Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Farmhouse In Fall

Continuing on the fall theme for another posting…..

It was several years ago that I made this photograph and, though I posted it at that time, truth be told I was never really happy with it, as I didn’t think it really conveyed the feeling I had in mind. So going over some of my old fall images, I revisited this one to rework it. I think this version, which now includes some newer techniques to me (like luminosity masking) and some ideas garnered from my ‘digital art’ course (such as adding a texture and running it through some filters - Topaz Studio and Nik Color Efex but not just accepting the default settings) gives it a much more painterly and ‘storybook’ feel that far better conveys what I had in mind.

It can definitely be a good idea to go through some of your older images with a fresh eye, particularly the ones that didn’t quite make it or didn’t express exactly what you wanted them to!

© Howard Grill

© Howard Grill


Hello, World!


By Howard Grill Another of the images I made during my recent fall photograph excursions.  This one is a motion blur abstract.  You have to take many of these at the same spot with different degrees of motion and different shutter speeds to come up with one that 'works'.  This one seemed to work for me.

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The Science Of Colors In Autumn Leaves

Western Pennsylvania has some amazing fall color, generally speaking that is.  One of my friends and I had a week we had scheduled to take photographs of the usually dazzling fall color in our area.  But something seemed to go awry this year. It seems as if the color was not only muted, but also lacking in reds.  The yellows trended more towards the dryed out look and many of the trees seemed to have lost their leaves rather quickly.  And there seemed to be no progression.  There were patches of trees that contained trees that were still green and trees that were already bare in the same little area. I'm not complaining; we still had a great time and I was able to take some photos that I really is just that it was different from what we had been used to over the last severeal years.

This, of course, got me thinking about the parameters and processes that are involved with the development of fall colors in general and, more specifically, what factors play a role in the intensity of the display.

So here it is, and I thought I would share it.  Direct from the United States National Arboretum......"The Science Of Colors In Autmun Leaves". Definitely worth a read and nicely discussed in straightforward layman's terms!