Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

November 16, 2015

Paris on my mind

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Untitled (Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 2007) copyright Douglas Stockdale

With the recent events occurring over the weekend in Paris, I am feeling pretty sad for those families whose lives have been dramatically altered. The acts of terrorism attempts to undermine and destabilize  the social fabric, bur only if we let it. I continually remind myself that this is a small disruptive minority, a flawed mentality which seems to have existed since the recorded history of mankind.

This is a city I have enjoyed working in and as well as visiting. This event will not deter my return.

November 11, 2015

Canon 5D Mark III at ISO 6400

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Untitled (Zach Karate tournament 11/7/15) copyright Douglas Stockdale

One thing that has intrigued me about the Canon 5D Mark III, which is one of the reasons I decided to purchase this versus the 5DS, was the higher ISO capabilities of the sensor. For my older 5D, I found the images became noisy (“snow”) for me even at an ISO 800, which limited the shutter speed for occasions like Zach’s recent karate tournament.

So at this karate tournament last weekend I had the pleasure to check out the 5D Mark III pushing the ISO to 6400, still well within in the theoretical maximum ISO 25,000. With my f/4 lens, I was still able to obtain a 1/160th of a second inside the gym with lens wide open at f/4, which is not too bad. The image holds together well, no real perceivable noise and I probably could have ramped up the ISO even a bit more. Fun.

I like the dynamics of this image with the combat of the two boys while being framed by a couple of other contestants in the foreground, the intensity of the judge’s expression and mom is on left edge and appears to be just a little bit anxious. Regretfully Zach was eliminate by one of his buddy’s in the following match-up (after Zach won this match).


October 22, 2015

Wedding memento

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Untitled (Stacey & Damien Valdez wedding, October 2015, New Orleans) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Having professional photographed a number of weddings in the past, one thing I enjoy now is NOT being the official wedding photographer! Between us, I found that weddings are very stressful events for many reasons. You can’t ask the bride and groom to cut the cake over again, the bride to re-throw the bouquet, etc. In the old days, you weren’t sure you had the shot (or even if you had screwed up loading the film or other camera disaster) until a week later after the film was processed and the proofs were back. Now, like this event, there are multiple photographers photographing from alternative angles, constantly checking the camera backs displays, perhaps a bit less stressful.

Now when attending a wedding, I am more interested in a one or two compositions that are very personal, not on the wedding pro’s check list, and ripe for my own personal interpretation. To create a small memento that I think would be enjoyed by my friends who are in the wedding. So during a lull before the start of the ceremony and in one case below, during one of the many events of the wedding, I arranged some of the items to better suit and achieve the composition that I could subsequently tweak. In this case for Stacey and Damien, I ended up with three nice photographs. Two are not tack sharp since it was well into the evening, hand held & no flash, since for these kind of photographs, the little bit of softness I do not find objectionable.




October 7, 2015


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Untitled (DTW, Michigan, 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

One of those visual metaphors, which regretfully can border on becoming trite, that always seems to draw me in are pathways, both narrow and wide, although the narrow ones seem to get my attention more often. I think the narrow pathways (or at least they appear narrow) are more human in scale, personal, maybe even romantic, which are meant for a person to walk along. I especially enjoy photographing those pathways when the end is not in sight, implying a potential limitless walk. These photographs also investigate a journey, real or imagined, but to where? The more ambiguous the photograph I feel create even more narrative possibilities.


September 16, 2015

Redesigning my web site – update

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untitled (unseen series) Copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

I had been using Yahoo Small Business to help me host my web site, until just recently. Yahoo had become a part of my web hosting for my site that was started back in the then current days of DSL. Since then with the various internet company acquisitions, my domain became very convoluted to manage, especially as I was looking to upgrade to a much higher speed provider. And my web site needed a make-over; so this became a two-fer project; convert to high speed cable and improve the look of my web site.

So my summer project just came to an end; I am now running on high speed cable and a revised web site was launched. If you poke my web site now, there are no signs of what I was running on Yahoo. gone!

Not much to add about running a high speed cable or other high speed internet to support a web site or just using the internet; just took me a little too long to make the transition, my bad.

As to the web site, the backbone infrastructure is provided by PhotoShelter. I poked a bunch of options and had an opportunity to dummy up a couple of sites, before selecting PhotoShelter. I selected the minimum option that allowed my to point my domain name at PhotoShelter to create the web site. Technically, that meant I transferred by domain name from Yahoo to Network Solutions, then set up the links within Network Solution such that when my domain name url is punched in, seamless link to my web site hosted by PhotoShelter. very nice.

So why PhotoShelter? First, unlike basic web site hosting companies like SquareSpace, all of the PhotoShelter templates are designed for photographers. Second, I am a photobook artist, secondarily exhibiting photographer, thus I quickly found a contemporary photography template that would suite my needs. Third, relatively easy to learn and use; I had a mock-up site within an hour (since I am a IT dummy, easy to use was important!). PhotoShelter quickly populates related folders and has some other built in features that I did not need to figure out how to program, sweet! Last, it allowed me to quickly link up my two remaining blogs, this one and The PhotoBook for my book reviews and shout-outs, and link to Facebook.

