Postcards From France: Grasse, Part 1

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My Postcard From Grasse – Part 1

This Postcard from France comes to you from Grasse. After chilly but beautiful Strasbourg up in northern France, a 5-day road trip dropped me much further south into Grasse, which is in the French Riviera, or Cotes d’Azur. It was close to Chateauneuf de Grasse, which is where I’d be leading my “Finding Your Artistic Voice” photography retreat a few days later.  Continue reading “Postcards From France: Grasse, Part 1”

Reality, Art & The Slow Moving State of Flux

Slow Moving State of Flux

Haven In the Woods

CAUTION: DEEP THOUGHTS AHEAD!

I tend to think of reality as basically a really slow-moving state of flux. (slow relative to the speed of light, that is.)

You know how people once thought of solid matter as actually… solid? Only now we now that if you zoom in far enough, you can see that matter is made up of particles that are constantly moving. They have space in between them. Which means the whole mosaic of solid matter isn’t solid at all!

What’s more, if you apply say, heat to solid matter, many types of it either melt, cook, or shift into another form of matter altogether.

I tend to see reality the same way. Changeable. Shiftable. “The result of” something, not “what IS.” So if I don’t like my current reality selection – or want to refine it into something more pleasing to me – I apply my own kind of heat. That could be different thoughts, actions, feelings… because those are the ingredients, that when combined, become my current reality selection.

In my photography/art, I love creating different realities. I wish I could draw well enough to do it when it comes to art – but instead I use my camera as a sort of basic paintbrush and go from there. Sometimes the results look like what many refer to as “real”… sometimes they’re completely outside those lines.

I love both. Because I know that each is simply a different arrangement of molecules… with a different amount of “heat” applied… changeable at any moment.

Just like life.
Cue the credits…

The Players:

The “Reality” Selection: “Haven in the Woods”. Viewable here.
The Solid Matter: Really cool house in the woods in Soda Springs, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California.
The Paintbrush: Fujifilm X-T1/16-55mm lens. ISO 200, f/11.
The Easel: Really Right Stuff TVC34 tripod, BH-40 ballhead.
The Heat: Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Impression (a couple of different filters), Macphun Aurora HDR Pro, Alien Skin, NIK’s Viveza, my own textures.
The Result: Joy, happy heart, pleasant surprise, eagerness to do more; scene expressed in my own voice – as it wanted to be heard that day. If I did it again on a different day – it would likely be completely different.

Deep thoughts, over and out!

In An Abstract Mood

Criss-Cross Connections

I felt abstract today. Deeply layered, multi-colored, lively, but… abstract. Lots of crisses and crosses and bright light connections in my thoughts-a-plenty.

So I figured I’d just go with it and make a new piece from that place. I did it with my new Sony A7ii. Did I mention I finally sprung for a Sony to replace my NEX-7? Yup. Went for the fancy little dbl-ii. We can chat more about that, once I’ve had it more than 5 minutes. Mind you, I’ve only got the old lenses I used on my NEX-7 for now; Sony’s 10-18, 18-55 and 55-210. But that’s OK for the moment, while I figure out what I REALLY want to do with my camera situation. That’s a WHOLE other conversation; and a topic that contributed to my abstract-i-mood today.

Anyway, I strained my hip (it’ll recover, no biggie), so while I’m taking it easy I took my new little camera out to find some textures and light and lines while I thought about things. I like to do that, mediate through my camera. It’s fun to see what comes from through!

This was created from 4 or 5 different images… including the brushed stainless steel doors of the elevator that I rode up on my way back to the apartment.

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The Textures of Paris

Paris in the Springtime

I’ll keep today’s missive short(er)… since lately I’ve just been blabbing like a babbling brook, haven’t I? Heh.
So… put on some lovely French jazz, heat up a croissant and pour yourself a cuppa cappuccino… we’re going to Paris today!

We’ll talk about these two images in a sec… but first, I AM going to Paris in May! In fact, you could join me if you’re in the mood for an awesome street photography workshop. No, I’m not teaching it… but I’m tagging along, doing video, Virtual Photo Walks, etc!

Valerie Jardin is a good friend of mine, who gives the most incredible street photography workshops in amazing places… Paris, Rome, NYC, etc. She’s also French and knows Paris like the natives. Maybe better, since she sees it through the lens of a camera. TOTALLY different view!

