I like the HOT mannequin legs!
Sunfriday, on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 10:30 PM:
It took a while before I noticed the figure on the left. The entire image is intriguingly unsettling.
nocklebeast, on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 12:06 PM:
uh, yeah! what Tim said.
Kind of an homage to Duane Michals
Unfortunately I can't seem to find a copy of "death comes to the old lady" online, so you'll just have to take my word for it.
Diamonds on my windshield
I realized this weekend that when fall arrives, bringing with it the rain and gray, it feels to me like Seattle is returning to its normal state — it's as though there aren't really multiple seasons here, but that late spring and summer are just aberrations, a sort of temporary madness that takes over the weather and frightens the natives.
After a few months it gets dark and wet again, and most of the city breathes a sigh of damp relief.
Not that you can tell, but this is actually a color photo.
Laura Z, on Monday, October 1, 2007 at 11:55 AM:
I agree. It feels like "normal" again finally.
Sunfriday, on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 10:26 PM:
What a wonderful photo! It captures so many aspects of water and light, in beautiful Northwest grey.
The arrival of fall means more foggy mornings
Squash week bonus: The Kid makes her choice
Squash week: Some kind of pumpkin
So my notes were incomplete...
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 2:44 PM:
Moldy, ill-remembered pumpkin is preferable to the most succulent and photogenic squash!
david adam edelstein, on Friday, September 28, 2007 at 2:51 PM:
Ha hah, you hater. That's not mold, it's 'ow God made 'em.
Savannah, on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at 6:08 AM:
My favorite so far is the blue ballet. Not sure why.
Sunfriday, on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 10:19 PM:
They're Galeux d'Eysines, and are great for cooking.
Squash week: Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck
These were the most sensual of the squash they had.
Squash week: Carnival
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 4:28 PM:
Less nasty squash, more delicious pumpkin, please!
david adam edelstein, on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 5:06 PM:
Bite my delicious squash, tomato boy.
Laura Z, on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 11:22 AM:
I love this one. The colors and shapes just say "autumn harvest" and "trick or treating" to me.
Squash week: Stripetti
Squash week: Blue Ballet
Sunday, Miz Becky and the Kid and I went to the South 47 Farm with the lovely sis-in-law and Cousin K. After the Kid woke up from her 45 minute nap (caught up on my news reading on my phone), we wandered around and found these beautiful squash, just sitting there waiting to be photographed.
I for one would like to be the first to welcome our new onion masters
Not everything I've shot with this camera has to be moody and expressive
Some of it's just pretty.
Andrew, on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 6:53 AM:
My favourite colour! Beautiful.
Laura Z, on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 8:04 AM:
I'm amazed by how this picture brings out every single water droplet - wow!
Well, if it was my birthday last week, it must mean that it's our anniversary this week. (Cunning... I always have six days warning...)
Happy anniversary to Miz Becky, who it is my great privilege to be married to. I couldn't ask for a better fellow traveler, or for someone more fun to be a parent with.
I had another picture all cued up for this morning, but then I shot this photo last night, and it seemed much more expressive of all the good things in my world.
heather, on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 12:17 PM:
Hooray! For anniversaries! And birthdays! And happy toddlers! And clean ones too! And... oh.... WOOHOOOOOOOOO!
Laura Z, on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 12:38 PM:
Congratulations on the big 1-3! Hmm. My husband's birthday is also six days before our anniversary...hmm!
This is a most joyous and wonderful photo. May you all continue to have much joy of each other formany years to come. :-)
Sometimes the color on this camera is a little odd
Or maybe it's the photographer :-)
heather, on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 12:18 PM:
I've always thought that the colour on the photographer was a little odd, myself.
This is more of a prescriptive statement than the other version.
The new camera works OK on the street
The shutter lag still prevents it from being a terrific camera to shoot with on the street, which was too much to hope for. It's not unusable, though.
ejuana, on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 11:10 AM:
Is the shutter lag better than most smaller digital cameras?
David Adam Edelstein, on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at 2:50 PM:
It's definitely better, but even when I'm manually focusing there's still some time between when I press the shutter and when it actually takes the picture. If it's predictable, I'll be able to learn that rhythm, but I'm a little dubious that it is.
ejuana, on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 8:39 AM:
Any other drawbacks so far? I'm guessing it has much less "noise" than my Powershot A610?
david adam edelstein, on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 10:54 AM:
I started writing a long comment and then decided it made more sense as its own post: Some thoughts on the G9.
New tools mean new possibilities
I've been wanting a small digital camera for a long time now, as a carry-everywhere alternative to the mighty — but very heavy — Canon 5d.
I'll probably write a longer post about my considerations and my thoughts on the subject (because I need to get them out of my damn head), but to cut to the chase, when Canon announced their new Powershot G9 I knew it was going to be a great choice for me.
I've had the G9 for a few days now, and thought I should start posting some of the images I've shot with it. One of the fun things about this camera (and many digicams like it) is the extreme macro capability — this was shot from about an inch from the surface of the leaf in the foreground.
I love the fair
Debra, on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 11:07 AM:
So it looks like only the big jars get blue ribbons. Note to future contestants! Also, looks like it was a 28 way tie for first?!?
david adam edelstein, on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 3:52 PM:
As near as I can tell from the entry information, every entry gets a ribbon, first through third place, and then the actual competition is for the best in show type awards.
The marvelous toy
The Marvelous Toy
Words and Music by Tom Paxton
When I was just a wee little lad full of health and joy,
My father homeward came one night and gave to me a toy.
A wonder to behold, it was, with many colors bright,
And the moment I laid eyes on it it became my heart's delight.
It went "zip" when it moved and "bop" when it stopped,
And "whirr" when it stood still.
I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.
The first time that I picked it up, I had a big surprise,
For right on its bottom were two big buttons that,
Looked like big green eyes.
I first pushed one and then the other, and then I twisted its lid,
And when I set it down again, this is what it did:
It first marched left and then marched right,
And then marched under a chair.
And when l looked where it had gone, it wasn't even there.
I started to sob and my daddy laughed, for he knew that I would find,
When l turned around, my marvelous toy, chugging from behind.
Well, the years have gone by too quickly, it seems,
I have my own little boy.
And yesterday I gave to him my marvelous little toy.
