The Wall that Heals Photowalk
Meetup at the exit 2 Park & Ride for carpooling on Thursday, June 21, 6:00 pm.
When I was a young mother in the late 60’s and early 70’s the national evening news program featured stories about the Vietnam War, including a body count each night. It was heart-breaking and scary because I had three first cousins there at the same time, as well as many high school class mates. When the memorial in Washington, DC was dedicated in 1982, I knew I wanted to experience that someday. I still haven’t been there but the next best thing will be at the Minnesota state capitol later this month. From June 21-24 there will be a 3/4-scale traveling replica of “The Wall” on the capitol grounds. The weekend will be filled with events and will be open 24 hours a day. Click here for more information.
Salon Meeting Wrap-up
Our judge, John Arthur Anderson, commented on some of the salon images as needing some “pop”. He later demonstrated in Lightroom how setting black and white points can transform photos. As a judge for other camera clubs, I agree that I’ve seen a lot of good images over the years that could have been great images if the tonal range was expanded. Since RAW images straight out of the camera look a bit flat it’s our job to make the most of all the data we capture.
In Lightroom’s Basic panel John showed how holding the shift key and double-clicking on the word Whites and then on the word Blacks will automatically set the white and black points. It allows some clipping of the blacks. In black and white conversions, in my opinion, some good, strong blacks carry the photo. There are other ways to accomplish the same goal, both in Lightroom’s basic panel, the Tone Curve panel and in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements by making a levels adjustment. Here’s a few examples.
John Arthur Anderson is an experienced photographer, who is skilled in various areas including nature/wildlife, photojournalism, event photography and portraiture. His images have appeared in the Star Tribune, Minnesota Birding and North Dakota Outdoors. Over the past two years he has worked closely with the American Indian Movement to document significant events affecting Native people, as they occur, including: the protests at Standing Rock and Pipeline #3 in northern Minnesota, and the Walk for Unity and Healing at Bad River Wisconsin related to the officer involved shooting of a 14 year old. At present, John’s work can be seen on display at the AIM Interpretive Center in a photography exhibition called “Four Actions”. Lately he has focused on shooting spring wildflowers and other nature subjects. You can see some of his recent work on his Facebook time line.