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Art Basel and Milo Moiré Exposure (Pun Intended)

Every year there is a huge art show in Basel, Switzerland known as Art Basel, this huge show brings in the collectors with very deep pockets to wander through a maze of art galleries. These aren’t your ordinary galleries either. They apply for and survive a tenuous juried selection process to be allowed in.

Individual artists are not allowed; only galleries.   However that does not stop certain performance

Painted Peacock
Painted Peacock

artists like naked artist Milo Moiré. That’s right, Moiré decided to strut her stuff, like some attention seeking peacock looking for a response, into the convention center naked.

Milo Moiré
Milo Moiré via Facebook

According to Artnet , when the convention authorities turned her away, and told to put some clothes on, she decided to take her performance to a local town square.   The daily patrons and tourists evidently got a real kick out of taking pictures with the nude artist. Well, at least the men did. Evidently, no women jumped at the chance to take selfies with her.  Go figure.

This left me wondering. How is she able to get away with walking around town naked? If you tried this in the states you would probably end up in a jail cell or at the least with a coarse wool blanket and a ticket for indecent exposure.

Well, according to Switzerland’s The Local it’s not a legal issue.

“In the canton of Basel-City, mere nudity in public is not prohibited,” Andreas Knuchel, city police spokesman, told 20 Minuten newspaper.

The “non-sexually motivated” baring of flesh in a public place is neither punishable by the criminal code or by cantonal law, Knuchel said.

If anyone is disturbed by the public display of nudity they can launch a complaint, which the public prosecutor would then have to examine, he said.”

Responses to this performance range from a few whistles to claiming it’s all just a really sad joke.  I’d love to show some pictures of the event but, after all art and nudity are always found together.  But, the truth is I have a hard time accepting this under the category of art.  It may have started out that way. But in the end it is nothing more than, for lack of a better word,  exhibitionist exposure.  (pun intended.)

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What’s Really Happening With Animal Photography? Part 2

In part one of our journey of animal photography we discussed that perfect controlled conditions are often found in an environment like a studio. We also agreed that things such as fully monitored and controlled lighting and a properly handled dog may make our job a little easier. We wanted to make a more artistic approach to photography, so we are taking pictures from different angles or waiting till the dog performs different actions to create a message or story.

Now, let’s give it more of challenge by taking the dog outside. By doing this, we have now introduced some real issues to our taking the perfect picture. The biggest challenge in taking a photograph outside is the weather. No one wants a picture or the smell of a wet dog in the car afterwards. So generally, most people will choose a nice sunny day with no or little clouds. Of course, that means we have to deal with lighting in those conditions.   What I’m referring to of course is the sun.

The sun is the bane of any decent outdoor photographer. But, there are tools and tricks to help. If you want a shot of the dog in the sunlight, it will be a better idea to take the photograph as early or as late in the day as the light will let us.   During the mid-morning to late afternoon the sun is constantly producing a very harsh light. This type of lighting will easily produce overexposed areas on the picture and even worse it will mute your colors. So the best time to take your shot is early morning or evening when the sun is lower on the horizon.

But what do you do if you want to take a picture of the dog at this particular park, but the park doesn’t open till mid morning?   Your answer lies in the use of a UV filter or a Graduated Neutral Density Filter. Think of them as sunglasses for your camera. They help take out the harsh light.

You can also try taking the dog into a shaded area where the sun is not so intense. If you have a team of helpers, you can also set up and use reflectors to direct the light on the dog just as you see fit.

Another issue with lighting outside is the sky. Watch your clouds. The minute a cloud crosses the path of the blazing sun is now a different amount of light to adjust the camera for.

Yet another problem is wind. Remember those reflectors used to cast directed light on the dog while it was in the shade? Well, in a nice breeze, those reflectors make fabulous kites. Worse, if you are trying to use those large umbrella lights and don’t weigh them down they will take off to the delight of everyone but me. So, now I not only have to time my shot for what’s in the sky, but in between gusts of wind.

It’s ok though, because I love the challenge. So I get the dog in the shade and I’ve chosen the shot I want to take. I’ve watched for the sunlight, put on a filter, worked the reflectors and even setup the camera settings for the proper aperture and white balance and here comes the fun part! I am so going to rock this thing.

