David Spellmeyer Photography

Photos of common things from uncommon perspectives

Posts from the ‘Background’ category

Hosting an Exhibition – The Space

My previous post discussed the realization I had about how little time I had and the issues I knew I faced.  This installation will be about the space for the exhibition.  Specifically, the third floor hallways of Lawson Computer Science Building.

In order to gain a sense of the size of the exhibition, I had to know about the space.  Where is it?  How many walls are there?  How large are the walls?  How is the space used?  Things like that.  I had been in the building several times, so I had a good idea of the space.  But, I had not viewed the space critically for the intended purpose.  To fill in the critical gaps, Jean Jackson worked to provide detailed answers to all my questions, providing measurements, providing photographs of the walls, and providing insights on the lighting during various times of the day. Read more

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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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