Anyhoo, her May workshop was completely booked up – but suddenly just had 2 spaces open up. They’ll be snapped up in no time flat, I’m sure.

So I thought (I’m a thinker, I am!) HOW FUN it would be if a couple of folks from the KHutt camp came along! Street photography… Paris… May?? SIGN ME UP!
Oh wait. I already did. Grin.
And now – you can too, if you wanna join us for an amazeballs week in Paris at the end of May!

Before/After and Why It Matters

They were taken in Paris, naturellement. This was from one snowy December night in 2010. That was the trip I vowed I would one day visit Paris again – in May!

But I’m bringing textures into the conversation – since R&D is still going on with the new ones Tanya Wallis and I are developing. So I took this photo of a corner in the Bastille neighborhood of Paris… which I liked a great deal…

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Speaking Of New Stuff in 2015…

More New Stuff!

When last we spoke, I sneak peeked VIDA. Still super stoked about that; should have more to report soon! But wait, there’s more…

I’ve got a few more projects brewing in various stages… but one of them IS ready to share with y’all. (I love telling you guys first!)  This one’s just fun. Y’know, surprising. Delightful. It’s something I’ve been developing and using on my own photos. And I’m creating them with the awesome Tanya Wallis.

This “something” is in the textures/hues/overlays arena. Oh I know what you’re saying; jeez, there are TONS of those out there! Believe me, I know. Between Tanya and me, we’ve used quite a few of them. They’ve been cool, but more and more I’ve been craving something “extra” out of them. None were truly delivering the magic sauce just the way I wanted them to. It’s so subjective, I know. The thing was, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, yet I could see what I was after in my mind’s eye; which is like having an itch you can’t quite scratch. Maddening! So I decided to see if I could create my own. Enter Textures, Round One.

I asked Tanya her opinion on my first pass. She basically suggested (so kindly, yet in her typical pull-no-punches Aussie sort of way) that I take them further. Y’know, go more KHutt-style with ’em. Long story short, it was like being given the keys to the candy store!  I went to town and painted it…well, a lot more colors than red! And y’know what? They started turning out some unexpected and pretty cool results. 

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New York, Macphun & The Fish

Presets & Textures… Oh My!

I love new experiences. Roll them in a nice coating of fun, learning curve rich goodness and I’m hooked!
Such was my experience in creating new presets and textures for Macphun. I was delighted and honored when they asked me to do so.

I went to town on them a few months ago. I’ve certainly created and used my own textures… but not strictly for and in black and white – and never presets. What a cool thing to do! (You can create your own too, BTW… it’s yet another way to create your own unique touches.)

Since then, I’ve been using them ALOT to fine tune and get ’em dialed in. I finally like the results! And now… two are being released in their new Marketplace this week… the KHutt Urbex textures and The Dynamic Collection presets, both created for Tonality Pro. Click this link to see what they look like. Or just click on the images below.
(I put them here so you know what they’ll look like on the page.)

There are also presets and such from several other fabulous photographers – so if you like presets and textures, you MUST have a gander.

For any regular Macphun product you do decide to spring for… use the code KHUTT for 10% off your purchase. (Discount = yay!!)

However, please note that the presets and textures are not included in that discount. Sorry! But the good news is that they’re super inexpensive to begin with and you’ll barely miss it. 😀

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The Art of Living and The New Now

Looking Back, Taking a Breath

Stuff is happening. Fast!
I imagined summer to be “catch my breath” time. Hahahaha! Oh the folly and whimsy of it all!

The past few months have seen the launch of The Arcanum, a photo trip to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, followed immediately by a trip to NYC, filming several episodes of The Chat which I’ve had NO time to edit, speaking engagements, my first photography show at Coffeebar, Truckee , the unexpected availability of the “Dream Team” for my fabulous new website (a 4 month, SUPER time-intensive process… it’ll launch in October!), a couple of Virtual Photo Walks – one of my favorite things to do, interviews, meetings about potential new projects and now… I’m newly the west coast Influencer/Artist (is that actually a title?) for Macphun Software and Tonality Pro, for which I did a press presentation in San Francisco, am now making videos and am TOTALLY stoked about it. Yes I fell behind on my blog and on The Chat… but like I said, growing pains!

