work arounds

Work arounds. In the late 1990’s working on a Toshiba Satellite laptop running WIN 93 I used a lot of them.

This is 2022 and I think they are very over rated.

If we looked at them differently, we might not want to use them at all.

Picture this.
Coming home and the key doesn’t work in the front door without 10 minutes of jiggling. Open the door. Door doesn’t open all the way because of the old newspapers, magazines and thrift store donations lodged behind it. The rug on the nice tile floor has no anti-slip pad so you walk gently over it before you drop your stuff on a table with a leg duct tapped to keep the table upright. It sags when you put your stuff on it.

All of those things could be considered work arounds for a doorknob that works well, trash and donations that are taken out regularly, an anti slip mat (plastic drawer lines will work here too) keeps the rug in place and a fixed table holds your things on it securely.

So when you come in your front door after a long day it is peaceful and works well. It is not like an Abbott and Costello movie.

I read an article about people who were trying to give pilots of jetliners workarounds to have their altimeter work if a glitch in G5 was causing it not to.

WHAT???

I don’t think we want to be living in a world where a plane weighing 175,000 pounds has to use a workaround ANYWHERE in the cockpit to do ANYTHING. Especially landing.

SO, I fixed the workarounds in my photography adventure as a result of thinking about that for a while. Now all is working well. I’m not going to do a list of all the things that were off. It would be long and there is no sense to it.

My domain www.pamkelso.com works, sales work, my business email works. I am happy with the construction and the site at Fine Art America will still be available for merchandise. https://1-pamela-kelso.pixels.com

Ephemeral Light Photography

I was sitting in a fast-food restaurant trying to come up with a name that described my photography.

I had at that time, been walking neighborhoods for images and was always surprised at how things looked so different on the way back. Light and the alignment of the plants. Everything. Shadows.

So, I went with Ephemeral Light Photography. It is always hard to decide whether to use your own name or a description of your work. I have settled now on my name, but I still consider Ephemeral Light to be the best description of what I try to capture.

I found this article with a very good description of the word Ephemeral and how it applies to most all art forms. https://www.widewalls.ch/magazine/ephemeral-art-definition-artists I loved the image of the little boy with a dinosaur on a leash.

Way back when online I described a family member who was very actively bisexual as a person who lived a very wide life. He probably would have appreciated the incredible diversity of art at this site.

keywords

Keywords exist to help search engines find something. Like my images.

I have a software program that assists in organizing and making it easy to apply them to images. The Software company that previously sold and owned it divorced it, so it just works on its own now. Like my camera, discontinued but completely usable.

I noticed that some of the images I uploaded recently for sale had huge amounts of keywords.

If you want to attract people who write educational nature books using the Latin genus terms is helpful. If you want to attract people who might be looking for “Perry’s Agave” to use in their lawn. I am now focused on the sales of prints and limited merchandise so the keywords need to be something that will help them find my images.

I believe that for my use other keywords are good. The common name and one Latin genus term (instead of all 6). The color of the flower. Size of the flower. Cloudy or sunny. Rain in the desert and possibly a few more. I uploaded some with about 50 or 60 on some images 😨 and I fixed them online, but it was ponderous and does nothing for the rest I still need to upload.

I spent all morning editing them and I am at the “D’s”. The ones I have done look good and streamlined and the rest will be a blessing to do. It will probably take all week but when I’m done it will be a good thing.

When I designed my own website, I placed Buddhist prayers in the source code so that when the site was wandering around online the prayers were disseminating, like code prayer flags blowing in the internet wind. Keywords do a little of that too.

Rain = HDR magic

I read an article by a photographer that was tired of drones, HDR and a few other things.

I love drone photography of nature especially the ocean and remote areas that I have not seen. Invasive personal drone photography is a downer.

HDR. I live in the Southwest USA. Dry, dusty and not blooming for much of the year. During the snow season in the winter the light is, well, winter light. When it snows or rains the dust is washed off the plants. The ground is much darker, and rocks are polished looking. In the summer when we have our monsoon season it is beautiful. The wood on trees and shrubs is red and taupe, the leaves are silver green, the flowers are pure HDR as is the rest of the landscape.

This is not the type of HDR that look like someone dusted soot all over the image. It is HDR of the real colors. In the images I uploaded here two are dry images and they look very different from the others. Hint ( the first two).

How to Print

My .com site has print options and merchandise available. I also sell my images as High-Resolution Originals. They are available through the contact area of my .com site. They are all a flat $200.00. They can be printed any way you want. You can print them for personal use (walls) in any way you like.

All of the labs listed for the High-Resolution Downloads are capable of many styles of print options. Metal Prints, Canvas, Acrylic, Fine Art prints, paper prints and many others. I retain copyright rights to all of them. They are printable up to 60″x40″.

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2022 Reading List

A mix of book from my personal books and professional books lists at AMAZON. There are some surprising finds here. My year-end house cleaning has created space for more books to become well read and well worn in my little library.

And a few I added at last minute.

Winter 2021

Sometimes I think that instead of viewing the weather with dismay it would be good to just admit that Earth is really not a goldilocks planet. It is rather inhospitable and has always been.

It would change the mindset to adaption instead of dismay.

Days have been warmish and nights cold.

2023

Pamela Kelso Nature Photography Official Site

2023 Nature Photography is my passion. I hope that the images you find here inspire your hearts. Photography of plantings that reflect the beauty of nature. Independent of human projections.

I have images from 2008 until now, all created naturally by me sourced from images I captured on walks and drives. Contact me for more information on sales or about any content here.

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negative space

In ancient times when humans looked at spaces with lots of action their eyes tracked the whole space. Looking for any danger. It is an ancient instinct. Now we still have that instinct when we walk into a crowded space.

In the art and design world it is known as negative space. A space where our eyes don’t have to take a lot of time to digest looking for that saber tooth lion under the sofa.

It is also known as minimalism. Minimalism has taken a lot of criticism from people who would sell you more. Just like some of Jackson Pollack’s later paintings contains fractals that the mind finds relaxing negative space in a home, photo or garden design has mental benefits.

The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition. The Japanese word “ma” is sometimes used for this concept, for example in garden design.
Ma (é–“) (lit., “gap”, “space”, “pause” is the term for a specific Japanese concept of negative space.

In traditional Japanese arts and culture, ma refers to the artistic interpretation of an empty space, often holding as much importance as the rest of an artwork and focusing the viewer on the intention of negative space in an art piece.
Though commonly used to refer to literal, visible negative space, ma may also refer to the perception of a space, gap or interval, without necessarily requiring a physical compositional element. This results in the concept of ma being less reliant on the existence of a gap, and more closely related to the perception of a gap. The existence of ma in an artwork has been interpreted as “an emptiness full of possibilities, like a promise yet to be fulfilled”, and has been described as “the silence between the notes which make the music”.

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