His eyes nearly popped right out of his head,
And he gave a squeal of glee.
Neither one of us knows just what it is,
but he loves it, just like me.
It still goes "zip" when it moves, "bop" when it stops,
And "whirr" when it stands still.
I never knew just what it was,
And I guess I never will.
I never knew just what it was,
And I guess I never will.
Happy birthday to me, and thanks to my parents for all of the great toys, more and less physical, they've given to me over the years. Now that I have a child of my own I understand and appreciate those gifts more and more every day.
heather, on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 10:36 PM:
That's always been one of my favourites songs. And what a perfect photo for it :-) Happy Birthday! Here's to many more toys in your future!
Not a terribly original abstract
But a satisfying one.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 9:55 PM:
I would have liked to have seen more thumbtacks, birthday boy.
Iron and wicker
Another view of this mule.
Really, this mule seemed perfectly happy
But every picture I took of it looked bleak.
Laura Z, on Friday, September 7, 2007 at 7:27 AM:
I don't really know the style of filmmaker Ingar Bergman, but this is the kind of image that comes to my mind when I think of his (or other bleak northern) work. Minus the mule, of course. There's always a black crow.
Savannah, on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 12:00 AM:
Wow! So tactile.
Laura Z, on Friday, September 7, 2007 at 7:27 AM:
I can never remember the name of this plant
I always have to ask Miz Becky: "Um, Old Lady's Bathing Cap?"
Chrys, on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 8:29 AM:
Lacecap Hydrangea - and nicely done!
Heather, on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 9:08 AM:
It's a hydrangea, isn't it? I love them - so pretty.
Laura Z, on Friday, September 7, 2007 at 7:29 AM:
I love how all the veins on each petal show up here. I don't know what you are doing photographically to get this, but it is extremely cool. Even if the plant has a weird name.
Not actually a shadow
Two generations of macadam.
Paradise, abstract and angular
Stairs and shadows
Laura Z, on Friday, September 7, 2007 at 7:31 AM:
This is beautiful and eerie at the same time. Don't go into the house Timmie!
Two kinds of shadows
John Benn's pottery
A few weeks ago I met John Benn at the Salem Art Fair. He's a potter who lives near Shelton, Washington, and whose work squarely nails my pottery aesthetic. Everything is wood fired, partly to solely ash glazed, and mostly using native materials — that is, he digs his own clay and glaze materials from the ground in his area.
This is kind of a cheat for a photo-of-the-day, since the art is really his, but I wanted to share this work with you. He doesn't seem to have his own web site, and there's precious little of his stuff online otherwise. I'll put a few links at the end of this post, for those of you who want to see more.
PDXers, John is going to be at Art In the Pearl over labor day weekend. I definitely recommend stopping by.
I could swear there were more links the last time I looked... but here are a couple of photos of other pieces, not in my collection:
Updated: I knew there was another page I had found...
Lindi Wood, on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 8:52 AM:
Hi! I found your posting while Googling John -- his wife, Colleen Gallagher, another fabulous potter, has recently made a web site for them. Here's the URL: benngallagher.com
Noir hotel 4
Noir hotel 3
heather, on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 9:52 AM:
This would be great foreshadowing if you were to post a photo in the future of the same hotel ablaze in huge flames.
Noir Hotel 2
The Ocean Crest Resort, where we stayed in Moclips, is a lovely place, really, but with the right light and the right twisted imagination...
Sarah, on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 6:47 AM:
Fact: People who drive white cube vans live in houses with wood panelling in the basement.
david adam edelstein, on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 10:39 AM:
Hmmmm... we have wood panelling in our basement. Maybe we should get a white cube van. You know, for the soccer team.
damonb, on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 11:03 AM:
These are nice. I do like these texture and light pieces as they are so quiet.
Sunfriday, on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 9:17 PM:
This one's my favorite of the series.
Last week, Miz Becky and the Kid and I spent a couple of nights on the southwestern Washington coast, in Moclips. We went walking on the beach, ate seafood, woke up early (thanks Kid), gawked at kites, and generally had a good time. This is kind of a dumpy corner of the coast -- largely depressed timber communities, lots of RV parks, and so on -- but the landscape and the beach is lovely, and the towns are blessedly free of candy stores and t-shirt vendors and Ripley's believe-it-or-we'll-sell-you-a-souvenir stores.
One afternoon as we walked out onto the beach at Pacific Beach State Park I noticed a 20' wide low ridge of sand, covered with delicate sand formations that left me no choice but to photograph. Today and for the next several days, some selections from that section of sand.
High tech entertainment systems
Laura Z, on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 4:29 PM:
This shot shows the glass' transparency, but also that it is there, as well as showing how it layers with the light and objects behind it. Very cool!
Some useful tips for you
rfkj, on Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 7:06 AM:
So I like the picture, but for me the post title is really the icing on the cake.
david adam edelstein, on Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 7:11 AM:
Thanks! I like the work to have layers of meaning.
nocklebeast, on Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 6:18 PM:
This guy is too excited about his niece
heather, on Friday, August 17, 2007 at 10:36 AM:
Oh good grief, but this one made me laugh so hard I snorted. Gotta pull myself together before my next meeting :-)
This guy is very excited about his cheesecake
GeoGeek, on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 8:10 AM:
Ah, yes, but is the cheesecake excited about him?
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, August 17, 2007 at 1:54 PM:
I dunno, but I have to say that it was the best damn lil' cheesecake I've had in a long time. Blueberry flavor! You can get them at the Pike Place Market. Ohhhh man, I need to go get another one.
Layers and layers
Savannah, on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 12:26 PM:
I *love* this one.
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 1:15 PM:
Laura Z, on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 8:53 PM:
This blue is intense and amazing. I assume you had to do something to the photo after taking it to make it look this shade of blue.
Insert butt pun here
Tim, on Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 12:33 PM:
BUTT PUN!!!!! - hahahahahaha!!!!! - OMG You said BUTT PUN!!!!!