Do I see a tasty squirrel?

Quickly, however, I realize that I am now not the only stimulus to the dog’s attention.

Indeed, the audacity! That cute puppy that viewed me as being the center of the known universe now has a myriad of shapes, smells, and movement competing with me for it’s attention. Trust me when I tell you that as important as you are to a dog as the provider of praise and tasty snacks, you will pale in comparison with the squirrel that just ran behind you or even the bird in the tree above you.

Other dogs nearby will cause problems and even other people can cause an issue. After all, according to a dog’s logic it only makes sense that I am a human with praise and treats;  ergo all the other humans may have praise and treats too! The only answer to this is patience. I might need lots of it.

So, after outwitting the sun, the wind, rain, camera settings, types of filters and the natural instincts of the dog to want to investigate everything or just chase tasty squirrels, We now have a work of art you we are proud of.  Or, you might also think about owning a cat.

Want a bigger challenge? This is still too easy? I admire your spirit. Imagine trying to do these things with a non domesticated animal in their natural environment that wants to eat you.

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The Long Minute Sunset


The Long Minute is the next in a series of landscape sunset photographic artworks commemorating the end of 2013 and the beginning of the New Year.


This amazing shot occurred by using a camera setting that most people try to avoid.   I speak of the dreaded shutter speed.  If you take pictures, particularly of children and pets, then the shutter speed setting on your camera is a potential best friend.


For those new to photography, the shutter speed setting on your camera is the speed that shutter on the lens of your camera opens and closes when you push the button.  The longer your shutter is open the more light is let into the lens and displayed to the sensor in your camera.


This is why pictures of dogs and children often appear blurry.  If the shutter speed timing is wrong, the shutter stays open and lets in too much light.  So, when the dog moves, you capture his entire movement instead of part of his movement in a single photograph.  Bingo, you have a blurry photo.


But let’s use this fact artistically.  If I place a tripod and camera on a beach at sunset and take a picture of the event, I will usually choose to set the shutter speed to allow me to take the picture with crystal clarity.


However, if I let the shutter open on my camera for 10 minutes, the waves continue to come in and the sun will continue to set and clouds drift by.  So the light reflected off those surfaces will strike the sensor in my camera producing an artistic and usually blurry unusable image.


But, if I set the shutter speed to one minute, then I still get the reflections of the waves and the blurriness also.  But wait, a minute isn’t long enough for the light to vastly change or the clouds to drift by so we have a minimum of movement.


The result is the image of The Long Minute, a tranquil exposure example of a full minute’s exposure on the beach during a spectacular sunset.


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How Will You Benefit From The Dallas Museum of Art’s No Admission Fee?

Great news!   The Dallas Museum of Art has announced on 11/27/12 that they are doing away with admission and membership fees on January 27th 2013. More here.  This is a fabulous development.  Why?


1. Convenience – Money is a serious consideration in doing anything and admission fees play a huge role in what people want to do and what they actually do.  There are now 2 museums in downtown Dallas, The DMA and The Crow Collection of Asian Art. Both are within easy walking distance of each other and both will be free.   They are top quality museums that allow you to spend hours in admiring both ancient and modern art.


2.  Opportunity – For many people, no fees mean a chance to go see forms of culture and history that they would not ordinarily get a chance to see.   More people walking through an exhibit mean a greater chance for donations and volunteers to the museum.  It also provides an opportunity for people to give donations according to what they can afford and get a feeling that they belong to a special organization.  This will stimulate the need for more exhibitions and even more art.  When that art exhibition is photography, it means more demand for photographs.


3.  Exposure–  What photographer doesn’t like excellent exposure? The lack of admission and membership fees is good for new converts to the modern art world.  This includes people seeing photography as an art.  I find it likely, as photography becomes more and more accepted as an art form, free admission will result in more viewers seeing more photos in a form recognized as fine art. Over time, more viewers lead to more patrons and patrons mean more business.  This encourages a greater understanding and acceptance of photography as a fine art.


This is a win-win situation for everyone involved.  Museums get more members and donations, more people see and get education in the arts, and more people get to see photography as a fine art form that leads to business opportunities for all photographers. It’s a good day for photographic art.

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