Now that this part is complete, I need to spend some time adding more of my projects (content) to the web site. And I may even be posting here on this blog more often. cool!

Always something, eh?


July 12, 2015

Douglas Stockdale – BC Space exhibition

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Douglas Stockdale, photograph by Diane Reeves, 2015

A self serving public announcement; we enjoyed a very nice opening reception at BC Space gallery in Laguna Beach last Thursday. I was curated into a group show by Mark Chamberlain, the Owner/Director of the gallery. I had a couple of prints from my Memory Pod series, pictured with above, in the exhibition. I must admit, the prints looked really nice framed and matted on the gallery wall. I appreciated that these two prints were hung in close proximity to each other as these were intended to be complementary (yep, I did not have any say as to how these were to be exhibited, a matter of showing up for the opening and seeing what the curator has decided).

So if you are on the Left coast in down in the Southern California region, an interesting exhibition to take in (pretty diverse group of photographs), which runs thru the end of August (2015). The BC Space gallery is open Friday-Saturday-Sunday. Trivia, this is also one of the oldest running photographic galleries in Orange County.


July 3, 2015

American Independence Day!

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Untitled (San Clemente, CA 2015) copyright 2015 Douglas Stockdale

Celebrating the American Independence Day, July 4th, this weekend. Which usually means a BBQ of something delicious.

Earlier this week while working on my neighborhood project, I saw this house decked out with all of the American flags in anticipation of the Independence Day weekend, thus a great composition to share now. Please enjoy and have a safe weekend holiday.


June 27, 2015

Neighborhoods – LA

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untitled (LA Neighborhood, June 2015) copyright Douglas Stockdale

I informally started a little project simply titled Neighborhoods and these are photographs of things that I have found interesting as I walked various neighborhoods. Not sure what to otherwise call this series, or what I might do with it, but my muse whispers carry-on! So I will.

In reflection I think that this might be a continuation of a project that I starting worked on in 2007 when I was commuting to a job in Riverside. I briefly tried to shoe-horn a similar concept into a self-published book for SoFoBoMo about the same time in 2007-8.

So as some projects go, I go in and out of these until something really gels. I will continue to post a few more as I develop them.

Btw, this photograph was taken while attending the exhibition opening for Paula McCartney at Kopeikin Gallery in LA earlier this month. I had reviewed a couple of her books for The PhotoBook so it was a great opportunity to meet up, as she hails for Minneapolis, MN. During a lull in the exhibition, I walked out the back of Paul’s gallery and saw this interesting composition across the alley and it just drew me in. I think it is somewhat of a LA Stereotype for what folks outside the area think our neighborhoods might look like. The palm tree in the background seems to ground the image and work off the other elements.


May 20, 2015

Surfer, San Onofre Beach

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Surfer, San Onofre Beach (San Clemente, CA) copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Duncan Miller Gallery is again providing a one-day special for one of my prints, this one is Surfer, San Onofre Beach. The archival pigment print is 8″ x 10″ in an edition size of 10.

For more information on purchasing this print:



April 23, 2015

SnapSeed App upgrade found lacking

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Memory Pods #23, copyright 2014 Douglas Stockdale

Last year at this time was an interesting convergence; while investigating the macro capabilities of my Samsung phone I found a potential metaphoric subject to explore the idea of what dementia looks like and a good photo buddy, Jim Mckinniss, turned me on to an interesting phone app called SnapSeed. So I decided to really play with the SnapSeed app while working on this project, really push my own boundaries. Yes, the straight documentary guy was now becoming Mr. Abstract-Impressionistic. Okay, perhaps not that abstract and more turn of the 20th century impressionistic.

One of the SnapSeed filters called the Grunge filter was fascinating (even fun!) and when I set the controls towards the max, I could create some interesting poetic and soft lyrical photographs such as this image #23 from my series, above. I could quickly and easily push my hard-edge, conceptual realism boundaries. After a while I started dialing back the Grunge effects, but it had some unique capabilities that I was getting used to as how these complemented my vision.

Fast forward to last week Jim tells me that he has an upgrade to the SnapSeed app. So after a quick check of the Google app store that the SnapSeed looks much like it did before, I uploaded the new version hoping that they added some cool goodies. Well they did add a couple of things, such as Glamour Glow, Noir Filter and a Spot Repair tool and I think Transform tool, but alas what is completely missing? Yep, the Grunge filter!!!

Admittedly I was dialing back on when and how I was using the Grunge filter, but it had some pretty niffty features.

So my advice is if you have the earlier version with the Grunge filter and you enjoyed it effects, DO NOT UPGRADE your SnapSeed app!!! btw, Jim had his Samsung set up for auto updates and his upgrade just showed up.

Bottom line: I WANT MY GRUNGE FILTER BACK!! (yeah, like this is as effective as spitting into the wind)

Best regards,

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