A spot in the sun
I was mentioning the other day that I rarely shoot color on the street... here's one that really only works well in color.
heather, on Monday, August 6, 2007 at 11:25 AM:
I love it. You should do a series. I'd love to see Blurcat, and blurtoddler next :-)
Reflection in paradise
Tim, on Monday, August 6, 2007 at 9:04 PM:
hmmmmm - I know this curb
Life of the party
heather, on Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 2:16 PM:
This is an awesome picture :-)
Constellations in paradise
heather, on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 9:22 PM:
This one is cool! And an aptly worded title :-)
Seattle walk 12
And that's it, twelve out of sixty frames.
Seattle walk 11
Seattle walk 10
Seattle walk 9
Seattle walk 8
Seattle walk 7
heather, on Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 9:46 PM:
People still use those kinds of telephones?
Goodness, how archaic.
ejuana, on Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 12:48 PM:
Richie Rich has one.
Laura Z, on Sunday, July 29, 2007 at 9:22 PM:
I like how the transparent layer overlaps the background here.
Seattle walk 6
Seattle walk 5
Seattle walk 4
Seattle walk 3
heather, on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 10:22 AM:
Prettiest stack of chairs I've ever seen!
Seriously - I love this one and the previous one (Seattle walk 2) - I like how the yellow chairs look against the background with little bits of the same yellow in the out-of-focus leaves. And I love the red hearts in the previous one... I think you've talked about it before, but I like the photos whereyou kinda focus in on just one or two colours - simple but brilliantly pretty.
Seattle walk 2
A walk in Seattle
Last weekend, my friend Christina and I went for a walk in Seattle. Christina is largely a studio photographer and wanted to see what it's like to shoot on the street, so we finally made it outside and wandered around for a couple of hours.
I'll be posting my loose edit — twelve photos out of the sixty I shot — over the next, well, twelve days.
Christina's posted her photos from our walk, too, along with a bit of commentary on how I work. It was interesting to have another photographer watching me — she noticed things that I'm not sure I ever consciously knew I do.
Laura Z, on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 7:07 AM:
You wacky photographer you.
Tim, on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 9:19 AM:
One has to ponder, "...Boy..." or "...My little...".
In that context it not very "urban" ... or is it?
Laura Z, on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 9:25 AM:
Maybe Z wrote this as a reminder to you of what she wants. :->
Some nice work on the outside of a bunker at the former Sand Point Naval Base.
ejuana, on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 2:57 PM:
heather, on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 10:02 PM:
The title implies there will be more! Cool!
Empty room 4
Empty room 2
Laura Z, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 8:16 AM:
I like this. It looks like a magazine shot almost. At first I thought it was a poster or ad for something.
In the empty room
Carried along with excitement
ejuana, on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 4:35 PM:
Finally! An action shot!
This way and that
heather, on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 10:48 AM:
This is my favourite. Great photo!
Michelle, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 10:03 PM:
It looks like it's flying!
Lunch at the Bomber
Day Drive 2
I suspect this is one of those ones that isn't going to make sense to anyone besides me. Whatever, it's my site :-)
ejuana, on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 9:42 AM:
So, dude ... all the clouds were going the wrong way until they put up this sign, right? Makes total sense.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at 6:45 PM:
It means no left turn?
Tim, on Monday, July 9, 2007 at 4:57 PM:
Totally makes sense - there are way too many power/telephone lines in thie hood ...
You all may now carry on with what you were doing ...
Miz B, on Monday, July 9, 2007 at 10:31 PM:
That cloud in the bottom right is pissed...
More day drive
Julianne, on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 5:34 PM:
this is beautiful. URBAN BEAUTY. like the works of Australian painter JEFFREY SMART.
Waiting for his bus
heather, on Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 10:11 AM:
I love it :-)
ejuana, on Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 7:29 PM:
Laura Z, on Friday, July 6, 2007 at 8:49 AM:
Actually he's the driver. "Back to Oz with you all!"
Surely that sun shade makes it hard to see the outside world?
I'm so subtle, I know. Happy fourth of July to all mis amigos en los Estados Unidos!
An old familiar weather pattern
A couple of weeks ago we had a relatively rare weather phenomenon for Seattle, although one that I've spent a lot of time with. I call it "Eugene mist"; Rich calls it "a dry rain". It's a very, very light rain, or maybe a heavy fog that moves downward.
Here you can see one of its classic characteristics: although it had been "raining" for hours at this point, it's so light that it hasn't spread beyond the specific horizontal surface it landed on.
Some kind of answer apparently
Usually I try not to show street photos of the back of someone's head... but this one just works.
Laura Z, on Monday, July 2, 2007 at 9:45 AM:
Is it considered photographically bad (or boring) to show the back of people's head or are you breaking some other kind of taboo by doing so?
david adam edelstein, on Monday, July 2, 2007 at 9:57 AM:
It's just that when you look at a collection of photos from a beginning street photographer, you'll see a lot of photos of the backs of people's heads -- because that's safer, less scary, etc.
Damon, on Monday, July 2, 2007 at 11:37 AM:
I dunno, that lady's hair is kinda creeping me out a bit.
heather, on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 6:37 AM:
Sounds great to me.
russ, on Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 10:09 PM:
Or, if you're like me, you get really good at taking pictures of "your kids doing something" from behind them; getting excellent pictures of the backs of their heads.
Miz B, on Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 8:13 PM:
Savannah, on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 9:29 AM:
I especially like this one.
Joshua Edelstein, on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 9:59 AM:
Whoa. At first blush, it looks like debris from a tornado being hurtled at a storm chaser.
Joshua Edelstein, on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 10:03 AM:
Hurtled at, v. 1) a cross between "hurled at" and "hurtle towards". 2) Evidence that college doesn't always work.
Laura Z, on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 8:17 AM:
This makes me feel like I am in a Lava Lamp. In a good way, of course!
Savannah, on Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 12:21 PM:
See, here comes the abstraction again :)
You had a good long run in the Land of the Representational this time.
heather, on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 10:44 PM:
AWESOME picture :-)
Dressed for the occasion
Again with the garages
heather, on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 8:59 PM:
Definitely the prettiest picture of a concrete garage that i've ever seen! I love the colours :-)
After the sun 3
After the sun 2
Laura Z, on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:48 AM:
I like how you were able to bring all the little raindrops into focus and fade everything else into the background here.
