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Creativity in a Small Package – Favorites from 2018

One more look back at 2018 and some of my favorite images. In this post I will focus on photos taken with a “small package” – my camera phone (a Samsung Galaxy S5) and the processed with the apps thereon. Snapseed was probably used on every photo and a few might have also been processed by some digital filtering app (e.g. TinyPlanet and Cameringo).

January:

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February:

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March:

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April:

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May:

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June:

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July:

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August:

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September:

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October:

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November:

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December:

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Most of the better photos that I have taken with my phone/camera (and therefore all of the ones included in this post) are shared on my Instagram account: randytalbot 

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Color and Texture of Tree Trunks in Winter

At first glance the winter landscape looks so desolate, monotonous and colorless. However, I find that once my eyes/mind get tuned into the trees, their trunks and bark, I see abundant subjects of interest. Here are photos of the great variety that caught my eye one day in early January in Edmonton.

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2018 – Abstract Selections

Here are my favorite abstract photos from each month of 2018. I have employed a number of techniques in these selections, from found patterns in “nature”, to digital manipulation to camera (or object ) motion:

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Looking back on 2018, I didn’t do as much abstract photography as I thought I did. At least I didn’t capture as many images during 2018. I did finish up a number of abstract photos that I had taken years ago, and they are among my favorite images. However those images are not included in this 2018 collection, so please look back to my earlier “abstract photography”- tagged blog posts to see them.


2018 – The Best of Black and White

As much as I love color there is something about black and white images that has always appealed to me. Inevitably when I go out a shoot a bunch of photos a number of them (maybe 10%) will scream out at me to be represented monochromatically.

Here are one of my favorite black and white images, from each month in 2018:

January:

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 Trail in the snow along the edge of the frozen North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton

February:

 

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Plastic pins of a toy for capturing a 3D representation of an object

March:

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An exposed and therefore snow-free, south-facing bank of the North Saskatchewan River valley in Edmonton.

April:

 

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Large chunks of ice at spring break-up on the North Saskatchewan River.

May:

 

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Bridge pillars on the Sturgeon River in St.Albert

June:

 

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The bell of a trombone, at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival

July:

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Trail in Edmonton’s river valley (upper Dawson Park)

August:

 

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Bend in the road (Rowland Road) in Edmonton

September:

 

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Pillar of the Dawson Bridge in Edmonton

October:

 

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Squirrel sounding off.

November:

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Ice starting to form and collect on the North Saskatchewan River

December:

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River ice sheet breaking under pressure.

 


2018 – My Favorite Photos

Here is a collection of my favorite photos from each month in 2018. I didn’t start out looking to adhere to any particular theme but as it turns out, all of these are images of the natural environment and they were all taken close to my home, in Edmonton’s river valley.

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So there you go, my “favorite” photos taken in Edmonton during each month of 2018. For some months it was hard picking a favorite, so, especially towards the end, I would default to the image that was most consistent with the developing “nature” theme. I am tempted to assemble another collection focusing on my black and white, or abstract photos from 2018 – stay tuned.

 


Self-Collaboration Projects

I often check my photos archives to see what I was doing and what images I captured on the current date but years ago. Today I went back to 2011 (December 30th) and found some interesting raw photos that with a bit of tweaking became much better.

It is fun to think that I am collaborating with my past-self to create these works. Here are some of the results from today:

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Abstracting November 2011

I’m going back in my archives to 2011 (November 25) for these never-before-presented camera-motion abstract photos:
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Spring Revisited (Part 2)

In Part 1, I shared 5 abstract photo images, taken in the Edmonton river valley on a beautiful spring day in May of 2013. Here area few more images conveying the color and lines of spring:

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Maximum Green

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Scratchy Lines

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Horizontal Bands of Spring

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Wet Golden

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White Trunks Against Spring Green


Spring Revisited (Part 1)

In the depths of a dull November day I reached back in my photos archives for some memories of spring to brighten my mood.

I found some photos from May 20th of 2013 that captured the light, mood and color of spring. After tweaking these camera-motion abstract photos a bit, these are the images that I came up with:

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Spring Colors (May 2013)

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River Frolic

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Into the Woods

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Pack Play

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Watch for more abstract photo images from this day in Spring Revisited (Part 2).


Autumn Pastels (part 1)

I love the media of pastel Рfor the rich color and soft shapes that can be depicted. Autumn is a great time to be inspired by the natural landscape, to find images particularly suited to pastels:

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Those people familiar with my work probably correctly guessed that the images above are not pastel works but rather are abstract photos that I took and created, with the intent of using them as reference images for future pastel paintings.