Sunday, December 13, 2015

Abby, 7 Years Old

Abby, 7 Years Old
Abby, 7 Years Old, 2015

© 2015 Susan M. Lohse.  All rights reserved.

Must you?  I'm trying to take a nap!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Outdoor Sketching

Francis Hopkinson Smith c. 1903
Courtesy of the Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons, LC-USZ62-98127

Francis Hopkinson Smith, author, artist and engineer, was a contemporary and intimate of many of the art masters of the 19th century and witness to the rapid development of 19th century through early 20th century art.

In 1914, Smith gave four lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he talked about his methods, his views on realism (“detailism”) versus capturing one’s first impression, and art criticism of the day.  The lectures, compiled in a book called Outdoor Sketching, is available for free download at Project Gutenberg.

Smith is at turns poetic, humorous, self-deprecating and insightful, although his take on Winslow Homer’s The Cotton Pickers is jarring to the 21st century reader.

Artists and art lovers alike will enjoy reading these lectures.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Abby, 5 Years Old

Abby, 5 Years Old
Abby, 5 Years Old, 2013

© 2013 Susan M. Lohse.  All rights reserved.

The lovely and stately Abby, on the occasion of her fifth birthday.

When the sunlight hits just so, her eyes look like moonstones.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Red-winged Blackbird I

Red-winged Blackbird I
Red-winged Blackbird I, 2011

© 2012 Susan M. Lohse.  All rights reserved.

Artistically, I most admire photos with a shallow depth of field.  The focal point of the composition pops because visual background noise has been minimized.  When I get the depth of field right, my photos look more professional. 

Here, I got lucky using my auto settings.  At the time, I hadn’t learned how to consciously use depth of field to my advantage.  Now, I keep my digital camera set to Aperture Priority so I can change the f-stop settings on the fly.  Occasionally, I even bracket several shots, using different f-stops to help get the shot I’m looking for.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Eagle-eyed Grackle

Eagle-eyed Grackle
Eagle-eyed Grackle, 2011

© 2011 Susan M. Lohse.  All rights reserved.

Obviously, it was an overcast day when I took this picture, but if the light had been brighter, I doubt I would have captured the beautiful and stately eyes of this Common Grackle.
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