No time to look at a flower…

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” -Georgia O’Keeffe

All photos taken at Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe IL.

Sensory Garden. Blended old book outline, grainy art illustration, smooth without too much posterization.

 

Before& After editing, blending and enhancements…All photos shot with an iPhone 7+ mounted Continue reading “No time to look at a flower…”

We May Hate Wars…

…but can never hate the ones that fight. It’s these women & men who choose to protect what they love, even those they don’t even know. For your photo editing needs visit my “SHOP”  https://www.facebook.com/JesseLorenzoGarcia

A Soldiers Smartphone: Images of Camaraderie and War

Some of the most stirring images to come out of recent wars weren’t made by professional photographers.

The rise of amateur digital photography in the 2000s created a paradigm shift in depictions and perceptions of war. Until recently, documenting wars largely belonged to the professional photographer.

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Iraq may have been the first major war where personal photography was accessible to nearly any soldier on the ground. In Iraq, soldiers toted Continue reading “A Soldiers Smartphone: Images of Camaraderie and War”

Photo Editing Is An Essential Part Of Photography

Today, it is generally accepted that even the best images can benefit from a few basic enhancements with photo editing software.

 

The following are the steps I use on every photo: 1) Crop and level the horizon and correct the perspective. 2) Adjust the levels and find the white balance to boost contrast, brighten highlights and darken shadows. 3)  Fine-tune saturation Continue reading “Photo Editing Is An Essential Part Of Photography”

Croatian Family Memories

We take pictures so people remember…memories in the air…hoping someone will find them and make sense of everything we chose to ignore.

Whenever we look at old photos, the memories in the photograph become our memories as well.

Splendor In The Adriatic. Circa Early Sixties. Petar Jurčević and Sister.

 

Photo restoration can sometimes be skillful and sometimes expressionistic.  It’s not only about the technology and software, but also about the experience, care, judgement and desire Continue reading “Croatian Family Memories”

You don’t take a photograph…

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams

You don’t need an expensive camera to take good photographs. The camera is merely a device in the photographers hand.

 

“Photography” is a Greek term and means  Continue reading “You don’t take a photograph…”

If Photo Editing Isn’t About Apps & Sliders, What’s It About?

Photo editing has matured over the years. There are so many apps out there that do so many different things, yet so many things that are similar. It gets really confusing. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen an Exposure, Shadows, or Detail slider before. With phones, apps, etc… you’ve almost certainly come across these sliders several times whenever you open a photo to edit.

 

So, it’s not about sliders anymore. I think it’s more about the vision for the photo. The creative process of bringing a beautiful image Continue reading “If Photo Editing Isn’t About Apps & Sliders, What’s It About?”

Antes+Después, a brief interpretation.

Photography, as in life, has a “before and after” (“antes y después” in Spanish).

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. Sometimes!

And as in life, with our cameras and smartphones, we focus on what’s important by capturing the good times. Then we take our images and eliminate all the undesirable distractions (negatives) that prevent us from seeing it’s beauty Continue reading “Antes+Después, a brief interpretation.”