Photography and HDR digital art by Michael Steighner
Welcome to my blog!
As a lighting designer for over 25 years, I have helped create an incredible array of environments. Lighting, a crucial part of any event, helps enhance the mood while creating a logical path for eye to follow. It is with this approach that I speak as a digital photographer and image maker.
(well, thats all I have for now. Check back soon for more profound words....LOL)
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert
Presently editing another series of videos from this area of the world. More to come soon and of course I will share, but in case I miss the share here, make sure and head over to the ole’ YouTube channel and SUBSCRIBE as to not miss a post!
As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, my intention was to post here every day in August, and as I had a pretty good track record going, but I guess I slipped last night! A lot going on (more on that in a future post).
About to head off for a college load in for my not so little one. Been grappling with where all the time has gone! Again, more on that in future posts I am sure …
Not sure how often I will post as the rest of the moth unfolds with travel and all. At the very least, I will drip post some of those drone images I promised you the other day. Still amazed at how well they are coming out!
More to come soon as always 🙂
Oh, and here is one of the latest from the travel series I am working on. The one I am releasing on Sunday is REALLY good (at least I think so), so again, make sure and subscribe, … and share 🙂
“Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.” – Carrie Latet
A little bit of a weird rant yesterday (but true if you think about it…..). Again, we are ALL entertainers (and artists, and creators, and whatever else you want to call yourself). Nice to live in a free country. Lets keep it that way too 🙂
Anyway ….. as a quick follow up to the location I shared, I had a few more images in the queue from the same area so I thought I would share them here today. Taken from ground level on a walk or two from months past. A great place, again, only a few blocks away, to watch the morning and evening light unfold. As far as the view from the air, I’ll share a few more tomorrow from that perspective, so make sure and check back then 🙂
“No story lives unless someone wants to listen.” – J.K. Rowling
The gate keepers are all but gone …… and we appear to be entertaining each other.
There seems to be a very strange shift going on. I have talked about it before with family and friends but I am not sure if I am being heard. That seems to happen often though. I have mentioned countless times about how the major networks and film studios must at the very least be a little concerned with what is taking place before their eyes, but I don’t know. If their creations are being funded by the investor that can afford to loose a bundle, then I guess the investment is at the very least …. feeding the mouths of the creatives involved. Boiled down, I guess thats a good thing ….. even if short term …. but where is it headed?
So what the hell am I actually taking about? Even I am wondering …
I just walked home after dropping a couple of coin to watch a movie at my local 8 screen cinema. I decided to unwind and get into a story that, for some reason, had a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. The only one there I was. On a Friday night at 10PM …. the ONLY one in the theatre. Is this sustainable? You tell me?
I do know this though. I was held captive for about 50 minutes but completely lost interest. Sure, a part of me was wondering where the hell everyone else that was looking to escape into a great story on the big screen was at, but beyond that … the story being displayed before me could not hold my interest. To be honest with you, I was more entertained walking the 2 short blocks home catching up on some instagram stories from a few folks that I randomly follow for one reason or another. Again, we appear to be entertaining each other! I mean, I had 60 times the viewers of a couple of cloud clips from my IG story than were seated in that theatre. An as I walked home, the story continued to be played out on a big screen … in front of NO ONE. Millions of dollars to create a story that no one was watching. Not that I have a lot of views here on my daily dribble of image and thought, but there are not millions behind me as I type this either.
Again, the gate keepers are not in charge anymore … and I think they might be a LITTLE bit concerned (or perhaps SHOULD be … )
So like the mega malls, are the large Cineplexes doomed to extinction? Are we ALL the new entertainers of the future? Thoughts?
On a completely different note….
As this is a photoblog, guess I should drop an image off here before I sign off. This one, taken a while ago, yet never shared. From a cool place I like to wander down to from time to time to catch the color, light, and reflection. A couple short blocks out the door. Should visit here more often not that I think of it.
Actually been spending a few mornings down there launching the bird (drone) as of recent. Created this little collection of clips from my first 2 flights down there. A great place to watch the morning light unfold. Hope to catch some tomorrow morning if the weather is nice 🙂
“Every artist was first an amateur” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
So I finally went to one of those sip and paint places. You know, paint a little, sip a little, paint a little more….. and hey look at that, I am creating some art! Sprite for me tonight though. Glad I did too cause I think I was pretty focussed on the process. Really fun actually. Again, always wanted to try this. Bought a round of gift certificates for the family last Christmas and we finally all got around to making a go of it. Good times 🙂
Thought of this image tonight that was in the hopper to post I created from a raw file taken a couple blocks from the house a while ago. Another way to paint …. with a few digital plugins, but a way I like to create those evenings when I am “pretending” I am a painter. A Topaz plugin (me thinks) if you are interested.
So, I guess I should post what we painted tonight now that I mentioned it. A couple of iPhone quickies we shot just as we were leaving. Not too bad I think. The face was tough, but again, great fun! Give them a try sometime as they are all over the country. Uptown Art is the place 🙂
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
I was reminded today from a Facebook memory that exactly a year ago, we lost this little guy. A life well lived with a family that cared for him more than he will every know. Miss you buddy 🙁
Looking at these images again now, thru my tearful eyes, he makes me smile. The memories that remain are priceless. I created a video a little while ago, during the middle of February that started as an experiment and quickly turned to an expression of love. It was actually 6 months after he passed now that I do the math, but I don’t think I have shared it here until now. He was a GOOD dog …