Abstract Design Inspiration Presentations

The Image Quilt

ImageQuilt 2015-11-02 at 6.42.48 PMAt a recent one-day course taught by Edward Tufte, he introduced me to the notion of an “image quilt” – a mosaic of images that you can create using an extension available for Google’s Chrome browser.

Here’s an example of just such an image quilt – based on a Google image search using the phrase “ny times infographic

When creating an image quilt, you can make a number of adjustments including size, spacing, ordering, etc. as well as removing certain images from the quilt before saving it as a PNG image file.

Tufte also suggested that when searching for things on Google he often chooses to view image search results – not the regular web search results. He notes that the regular web search results have typically been extensively “gamed” using techniques like search engine optimization to influence placement of the results on the page. He suggests that isn’t the case with the image results. I’ve been trying it more frequently – it is a useful alternative for certain kinds of searches.

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One for JPC – Sunrise at the Klamath River Overlook

One for JPC - Klamath River Overlook - 2014

As I was reviewing my images from last week’s workshop up in the far northern coast of California, this image caught my eye. Led by Michael Frye, we were up early and headed from our B&B to the Klamath River Overlook which put us above the valley fog that particular morning. No marine fog – it was all valley fog flowing out to the ocean above the Klamath.

This image brought to mind many of the beautiful – and more abstract – images that John Paul Caponigro creates. Thus the title “One for JPC”.

Shot with my Fujifilm X-T1 and post-processed in Lightroom 5.

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Channeling Vivian Maier on San Francisco’s California Street

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We recently saw the Vivian Maier exhibition at the Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco. We’d seen the documentary film “Finding Vivian Maier” a week before.

At the exhibition, many of her photos struck me in terms mostly of composition but also with respect to tonality and how she used light/dark. A favorite – which also had some truly beautiful film grain is this untitled image of a woman laughing. She’s totally out of focus in the shot – but the story is there nonetheless.

As we were walking down California Street in the rain recently, I was about to snap an image of the cable cars when this man, coincidentially another photographer, walked in front of me. I thought the shot was a throw away – but decided to channel a bit of Vivian Maier into the shot – with tonality and adding grain in Lightroom. While it’s certainly not up to Maier’s composition, it’s a fun image – and that smile on his blurry face makes me smile!

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Lost in Love in Santa Fe

Lost in Love - Santa Fe - 2014

This is another image taken along Santa Fe’s famous Canyon Road – where many of the city’s art galleries are located. It was late afternoon and we were slowly walking up the road to have dinner at Geronimo (where I had elk for the first time – sourced from New Zealand and marinated for a day in dark beer!).

I loved how the late afternoon sun was lighting up these two pieces of our door sculpture and captured this shot with my Fujifilm X-T1. Post-processed in Lightroom using VSCO Film.

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That Fabric in Santa Fe

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We recently spent a few days in Santa Fe – with my Fujifilm X-T1 and iPhone 5s.

This is one of my favorite shots from the weekend – shot inside the main building at Jackalope with the Fujifilm X-T1. I titled it “Iridescent” – that’s what the vibrant colors brought to mind.

Jackalope reminds me of the old Cost Plus Imports in San Francisco – imports from all over the world, lots of doo dads and trinkets – and some beautiful fabric and pottery. A place to step out of whatever your normal is.

If you go to Santa Fe, be sure to visit Jackalope!

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Candles in the Light

Candles - Santa Fe - 2014

While visiting an import store in Santa Fe, I came across these candles from Indonesia. There was beautiful indirect light coming through the room providing some beautiful contrasts across the shapes of the candles.

Image taken with my Fujifilm X-T1 and post-processed using Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, ALCE, and Nik Color Efex Pro 4.

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The Fan in the Window


There’s a wonderful Japanese restaurant in Menlo Park’s Sharon Heights Shopping Center – Mitsunobu. The windows at Mitsunobu have these beautiful wood inlays with lovely curves.

This is a shot snapped quickly at lunch using my iPhone 5s – post-processed using Picturesque and Instagram. Nothing fancy – but I find it pretty none the less with the beautiful color and texture in the wood and the abstract of the screen behind!

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The Blades in Japantown

San Francisco’s Japantown has a couple of Oragami sculptures in the center courtyard area.

Here’s a shot from my Fujifilm X100S of one of those sculptures. The lights and shadows played across these “blades” making for an delightful abstract composition.