Yolo County’s Art Farm Gala

The Autumn is full of Arts-related events in the Sacramento region, or at least, it used to be.  

On a previous post, I mentioned the KVIE auction. The auction went well and my piece was a bell-ringer. This means that I don’t have to make room for it on the walls of my house.

Another event to look forward to in the Fall is the Art Farm Gala, Yolo Arts annual fundraiser supporting the Art & Ag project, The Yolo Land Trust and Yolo Farm to Fork.

This year, I have one piece for sale at the Art Farm Gala, Sunflowers’ Corner (the featured photograph above). If it sells, half of the earnings will go towards fundraising. I had prepared two prints for this fundraising event but, unfortunately, the other print I submitted, Portrait of a Wilting Sunflower, was not selected for their juried, silent auction. I guess I will never know why. This was the first time I actually printed a larger version of my work with overlays and I am very pleased with the result. The prints were beautifully executed by the Blue Wing Gallery.

Although many photographers are reluctant to work with overlays because it is not “straight photography”, it is possible to obtain a similar result in camera (using a technique known as multiple exposure). If nothing else, multiple exposure and/or pos-processing techniques are likely to result in artwork that is more unique.

Producing “original” work is the quest of many photographers. Not long ago, a friend I was out shooting with asked me not to take pictures of a particular cloud to avoid redundancy. “I want to have some unique photographs of this storm”- I was told. Although I was flattered that my photography could be perceived as a threat to anyone’s originality, I must confess that I resented the request, since we were out together on a photography trip, it was starting to rain and we both had to make the best out of photographing from near the car. The good news is, there is no need to be possessive of any particular scene or weather manifestation, and create problems with friends. Even when two people are photographing the same scene, they can produce unique frames by using different post-processing, or in-camera techniques like ICM or multiple exposure. 

Published by Alessandra Chaves

Photographer with a preference for nature photography in black and white and other abstractions.

17 thoughts on “Yolo County’s Art Farm Gala

  1. Happy sale. That’s always gratifying.

    I seem to remember seeing paintings of the same scene that two Impressionists made when they went out painting together. As you noted, people’s approaches are likely to be idiosyncratic enough that the results will hardly seem to be duplicates. That can be true even of a single person. I have a post scheduled for this weekend in which I’ll show two quite different takes on the same wildflower photographed from the same angle. And sometimes an artist comes back to a subject years later and treats it in a different way.

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  2. I do like this sunflower – particularly because it appears to capture their bright nature yet without color. That’s an aspect I struggle with a lot, something may look great in both color and b&w but I feel like I should choose which version should be allowed to exist in the world. You know , be decisive and all that.

    I would be a bit annoyed at such a request to not photograph something. Not that it is the case here, but I’ve heard one too many stories of photographers actually destroying subjects – like a wildflower patch just to prevent someone else from photographing it. (Harder to do with a cloud. 🙂 )

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    1. Well, I threw a tantrum of my own around the incident, of which I’m not proud, but we did resolve the issue and get over it rather than let it ruin the rest of our trip. Destroying the “evidence”, that is cruel. Fortunately, it’s hard to do with a grand landscape.

      I had to take a look. You certainly know your way around your black and white. Please do more. 😉. I noticed that you work with sepia tone, too. I used to, but have dropped it for some unconscious reason. I think it was over difficulties getting accurate prints. I like sepia tone a lot. Maybe will try again.

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      1. I’ve grown to be a fan of the Lenswork warm toned B&W for lack of a better reference. I probably should print more of it to verify I am not boxing myself into a problem but so figured if it prints as good as the work prints in Lenswork, then I am ok. I’ve often thought about trying to commit to b&w for a solid year to get myself to think more that way. But some color demon always lures me away.

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  3. Congratulations on your piece selling. That means you can make another print to hang on your wall. 🙂 We have no wall space here, most is not my own work, so something would have to go were I to make any more prints. I don’t enter many competitions. Here is a post with two prints that I did enter. The second took first place but I have no idea why. That or why not is probably just a matter of taste in most instances. Whether the knowledge of why is helpful or not is always up for debate. In case you are curious, here is what that looks like in its actual size.

