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on Aug 5, 2011 in Field Reports

Jay Maisel is SO Wise!

Jay Maisel is an amazing photographer! When you here someone like that and you see his images, you need to listen. Doesn’t mean you do everything he does thinking that will make you great. But it does mean you take in those words of wisdom that apply to your photography and run with them. One of the wisest pieces of advice I think we should all follow is, always carry a camera! An iPhone camera doesn’t count to me since I can’t take that image 24×30. Jay is an amazing city shooter so whenever I’m in a city like Salt Lake City (here for PDN Outdoor Expo), I try to do my Jay. So when we walked to dinner, I naturally had my camera and the approaching afternoon thunderstorm clouds naturally grabbed my attention.

I really like the buildings in the top photo but the clouds not so much. I like both the building and clouds in the bottom photo but, I don’t know, it just doesn’t see complete. They are both simple clicks finished with Silver Efex Pro. The top photo, I squared the buildings using Free Transform > Distort in Photoshop. I used that since you have no clue if the clouds have been stretched or not. They are just clouds. But Free Transform > Distort is real fast and I like fast. Not going to set the world on fire, the photos though do bring a simple pleasure and the satisfaction that but listening and learning from the master, Jay, carrying the camera did pay off. That brings smile to my face.

Photos captured by D3x, 24-120VR on Lexar UDMA digital film