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newyorkersunposed:

I saw this couple walking around San Marco in Venice trying to take photos of themselves.  So first, I started taking candid photos of them, then I approached them and asked if I could help with photos. They smiled and said yes. I took pictures with their camera. Then, I told them I just need one favor, let me take a picture with my camera they agreed. I asked them if they just got married, they said yes but no family just the two of us. So we have no pictures. I said don’t worry, I have one for you… By Alberto Reyes

newyorkersunposed:

I saw this couple walking around San Marco in Venice trying to take photos of themselves.
So first, I started taking candid photos of them, then I approached them and asked if I could help with photos. They smiled and said yes. I took pictures with their camera. Then, I told them I just need one favor, let me take a picture with my camera they agreed. I asked them if they just got married, they said yes but no family just the two of us. So we have no pictures. I said don’t worry, I have one for you… By Alberto Reyes

luxlit:

                       Kenneth Kornacki (kenkofoto.tumblr.com)

                     Aurum Design (www.aurum-design.com/wp)

L: What subjects do you like to shoot?

K: I’m mostly interested in graphic compositions. The subject changes by the day, whether I’m walking in the city or driving in the country, or lucky enough to be traveling. I’m working each day to practice the rules of good composition so that I may break the rules whenever I please.

L: Color or B/W and why?

K: I shoot digital photos, and I work in Photoshop to achieve a look that fits the subject and the lighting. Sometimes I have a color palette in mind, or sometimes B/W is what the shot calls for. But I’m always thinking of how to portray the feeling of a subject with color, or lack of color.

L:  What is your inspiration?

K: The word ‘music’ is derived from the muses of ancient mythology who guided all creative endeavors. I’m thinking about music when I shoot and when I edit. I often use the lyrics of the song I was thinking about as captions on my blog. I frequently hear a photograph before I see it. As important to me is cinematography. I watch films to learn how lighting, color and composition help to silently propel the narrative. Even terrible films can have amazing cinematography and sometimes I’m secretly copying these techniques. 

L: Tell us a little bit about your creative process.

K: I’m the Creative Director at my design firm, so I’m usually working on projects to which I can add a particular visual style. That gets to be a bit confusing when I’m working on developing my own photographic style. So these photos have been an exercise is creating my own visual aesthetic, which sometimes is all over the place. The process has merely been to shoot daily and decide what’s good and what isn’t, from a design perspective.

L:  What gear do you use and what is your preferred equipment?

K: I shoot with a Pentax K-5 DSLR and a Pentax MX-1. I picked Pentax because I had a bag of fast lenses from a vintage 35mm Pentax I had in college. I try to use these manual lenses, but mostly I just use the zoom lens. The MX-1 is my walking-around camera for when I’m tired of lugging around the K-5.

L: How do you develop your photos (digital/film/software used)?

K: I use Photoshop for my work, and I’m very familiar with all the ways to achieve the look I’m after. I will try many different “looks” for a photo while I’m editing. I don’t use any presets, but I have my go-to layer and channel operations that get me most of the way toward a satisfactory image.

L: What would you like to convey with your photos?

K: I’ve described my photos as a “messages in a bottle”. Whatever I’m thinking or feeling is contained in each photo and it’s floating out there in hopes it will reach someone thinking or feeling the same thing. If it wasn’t for Tumblr, most of these messages would go unanswered. 

L: Tell us an anecdote or a “secret” regarding your photos.

K: I’m embarrassed how easy photography is compared to painting or drawing or music or writing. 

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Today’s featured artist is Kenneth (kenkofoto.tumblr.com) and Lux Lit would like to thank Kenneth for his collaboration and wonderful work!

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Thank you Carl, longtime supporter, for the field trip to Yankee Stadium yesterday. A much appreciated break!

Thank you Carl, longtime supporter, for the field trip to Yankee Stadium yesterday. A much appreciated break!