|Message from Jim Drost
In the past 10 years I have made many trips to the most beautiful southwest USA.
I am very lucky to have the greatest MOM in the world, who lives in the N.E. Heights of
Albuquerque, New Mexico. This has givin me the opportunity to travel to
the southwestern states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and California.
This past october 2004 was my first time to see Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
This was my first chance to check out my new Nikon D70 since I bought it, may 2004 -
Like somewhere other than the flat green landscape of michigan.
I flew to Denver, rented a car for the road trip to ABQ. About 8 hour drive but I took 2
days and took the scenic route through Taos.
I have always been intrested in photography, then came the computer age. For
me that was 1994. I quickly learned computers and photos were a perfect match.
I used a Cannon AE-1 body / Cannon FD 35-105mm 1:3.5 zoom lens. Bought new in 1984.
First I was able to learn how to scan a print on old flat bed scanner, then
started shooting slide film and had to have a slide/negitive film scanner.
That was a Hewlett Packard S-20. Very good film scanner in it's day.
At the time I thought, "Wow this is the way photos will be done for a long time to come".
I got real serious with my new Nikon N70 that was givin to me by the greatest father
in the world, my DAD.https://pbase.com/edjanphotos
Then the software, image editor, yup photoshop 5 was the program to edit and allow my own
"digital darkroom". This program now at version 7 can make any image file look cool.
Check some of my "PhotoShop creations" here...https://pbase.com/jimbosphotos/photoshop_creations
Then came the Digital Camera, What? No scanning - no film cost, Yes! Unlimited photo shoots!
Found this definition of Digital Art at
Photo-Manipulation and Collage
Photography, with its own long history as a populist image-making technology, turned mass-media-device, turned Fine Art, is both a model and a material for Digital Art. Digital imaging technology has served photographers well, with 2003 marking the first year that digital cameras outsold traditional film cameras. Beyond standard photographic techniques, digital tools open up a whole world of expanded image manipulation and printing techniques. In particular is the ability to resize, reposition, select, cut, paste, color and blend almost limitless layers of divergent photographic images into seamless and amazing digital Collages. These collages are often fantastic and surreal in their appearance and thereby often draw into question our modern dependency on the photograph to present a picture of truth and reality. Digital Art techniques have freed photography from its own finality. In the hands of a digital artist a photograph is just the beginning, neither real nor unreal.
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Why the Southwest?
Eliot Porter, writing in his book The Southwest:
The stimulation of thin air; the intense blueness of the sky; the towering thunderheads of summer that ramble and flash and produce sheets of rain with a sudden rush of water that soon passes, leaving only a wet arroyo to dry within an hour; the quick change of climate, from burning dry heat that allows no sweat to wet one's clothing to a shivering cold during the rainfall; these are among the attributes of a land that gets into one's blood and bones.