Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

End Of The Storm At Neahkahnie

These photos are from Manzanita Beach, Oregon, and were made in 2009 at the end of a squall, as the sun was taking back the sky. 
The cloud formations were spectacular. The sand, icy and reflective. Visual paradise.
It's tempting to go back into the original files and process them again, a year later. Curious about the visual representation of drama. Does more drama = more compelling photographs? 
I'm certain that the adage, "all things in moderation" applies. However, there are times when being immoderate reaps huge rewards. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Images From The Pacific Northwest

I'm having a wonderful time experimenting with a variety of digital finishes. 

My Current faves are a multiprocess finish that was in vogue in the the 60s. (Must be some lurking memory drawing me to the vivid coloration and high contrast.) My other finish preferences are "platinum" and "infrared". There is also an excellent black and white film option, which gives me the best midtones and brings out a lot of detail.

For now, and for the most part, I'm displaying two versions of each print. With time, I will undoubtedly settle into a solid preference. To be able to experiment and 'play', and only have myself to please at the moment, is a real luxury.

People | Faces | Figures | Places

I will continue to add to this study of humans ... endlessly fascinating, are we.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Real & Imagined 'Loretta's'

If you've ever wondered, the following is an incomplete list of the Loretta's in the world. It could have gone on for forever.

Asteroids ...
1939 Loretta (1974 UC) is a main-belt asteroid discovered October 17, 1974 by C. Kowal, Palomar Observatory

Songs ...
Get Back, Loretta, Paul McCartney

Cities ...
Loretta, unincorporated community in Draper, Wisconsin

Bands ...
Get Back Loretta, funk-rock ensemble from San Diego

Fictional Loretta's...
Loretta, one of those Left Behind, by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
Loretta, on Sesame Street, played by Camille Bonora
Loretta Black, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Loretta Castorini, Cher's character in Moonstruck
Loretta deLarava, antagonist in Expiration Date, by Tim Powers
Loretta Frost, wife of Byron Frost and foster mother to Marvel Comics' Madame Masque
Loretta Geargrinder, love interest of Fender in animated film Robots
Loretta Jones, fictional character from the British soap opera Hollyoaks.
Loretta 'Lana' Maguire, gang member in Foxfire: Confessions Of A Girl Gang, Joyce Carol Oates
Loretta Lockhorn, character in the syndicated cartoon The Lockhorns
Loretta Quagmire, character in the season-four episode of The Cleveland–Loretta Quagmire, Family Guy
Loretta Spiegel, owner of Loretta's Beauty Parlor in Cabot Cove, Murder She Wrote
Loretta The Cat in Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Loretta Tortelli, played by Jean Kasem, Cheers
Loretta West, money-grubbing character in New Zealand TV series, Outrageous Fortune, played by Antonia Prebble

Real Loretta's ...
Hildegarde Loretta Sell, vaudeville singer; Revlon named 'Hildegarde' lipstick after her
Loretta Clawson, Mayor, Boone, North Carolina
Loretta de Braose, Countess of Leicester, (c. 1185-c. 1266)
Loretta DeVine, American film & stage actress (recurring role in Grey's Anatomy); winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress, NAACP Image Award
Loretta Huber, World Series of Poker champion, 1988
Loretta Hui-Shan Yang, performing artist in the Taiwan cinema
Loretta Kelsey, as of 2009, one remaining fluent speaker of Eastern Pomo language
Loretta Long, played Susan Robinson, Sesame Street
Loretta 'Lora' R Fisher, yours truly
Loretta Lux, German fine art photographer
Loretta Lynn, award-winning American Country-Western singer|songwriter
Loretta Nall, founder of the United States Marijuana Party
Loretta Napoleoni, Italian economist, author, journalist, political analyst
Loretta Perfectus Walsh, first American active-duty Navy woman
Loretta Purdy Spencer, former mayor of Huntsville, Alabama
Loretta Sanchez, current representative of the 47th District, California (Dem.)
Loretta Schrijver, NYC talk show host
Loretta Schwartz-Nobel, journalist, writer, advocate for disadvantaged families
Loretta Scott Crew, rumored to have invented 'S'mores' in 1927
Loretta Swit, Major 'Hot Lips' Houlihan, M.A.S.H.
Loretta Tofani, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist
Loretta Ucelli, Assistant to the President & Director of White House Communications, Clinton Administration
Loretta Young, Academy Award winning film & tv actress from the 1930s -90s.

Then there is this rather odd Loretta ...
Mark David Loretta, former Major League Baseball infielder

And, just so you know ...
Yes, I am among them.