Davidís photographic journey
Over the years, the benefits of the digital era emerged. No film labs, no expensive colour prints, instant digital images viewed through Photoshop, the ability to change from 100ISO to 800ISO with the flick of a button, no film, no film loading: Wow! Many photographers, including myself, finally embraced digital photography and recognized that Photoshop wasnít wicked at all. It is basically a darkroom, except you donít have to turn the lights off. These days I save a few j-pegs, delete a few j-pegs, and send j-pegs through the internet to family, friends and loved ones around the world. Instant gratification! Many fine art photographers continue to produce splendid silver bromide prints in their darkrooms, with the lights off, agitating their film and prints, and God bless them!
I invite you to go to High Park, see the glorious trilliums in spring, the mighty black oak leaves in summer, the cacophony of colour in the fall, and feel the brutal north wind that blows across Grenadier Pond in the winter. Photography is a learnt profession, just like art. Iíve tried to shoot like Yousuf Karsh or paint like Christopher Pratt. I gave that up a long time ago: Iíll settle for being David Allen.
Davidís photographic journey 2012
For the 2011 High Park calendar, my designer friend, David Johns, who did the fine job of assembling the 2011 calendar and this calendar, thought I should have some text titled ĎDavidís Photographic Journeyí. I wrote text, trying to be very careful, trying to make it interesting for the reader. As Iíve said many times before, a photographer becomes a photographer for a variety of reasonsóbut if they could read or write, maybe they would have become something else. I donít want to repeat what I wrote last year, this is Part 2; hopefully, next year will be Part 3. Iíve saved Part 1 from last yearís calendar on my website at www.highparkphotos.ca. My website also contains information on my High Park walks, ďPhoto BuffĒ courses, and dates for festivals and arts & crafts shows I do in the neighbourhood throughout the year.