Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

July 6, 2017

Seaweed, San Clemente beach

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 3:49 am

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Seaweed, San Clemente beach, June 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

One of my recent experiment/fun projects has been to investigate photographic possibilities at the beach, which regretfully as a genre is a mine field of cliche photographs. So rather run from the obvious as I attempt to skirt around these cliches, the rather wonderful aspect of my process is if I am seduced into taking a photograph that appears to borders on cliche, just take it anyway! No worries! Who knows what might come of it?

I was intrigued by the abstract pattern of these three seaweed pieces that had recently washed ashore. The shore break of the surf was not that large and I could see a series of interesting patterns of surf and residuals as the tide receded. The colors were muted by the overcast sky thus the resulting photograph would be a bit more manageable as I converted this to a black & white image.

So I took a series of images of this composition as the surf broke on the beach and selected this one that seemed to best exemplify the potential abstract surf patterns. I also framed the image to include the distant San Clemente pier as another visual element anticipating that it was going to be out of focus that it might create a bit of visual push/pull and potential mystery.

One of the disadvantages of Snapseed for the initial image processing for posting on Instagram (@douglasstockdale) is the limited black and white conversion options. Nevertheless I think I was pretty close on my initial try and subsequently received a really good response on Instagram, enough to want me to further investigate the black & white conversion with Photoshop. This is the resulting photograph and in line with pre-visualization.

Available as a limited edition archival pigment print. Email me for current pricing for sizes and shipping of this photograph print.

 

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January 27, 2017

Weather & Surf Reports

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 11:50 pm

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San Clemente, CA 2017 copyright Douglas Stockdale

So my latest experiment-fun that I have been playing around with is photographing the ocean, surf & sky when I happen to be driving near and subsequently posting on Instagram (@douglasstockdale) as my Weather & Surf Report. As you might imagine, we live close by and my daughter lives even closer, so this becomes a frequently opportunity, especially when I need to drop off someone at the San Clement train station which is just yards away from this ocean beach. I enjoy watching the surf, the smell of the salt air, and the various sounds of the surf and beach, but I was not really drawn to photograph it until recently. Not sure that I want to do a long exposure or in black & white, but perhaps documenting this natural landscape (while the local coastal train zooms by behind me) in color.

I have not been that consistent in my framing, but experimenting with options; leaning towards a lot more atmospheric sky than the ocean & beach.

See what develops, eh? Meantime, having some fun.

Cheers!

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December 28, 2016

2016 in Review

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Loss (Memory Pods) 2014 copyright Douglas Stockdale

For me it’s always a nice treat at the end of the year to look back at what has occurred; achievements, progress in the my development of my conceptual projects, lessons learned that might help inform me and keep me on a progressive creative path in the year to come.

First, 2016 was about making new photographic friends and deepening the existing relationships. The photographic and artistic community is really great in how encouraging everyone is towards supporting each other’s creative endeavors. That is always the best part of looking back at the year that was.

One of the highlight of the year was in September when I was juried into the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC) 2016 All Media, which was curated by Dan Cameron and I received an Honorable Mention (above), the only photograph of the exhibition that received recognition. A really nice validation that my Memory Pods project is progressing as I had hoped, which I will continue developing in 2017.

I was invited to became part of the LensCulture submission review team (aka consultant, a true paying photographic gig) in August and I have completed close to 200 portfolio submission reviews in 2016. This has become a great opportunity to become familiar with an interesting and diverse international group of photographers and their photographic work.

Photo Book Independent; in April I was one of the photobook jurors for the photobook exhibition and subsequently provided two curatorial talks during the exhibition while also exhibiting my own photobooks and photographs at this event. It appears that I may be involved in Photo Independent 2017 event as well ;- )

For the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Exposure 2016 I joined them as a portfolio reviewer in September and subsequently I will be leading a photo book development workshop for LACP next April, 2017. This is going to be a fun workshop!

As the Editor of The PhotoBook: my book-blog-zine passed one million views and provided a milestone 400 photobook reviews; an amazing eight years. I also increased the staff of this blog-zine with the recent addition of Gerhard Clasusing as a book reviewer. I am looking forward to all of the creative photobooks yet to come in 2017.

Social media; my experiment with Instagram (@douglasstockdale) this year appears to be proceeding in a slowly growing but successful manner. So I now a presence on Facebook and Instagram in conjunction with this blog. I also became the co-Editor of the Facebook page for The Photo Exchange which led to the development of a closed group on Facebook for the members of this group.

Infrastructure changes with the transfer of my photographic web site to a new platform hosted by PhotoShelter that is focused on providing photographic content. This should take care of my web site requirements for a while and I need to remember to update it from time to time.

I also spent some time at some local photographic events, such as photo l.a., which is coming up soon next month, and down in San Diego at the Medium Photographic Festival.

And of course I was working on some photographic projects, such as continuing my development of Memory Pods, concluding Lest I Forget, and starting a new project Middle Ground.

