Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Susan's Art

Susan has a wonderful eye for photos. Here are a few of her works. Her website is Night Owl Photography

Susan Coppock - In her own words

I have been making photographs since I was 14 years old and received a Polaroid Swinger camera for Christmas. Photography itself has come a long way in these same decades. From the posed black and white Polaroid photos of those days to the magic of the digital age has been an adventure in learning. With photography I have learned about the world, learned new ways to express my creativity, and learned about myself.

I like making photographs, not just taking them, so playing with Photoshop has been a thrill! Now, I get to take parts from photographs I have been shooting all these years, and adding new ones to create completely different and unique images. With digital imaging and Photoshop, I feel my creativity has been broadened exponentially. The future is very bright and only limited to imagination.

My business is called Night Owl Photography because I have always been a night owl when in comes to shooting photographs. I have been enthralled by the magic and beauty of the nocturnal world for most of my life. I enjoy the serendipity in being unable to visualize completely how my final images will look before I press the shutter button—the heavens seem to be in control and I love seeing what “develops.”

I have been involved in all aspects of photography since I was a teenager- I have worked in photo labs, camera stores, owned a photo studio, taught at Palomar College, owned a camera store and custom frame shop, and currently teach photography at San Dieguito Academy high school.

I hope you enjoy my vision of the world, as unusual (or crazy) as it may be…

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Tyler's Work

Tyler's Work

Our Artists - Tyler Huston

Tyler resides in Vista, California where he has lived for the past ten years. He has been taking photographs ever since his father put a camera into his hands at the age of eight. On their yearly road trips during the summer months he developed a fondness of the great outdoors and the adventure of being on the road. From this point on his passion for photography has soared allowing him to continue this dream and share his view with others.

Many of his latest works utilize a technique called HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging). This is a process that allows a far greater dynamic range of exposure than normal digital imaging techniques. The intent with HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows. The result is an image which allows the viewer a perception of “being there” or a realistic view. In reality our eyes are constantly changing focus and adjusting for light density and our brain instantaneously processes this information to give us a perception of what we are viewing.

More of Tyler's art can be found at his website, Flying Panther Photography

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Julia Dean Photo Workshops at the Gallery

A series of the Julia Dean Photo Workshops will be held at the OPT Underground Gallery.

The Panorama has been a steady staple of photography since the beginnings of the medium. Photographers like Edweard Muybridge and later Goldbeck and others practiced this early on. It was a way of literally expanding our view. Soon, photographers discovered they could take a series of photographs and mount them together so they gave a convincing appearance of a continuous landscape. Later, circuit cameras were invented which had the ability to rotate and capture a seamless scene on a large piece of film.

This three-day intensive workshop is designed to explore a range of approaches to making panoramic photographs. Using regular digital cameras, we will explore how to fuse a series of single images into a seamless panorama, or assemble the images into a panoramic sequence. Field sessions will include photographing in natural, as well as urban landscapes, indoors, and out. "Lab" sessions will deal with the importing and processing of the imagery to maximize their seamless assembly. Since panoramas tend to encompass a wider than normal dynamic range, we will explore how to blend multiple exposures into a single image conveying all the shadow and highlight detail of a scene.

A solid working knowledge of Photoshop is required. As this course will not have access to a digital lab, students should bring laptops loaded with at least Photoshop 7.0, preferably CS, or a newer version of Elements.

Philipp Scholz Rittermann's (www.rittermann.com) work spans opposite ends of our visual environment, from evocative nocturnal scenes of industry and architecture, to dramatic panoramas of pristine landscape. His work is featured in over fifty public, private and corporate collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. He is exhibited widely in national and international venues. An accomplished educator, Philipp has been teaching photography for over 25 years in the USA and abroad. In 2001 he was honored with a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, which published a monograph of his work titled Navigating by Light.

Three-day workshop
September 7-9
Friday - 6-9 pm
Saturday & Sunday - 10 am-6 pm

Workshop fee: $415

Class location: The OPT Underground Gallery

Enrollment limit: 15 students

Call 310-392-0909 to Register.

The Julia Dean Photo Workshops

Friday, June 29, 2007

Open for Business!

The Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT) Underground Photo Art Gallery is now open! Located in Oceanside, California, the Gallery features photographic art from a variety of artists including the desert landscapes of Peter Nagainis, Michael Vander Vorst, and many others.

The Gallery is located at 918B Mission Ave, Oceanside, California. Their hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 12-5pm.