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Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger © 2014

“Dumpster 250”    Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger © 2014. Click the images to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor. Blogfinger.net

We recently talked about different schools of photography and we mentioned the latest approach which uses digital cameras and special softwear.   Some of those effects can be achieved in-camera by using menus that offer a variety of novel ways to alter your images, but much more can be done with post-camera processing on computers using Photo Shop or other programs.  But many photographers today still favor traditional ways to express themselves visually through photography, even though they may still use a digital camera.

The photo above is a straight night image with natural light.  New digital cameras allow the ability to do low light images without flash. Post camera adjustments of the above photo were minimal involving some minor cropping and color enhancement.

Below is an example by Moe Demby of digital alteration of a photograph.

Self portrait by Moe Demby, BF staff. Digital manipulation. © 2014

Self portrait by Moe Demby, BF staff. Digital manipulation using an iPhone photo App. © 2014

The photo below is by Barry Underwood whose work is currently being shown the Sous Les Etoiles GAllery in New York City.   It is yet another kind of contemporary photograph where the artist stages the event.  In this case he created sculptural shapes as well as  lighting with LED’s.  He than combined those elements with a regular color photograph to create the finished product “Rodeo Beach 2009”

Rodeo Beach, 2009. By BArry Underwood. Photo from the magazine "Photograph." Image on exhibit in NYC. 2014.

“Rodeo Beach, 2009.”  By Barry Underwood. Photo from the magazine “Photograph.” Image on exhibit in NYC. 2014.

Then there is Gary Winogrand who created a form of street photography in the mid 20th century that paid little attention to composition or image niceties. He was after scenes about how people lived their lives, and he produced hundreds of thousands of pictures. Below is one of his typical images from the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  It was obtained with a simple 35 mm camera and black/white film .

This photo is from a current show of Winogrand’s work at “The Getty.”  It is the simplest form of photography, and yet it is, in some ways, the most complicated.

LA International Airport 1964 by Gary Winogrand. J. Paul Getty Museum.

LA International Airport 1964 by Gary Winogrand. J. Paul Getty Museum.

 

Elvis drives into Vegas for the first time. This digital photo is taken off the moving imagery by Paul Goldfinger. Modern camera sensors helped me with this one.

 

 

So, if you thought that photography consisted only of snapping pictures, this review gives you a tiny idea about a variety of ways that photography can be used to express an artist’s ideas and to convey them to the viewer.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Photography editor @Blogfinger.net

 

HAROLD HASTINGS AND JILL HAWORTH:   If you want to do photography you have to go where the action is–Life is a Cabaret.

 

 

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Tybee Island Georgia. By Eileen Goldfinger ©.  Click to enlarge.

 

SAM MOORE (b. 1935) and CONWAY TWITTY  (1933-1993):   “A Rainy Night in Georgia”   Sam Moore is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He became famous for his twenty year career as half of the soul music duo of Sam and Dave.

In this version of the Brook Benton classic, Sam Moore does the high parts, while country singer Conway Twitty does the lower parts. Some critics consider this to be one of the all time great duets in popular music. It was recorded right before Twitty died suddenly.

It was raining the day we visited Tybee Island, near Savannah.

 

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Saint-Circ-Lapopie. Southern France overlooking the Lot River. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Saint-Circ-Lapopie. Southern France overlooking the Lot River. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD.   Editor. Blogfinger.net. Ocean Grove,  NJ.

This image was originally shown on Blogfinger one year ago.  It reminds me of the old guys who get together each morning at Wegmans or at a diner.  They sit (or stand) around and talk politics or reminisce about their military service, or they complain about their kids.

I did, however, see a group of older women doing the very same thing at the upstairs Wegmans café.

When I see them again, I will take their photo and ask them what they’re talking about.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

BILL FRISELL. “You Only Live Twice.”

 

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Cape Cod. Scanned from a darkroom silver gelatin print c. 1993. By Paul Goldfinger. Image published on the cover of Internal Medicine News. ©

Truro Dunes, Cape Cod. Tri-X film. Leica M.   Scanned from a darkroom silver gelatin print c. 1993.  By Paul Goldfinger, MD   Image published on the cover of Internal Medicine News. ©  Click on photo to enlarge.

 

 

THELONIOUS MONK SEPTET.    “Ruby My Dear.”  The tenor sax player is probably John Coltrane.  Monk wrote the piece in honor of his first love Ruby R. (1947)

 

There is a  documentary about John Coltrane who once was part of Monk’s group.  It is Chasing Trane.

