Chris in Monochrome - 19 of 365

Ok. I think I'm liking this digital art thing a little too much. 

I did a shot of my husband, Chris, and put my stylus to use. He hadn't shaved in a few days and I had a lot of fun using a small brush to "paint" in his beard (probably making it look longer than it really was). 

Make sure you click on the image to view it larger. I used more brush strokes with this one than the other one from yesterday. 

I would LOVE to learn more about this process. Right now, some actions are very automatic - I just have to change color (tones) and the brush size. I would love to learn how to do this from scratch!

For now, I'm happy with the result! 

M is for 'Master' - 16 of 365

What setting do you usually use on your camera? 

I have mine set on 'manual' probably 99% of the time. Camera sensors are just too easily fooled, plus, I almost always use my light meter, or just good judgement. On very rare occasions do I venture into the Av- or Tv-land, and NEVER into P. I don't even have an auto setting on this camera. 

What's the saying? A is for Amateurs; P is for Professionals; but, M is for Masters. ;) 

Fuji x100s - f4.5 @60th 3200 iso (set on manual, of course)

Portrait of an Artist? - 14 of 365

Here's a question for ya. Is photography an art form? 

What? Of course, it is, silly! It's creative! Duh.

I'm not so sure about that. Yes, aspects of the craft are creative, but does that qualify it to be classified as an art? Take a photo of an old tree in a field. Is the photograph the work of art, or the tree? 

I know. I know. So what? Well, this question fascinates the heck out of me - it's mainly why I'm going back to school. I want to learn aesthetics. I believe that art has become ugly. Seems like everything and anything can be considered art these days. 

Photography is utilitarian in nature. But, can it have a role in art? I created this portrait of myself using photography and a ton of digital painting. I could have employed any number of computer programs to create the effect of a painting, but, I believe, the computer would have been the artist, not me. In order for me to claim the creative license necessary, I had to do the decision making every step of the way. So, I used a variety of custom brushes in Photoshop. Now the question is, can it still be qualified as a photograph? I don't believe it can be. You're not seeing a recording, but rather the selective recreation of reality. 

I'll be writing a boatload more on this subject. For now, here's another question. Based on what I said above, would this piece qualify to be used for my photo-a-day project? Hmmm . . . .

Created using various custom brushes in Photoshop CC 2014