I think 2017 will be even more fun! See you all next year ;- )

Cheers!!

December 8, 2016

Walking Santa Fe (& a creative lesson from Todd Hido)

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 4:13 am

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2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

One of the nice aspects of Santa Fe, New Mexico is the relatively small and centralized layout of this early Western town.It is quaint, very picturesque, great food and now has a zillion art galleries, including a couple of photographic galleries; photo-eye and Verve (which regretfully in closing in February 2017) and the photo-eye book store. Also ideal for staying in a place in or adjacent to town (we did a rental house over this past Thanksgiving weekend) and then walking everywhere you want or need; day or night.

This little trip also falls into one of creative photographic idea generators found in The Photographer’s Playbook as explained by Todd Hido, sub-titled Exposure Yourself (pg 149). Essentially exposure yourself to a different environment by going for at least two nights to someplace you normally don’t go (this is our first visit to Sante Fe). Leave yourself open to spontaneity; no plans to meet anyone or anything set in stone (okay, I knew that at some point I was going to the photo-eye bookstore), perhaps with the exception of when and how you are going to return home. And need to take lots and lots of pictures of whatever grabs your interest. This method of Expose Yourself has worked for many photographers over the years to either change things up or reconfirm what they enjoy working on (yes,  various aspects of the urban & built landscape continue to interest me).

This creative process is also integral with my experiment-fun methodology; all the photographs in the mini-portfolio are hand-held using my Samsung camera phone, then processed with Snapseed for immediate uploading on Instagram (@douglasstockdale). The mini-portfolio below has now been additionally tweaked with Photoshop now that I am back to my home-studio. Although I know I need to make multiple exposures for my night images to try & ensure I did not have a shaky image, the night photographs did not necessarily turn out as well as expected. Still, in keeping with my game plan, I had a lot of fun.

By the way, no accident that I included the Clafoutis Bakery in this mini-portfolio; an excellent french breakfast & pastries, which is a nice change from the spicy New Mexican foods of Santa Fe.

Cheers!

Btw, this is a re-post of a previous post because I really goofed it up the first time (that’s another story). Sorry about that!

The Walking Santa Fe mini-portfolio

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August 1, 2016

LACP Exposure 2016 portfolio reviews

Filed under: Art Market, Photography — Tags: , , — Doug Stockdale @ 5:04 pm

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Los Angeles Center of Photography “Exposure 2016” 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

As I had announced last month, I was honored to be a portfolio reviewer at the LACP “Exposure 2016” event this last weekend, which was hosted by two all-stars: Julia Dean and Sarah Hadley. I was very fortunate to join a wonderful group of photographic, gallery and publishing professionals providing these reviews.

I was very impressed in the preparation and professionalism of the photographers who participated, as well as the quality, consistency and conceptual content of their photographic portfolios. I was only able to review portfolios on Sunday and had great discussions and hopefully informative interactions with Gerhard Clausing (above), Tami Bahat, Matt Shallenberger, Thomas Hobbs, Christopher Sheils (who may get the award for traveling the furthest for this event from Australia), and Linad I’Anson.

I also thought it might be fun that each photographer choose their signature print for a portfolio review portrait (also posted on my Instagram @douglasstockdale), with Christopher Sheils choosing a pose that emulated the subject in his photograph.I did review one book dummy presented by Thomas Hobbs, which I thought was pretty cool, but probably destined to be self published due to the nature of his creative design. He is shown below with the inside spread of the book covers.

In between reviews, I also had a chance to share my Memory Pods portfolio with Aline Smithson (Editor/Founder Lenscratch) and Julia Dean, receiving some great feedback and ideas on how to advance this project.

One outcome of this event is that I am now a member of the Los Angeles Center of Photography!

Photographs inside with my Samsung S5, so pardon the slight blurs (yeah, the Canon 5DMkIII was in the car, but too lazy to run and grab it)

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April 17, 2016

Instagram learning curve

Filed under: Photography, Projects/Series — Tags: , , , — Doug Stockdale @ 6:05 pm

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3rd Street LA Art district 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I stated at the beginning of this year that I am now posting on Instagram (@douglasstockdale), so I am new to this platform. I have been getting a few (very few) pointers from my daughter, but I figure if I look and play, I should get this figured out.

I was not expecting a ton of folks looking at my photographs and becoming a “follower”, nevertheless I feel like I was moving at a glacial pace. So my aha! moment yesterday was when my daughter posted a photograph with a bunch of hashtags. Duh. Okay, so I am old.

So I began to poke around Instagram this morning, as I thought hashtags were a Twitter thing. I was so wrong. So now I know and I imagine most of you already knew and now you are wondering what kinda of stone age guy I am. So I will tell you; old enough to process my analog black & white film!

The good news is that I have not posted that many photos on Instagram, so it should be relatively easy to edit in a few hashtags for each photo, which I started this morning. Now of course is the hashtag choice issue; which ones to link up to with each photo? If its not one thing, its another.

