The View From My Studio

This is the view from my studio/digital darkroom. Actually this is mostly my digital dark room as I have another room (with large north facing windows and vaulted ceilings) which doubles as a studio. Nothing creative, nothing stylized, just my workspace and my view. Both change over time.

The trees outside my window will start to bud and grow their leaves in the next few months. This will create the seasonal curtain which closes over my neighbor’s house. Then the leaves will turn yellow as the days grow shorter. Eventually exposing the bare branches when next fall’s rains come again.

The desk that is my workspace will have piles of papers come and go just like the leaves on the trees. Hopefully much faster than the leaves, but often times not. Camera equipment gets left out after a shot; mementos of travel and work get dropped where there is room and shuffled from place to place. Then I get the itch of frustration (or is it just procrastination for some other task?) and do a clean sweep of the desk to start the cycle anew.

When I first came up with the idea for the View from Your Studio blog project, I was going through my end of year contemplations. So I was thinking about photography, my goals, and what enablers or restrictions I had with regarding those goals. I realized that the view from my studio had a large impact on my photographic work.

The studio view pictured above is the same view I have from my home office. The home office which I spend many a day in for my day job. So when the evenings or weekends come, it can be a real struggle to spend more time in the home office to work on processing photos. This has resulted in a lot of photographing just to change my view, but photographs that most don’t see…photographs stuck in my personal picture purgatory.

So, the view from my studio both drives my photography and hinders it at the same time.

(Note: if the photo above has you seeing Red, my apologies. And I mean actual red. The walls of my office should be orange, but I noticed on my new wide color gamut monitor that the walls appear red but not on my laptop screen. If you have a wide color gamut monitor, try viewing this screen on another monitor, it might help get the red out…)

4 Replies to “The View From My Studio”

  1. I really like the color scheme of your office Greg. Looks like a comfortable place to work.


    latoga Reply:

    Thanks Richarc! The risk with strong colored walls is the potential for color casts to creep into your photos. The trick is to have lights that don’t reflect much off the walls (I recently upgraded the lights so now I don’t have to edit photos in the dark… 🙂 )

    BTW: I have enough extra paint in this style for another room (bought too much). Anyone who can pick it up in Northern California can have it…


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