Author Archives: Gerry Daniel

is this a new photograph?

Is this a new photograph? It seems like an easy question and in many cases, it’s an easy answer. The heart of the answer is when the image is completed. There is a specific time and place when the image was captured by a camera. At that point, the photograph exists. For my photography, it is still an unfinished work. There are adjustments that need to be made to the image that includes basic adjustments as color correction, image optimization by identifying the lens used to take the photograph, cropping if needed, removing any sensor spots from the image, and other adjustments to achieve the finished image that meets my vision for the image. My initial basic processing is done in Adobe Lightroom. Further processing may be done in a processing tool like Perfect Effects from Perfect Photo Suite by OnOne Software.

flixy cats, new york city

flixy cats, new york city

The above photograph was made on January 19, 2013. It sat in my library of images until it was completed on October 13, 2014, posted to Google+ and added to my photography site on October 15, 2014. The time gap from making the photograph to completing the photograph doesn’t matter. It is a new photograph when it is completed. Before that, it is an image that is unfinished.

Street photograpy in New York City

Street photography in New York City

hear the photography with your eyes

The image, featured below, is street photography with graphic art on the side of a building, made in New York City.

new york city

Street photography in New York City

The Gerry Daniel Photography blog is back! My energy, enthusiasm, and determination have returned. Stay tuned for some new things and the revival of some things that have been part of the blog in the past. A lot has happened in the interim between the last post and this post. The posts moving forward will sometimes written directly here while others may come from other sources such as my Google+ profile. That offers an opportunity to improve and broaden the content featured here.

Hang with me, spread the word, share with others. The more people I have reading and enjoying my blog, the better for me and the juggernaut that is Gerry Daniel photography, my art, and my ever expanding artistic and personal empire. Please share, link, reference, repost, like, give it Google +1’s, helps me in a lot of ways.

If you like my photographs and art enough to use any of it without my permission and believe my work is free for you to use, we fundamentally disagree on that issue. For the people that will take my work without respecting my ownership and legal rights no matter what I say or do, at least make an effort to give me credit for the work. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. If you don’t think this applies to you and/or you just don’t care, you just want the images and are going to take them no matter what, there is little I can do. I will try to take some solace that you found my work significant enough to use without permission and in violation of copyright laws. I doubt I will go back and make changes to any of the images posted with regard to trying to make it easier to identify that it’s my work. Going forward, ways to make it easier to identify the work as belonging to me will be added but it won’t be intrusive or obscure my images. I’m focused on what’s ahead.


every day is earth day

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

On Thursday morning, I will be driving to Cherokee, NC to attend a NANPA Spring Regional Event.  The location is in the Great Smoky Mountains.  From the advance material for the event, the photo tours will be in a variety of locations and elevations.  A change of scenery will be good for both my spirit and my photography.  The views will be spectacular whether I am at the higher elevations or in the lush valleys with beautiful flowing streams.

It would be easy to go into descriptions of those areas, but that’s what I hope to do with the photographs from the trip.  My challenge is going to be to take the time to “see” what is around me and try to capture the beauty with the camera.  Taking a lot of photos is a solid practice but being selective about what to shoot is key.  Some basic guidelines I try to follow on every shoot include:

  1. Be aware of what is in the frame, many great shots can be ruined by an object that wasn’t noticed
  2. Look for interesting perspectives, don’t shoot everything from a standing position, don’t hesitate to sit on the ground or move about to find an interesting perspective
  3. Pay attention to the edges of the frame, sure you can crop later but try to avoid taking photos without regard for the edges because you can crop later, recompose the shot if possible
  4. Notice the separation of objects in the frame, sometimes a step to one side or another, or changing your angle can make all the difference in how the objects in the shot relate to each other
  5. Bracket each shot, what you see with your eye and what the camera records are often not the same
  6. Shoot a scene in a variety of aperture settings, variances in depth of field can be subtle but very important to nail the shot you want
  7. Remember you are painting with light, bright and dark areas can present some difficult exposure issues, be prepared to make adjustments if possible, in some cases you might need to note a location and shoot it at a different time of day
  8. Be considerate, if you are with a group, don’t hog a great spot or obscure the view of others around you, polite goes a long way
  9. Have fun, your feelings are transferred to your images, take time to find the “wow” and shoot that

Note to self: The above list is for you to remember, don’t get out there and just start snapping away.

