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Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. October 11th, 2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,830
Posted By Maris Rusis
Dave Butcher, don't worry so much about adverse...

Dave Butcher, don't worry so much about adverse criticism unless you are working to the commercial aspirations of a paying client. If they don't like what you produce and may not pay you that's bad....
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. September 28th, 2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 18,317
Posted By Maris Rusis
The Diagonal Method looks interesting but I...

The Diagonal Method looks interesting but I wonder if it only one of a set of picture division protocols all of which yield surprising results sometimes. Perhaps it's like numerology which has a rich...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. September 28th, 2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 18,317
Posted By Maris Rusis
I'll conjecture a speculative answer. Antonio's...

I'll conjecture a speculative answer. Antonio's picture is a tour de force in diagonal composition. Diagonals have an innate suggestion of force, movement, or change. Things that remain vertical do...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. September 26th, 2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 18,317
Posted By Maris Rusis
I'll burn and dodge at the stage of making the...

I'll burn and dodge at the stage of making the paper positive so the relative brightness of tones on it are reminiscent of the original subject luminances. The light-sensitive materials used in...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. September 26th, 2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 18,317
Posted By Maris Rusis
No, Asher, there is no more (or less) on the...

No, Asher, there is no more (or less) on the negative to the left. The black line around the picture is from the clear rebate left on the negative from the film holder. The 8x10 contact photograph is...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. September 23rd, 2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 18,317
Posted By Maris Rusis
Since no one has mentioned it so far I will. ...

Since no one has mentioned it so far I will.

There is a vast art discipline called Formal Analysis in which a picture is evaluated as a set of forms, tones, masses, lines, proportions, balances...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. September 18th, 2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 18,317
Posted By Maris Rusis
Bart, I think you are absolutely correct. ...

Bart, I think you are absolutely correct.

Years ago I lectured on "The Rules of Composition" as part of a 8 week certificate course in photography. Most of the students were teenagers and their...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. June 19th, 2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Alternative Process: Zen Photography / Minor White
Views: 2,317
Posted By Maris Rusis
Certainly the forms speak and their language is,...

Certainly the forms speak and their language is, I suppose, one of visual metaphor. But after nearly fifty years of intense looking there are no real surprises.

Suppose, for example, I want to...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. June 16th, 2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 8
Alternative Process: Zen Photography / Minor White
Views: 2,317
Posted By Maris Rusis
I do the opposite of this. There is a constant...

I do the opposite of this. There is a constant search for subject matter that will supply the ingredients I need to achieve visual expression of the ideas, themes, and concepts I want to communicate....
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. April 3rd, 2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,293
Posted By Maris Rusis
Asher I'd say the example you link to, Marion...

Asher I'd say the example you link to, Marion Boddy-Evans dissertation on Leonardo's use of sfumato to blend adjacent tones, isn't a premonition of optical out-of-focus effects or the bokeh of...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 30th, 2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,293
Posted By Maris Rusis
Focus stacking has been going on for thousands of...

Focus stacking has been going on for thousands of years or perhaps millions. The human brain does this automatically with the data sent by the retina when it processes the real optical image...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. May 2nd, 2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,579
Posted By Maris Rusis
[QUOTE] Welcome back Tom. It's not about the...

[QUOTE]
Welcome back Tom. It's not about the price of fish but it is fishing. Casting a hook inviting disagreement sometimes gets a bite and the fish I land might teach me something.

Easy!...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. April 30th, 2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,579
Posted By Maris Rusis
At worst "coverage" is a hedge against picture...

At worst "coverage" is a hedge against picture production that is "not fully thought through" to begin with.

It invites laziness of conceptualization in the hope that something plausible may be...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography March 4th, 2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,960
Posted By Maris Rusis
Wow, what a lens. By the look of spectral...

Wow, what a lens. By the look of spectral transmission graph I wonder if it's transmission actually extends into the vacuum ultraviolet below 200nm. I've never seen pictures done with this part of...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography February 6th, 2013, 12:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,894
Posted By Maris Rusis
Alas, Asher there is no girl. You are a thrall of...

Alas, Asher there is no girl. You are a thrall of pareidolia. But it's ok. Romantic pareidolia always lends grace to the visionary.
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography February 5th, 2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,894
Posted By Maris Rusis
Lone Snow Gum, Kangaroo Ridge.

