"The power to love what is purely abstract
is given to few."
All images today were taken in 2016 with my Nikon D7100 (newly purchased) and a cropped-sensor, kit lens.
On programmed settings (either sunrise or sunset), because they were tweaking my ISO and aperture, when I didn't know yet what either were.
Instead of worrying about camera details, or post processing for that matter, I was hooked on painting with light and cloud.
Jonesing for my next fix. Shaking with withdrawl when I couldn't get it.
Like an abstract junkie, newly born, I was dazzled.
Returning night after night to the same place, around the same time, all year long that year I bored my poor husband to death shooting and shooting and shooting.
Because all I could see, waking or dreaming, was shape and light and color. And due to those dedicated, addicted days, I now still see the same magic today, everywhere I go
I I shoot on manual today, with a full-frame camera and an array of lenses. I process in Photoshop, instead of whatever came automatically with my OS, in more sophisticated ways.
But these are the images, the arcs, the shadows and reflections, I still search for, wherever I go.
And I still haunt this lake, hoping for another night of magic.
The rest are tools, not essentials.
I want to more powerfully reach viewers and customers and art consultants and gallery owners, so I'll continue to grow my skills.
But that compulsion, the craving, for the abstract that feeds my soul, that's about vision and understanding how to make what I see in my dreams reality.
I don't need-YOU don' t need--anything more than a basic camera body and lens to make that a reality.
And the will to keep shooting and shooting until you learn how...