David Spellmeyer Photography

Photos of common things from uncommon perspectives

Purdue University Exhibition Opens

I am thrilled to announce that my photographic exhibition at Purdue University’s Lawson Computer Science Building is now open. What an honor. Thank you to all those who helped make this a reality.

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All photos are manipulated

Ben Long at CreativePro.com has posted an excellent piece on why all images are manipulated artwork. Manipulation begins with the decision to frame a photograph all the way through the editing and final printing. Doesn’t matter who the photographer is, what camera equipment is used, whether it is digital or film. It is all art and therefore subjectively edited.

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Memorial Day

Golden Gate National Cemetery

Memorial Day in the United States seems to signify the beginning of the summer season.  But, it started as a way to honor those who have fallen in service to our country.  I visited the Golden Gate National Cemetery this year and let my art speak for my heart.

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Fun with Black and White in Color

I am often asked if I shoot my images in black and white.  When shooting film, I did.  Not any longer.  Digital cameras typically capture RGB color.  Photoshop has extensive capabilities to manipulate the color images into black and white.  When shooting film, one is kind of stuck with the color profile of the specific film.  It has been a while since I looked at the spectral responses to black and white films, but generally, those films worked reasonably flatly across the color spectrum.  In order to get rich black skies, one had to use a red filter. Read more