The short list above is probably included in recommended practices in many photography articles and publications.  Every now and then, I need to remind myself about the basics.  Is the above list all encompassing?  Of course not, I hit some high spots.  Photography as an art involves paying attention to detail.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed in a new location and forget the basics.  It’s also easy to become so comfortable with a location and forget the basics.

reflection of spring at Turkey Creek

reflection of spring at Turkey Creek

In the shameless promotion section of this post, some of my work at Gerry Daniel Photography was fortunate enough to have a feature that was shown on “Wake Up Alabama” this morning.  My sincere thanks to Rick Jackson for creating the feature, to the team at “Wake Up Alabama” for the air time, and to CBS 42, the local CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama for allowing Rick to produce the segment.  It was filmed at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, a land tract that is part of Alabama’s Forever Wild Program.  There are a number of these beautiful natural areas that have been designated as “Forever Wild” and there is a list of others that are being considered.  Alabama has an amazing variety of terrain, wildlife, plant life, and unique ecosystems.  We have abundant waterways throughout Alabama.  Keeping the waterways fresh and clean is an ongoing effort by a lot of dedicated people throughout Alabama.  Other photographs from Turkey Creek can be seen in the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve gallery.

Let’s go with something that has a good rhythm. The song is “Tightrope” by Yeasayer from the album “Dark Was the Night” which was released in February 2009, features a variety of artists, and will benefit the Red Hot Organization – an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.

upcoming articles

“Plans get you into things, but you got to work your way out.” ~ Will Rogers”

The past week was pretty busy.  The upcoming weeks have a number of events planned.  All of this making it a productive spring and good start to the summer.

There are several blog articles waiting to be written.  Topics on the list include:

  • Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve
  • The work of Abbie Wiersma
  • My ongoing photography website, blog, Twitter redesign project which involves much help from Kerri Shotts and her company, photoKandy
  • My trip to the Stray Art Salon
  • Some blog articles that fill in parts of my background story (Gerry, the early years) but relate to photography (loosely)
  • My upcoming trip to a NANPA event in Cherokee, NC to shoot that area
  • My upcoming trip to San Francisco

So stay tuned, there is much to talk about.

The song for the post is “Not California” from the album “Funnel Cloud (Bonus Track Version): by the group Hem.  The song is simply beautiful.


“Some have greatness thrust upon them, but not lately” ~ Frank Dane

spring flowers, 4/15/2010

spring flowers, 4/15/2010

It was a beautiful day in what has seemed like a long week.  The light was nice late this afternoon.  Tomorrow morning will be an early start to try and capture the morning light as the sun rises at Ebenezer Swamp in Shelby County, Alabama.  The photographs from this afternoon are all downloaded to my computer, I have only processed a few.  The flowers in the two photographs in this post were very small but size and beauty are not dependent on each another.

more small spring flowers, 4/15/2010

more small spring flowers, 4/15/2010

The title of the song for this post is “Lately” from the album “Keep Your Eyes Ahead” by Helio Sequence.

light enough to travel

“I see my path but I don’t know where it leads.  Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” ~ Rosalia de Castro (1837-1885)

sunset in a truck window

sunset in a truck window

A sunset reflected in the window of an old pickup truck.

The song is “Light Enough to Travel” from the album titled “Blue Horse” by The Be Good Tanyas.


“Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one, Helen Keller is the other” ~ Erma Bombeck

Stagnation is overly harsh and doesn’t accurately describe my recent struggles with photography.  Restless and confined are probably closer to what I have been feeling.  If you add my usual amount of self-criticism, throw in a number of loose ends as I try to learn how to get my photography off the ground,  the cascading effect presents a challenge.  No doubt, I will find myself in this spot a number of times if I want to keep evolving as a person and an artist.

Reader: “Thanks for sharing, Gerry.  That was so touching, informative, and inspiring.”

Me: “Relax, I could have written that opening paragraph a lot of different ways.  It’s my blog, I get to do the setup.”

Reader: “Yeah well, I’m the reader and that whole stall thing you do where you fill space on the blog post makes my butt tired.”

Me: “Your butt’s always tired.”

through the windows

through the windows

Yesterday afternoon, I took some steps to change my regular, obsessive, structured process of shooting.  Wait for it…I shot everything hand held, no tripod, no cable release, no mirror in lock-up mode, and not preset bracketing.  Take that!  I was out there, totally winging it, walking the edge of the razor.  I know what you’re thinking, “What a rebel.  Did crowds gather to watch the wildness of that activity?”

All I can say is that you can expect more renegade shooting.  Deal with it.

Nature photography will always be important for me and will always be part of my work.  As I have been going through the redesign project for Gerry Daniel Photography, Gerry Daniel Photography Blog, and my Twitter account (renegade_photog), I am moving towards a broader description of my work.  The sites are being redesigned through the services of photoKandy and the project is going very well.  Branding, a professional site design, and SEO (search engine optimization) are important elements to any business and the new design will go a long way towards helping me in those areas.

textures, shapes, and wrinkles

textures, shapes, and wrinkles

The song for this post is titled “Fame” from the album titled “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings” by Citizen Cope.  If you are someone that enjoys a good song with good lyrics, this one could be for you.  If not, then it’s for me because I like it, a lot.  I am not now and may never be famous, fame isn’t really a goal.  The song deals more with the factors in our society (America in particular) that focus on fame.