|Ahwahnee Gravel Road|
My folks gave me my first SLR camera as a graduation present from high school. I no longer had to borrow one from the school. Took some classes in creative darkroom techniques and wound up using it more as a graphic design tool.
|Awahnee Pond - "Sold"|
Having used Photoshop since it's beginning I have no trouble augmenting a photo. But one of the things I enjoy about a good photo is that rarity of finding the perfect shot in nature that needs no retouching.
Before there was home computers I worked as a photo retoucher in Hollywood for many years. Hand retouching with a brush and airbrush. It was the perfect way to make stars look better than they were. Did a lot of head transplants back in the day.
I learned to render photographically. But I missed seeing the creative process in the finished art and photography and photographic rendering hides that. There's this perception that photography is a truthful representation of what is real. Having worked in Hollywood and advertising for most of my career I know just deceptive that notion is. Even Ansel Adams manipulated his photographs.
|Ahwahnee Hills Park|
The joy of painting is the freedom of expression and not being restricted to what the camera sees.