 

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To my dear sister with all my love, Adelaide. Photographer unknown. “To my dear sister with all my love, Adelaide.”  Photographer unknown. Photo found at a flea market. It is technically magnificent.

 

I don’t know, but Adelaide looks like she might be a tango dancer.  I can imagine Carlos Gardel singing this tango while Adelaide and her partner glide around the dance floor in some intimate corner of Buenos Aires.  (If this music sounds familiar, it may be because Al Pacino, playing a blind Army officer,  danced the tango to this song with a gorgeous young lady in the movie “Scent of a Woman.”)

Adelaide is a mystery woman.  Can you think of who she might be?  —-Paul @Blogfinger   (we also wrote about her in 2012)

 

 

CARLOS GARDEL:

 

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Guadalajara school kids. Award winning photograph by Paul Goldfinger. ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC

 

Perhaps you are wondering why I was in Guadalajara instead of  Acapulco or Puerto Vallarta.  Guadalajara is the capital  of the state of Jalisco, in the Pacific western region. It is a fine city with great restaurants, shopping and friendly people; and it is also the home of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara: UAG School of Medicine, where many Americans attend medical school.

I was a visiting professor (cardiology) there and I got to lecture in a large auditorium with a glass booth high up in the back where they did simultaneous translation. That was good for me, because my Spanish was limited to a few phrases like, “Mas Dos Equis por favor” (which means, “Another ‘Two X’s‘ beer please”).  I had reason to suspect those translations because, when I launched a one-liner, only the Americans laughed — they were the ones without earphones. Maybe it’s about how you tell a joke.

In the photo, I approached a group of school kids, and they immediately morphed into the Marx Brothers. This is one of my favorite photographs and it was published.

Guadalajara is where mariachi music was invented. It is fun and lively, but when you are in that area, it seems like wherever you go, the mariachi follow. “Jalisco, Jalisco” is, of course, played a lot in that city.

 

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Edith Piaf the French chanteuse wrote “La Vie en Rose” in the 1940’s, and she made it a hit.  In 2007 a movie was made about her which also was called “La Vie en Rose.”

 

Here is Lady Gaga with a fine version from the movie A Star is Born.  The scene is set in a drag bar where she meets the Bradley Cooper character.
 

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New York City, 1968. From the Portraits of Eileen series.

New York City.    From the Portraits of Eileen series.  By Paul Goldfinger. ©

 

Eileen has been my main model over the years, although our two boys had lots of photos also.  What makes a snapshot a portrait?  I can’t say exactly, because who’s to say when that transition happens. But I always to try to make my photos into something more.  Of course, if you are shooting portraits, it helps to have natural models, like in this photo where 4 blue eyes are staring at me.  Stephen turned out to have green eyes.

At some point I gave up color photography, but now, with Blogfinger and digital, I have returned.  My photographs are always done with natural light—ie no flash. This one was shot with window light and a lamp in the back.—–Paul

 

MISS PEGGY LEE:  “Them There Eyes”     But Peggy, they’re blue!

 

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St. Marks Basilica in Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy. By Paul Goldfinger.   ©    This photo was published in the Pfizer Labs International Calendar Contest.

 

 

SOUNDTRACK: From Phillip Glass’s opera/ballet   “The Witches of Venice.” Glass wrote this work in 1995 for La Scala in Milan.  It is based on a fantastical children’s story,  set in the magical city of Venice.    This is the “Plant-boy’s song.”

Listen and be mesmerized.   —Paul Goldfinger

 

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Moonrise.   By Paul Goldfinger  ©

Today, the glow of the moon, of the moonrise, or the moon over the ocean, or over the river….makes me think of Andy Williams.  I  first listened to his new song, “Moon River,” playing on my car radio one night in 1961. That evening I was alone in my old Plymouth driving home from a date with my future wife, Eileen.  I knew that “Moon River” had to be our song.

Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics, and Henry Mancini the music. It was very beautiful, but I never exactly knew what a “huckleberry friend” was;  somehow I imagined I knew what kind of friend that was.  Today I finally looked it up, and the Urban Dictionary says, “There are your good friends: people who love you. And then there are your huckleberry friends: people who’ve known you for years and have stuck by you and love you no matter what.”

Here are some of the lyrics from a song that was featured in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s:”

“There’s such a lot of world to see
We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ’round the bend
My huckleberry friend, moon river, and me”

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