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Lone Snow Gum, Kangaroo Ridge


Gelatin-silver photograph on Fomabrom Variant 111 VC FB photographic paper, image area 21.4cm X...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography September 15th, 2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,061
Posted By Maris Rusis
Brilliant! But please give some technical...

Brilliant! But please give some technical details; what UV excitation wavelengths, what barrier filters, what chemical species are flourescing, and so on? Years ago I was involved in pioneering...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography August 26th, 2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,481
Posted By Maris Rusis
Thanks Maggie. This photograph went on my $49...

Thanks Maggie. This photograph went on my $49 flat bed scanner to generate the electronic file that you are looking at. If you have a 20 inch monitor like the one I have in front of me the visual...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography August 26th, 2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,481
Posted By Maris Rusis
Thanks Bart. There is a shortfall in the depth of...

Thanks Bart. There is a shortfall in the depth of field and it is visible in the lower left hand corner. I made this area dark so it does not intrude on the general impression.

If this was an...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography August 23rd, 2012, 07:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,481
Posted By Maris Rusis
Infrared:Flooded Forest.

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Flooded Forest, number 1

Gelatin-silver photograph, image size 24.4cm X 19.6cm, from a Efke IR820 8x10 negative exposed on Freestyle...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 12th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,102
Posted By Maris Rusis
I'm with Jim Shanesy and Ansel Adams. Truly,...

I'm with Jim Shanesy and Ansel Adams. Truly, there is no art without craft.

Craft, as I see it, is a general term referring to the artist's control of the process of getting an idea out of their...
Forum: Interactive Artist Showcase August 12th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Replies: 141
Sticky: Exhibition Quality Pictures for Discussion and Questions: Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee, Guest Artist Photographers
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Posted By Maris Rusis
I'm with Jim Shanesy and Ansel Adams. Truly,...

I'm with Jim Shanesy and Ansel Adams. Truly, there is no art without craft.

Craft, as I see it, is a general term referring to the artist's control of the process of getting an idea out of their...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography March 20th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,380
Posted By Maris Rusis
I reckon you are right. The sky would be black if...

I reckon you are right. The sky would be black if it were not for Rayleigh scattering and Tyndall scattering. Both of these processes are strongly wavelength dependent and short wavelengths, blue for...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography March 12th, 2012, 07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,502
Posted By Maris Rusis
[IR] Grasshopper on Hibiscus.

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Grasshopper on Hibiscus

Gelatin-silver photograph on Agfa MCC 111 VC FB, image area 24.4cm X 19.4cm, from a Konica IR750 negative...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. January 5th, 2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,668
Posted By Maris Rusis
Pictures made out of light sensitive materials...

Pictures made out of light sensitive materials have long been able to access the third dimension.

The original and now deeply explored technique is selective focus, alias depth of field...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. September 20th, 2011, 06:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,388
Posted By Maris Rusis
Hiroshi Sugimoto I know about and I've had the...

Hiroshi Sugimoto I know about and I've had the privilege of seeing several of his original pictures up-close. The first (and only?) thing about them one notices is that they are huge. The thought...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. September 19th, 2011, 08:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,388
Posted By Maris Rusis
These pictures are evocative and have a quiet...

These pictures are evocative and have a quiet beauty and nothing to apologise for. I used to make photographs like this quite often. But no more!

I now see these scenes as stage-sets, beautiful...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. July 7th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,356
Posted By Maris Rusis
Asher, you are right when you suspect...

Asher, you are right when you suspect pre-flashing is the key to taming this recalcitrant material.

I use one of the 4x5 enlargers set to 950mm high, 150mm lens at f16, 150 watt bulb in the...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. July 7th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,356
Posted By Maris Rusis
Doug, there is very little picture generating...

Doug, there is very little picture generating technology involved in "Old-time Photographer" but there is a lot of sneaky subject management and studio wrangling hidden in the back story. Here are...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. July 6th, 2011, 05:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,356
Posted By Maris Rusis
Asher, it is possible to make reasonable...

Asher, it is possible to make reasonable photographs with none of the above; no automation, no printing, no files, no labs, and no alterations either global or local. The ultimate form is one that is...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. July 5th, 2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 23,977
Posted By Maris Rusis
Asher, a sharply perceptive list although things...

