Throughout my career I always tried to keep a mental line between what I shoot commercially and what I shot for my fine art portfolio. Even so this division has often been difficult to maintain. As an aid during the film era I used to used two different camera systems, an SLR, usually Nikon, for commercial, and a Leica rangefinder for my art, with the Hasselblad spanning both. As I explained in my previous post, today the Fuji X-T1 camera makes the mental separation between commercial and art a much simpler process. By keeping the Fuji always set to record both RAW and jpg at the same time, I have an immediate visual reference of what I was trying to accomplish in the jpg, but a complete, 16-bit image with full detail for processing later. When you shoot as much as I do, you need all the help you can get.
The compositions I seek for my platinum portfolio are very specific and must fit a set aesthetic criteria I have set. This results in far fewer selects, and over time, not even all of these will make the final cut.
Below is a selection of some images I am considering for the portfolio.
|Harsh light from the setting sun glistens off the Mediterranean Sea silhouetting the small triangular rock island that echoes the triangular shape on the distant mountain.|
|Passing clouds form a composition with the partial facade of a late 19th century building in Barcelona, Spain. A polarizing filter darkened the deep blue overhead sky.|
|This little shrine built entirely of local stones is in Mijas, Spain, a tiny town outside of Malaga.|
|My Fuji 10-24mm zoom was set to 12mm and positioned close to the foreground boulders to create a sweeping composition that leads to the Moorish castle on the hill top in the distance.|
|Here I used the Fuji 10-24mm lens to look past the Moorish castle walls in the foreground to the Palace of Pena on the hilltop behind. The lens was placed just a few inches from the wall on the right.|
|The Moorish fortress is surrounded by lush forests. Fortunately, the day of my visit was overcast, exactly what I needed to eliminate the harsh light when shooting in the woods.|
|Fountain in a square in Lisbon taken with the most used lens in my arsenal, the Fuji 18-55mm zoom.|
|Looking out into the Atlantic Ocean from Cadiz, Spain. This is probably similar to what Columbus saw when he first set sail in 1492 not far from this spot.|
|This is exactly the same scene as photo above it except here it was done as a time lapse of 50 seconds using -12 stop ND filters and f/16. I also re-positioned the crop to center the cloud and horizon line.|
|The sun is constantly changing position during the day forming new compositions of light and shadow with the interior walls.|
|I found this intriguing pattern of criss-crossing light and shadows in a museum at one of the sites I visited. While it doesn't fit with the travel theme, it does fit into the more inclusive visual compositional theme of the platinum portfolio.|
|This scene of steps and the one below in the Castelo Jorge on a hill above Lisbon were both taken with the Leica M 240 and Summilux 35mm lens. Both scenes were show in their color version in my previous blog post.|
|Taken from the farthest land point in Europe, the color version of this photo was show in the prior blog post.|