Solstice Parade 2007
Miz Becky and The Kid and I went to the Solstice Parade yesterday and had a good time. And then I saw the awesome flickslidr (link above) and finally have an easy way to post these sets on my site. Web 2.0... it's finally worthwhile to me.
rfkj, on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 9:09 AM:
Uh...what does a dude in spiky leather with his sack hanging out have to do with a solstice? Is it the grill?
Laura Z, on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:49 AM:
I thought they were showing the new summer fashion line...
david adam edelstein, on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 11:51 AM:
This year there were definitely a lot more "WTF?" groups than I've seen before. I think RFKJ has it -- some sort of "S&M picnic" theme. The sack racers were part of this same group.
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 7:42 PM:
I'm voting for the lady in the orange dress. "With the googlie eyes, three dollars."
After the sun, the rain inevitably returns
It's Seattle, after all.
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 7:40 PM:
Early summer 3
Early summer 2
Laura Z, on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:47 AM:
Can you feel the photosynthesis? This makes me want to go eat a salad or something green...
Early summer light through leaves
Laura Z, on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 10:47 AM:
This is a cool, but eerily ghostly image.
heather, on Friday, June 15, 2007 at 9:58 AM:
Do you have any colour photos of the Koi pond?
david adam edelstein, on Friday, June 15, 2007 at 10:22 AM:
Not with the Koi in it, no... happy shiny greenery, yes :-)
Guest room 6
Guest room 5
Guest room 4
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 11:19 AM:
How much per night? Is breakfast included?
Guest room 2
Laura Z, on Monday, June 4, 2007 at 8:46 AM:
I love how this photo shows every single little wrinkle and crinkle and shadow on the pillow cases. Very cool!
Guest room 1
Once, millions of these proud animals roamed the plains.
GeoGeek, on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 1:00 PM:
I always forget how _small_ they are! No wonder they went (nearly) extinct!
SunFriday, on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 2:29 PM:
Oh look. A buffalo. You just had to rub it in.
You knew there had to be a second one, right?
Savannah, on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 9:09 AM:
damonb, on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 7:12 PM:
These are creeping me out. His head looks is a mine field all pock-marked with different-sized follicles.
"I can't take a picture of this guy's head... there's someone sitting in the seat next to me!"
"Screw it, I have to."
Savannah, on Monday, May 28, 2007 at 7:10 AM:
Wow, that is *so* expressive. Amazing.
There's that one go-getter in every crowd
Making all of your buds look bad.
This spot may look familiar to some of you
Although it isn't quite as wet as it was then.
I always seem to pick up things and try to figure out what else I can do with them besides what they're designed for. Case in point, the plastic insert for a package of Newman's Own Peanut Butter Cups, which held up to the lens while I shot this photo. A little color correction, and here we have a pretty nice effect.
Want to know what the image looked like before color correction?
Miz Becky and I have different interests here.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 12:31 PM:
Will you never stop taunting me for being unable to see red?! Ay-yi-yi, the anguish!
Laura Z, on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 1:47 PM:
I love the conglomeration of tree patterns (both tree shadows and tree itself) coming together here.
Sunfriday, on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 5:56 PM:
So much to like here. It makes me think.
chrys, on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 7:39 AM:
That is a beauty!
nocklebeast, on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 5:08 PM:
this one's a still from some sort of spy caper, huh?
It was delicious.
damonb, on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 8:51 AM:
Delving into food-porn now? I might have to get one of these to match the egg photo that I bought from you a while back.
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 9:09 PM:
Oooh, link to the egg photo, please...!
david adam edelstein, on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 10:05 PM:
That'd be this egg photo.
A little shopping
Dennis Dunn, on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 7:57 AM:
Are you planning to do a Western North America version of this? :)
david adam edelstein, on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 9:39 AM:
Hah! No, I think I'm going to do the related fashion and lifestyle magazine for shopping carts.
Day drive 4
ejuana, on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 10:02 AM:
Dude, it's crooked.
Timmy, on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 4:49 PM:
... and the sign part with the words is missing ...
Day drive 1
Savannah, on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 6:13 AM:
See, I *wondered* when you were gonna break. I was watching those super-clear, super-specific "shop" pictures, and I thought, "It's coming. Oh yes, it's coming like a summer storm."
The shop 5
Andrew, on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 2:17 AM:
I really like this one. The shallow depth of field looks great.
The shop 3
Damon, on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 7:05 AM:
These are like little poems of light. Very nice series.
Back in the shop
Another few photos from Miz Becky's Dad's workshop.
Besides photography, I also enjoy sculpture.
Savannah, on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 10:09 AM:
This *really* made me laugh. Thank you.
Tim, on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 10:39 AM:
You mean "Green Built" sculptures, right?
Laura Z, on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 12:44 PM:
Are you have Christo fantasies again? :->
david adam edelstein, on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 12:53 PM:
Somehow I think Miz Becky would object to me TP-ing the inside of the house.
Good morning, neo-nazi chalk graffiti
Laura Z, on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 7:42 AM:
It is very cool how you were able to make everything else in this fuzzy and blurred, except for her face and upper body. The difference in these qualities drew my eyes right to her.
I like this series, particularly the "keyboard" shots of people at the crosswalks.
ejuana, on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 2:47 PM:
And bonus: she has a halo!
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 7:47 AM:
My head feels like that guy's belly.
ejuana, on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 6:12 PM:
I like the steam from the personhole.
Did they seriously put a fake razor necklace on this manikin?
I mean, non-ironically? Seriously?
Tim, on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 9:25 AM:
As serious as this looks,
I have to say,
ironically it's halarious!
Enough with the beautiful literalist nature. Let's get dark and evocative on the street for a few days.
Laura Z, on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 9:04 AM:
I just can't get over how real/in-depth each raindrop looks on these petals, not to mention, again all the shades of black and white colors (no quotes here, Savannah!). I don't know the official term for this effect in photography, but I like it!
karl, on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 12:51 PM:
nice series. i appreciate the broad tonal range in this particular frame. it hints strongly of lilies in a garden pond for me.
Savannah, on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 3:46 AM:
What interests me about this series is that I associate dogwood with the south, but you bring an incredibly Asian sensibility to bear on it, so I experience this huge disconnect between what I'm reading ("Dogwood") and what I'm seeing (which is more like how Hawaiian flowers would be photographed).
