New Website

•May 22, 2020 • Leave a Comment

After years of hand coding my website, I moved everything to this site done by Faso. Their sites are beautiful. You can click on the image above to see the site.

I’ll be doing my blog with them instead of WordPress so if you want notifications of new posts, you may want to add your email to my mailing list, also available on the new webpage.

It’s Alright

•May 16, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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I got out of bed this morning and walked towards the kitchen to make some coffee. On the way I looked out the window and was completely stopped by the lovely sunrise.

It immediately took me out of the heaviness I had woken up with. I was humorously reminded of the song The End of the World by Skeeter Davis. In this song a woman’s love has left her and she doesn’t understand how the world goes on with sun and happiness.

It is a pretty dark time out there, but there’s so much to remind us of how insignificant we are and how much beauty surrounds us.

I’m extremely fortunate to live in a beautiful part of Colorado, but I grew up in New York. I could still go up on the roof. I could walk to the East River or Hudson River or just go somewhere as marvel at the amazing NY skyline.

It’s not the end of the world. At least not yet.

I took my dog Gracie down a nice trail for her morning walk while Here Comes the Sun played through my brain.

LensWork Issue 148

•May 5, 2020 • Leave a Comment

LensWork 148 Tablet Edition

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I’m of the opinion that LensWork is the best “art” photography magazine out there. Intellectualism and cynicism seem to be the trend in photographic art these days. Fortunately that is not LensWorks style. They are interested in beautiful photographs.

That said, they’re also publishing my leaves portfolio in the May edition, issue 148.

LensWork prints their beautiful magazine in Canada and since entry to Canada is closed right now, they’ve only been able to release their tablet edition.

They’ve given me the extraordinary permission to allow me to place a link to it here. Click on the image above to load it. If you’re not familiar with LensWork and find it as good as I do, go to LensWork.com and check their subscription options. Hopefully the print edition will be out before long.

I Was Going to Have an Exhibit in Denver

•March 18, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Like everything else it’s been cancelled/postponed.  In the meantime, you can see it all here.


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Knowing and Not Knowing

•January 8, 2020 • Leave a Comment

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There’s a lot to know about when taking photographs.  It’s a lot easier than it used to be, but there’s still sharpness and unsharpness to contend with and the best combinations of shutter speed and ISO for maximum quality.

I shot transparency film in 35mm and 4×5 for a number of years so I consider myself pretty knowledgeable making images of good technical quality.

This knowing sometimes extends to how to make photographs as art, i.e. subject matter, how to compose, expose, and process it.  Go online and there is no lack of “pros” wanting to tell you how to take great photographs.

I ignore most of that, but I find I get stuck in my own supposed knowing.

Most mornings I walk my dog Gracie, then I go out and take photographs.  Depending on the time of year these actions may be reversed.  Depending on the time of year I’ll also go to certain locations expecting to make certain kinds of photos.

Sometimes my expectations are fulfilled but just as often they are not and knowing what kind of images to make gets thrown out the window.

More and more, these are the times that I hope for.  Without a script, I’m forced to just look at things and allow myself to be moved.

I’m always amazed with what I find to photograph under these circumstances and how the photographs turn out. 

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2019 — I’d Like to Show You Some Photos

•December 29, 2019 • 10 Comments

I feel really good about the images I made this year, but I have trouble thinking in terms of Best Of’s, so I’ll just post a selection of photographs from 2019 that I hope you may like as much as I do.

We’ll start with a landscape since I did so few of them this year and it’s rare that I’m very pleased with them.  This is the Long Lake area in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, one of my favorite places. The 24″x36″ print of this looks awesome.

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Another atypical image.  These are flowers behind the plastic walls of a green house.

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Leaves decaying in South Boulder Creek illuminated by the morning sun

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If I just went by “likes” this wouldn’t be here, but I love this ice photo because it’s so different from what I usually do.  Different to me at least.

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Living close to the Pacific Ocean for so many years, I have seen a lot of great sunrises and sunsets, but never the amazing ones that I’ve seen in Boulder.

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The morning sun reflects off the orange and red walls of Eldorado Canyon into South Boulder Creek.  Sometimes I’m lucky enough to make something with it.  The oranges are natural.

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I love the heart shaped leaf and the crack in the ice.  I call this Heart Broken Open

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Leaves and what looks like a seed in frozen South Boulder Creek.

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Something just done in the last few weeks.  She looks like a naked dancer to me.

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Gotta have at least one grass photo.  They’re my best sellers, but I’m wondering if I’m finished with them and ready for something new.

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I love trees but I don’t get many tree images that last with me.  I hope this one does.

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And, finally some fallen leaves in some new snow in front of my home. This was my Christmas card this year.

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I hope you enjoyed my little show.

 

 

I Want To Be On Your Wall

•November 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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We’ve just finished three weekends of Open Studios, one of the few opportunities where I get a chance to show framed prints of my work to the public. I’ve been doing Boulder Open Studios for nine years and this was my best year yet. I sold five framed prints. On total, it might cover my photography expenses for the year and maybe help me afford a new lens, but the experience of seeing my work on walls and seeing people’s reactions to it is irreplaceable.

I’m on Facebook where I have a Dan Baumbach Photography page. I’m on Instagram and I post on these sites almost every day. No amounts of “Likes” or “Loves” can compare to seeing someone appreciating your art on a wall and being taken in by it.

Times are changing and everyone is experiencing art on their phones and tablets. I have an iPhone and iPad—I’ve written software for them, but I produce art for walls, not screens.

I have a wonderful Epson 24” printer that a previous Open Studios helped me afford, but making prints is expensive, especially when you’re addicted to beautiful Hahnemühle papers; so I make very few prints unless they’re for an exhibition.

I’ve learned that no matter how good something looks on a large computer screen, it can look very different as a print. My monitor is calibrated as is my printer so I’m not talking about color changes. I’m talking about how different a printed image looks from a computer screen image.

Before an exhibit, I make 11×17 prints of every image I’m considering putting in the exhibit. Some of them will end up being matted and put in bins, but still it’s an expensive proposition.

I love large prints on walls—that’s why I take photographs. A good work of art on a wall gives something to the viewer. I hope my photographs may do the same for people.

There’s a wonderful American Masters profile on PBS of the painter Mark Rothko. I had the good luck of experiencing large Rothko paintings on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art when I lived in New York. His work pulls me in, quiets and expands me.

At the end of his life, Rothko got a commission to make a set of murals for a Rothko Chapel in Texas. The interior of the chapel is just large paintings, benches and zafus where people can sit and appreciate.

It’s probably a big ego trip, but if I have a fantasy…