Asher, a sharply perceptive list although things like found art, conceptual art, performance art, and committee art pose some problems.

Anything can become found art merely by an artist declaring...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography May 10th, 2011, 11:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,781
Posted By Maris Rusis
I regularly preview the effect through my IR680...

I regularly preview the effect through my IR680 and IR720 filters before I expose film. It takes about 30 seconds of dark-adaption with no big light leaks around the edge of the filter for the IR...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. April 11th, 2011, 07:35 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 25,010
Posted By Maris Rusis
A key characteristic of a high quality analysis...

A key characteristic of a high quality analysis is the absence of the preferences and prejudices of the critic.

As soon as one reads "I like it", "I hate it", or "I'd change it" the game is lost....
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. April 8th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 25,010
Posted By Maris Rusis
Maybe I've made a lot of perfect photographs or...

Maybe I've made a lot of perfect photographs or I've had a very soft audience but I can't remember receiving a worthwhile critique. It is the rarest thing to see anyone deliver high standard analysis...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 2nd, 2011, 04:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,595
Posted By Maris Rusis
I photographed a lot of musicians back in the...

I photographed a lot of musicians back in the 1970's. This was during my temporary hand-held 35mm camera phase. Rock and roll was the go and I generated images for several bands. On occasion I would...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 1st, 2011, 04:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,595
Posted By Maris Rusis
Music and photography, at a highly engaged level,...

Music and photography, at a highly engaged level, involve intense mental activity and if both happen in the one head it's not surprising there is cross-talk. Synesthetes often report that musical...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. February 4th, 2011, 08:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,934
Posted By Maris Rusis
Joe Hardesty, I earnestly doubt that pictures, of...

Joe Hardesty, I earnestly doubt that pictures, of themselves, mean anything.

Certainly a picture-maker can fashion an image as a personal indulgence to amuse some private notion. Alternatively...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 24th, 2010, 05:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,733
Posted By Maris Rusis
A change of mind can be as rewarding as having a...

A change of mind can be as rewarding as having a new door of perception open. Or it can be an aleatory process, a rolling of the mental dice, lazily embraced by beginners, dabblers, or dilettantes. I...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 23rd, 2010, 09:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,733
Posted By Maris Rusis
Composition? Easy steps: 1. Learn and use...

Composition? Easy steps:

1. Learn and use the rules of composition. People naturally find some picture arrangements more attractive or persuasive than others. The "rules" are the ploys we picture...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography November 22nd, 2010, 02:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,934
Posted By Maris Rusis
David, you are right about the focus shift...

David, you are right about the focus shift problem. Recently I shot several hundred frames of Efke IR820 with the result that everything with the Mamiya 360mm f6.3 lens was way out of focus. The...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography November 20th, 2010, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,934
Posted By Maris Rusis
Yes, adding contrast below the horizon line was...

Yes, adding contrast below the horizon line was tempting but I decided, for better or worse, to do something else.

Using a IR680 filter, as Asher points out, instead of a more extreme filter such...
Forum: UV/IR Thermal or Xray Photography November 19th, 2010, 08:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,934
Posted By Maris Rusis
Careened Boat, Weyba Creek; Efke IR820 Aura

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Careened Boat, Weyba Creek

Gelatin-silver photograph on Fomabrom Variant 111 VC FB, image area 16.3cm x 21.4cm, from an Efke IR820...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 23rd, 2010, 11:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,604
Posted By Maris Rusis
That an art work needs to be in material form...

That an art work needs to be in material form reminds me of a joke that lurks in art-colleges particularly around the time of lectures on "conceptual art".

Professor to class, "You were warned...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. June 27th, 2010, 05:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,446
Posted By Maris Rusis
I have made pictures by hand that are exactly...

I have made pictures by hand that are exactly identical to those that can be produced by "digital photography". There is no need for anyone to duplicate my efforts. They work just as well as thought...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. June 25th, 2010, 11:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,446
Posted By Maris Rusis
What is the Photograph? Look at the history Do Digital Sensors Make it?

Another very perceptive challenge from Doug Kerr!

It would be easy to conjecture that a "highly realistic painting" is already a photograph. It comes into being in an exactly analogous way to what...
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