As to this photograph above made earlier this month, I noted the juxtaposition of the real bike with the background wall art while I was up in LA during the photobook judging for Photo Book Independent. By tightly framing the two, I think the resulting image creates a nice metaphor about the dreamlike experience of biking, even in the urban city. I guess you could also see this as a different narrative after noticing that the bike is chained down (restrained) and that the owner also took the bike seat with him to further deter a bike thief. As a result that this image could have alternative readings is very appealing to me.

Okay, back to working on my print portfolio for Photo Independent, which is quickly approaching!

Cheers!

 

March 16, 2016

Rain drizzles – amazing water effects

Filed under: Photography — Tags: — Doug Stockdale @ 11:45 pm

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RSM, CA March 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

After just posting about photographing the rainy reflections found on my back patio, we soon had another round of rain which was followed by some steady drizzles. Yep, there was a similar refection on my patio (changes a little bit each time), but no call to action on my part. That is until I went to another window looking out on my back yard just as the drizzles were finishing and my roses were illuminated by a soft indirect light coming though the remaining thin clouds. I was immediately dazzled by a sea of shimmering leaves, as if these were layered with jewels. So much so that I jumped into a pair of out-door shoes and went out to investigate. What I found was really interesting.

The rain drops were nicely formed and sitting like small crystal beads on top and along the edges of the rose leaves; amazing! I am not a chemist per se, but I suspect that this visual treat was created from a combination of the tension of the pure water (yes, not going to get this same effect with the domestic water out of the house-hose; too many chemicals) and the new spring rose leaves. I just could not stop taking photographs with my smartphone, which I have learned focuses very close to be able to achieve these results. This was actually a lot of fun.

So after many years of photography, I am beginning to suspect that a 100 mm macro for the 5DMk3 maybe in my future.

Below are the additional images that I created from this morning’s shoot which were tweaked in-camera with SnapSeed, subsequently posting these directly to Instagram (@douglasstockdale) and shared on Facebook. Bottom most is a color version of one of my compositions.

Cheers!

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January 7, 2016

Social media updates & Instagram

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug Stockdale @ 8:20 pm

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Rancho Santa Margarita, 2016 copyright Douglas Stockdale

I have back and forth with a friend about photographic self-promotion and realized that now would be a good time to provide an update on my own efforts. Today of course the buzz word for (self) promotion is Social Media, so that is primarily where I post my photographs.

You are reading this blog which has seen its ups and downs over the years that I launched it. I am actually the Editor and Founder of three blogs, this one, The PhotoBook about my thoughts on photobooks that I started shortly after this one, and The PhotoExchange for a group of photographers who meet monthly at the Irvine Fine Art Center (Irvine, CA) to discuss and share photographs. This is the only blog that I post my own photographs, so as far as I am concerned, this is my primary self-promo blog.

I jumped onto Facebook many years ago, initially a place for me, but then a fan page for the The Photobook blog. Recently I was made the Co-Editor of the Facebook page for The Photograhers Exchange. I am probably more addicted to Facebook than any others at the moment. Fb is also a place where I found a number of photobook discussion forums that I find interesting, although these have become more self-promotion about book publications and sales than actual “discussions”. Oh well, things evolve.

I have been using LinkedIn for a while, first was a personal profile to support my day-job as a pharmaceutical consultant. Then I decided that it might be a bit confusing to intertwine my photographic interests, thus I have a photographic LinkedIn profile under Doug Stockdale. If you are poking LinkedIn and find someone who might be me, make sure it has a lot of photographic interests. Btw, I do not post very much on LinkedIn as it does not appear to be a good fit with promoting your photographs. Maybe some are better at this on LinkedIn than I am and would be interested to hear your stories.

I am also on Google+, but again, I do not post here very often, but that might change this year. As a result, I do not have very many followers or am I following very many others. Perhaps a New Years resolution in the making!

I have an ambiguous profile on Tumblr, but after poking this site for a while, I am not actively using it. I have never twitter-fied, so no tweets.

New for 2016 is a profile on Instagram @douglasstockdale. A bit like this blog, well suited for single images, but not much for a long post & more like Facebook. Nice that I can post on Instagram and add Facebook to the post, saves a little bit of time. If I post something of interest on this blog, I usually provide a link back to the same photo on Facebook, which I can still do with a Instragram-Facebook post, then edit the Facebook post. I may be able to do something similar with Instagram, but I am just now coming up to speed on that app.

As to the photograph above we are now experiencing some rainy days, a bit unusual for many years here in SoCal. Noticing the wet reflections on the back patio and the fallen leaves, I could not help myself. It has a bit of that 1960’s look when wet reflections became the rage. A straight photograph with the Samsung phone-camera that appears a bit abstract and mysterious. On Instagram-Facebook, I inverted this same image but as a color photo, which is a bit more muted and probably a bit disorienting.

Cheers!

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