    How did the other photographer come to the conclusion that he/she had first dibs on the cloud? There are a lot of folks out there who criticize people for shooting the iconic sites and many others who desire the glory shot of something spectacular no matter how many times it has been “shot to death”. Like you said to Steve, people take themselves too seriously. A funny story, maybe…I work at a furniture store and used to do a lot of the delivering. Not so much any longer but in one case I helped deliver a chair and noticed that the purchaser was a photographer. We talked for a while and then went into his studio where he showed me a collection of his images. As we looked through them <a href="https://sggphoto.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/08-03-2013-here-we-go-loop-de-loop-a-bubble-pond-path-mystery/"this image popped up on the screen. We both did the exact same composition in color. As you can see I also did it in black and white. We both laughed and complimented each other on our good taste. No jealousy whatsoever. I had the same thing happen with a friend on Facebook. I posted a shot of a muskrat eating a water-lily. In the comments below he posted the same exact shot having been standing behind me. Another chuckle for the two of us. Unless someone is purposely copying another I don’t see an issue.

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    1. And I got so carried away with myself there I forgot to compliment your sunflower image. Well done. No wonder it was a hit. I also liked the one that you linked to that wasn’t accepted. Again, a matter of taste.

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  4. I see. I was wondering about your winning picture because I could no figure out what it was until I saw the rock reflected on the lake in the other link. Beautiful Autumn scene the latter is. Like you, I also don’t mind when another person takes the same pictures as I do and when I go out with a photo peep, I assume that’s what we are going to be doing, duplicating efforts, at least to a certain extent 😉. Interesting story about the independent duplication of the photo of the tree! Photographers tend to build an artistic identity around certain values like “originality”, “technical perfection” , “social consciousness” or whatever, and it’s fine as long it does not inflict with the rights of others to their own. I’m convinced, at my age and maturity, that the most important thing a photographer can do in this world is to tame ones own ego 😄 It entails being able to take the craft seriously and put our hearts and souls in it while in the same time understanding that this is just a creative endeavor, a play with shapes and forms, and that we, just like our photos, are insignificant and shall pass soon. Few of us, if any, will even be remembered 50 years from now. I rather have fun with a friend, then a unique frame on the wall of my living room, to stare at, alone.

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    1. I am pretty sure that if I pass away before my wife she’ll not do a thing with my images and that’ll be that. I enjoy making photographs, sharing them on the web, and occasionally making a sale, or letting someone use one of them for one purpose or another, but realize that it is transitory. Just have fun.

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  5. Your botanical work is so beautiful….your subtle treatment of light/contrast is spot on.
    The philosophy to regard film as a basis of design limitation is a good avenue for learning technique, but may be an overall prison to the artistic endeavor. If a venue insists, this constraint may be followed (to force the same constraints on everyone). When the piece is artistic, and not an editorial, sometimes, all avenues are required to finish the message. (So long as the piece is presented honestly).
    I tend to think “why do we use film as the foundation?” Because of its popularity, especially with well known photographers? Why not Daguerreotype, or tin type? If we are looking to honor foundations in photography, do these not pre-date film?
    In the end, it is the technology that rules the day. Today’s tech may be too “easy” for many. That philosophy reveals a manifestation of preferences only and sometimes is a sleight against the artist.
    It is the final image that matters, when presented honestly.
    Bake me a chocolate cake and I will eat it with pure joy. I will not concern myself with the oven, mixer, or spoon.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Good point about holding film as the foundation for photography. I think it’s because most of us have worked in film at an earlier time, whereas the generations of photographers who worked in Daguerreotype, or tin type, are gone (although there are some contemporary photographers who do it). I agree that the final image is what matters, editorial usage apart. The public, and other photographers, however, are at least sometimes concerned with “how did you get this image” … “was the moon really that big?”, “was this sunset really this intense color?” etc. In these cases, when you explain that you worked that image in post-processing, they seem to lose interest, and I often wonder why. Because I also don’t care.

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  6. Congratulations on the piece selling! I shoot frequently with a bunch of friends, or at least we did pre-Covid. When we are out we are often helping each other out and if someone is ‘stuck’ we frequently share what we are all shooting with each other and will even take turns if it is something that needs to be taken from a particular spot. A request not to shoot something so that someone could have the only shot if it would likely result in their not being invited back out. I hate to say this but you might need a new friend – at least for when it comes to going out photographing!

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