These developments are all incredible, wonderful. I could only imagine them a couple of years ago. They’ve also pushed me in new ways – to do more, think more, be more creative, move faster than I had ANY idea I would be at this point!

The New Now

As an artist, this is exciting – because it feels like my dreams are now taking physical form – and are moving forward.
As a human, it’s change, requires growth and has its requisite growing pains.
And as a human being doing my best to “live my life as if it were my art”… I am beginning to realize that this is the “New Now”. Unexpected, demanding, fluid, thrilling.


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Small Men in Armor

The Armory at the Castle

The Castello di Amorosa armory – like the rest of the Castle – feels completely authentic. I always stare at medieval armor – even in Europe – because I can simply never believe that those fierce, iron-clad warriors of the middle ages were so small! Seriously… I have yet to see a suit of armor that looks like it would fit a typical 20th century man. I mean, they had such skinny legs!

How did they ride horses? Swing those broadswords? Go to the bathroom?

More importantly… how did it smell in there? :O

Yes, these are just a few of my musings whenever I visit an armory… it’s a world so foreign from my own.
It was no different the day we had the chance to photograph in this one at The Castle.

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5 Day Photography Bundle Deal… It’s ON!!

I don’t often do retail stuff over here… but as I’ve mentioned, I’m part of a REALLY COOL photography bundle that is a benefit to you… me… and some really great charities, all in one moment. Gotta love that!

Snag $1200 of photography ebooks, presets, actions and videos for just $89!

 

“Whuuuut??” I hear you gasp. “Can it be true??”

Indeed it can! A group of us photographers have put together a super special offer. Between January 5 and 10, you can grab more than 15 ebooks, over 12 hours of video tutorials and hundreds of Adobe presets and actions for Lightroom and Photoshop… all for less than $100. Can you say BARGAIN? And a great start to the New Year!

Better still, we’re donating 10% of every sale – that’s $8.90 – to charity! That’s the part that kicks it over the moon for me.

How is it possible? Well, we all just thought it was an awesome idea: Donate one or more of our own products into the bundle in return for the chance to sell it at this amazing price AND contribute to the greater good in one fell swoop. There really is no catch other than the offer only running for five days between now and 10 January – beyond that you’re simply getting a bunch of great downloadable products at an incredibly low price. BAM.

So what do you get for your money? I’ve put the full list below, along with details on the charities we’re supporting. You can also just jump over to the website to find out more or place your order by clicking the link below! All the info is there too.

But remember this only available for 5 days: Jan. 5 noon EST – Jan. 10 noon EST.

 

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Stop and Smell (also Texturize) the Flowers!


It’s end of summer and also the end of my unplanned bloggity-blog hiatus. You may not have even noticed; I know how busy you are. 😉 But I’m back now, with much I’m about to announce! Stay tuned for that.  But first: I thought I’d ease back into the swing by sharing one of my recent artsichord (like that word? I made it up. heh.) experiments. A triplet of roses, plus a neighbor; with one showing everybody else how it’s done.

My about-to-be-announced project started like they all do: me thinking “Oh, that’ll be a piece of cake!”… and ending up on a steeper learning curve, with more delays and challenges than I ever dreamed possible! But there’s universal intelligence at work for ya. If you knew how hard something was going to be going in, you’d probably not even start! Along the way, I had less time to process photos, less time for everything except total immersion.

Somewhere along the way though, I finally had to just stop, smell the roses and process some photos! Not surprisingly, my creative desires are emerging from my “voyage d’immersion” with cravings for some different flavors. Here, I ended up playing with textures, light and contrasts in an entertainingly (to me, anyway) new way. Figured I’d share the steps. This is ONE of the finished pieces, followed by each step along the way. There are about 10 of them. You might want to get a little coffee, glass of wine, a nosh. Here goes:

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The Textures of a Story

I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately, on the art-meets-inner-life department. It kind of all started with textures, which I’ve been playing with over the past several months. I love the look of old paintings… the textures, the life, the stories contained within each crack and mysterious tactile anomaly. To me, there’s something comforting about them. It makes me want to touch them. It makes me want to own one, so I can look at it every day and ask questions, see new things, make up stories about it. And touch it without getting the stink eye from the guard.

Of course, I’ve noticed that the pieces I’m most interested in are just a wee bit spendy. So I started playing with my own, to satisfy the craving. I did this one recently:

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