(Do they have dogwood in Hawaii?)
david adam edelstein, on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 6:40 AM:
Spot on as usual. The Asian influence on my vision is clear in all of my work, whether design, photography, or pottery.
When I threw my first bowls on the potter's wheel, what came out of my hands were not flat western-style soup bowls, but tall, narrow-footed rice bowls, the right size to be cradled in the hand while eating rice. I didn't set out to throw rice bowls; that's just what my assumptions about bowls drove me to throw.
The same thing is true with my design work, where my aesthetic is very spare and clean, and my approach to color reflects traditional Chinese painting -- all black and white and gray with a spot or two of intense color. Very different from my mom, for example, who has always had a much wilder color sense than I do.
Also in design and photography, I definitely structure space the way traditional Chinese paintings do, with a lot of use of the main subject off center and other elements balancing it across the composition -- in fact, it wasn't too hard to find a painting structured exactly like this photograph: Fan Kuan's Travellers Amid Streams and Mountains.
I'm pretty sure we don't have dogwood in Hawai'i.
heather, on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 7:03 AM:
This is my favourite of the 3
Ben, on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 6:46 AM:
Man, these colors are great. I like the b&w that you posted, but the tones in here really come out. Would like to see same treatment on the next two pics to compare.
Laura Z, on Monday, April 23, 2007 at 3:42 PM:
Wow! The texture and richness of "colors" in this B&W is amazing!
nocklebeast, on Monday, April 23, 2007 at 5:40 PM:
Mark, on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 3:11 AM:
One day I will get to take some black and whites that look like this instead of the grey sludge I normally end up with ! Nice pic.
Savannah, on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 6:37 AM:
No need to put colors in quotes. Black, white and gray are colors. Tremendously variable and subtle ones, in fact. Look at an old movie sometime :)
heather, on Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 8:07 PM:
Dang it. I put my order in too soon ;-)
david adam edelstein, on Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 8:16 PM:
We always welcome repeat customers ;-)
Night Drive 4
Night Drive 3
ejuana, on Friday, April 20, 2007 at 8:26 PM:
Hey, that's wiggin.
Night Drive 2
Night Drive 1
Savannah, on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 1:06 PM:
Ooh, Mr. Abstraction is back!
What do you photograph when you're board?
I'd apologize, but I'm not really sorry.
nick, on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 2:04 PM:
I am really bored and you just gave me a good idea TAKE BOREING PICTURES!!!!
Looking down that lonesome trail
heather, on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 9:36 AM:
Where was this taken? It makes me think of an amusement park; what a fun image :-)
david adam edelstein, on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 9:51 AM:
Does it destroy the mystery if I report that it's another window from the same store as yesterday's photo? In fact it's about 15 feet to the left :-)
Always a bridesmaid
Savannah, on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 7:48 AM:
Hmmm, I have a question about this. Were you "on a public thoroughfare" when you took it? If not, did you need to ask permission from whoever owned the store/venue/home in which these dresses were hung?
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 8:12 AM:
Yep, I was on the sidewalk shooting into the store.
Here's where the exception comes, though — if I was shooting for a bridal wear magazine, for example, I'd have to get permission from the store owner.
For the "on the street" case — If I shot your photo on the street and then used it in an ad, or in an editorial context that applied a specific intent to your image (that is, not "people on the street in your city" but "overstressed moms attacking their kids"), then I'd have to get a model release.
It's slightly more complex than that, but the general rule is: in a fine art context, it's OK.
russ, on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 8:58 AM:
So... with http://portlandparents.net/ , I can take random pictures of parents at parks in Portland and post them? Not a specific intent, just "some park pictures."
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 9:06 AM:
As they say, I Am Not A Lawyer, but I think probably not, because that's assigning editorial intent -- what if someone's an uncle, but you imply they're a father?
In any event I can't pretend to be an expert about this, since I never shoot editorial except in very clear cases (like shooting the circus). I definitely recommend Bert Krages' book Legal Handbook for Photographers.
They can't all have good titles.
Mike Boutté, on Friday, April 13, 2007 at 6:55 AM:
i lke the title.
and the dof
and the photo
and the potential for this to be a really good emo album cover
david adam edelstein, on Friday, April 13, 2007 at 10:07 AM:
I'm not sure if that last line is a compliment or an insult :-)
heather, on Friday, April 13, 2007 at 3:01 PM:
I like it. At first, out of my peripheral, I thought it was two hummingbirds :-)
Last year's grasses
heather, on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 3:13 PM:
I like this... the hint of green makes it slightly less bleak in my eyes :-) I'm all about spring right now. Soakin' it in. Ahhhhh blue sky and sun shine.
Goodbye to the goats
All good things have to come to an end, I guess.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 12:25 PM:
Goat stew? Goat skewers? Goat surprise!?
Tim, on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 8:06 PM:
...Just BBQ it ....
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 11:18 AM:
The grass is always greener with these goats...
russ, on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 7:07 PM:
Dude, once you go "goats_x" you never go back :(
heather, on Friday, April 6, 2007 at 11:55 AM:
That is one content looking goat. I've never thought of goats as cute or even "pretty" but your pictures sure do bring out both qualities rather well :-) I've loved these photos!
David Adam Edelstein, on Friday, April 6, 2007 at 9:49 PM:
Thanks! I'm happy with this series; I think they show my affection for these goats.
Goat obsession 3
It's not weird, really.
Allen, on Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 8:52 AM:
It's not too wierd... there's a flickr group for it
Goats Goats Goats!
I'm a member of it too. I think its the pupils... its unnatural... horizontal rectangles? freaks me out.
Laura Z, on Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 9:54 AM:
I vant to keese ewe! :->
It's a neat trick to get the goats to card their wool themselves
(Two photos today to make up for none yesterday)
It's always nice to vist with old friends
Like the goats across the street from Miz Becky's parents' house.
russ, on Monday, April 2, 2007 at 10:22 AM:
One thing I like about more expensive digital cameras like yours over less expensive digital cameras like mine is an actual "depth of field" :) Love the fuzzy goat.
Mike Boutté, on Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 9:42 AM:
nice nice nice nice nice nice nice
A somewhat more literal version of the running "paradise" gag
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, April 2, 2007 at 3:34 PM:
I keep looking at this photo. Did you black out parts on the left and bottom right, or is that really the way it came out?
david adam edelstein, on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 11:02 AM:
All photographs are abstractions and distortions of reality. There is no "really the way it came out"...
