Psychic Photography #3

Another post of psychic photographs picked by people choosing four digit numbers on Facebook. I search the numbers in my photography archives and post the images. I am looking for a psychic connection between the photograph and the person that chose it. 

First up is #2222 chosen by Ilyana. I'm calling the photograph Surf Dogs.


This photograph is #8675 chosen by Alice and titled Tree Sweepers.


I think there is a psychic connection between the photographs themselves...I would also like to know if Ilyana and Alice experience a psychic connection between their chosen photographs. 

Into the Archives

For my 6th post this year - yes, we are only 6 days in which means I'm still on my self-promise to write a post every day of 2015 - I wanted to get back to my rock'n'roll roots. Give you some amazing photograph of a rock star I shot. Something that has never been seen. Unveiled here for the very first time. Are you excited yet?

I thought it would also be fun to have someone else fish into one of my big manilla envelopes, and without looking, pull out a sheet of negatives. I called on my friend and she did just that. I must admit, when she pulled out the sheet and I saw the title, I was disappointed. It wasn't Elton John or Van Morrison or Pink Floyd. It was something else I shot for one of my record company clients that I may have done a total of four times. What are the odds of one of those popping out?

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I also scanned the outside of the page so you'd be in on it from the start.


For a few seconds after I saw the title I was tempted to say, "Pull out another one." Thinking, if I use something off this set of negatives it's going to be boring, crappy, stupid, uncreative, lousy photograph. Then I thought, if I do that I will be a liar. Note: I dislike liars almost as much as people who hurt children or animals. 

So here I am, sticking with the plans, pulling out the negs and putting them in the scanner to make a contact sheet. Then I looked through the contact sheets (there were six strips and the scanner can do four at a time) praying for something that was somewhat interesting. Just one frame, please.

In my estimation, the first frame was pretty awesome but I set that one aside for a moment because it was that first frame that's snapped off in order to get to a clean frame of film. And then a couple of strips over I found this frame that I really liked.

Before I add that photograph into this post I will tell you what this job entailed. The "RCA" was the record company I was shooting for. "Denver" is John Denver, another reason I didn't want to use it because he was in my first post of the year. And "Windows" was the job. Yes, I was shooting the windows and inside a record store (remember those?) of John Denver's album displays that were installed because he was going to be playing in Vancouver and receiving a Canadian Gold (maybe it was Platinum) record backstage after the concert.

This is one of the window display shots that I did. The one I really like. I trust you will figure out why I like so much, so I won't go into it here - going back to that "a picture is worth..." thing.


And here's the opening frame to the roll. 

Denver Window83_37.jpg

Thanks for stopping by...and I hope your year is going as well as mine.

Angles - Photography Tip #3

Sometimes you need to look at things from a different direction. In life, and in photography. 

Look through your viewfinder - that's the little peep hole on the back of your camera, not to be mistaken with the screen - and change your perspective. Actually, before taking any pictures go for a walk and look at everything around you from different angles. Look up, look down, angle your head in all different directions. Looking at everything like it's a rectangular photograph. 

The perspective becomes even more dramatic when you are looking through the viewfinder. Looking on the bigger screen or shooting with a phone camera allows too much of your peripheral vision to intrude on the composition of your photograph.

Here are some samples of what I'm talking about:

Looking straight up.

Looking straight up.

Looking straight down and angling to the left. The lines at an angle also create an optical illusion of the photograph looking crooked on the page.

Looking straight down and angling to the left. The lines at an angle also create an optical illusion of the photograph looking crooked on the page.

Angle up and to the right.

Angle up and to the right.

Straight up.

Straight up.

Angle straight down. The boat was already angled.

Angle straight down. The boat was already angled.


Now take your camera out and go play.

I am happy to answer any questions you have (to the best of my ability) now, or after you tests out shooting at angles.

East vs. West

In the past six weeks I have been on the East Coast and the West Coast, and took two of my favorite landscape photographs. Neither of these photographs was planned. The West Coast was shot first, on November 8th when I picked the Huntington Beach Dog Park to meet up with a friend who was visiting from Britain. The East Coast was shot on December 27th, toward the end of a shoot I was doing with an actor.

I don't think photography has to be planned to legitimate. For me photography is my awareness of imagery. Paying attention to the visual world around me. Recording how I see the world and anything in it. Being open to what might happen and having the quickness and ability. And not being pigeon-holed into shooting one style. I'm a light and shadow and moment photographer. 

Here is my West Coast photograph:


And my East Coast photograph:


I realize these photographs are apples and oranges but I'm still going to ask the question. With regards to these photographs, are you West Coast or East Coast?

(hoping my comments section is finally working)