Learning to see and appreciate what one beholds, then to translate it into a personal creative image, can be learned, it simply takes time and practice. While not everyone is fortunate to be living close to a city revered for its beauty or for some of its historical structures, one just needs to begin to look more closely at ones own surroundings.
In order to learn how to see and observe, it is essential to understand the difference between just looking and observing. For looking is nothing more than just looking at something, but when one observes, one is beginning to study what one is looking at.
In order to learn how to observe it is also very important to pay tribute to the present and the past by familiarising one self with the works of established and well known photographers. It is not a criteria to like their work, but to study their photographs and learn from them.
The more one is exposed to a variety of photographers and their work, the better. For in the end, it will teach you who to observe and interpret visually what you are looking at.
TiPA Bay Area Group Members, photo: Chloe Meynier
Back row, L-R: Stan, Dianne and Steven
Middle row, L-R: Petyr, Merrill, Amberlyn, Greg and Catherine
Front row, L-R: Egmont and Julie
Earlier this year, I visited Fort Point in San Francisco with my TiPA Bay Area Group. We all dispersed, exploring the forts many interesting architectural points with or iPhones and afterwards walked down Chestnut Street to Judy’s Cafe for nourishment and refreshments.
While a number of these images were previously released (February 16, 2013 - TiPA-Bay Area Group’s 2nd Outing), the photographs were technically treated different during the post process editing.
Just after the release of Hipstamatic Tinto 1884 HisptaPak, I discovered that by shifting the ‘vibrance’ in Photoshop CS 5 Camera Raw to full, I was able to bring out the hidden tones previously hidden. While the color range is rather limited, it does add enough to give the photographs an appearance of having been hand-colored and that over time, these have mostly faded.
Fort Point - San Francisco
By Egmont van Dyck
All photographs taken with an iPhone 4S by
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