That said, it was already pretty dark on the sides. Pushing that to completely black made the graphical statement stronger.
Uncle Vinny, on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 11:54 AM:
Oh yeah, that's what I thought. I whole-heartedly approve of distortions, as you know.
I guess they're serious about people staying away from that tree
GeoGeek, on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 8:50 AM:
I love the color balance in this shot.
heather, on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 12:20 PM:
What is that, drain cleaner? Has Juan been vomiting blue liquids again?
OK, enough of that morose crap
Winter will be over when it's over. Lighten the hell up, buddy.
Yep, pretty much whenever is fine with me.
stacy, on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 7:52 AM:
David - if it makes you feel any better at all, t his is what my backyard looks like right now....it is! We have had nonstop Texas rain storms, and my little yard is turning into a swamp, I think I saw some gators out there yesterday!
But I can't take a picture, because I only have the onld fashioned cameras that you have to use film with...if I were to get a decent digital SLR camera, what would you recommend? Should I go "pre-owned"?
Yep, pretty ready to be done with winter.
Just about time for 75 degrees, sunny, and a cold beer on the lanai.
ejuana, on Monday, March 26, 2007 at 10:30 PM:
on the deck
heather, on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 2:52 PM:
wouldn't having a lanai on the deck be a little redundant? Silly Juan.
Tim, on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 2:58 PM:
Just about ready to be done with winter here
Laura Z, on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 1:50 PM:
I love the "pinkness" of these photos.
Mike Boutté, on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 8:07 AM:
heather, on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 7:49 AM:
I am now immediately happy :-)
Feeling better is like being surrounded by sakura.
Or, as someone else once said: "Dad, I was swimming in a rainbow with millions of babies... and they was naked... and then all of the sudden I turned into a perfect smile!"
Maybe it's better if we just have a whole week of sakura, and leave Mr. Greaser and his family alone.
Uh oh, here we go again.
heather, on Friday, March 16, 2007 at 8:19 PM:
Well, at least you didn't say "here we grow again", cause that one is far too overused.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, March 19, 2007 at 2:51 PM:
Is there such a thing as the opposite of shift-tilt photography, to make small things look HUGE? That would be cool. And scary. And a good project for doin' while you're home barfing!
Joshua Edelstein, on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 2:21 PM:
Okay, so I'm a little behind on reading the site. But this image... so striking. The tone and texture of the sky, the organic shape and the inorganic shape holding down their own corners but reaching out to each other, the implications of Japanese design, the War Of The Worlds bits, the classic line of top-left-to-bottom-right, etc. Not only visually arresting, but classes could be taught off this photo. Fo' shizzle. Wreckanize. Can't believe this is the only comment. What what!
(Happy Pi day, too!)
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 12:44 PM:
That's a good 'un.
Laura Z, on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 6:23 PM:
This is so beautiful and like Ikebana.
Signs of Spring
heather, on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 1:22 PM:
Oooh... THIS is COOL!
Laura Z, on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 9:01 AM:
This looks like a view from inside the Mothership. Kewl!
OK, how about a couple of days of outrageous color?
nocklebeast, on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 9:42 AM:
orange trees are crazy
heather, on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 1:08 PM:
That's probably about enough of that.
Laura Z, on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 2:36 PM:
Wow - I can see each bud on each little twig - very cool!
russ, on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 9:55 AM:
In the half-tone light of a young morning
she sighs and shifts on the pillow.
And across her face dancing, the first shadows fly
to kiss the Pussy Willow.
No, not mine, Jethro Tull :)
Love the weather series. Thanks for the grey rain.
Mike Boutté, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 9:06 AM:
not your fan boy or anything - but man - these colors are killing me. I am dying to ask about your settings.
david adam edelstein, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 9:38 AM:
I don't have my RAW files in front of me but the general idea is:
1) Shoot RAW, using the whibal or some other tool to balance the color accurately (always easiest for me to start from a "known good")
2) In ACR, drop the color temp by about 500-1000°.
3) drop the saturation by 20-40 points.
That's all I'm doing, in a nutshell.
heather, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 10:19 PM:
I want to get Feb 23rd, Feb 26th and this one each simply framed and hanging in a row above Bobbin's crib.
They've been added to my growing list of DavidAdam "must purchase" photos :-)
heather, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 10:20 PM:
I mean 25th, not 26th. But I love 26th too. Ack. I'll just put all 4 on my list :-)
david adam edelstein, on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 10:41 PM:
We here at Noise to Signal would be delighted to help you expose the delightful Bobbin to fine photography :-)
The weather is starting to affect my work
Mike Boutté, on Monday, March 5, 2007 at 10:11 AM:
look at those colors. seriously.
OK, that was an easy shot.
heather, on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 8:37 PM:
But were you on the road more travelled or the road less travelled when you took the shot?
Toy 3: Three is for Cherries
Savannah, on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 9:48 AM:
I wonder if babies start off thinking that that odd, swoopy-and-prongy glyph means "those little round red things" as opposed to "*three of* those little round red things."
heather, on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 6:36 PM:
In the very beginning, I imagine they don't see it as anything other than a part of the whole picture...
When it's a shitty, rainy Saturday, and you're stir-crazy... outrageously colored photos of outrageously colored baby toys sounds like a pretty good idea.
heather, on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 10:39 AM:
Happy, bright and fun! i'm definitely looking forward to this series :-) Great idea, Dave! :-)
Timothy, on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 12:30 PM:
TAKE THAT shitty, rainy Saturdays!
Ted, on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 11:13 PM:
Perspective really makes me scratch my head -- or turn my laptop upside down! Cool effect...
Laura Z, on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 2:07 PM:
This is like GNARLY, dude!
Saedigh, on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 8:08 AM:
Laura Z, on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 2:02 PM:
heather, on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 10:11 PM:
I see gold in them thar trees.
Mike Boutté, on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 7:59 AM:
That is absolutely gorgeous.
heather, on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 6:29 PM:
This is, I think, the most beautiful photo I've ever seen.
