Landscape Photography

Secret Paths by Jim Sincock

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I love waking up to a nice sunrise, but sometimes I enjoy a foggy morning even more. Earlier this week we had a nice foggy morning and I grabbed my camera gear and headed out to River Bend Nature Center in Racine. I managed to photograph for over an hour before the sun broke through the fog and before the mosquitoes came out in force.

This image is perhaps still a work in progress since I am still working on getting the right feel. I’m using my Pictorialist style on the image to further enhance the dream-like feel I felt while out photographing that morning.

Winter's Remnants by Jim Sincock

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I enjoy early Spring in our woods which have a monotone color scheme with little pops of color. Plant matter returning to the Earth, building soil to nourish future plants.

Many of these images could fall into a series I began when I still lived in Colorado which was called Nature's Decay. That series began using large format black & white film, yet these digital color pieces also draw me in. The muted colors tell the story differently than the story would be told in black and white. Perhaps I'll continue with that series.

New prints available, and other random news by Jim Sincock

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I've added many new images to my print shop on Jim Sincock Photography, and still have many more to add. That site will eventually hold my entire collection of images that will be available as open edition prints. Limited edition or one-of-a-kind prints and art pieces will be available here on Interrobang.

If you've visited this site in the recent past you may recall I also had my antique & vintage business here. I've decided to keep that separate from the art & photography and reformed that business as Relic Antique & Vintage www.relicantique.com

Antique objects from my collections have long been the subject of my still life photography, and those photographs will continue. Many of my still life images are shot on traditional film, paper negatives, gelatin dry plate, and tintype (wet plate collodion.) My antique bottle photos have been popular at many of the art festivals I've done over the years and I will be offering both open edition prints and unique one-of-a-kind prints of those images soon.

Lastly, art festivals. For 2018 I have decided to stop doing art festivals and will only be selling my prints and art online or through my art studio. 

Woodland at River Bend by Jim Sincock

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I've always been drawn to the sometimes chaotic scenes in nature. Complex and layered scenes which become an abstraction when viewed more intimately than the larger surrounding landscape. I'm not even sure if they would be called landscapes, since these images remove the sense of location. With landscape photography, I've found that many people feel compelled to ask "where is that?" while with these images location is somewhat irrelevant. Images like these are subtle yet extremely complex. 

Photographing scenes like these can be a daunting task. How does one make sense of a scene which is heavily overgrown and seemingly missing an obvious composition? And when you do find a composition that works for your eye, how do you make a final print which will convey the scene as you saw it in your mind's eye? 

I had begun to figure out how to make sense of these scenes in black and white, and now with my new color work I am learning the complexities which come with the range of color and subtleties. I prefer overcast flat light or foggy days when photographing these scenes because the contrast of hard sunlight doesn't fit the mood or vision I have for these scenes. In creating a final print which fits my vision, I draw my my extensive knowledge of custom printing in the traditional wet darkroom. 

This series will be ongoing, yet I hope to exhibit a portion of the work in 2018. Prints will also be available from my other site, www.jimsincockphotography.com

The Best Camera Is.... by Jim Sincock

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As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. Which was definitely the case today when I decided to take the long way home so I could drive past the lake after being in the the studio all day. 

Have I mentioned that I'm enjoying color photography again? Yes, I am!

Refining Visions by Jim Sincock

I feel that life is about refining your visions, learning, growing and generally moving forward instead of staying stuck or moving backward. What works for you, and what doesn't? With the things that do work for you, how do they work with people and things around you?

This website of mine is a great example of refining my visions as it has changed and evolved constantly over the twenty years I've had it. My photography and art has also changed and evolved and improved over the thirty or so years that I've been doing it.

As I refine my visions of my direction with photography I keep seeing how much I am fulfilled by doing landscape photography. I'm happier when I spend more time nature as opposed to in the studio or at the computer. There is a deeper connection I feel out in nature and it seems important to nurture that connection.

Feel free to follow my journey as I refine my vision and explore.

 

Untended Landscapes by Jim Sincock

The grand landscapes or intimate details of landscapes are often fairly easy to photograph since it is often more obvious how to compose the image. Chaotic views of the landscape tend to be harder to photograph and share their story. A tangled mess of trees and shrubs can be both visually interesting while at the same time visually confusing. When you add black and white to that mix your image may become more abstract and harder to read.

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