Today I was checking out at the grocery store and the clerk said the credit card scanner was going to ask me if I wanted to round up to the nearest dollar to help fight children’s hunger. But the card reader never asked. It just said thank you, please remove your card.
Then the clerk saw that my receipt wasn’t rounded up and she gave me a scowl as if to say “what a jerk! You probably want children to die!” You can’t win these days.
“In Between Worlds” is a camera movement and multiple exposure photograph that I made from several pictures of decorative grasses in my front yard on a bit of a stormy afternoon. I combined the lightest parts of the images (the golden grasses) so they would be intertwined and give depth to the final picture.
The darker backgrounds come from images that were blurred by camera movement. As they were layered, they started forming the beautiful blues that are seen here. Layering images is similar to mixing paints to apply to a canvas or paper. Two or maybe three images are usually the most I will layer. More than that and the background can start to become too dark and mottled. Of course, dark and mottled can be a good look if that’s what you intend for your image.
I was really trying to capture the feeling of the day in the picture. The skys were stormy behind the grasses (I was facing east) and had a moody feel to them. However, the sun behind me was bright and lit up the grasses beautifully. I love that I was able to capture such a great subject right at the end of my driveway and get both moods in one image.
I came across a patch of brambles alongside a trail. I panned the camera vertically, then horizontally for the shots. In post, I adjusted the saturation and combined several of the exposures to get the resultant pattern.
I made this photograph on one of my recent walks down by the river. I loved seeing the trees start to get green as Spring starts ramping up. Taken with intentional camera movement. Check out more of my photos at ryandavisonphotography.com.
I woke up this morning with a realization that I forgot to post to this blog yesterday. That’s the first weekday in over a year that I haven’t posted at least something. But I have an excuse!
I’ve been busy putting together a new web site at https://ryandavisonphotography.com. Although I do post a lot of photos on this blog, I wanted a place to put the images I’m most proud of so they can be accessed easier.
I will keep posting here on a regular basis as I have many different things to talk about. But I might miss a day here and there. Hopefully, someday, my life will not be quite so busy and I’ll have more time to commit to writing, photography and art. For now, I need to focus on family life and one interest at a time.
I mention on the new site that all of my images are available for purchase as prints. That goes for any of the images on ryandavison.net too. If you’re interested in purchasing a print, please feel free to send me a DM on Twitter or Instagram and we can work out sizing and price. You can also use the contact form I have up on the new ryandavisonphotography.com site.
Lately, I’ve been working on a few photography projects that have been taking up most of my extra time. This has been great but it does keep me from concentrating on this blog. Once I’m done with work and photography related things, I usually am too tired to put anything down here.
I’ll get back to it at some point but for a few more days at least, I’ll probably only be posting short form or pictures. It could be worse.