An alternate interpretation
Something for the blue fans
Spring took it on the chin before it even had a chance
Andrew, on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 5:56 PM:
I really like the post-processing you've done here. The colours look fantastic.
Kinda blown out there in the lower left, but I didn't take the time to work out the right exposure — I was on a mission to get coffee cake.
Uncle Vinny, on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 2:38 AM:
Having a hard time reading that, due to the glare.
ejuana, on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 10:05 PM:
Um, are you sure?
karl, on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 8:49 AM:
call me crazy, (and many people do) but this one speaks to me on a "cosmic" level. or maybe i've had NASA pic-o-day on my desktop too long. strangely cool nonetheless.
Timothy, on Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 4:21 PM:
ice creepy color/texture thing going on there
Ti in the house
nocklebeast, on Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 1:27 PM:
Uncle Vinny, on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 2:30 PM:
You could save a lot of printing costs by selling these!
david adam edelstein, on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 3:19 PM:
Clearly you've never priced white ink.
Uncle Vinny, on Friday, February 16, 2007 at 2:10 PM:
You're *still* printing on black paper?!
david adam edelstein, on Friday, February 16, 2007 at 3:17 PM:
I got a good price on a bulk order, what can I say?
Happy St. Valentine's Day
... to my two best girls.
Inexcusably arty street light photo #1
For a nerdy so-many-pixels happy ending, here's a closeup of that sign.
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 12:03 PM:
Wow! Is that from Oregon?
GeoGeek, on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 4:25 PM:
I second that "wow"!
david adam edelstein, on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 7:49 PM:
Thanks lads. It's not Oregon at all, except in the historic "Oregon Territory" sense. It's right... about... here.
ejuana, on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 9:20 PM:
I always wondered what happened in those fields. Now I know.
GeoGeek, on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 9:33 AM:
A bit of local folklore: I once asked why that field has remained undeveloped, but has a basketball court and the appearance of a parking-lot-to-be. The answer? Nintendo owns the field and is holding on to it to spite Microsoft, who clearly wants it for their expansion. True? Who knows.
Uncle Vinny, on Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 1:41 PM:
Bamboo 2 to you, too!
GeoGeek, on Friday, February 9, 2007 at 9:27 AM:
More bamboo! A week of bamboo! A month of bamboo! Bamboo out the yazoo!
Hippo Birdy two em
That of course is the brother-thing, who is enjoying his birthday today. And the Kid sends her Uncle Joshie many happy returns!
Debra, on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 8:56 AM:
Here's to another exciting year ahead! And thanks to Dave for the link to Josh's website - I had no idea he did such cool metal work, or that your mom had her own site too. So, where is your Dad's? :)
Dark, brooding tree silhouette
Laura Z, on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 10:56 AM:
This looks like an animation about to come to life!
heather, on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 2:12 PM:
Save the cheerleader, save the world.
Complex, noisy tree silhouettes
Simple, elegant tree silhouette
Laura Z, on Monday, February 5, 2007 at 8:47 AM:
It's like Martha Graham, stretching towards the sky...
ejuana, on Monday, February 5, 2007 at 11:23 PM:
Needs about 10 more years.
Miz B, on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 8:57 PM:
Somewhat over-wraught bananas
heather, on Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 12:20 PM:
I've often wrought over over-wraught bananas.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, February 5, 2007 at 2:01 AM:
It's over between me and these finely-wraught bananas.
Black and white bridge
And a bit of an homage to Rodchenko.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 7:09 PM:
I like this one. How the top and bottom frame the photo. And it's emphasis on shape over value.
nocklebeast, on Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 7:04 PM:
Hey, it's a red rectangle. Kinda like a Rothko?
The morning frost helps the trash can transcend itself
Ferns catch the light
Afternoon light on the china cabinet
heather, on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 10:42 AM:
Sunset and windswept light
heather, on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 8:59 PM:
I like all the triangles. This one's pretty cool!
Light through an object
Glowing afternoon light
Laura Z, on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 7:47 AM:
This one just glows happy yellow. This would be a great picture to have in a kitchen or a restaurant (or anywhere, really).
RUss, on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 10:29 AM:
Yes, this is one happy photo. Nice demonstration of photography as poetry. :)
ejuana, on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 11:13 AM:
Yes. Very nice enjambment.
heather, on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 9:21 PM:
I love this!
nocklebeast, on Friday, January 26, 2007 at 2:48 PM:
And don't tell me "Exactly!"
Photographers will often throw around the statement that "photography is really all about the light". Along with Brooks Jensen, who says this much better than I'm about to, I think that's hooey.
Is painting about the cadmium? Is poetry about the adverbs? Is dance about the movement? No. Photography is about ideas. Light is a tool we use to communicate those ideas.
That said, here and following for a few days are photographs where what first attracted me was the quality of the light.
Laura Z, on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 7:22 AM:
I like how the light crosses over the boards here. Are you trying to say something about post-modern existentialism as it relates to Twinkie manufacturing and the rising middle class again?...
Savannah, on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 7:28 AM:
Well, Merce Cunningham would be trying to swat you with a rolled-up newspaper for suggesting that dance is not about the movement. (Later Balanchine, too.) Sometimes, the idea is that there *is* no idea. But, I agree with you. I'm not a big fan of either Cunningham or Balanchine, so there you go.
That said, I think "Graphical Light" is one of your most abstract works, despite the fact that we can clearly recognize all the elements in it. It's abstract in its *intent*, because what we're supposed to witness is the shapes caused by the blocks of light and shadow. Did you take it before or after your highly abstractified highway pictures? Is this a direction you feel like you're going in your work? It's easy to see the antecedents of it in works like "Edgar Demonstrates The Concept of Graphically Strong," but it seems like it's getting more pointed now. Maybe that's my imagination.
Anyhow, the relationship of abstract artists to their ideas is an interesting one. Arguably, abstractionists are *more* involved with their ideas than representationalists, because representationalists can count on their subject matter to do a lot of their communicating for them, while abstractionists have to somehow make it work without signposts. (If Delacroix is 'feeling' "the sadness of life," he can choose a subject that will help him express that, like a solitary aging man. If, say, Klee or Kandinsky are feeling the same thing, they've got to make it come through in their hand and their color choice and what have you.)
