From my recent postings, I sense the development of a theme that is based on my evolution as a so called fine art photographer. That evolution includes a certain amount of technical learning: both of trying to become familiar with using more advanced digital cameras, and in developing post production competency. Some of these entries will be more oriented toward sharing that advancement of skills and knowledge while discussing the aesthetic choices that I made for select images.

The photographs below are variations of another one of my all time favorites NORTH JETTY NUMBER 47.

This variation is from April 2018. It is perhaps the most worked copy of this photograph. The railroad ties on the left center compete with the primary subjects (changed in the copy below).

I just now worked this copy (January 12, 2021). I have yet to study the differences enough to select my prefered variation. I see several differences. In this image the foreground jade colored rock competes more with the small cascade of water in the center. It may just be enough to steal one’s eye away from the small waterfall. The details of the concrete wall are clearer as well.

April 3, 2010. Sony R1 at 24mm equivalent.

I think that it is time to show the original image direct from the camera (above). At this point, I feel that the subject and composition were the most redeeming values of the shot. There is some tension between the water and the wall as the relentless oceanic swells and tides continue their onslaught of the jetty. My early renderings were on the warm side, as I was still prone to wear rose-colored sunglasses in our cool coastal environment. Over time, my vision for this image morphed into the cooler realm of color balance.

Black and white worked today.

Black and White worked April 2018.


About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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3 Responses to NORTH JETTY NUMBER 47

  1. Michelle White says:

    Takes me into another world right here at home! My favorites are the first and the last images. The color and the clouds and…

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