So anyhow--as you (seemingly) get more abstract, do you find your ideas becoming more important to you? Or are your ideas starting to merge with your visions such that they're becoming completely ineffable?
david adam edelstein, on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 11:14 AM:
Merce notwithstanding, I'd argue that even the most abstract dance has to do with ideas about movement, which are then expressed with movement — but I'm hardly an expert. Perhaps the choreographer will chime in here.
That sense certainly feeds into this photo, where what first interested me was how the light and shadow seemed to me to be applying as much structure to the space as the concrete and steel. So this photo is an attempt to express those ideas about structuring space.
This was shot after the freeway photos*, but it definitely comes out of the same thought process. About six weeks ago I was taking one of my regular walks around the neighborhood with The Kid in her stroller. I was thinking about complexity, and how ordinarily the way I deal with complexity in my photography is to isolate some element and throw the background out of focus.
I remembered some advice that Ted gave to Christina — try doing the opposite of what you'd usually do — and I figured that I should do a series of photos where the point is to apply order and structure to the subject, and at the same time embrace the complexity in the composition instead of getting rid of it.
Since it's winter now, I had plenty of good candidates in trees that had lost their leaves. Unfortunately most of these are too detailed to make any kind of sense online, but here's a sample that might get the idea across.
I'm not sure any of the photos that came out of this project work that well as final images, but the exercise clearly had an effect, in that I'm much more confident in my handling of these kinds of complex images. The first time it happened, I didn't even notice until later — had I shot this bleak landscape before that exercise, I probably would have gotten in close to the Queen Anne's Lace and tried to completely minimize the background.
I don't think I'm ever going to be a primarily abstract photographer; I'm too interested in the world as such to really be happy spending that much time inside my head. But I do think that kind of more assured and complex handling of space is a good direction in my work. I don't think my ideas are becoming any more important than they were before — I'm just better able to express them.
*Curatorial note: The photos I post on Noise to Signal are almost always posted in the order I shot them; in the cases where they're not, they're usually clustered in groups that are posted in order. Art History types can always look at the filename of the photo, which includes the date (in GMT) I shot the photo.
nocklebeast, on Friday, January 26, 2007 at 2:47 PM:
I'm in the "A painting is made of paint" school. Mostly because it's so easily forgotten.
nocklebeast, on Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:45 PM:
Shouldn't photography be about light AND dark?
For me, it's mostly about the dark.
Laura Z, on Monday, January 22, 2007 at 11:21 AM:
This is tres cool. I love these patterns.
Ben, on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 2:32 PM:
Okay, now this pic is sweet. It snowed here in Nashville two nights ago, and I thought... "It'll snow again tonight and I'll shoot some epic snow-fallen pics tomorrow."
So, it didn't snow again that night.
I hate myself.
ejuana, on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 2:28 PM:
Attention -- Cuter footprints are here:
Your geography lesson for the day
West of Ottawa, we find:
Calabogie! (Tourist board slogan: "Come boogie in Calabogie!")
And of course, Crotch Lake.
Noise to Signal: All about the serious geographic education.
heather, on Friday, January 19, 2007 at 11:43 AM:
My favourite is still Dildo, Newfoundland :-)
GeoGeek, on Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:54 PM:
Feces, Spain has moved to the top (err...bottom?) of my list.
Sarah, on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 8:28 AM:
I drive past Calabogie twice a week. I am not sure how much boogie-ing goes on there though. It's pretty tiny.
Other interesting place names in Ontario:
Batawa (named after the Bata shoe factory there)
Kinmount (the unsavoury jokes at the expense of its friendly residents are virtually limitless)
And of course, Bobcaygeon, home to a pet store named "Bob's Cage 'n' Pets".
The melting snow reveals secrets
heather, on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 2:13 PM:
This makes me think of blood vessels...
nocklebeast, on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:31 PM:
what are the other secrets the snow is hiding?
Waiting his turn
ejuana, on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 3:16 PM:
... having forgotten that the cat box is in the basement ...
More light #3
More light #2
More light in the house
New Years #3
New Year's #2
A few portraits from New Year's Eve
... before it gets any later.
Timothy, on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 9:49 AM:
heather, on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 2:36 PM:
Yup. And I married this man :-)
ejuana, on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 5:17 PM:
Hey, I know a guy who looks just like that!!
OK, there we go. Don't you feel better?
Laura Z, on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 4:16 PM:
Yes, but I want more, dammit!
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 4:22 PM:
Could happen... I'm about to finish up my breeder leave, so I may get pressed for photos :-)
Laura Z, on Monday, January 8, 2007 at 9:45 AM:
I am feeling the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on that self-same place!
heather, on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 9:30 PM:
Oooh - I love this one! Great photo!
Italian Architecture Week
The more I thought about it, the more I liked Heather's suggestion. So here we go, a week of Italian buildings in nice light to improve all of our moods in the Northwest.
Those of you already in Italy... shut the hell up already.
heather, on Friday, January 5, 2007 at 9:19 AM:
Ahhhhh.... very pretty and warm :-) Bringing back sweet memories too! Thanks Dave!
Laura Z, on Friday, January 5, 2007 at 6:33 PM:
Bellissima! You may tempt me to add to our David Adam Edelstein Gallery...
Savannah, on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 7:37 AM:
I *love* this one. How did you do it??
David Adam Edelstein, on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 9:32 AM:
Nothing more complex than careful use of a reflection in a puddle.
I'm not sure I can make this tree any more forbidding
heather, on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 1:01 PM:
Maybe if it had a kite caught in its branches and torn to shreds...
Or a raven perched on one of the branches with a glint in its eye and clutching something resembling the skull of a shrew in its beak...
Ben, on Monday, January 8, 2007 at 11:50 AM:
Or maybe with a serial killer perched with a bloody chainsaw staring eerily at you from behind a muzzle.
What am I saying...that's just silly!
Miz Becky: "Wow... that is so bleak... I like it."
heather, on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 11:15 AM:
Quite. Hey - you got any cheery colour in that collection of yours? Maybe some old Hawaii photos? Or are ya saving them up for February when we'll all be REALLY be needing it :-)
Laura Z, on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 2:47 PM:
I like this. It kind of reminds me of images one might see on "Oregon Field Guide" or in the winter months Oregon Public Broadcasting guide.