The photographs and text on this page are by Marianne Davis.
Sadly, Marianne passed away soon after sharing this article with the photographic world.
We mourn the loss of this fine artist, and will greatly miss her talents and contributions.
Many of the photographs seen here were taken in my home and were created using visual extraction.
From the total field of view I "extract" a small portion using either a telephoto or macro lens.
I particularly like to focus on line, shape and texture.
The perspective usually is flat.
I am attracted to a subject first by its texture;
however, to create a point of interest I particularly like to find a shape within the picture space that interrupts the texture, the lines, or the overall shape.
To increase the dynamic impact I like to look for a different angle of view by rotating the camera or moving around the subject.
The quality and angle of light is profoundly critical in each image as is the tonal contrast.
The greater the contrast in tones usually the greater the overall impact.
When I first began making photographic images I worked in black and white exclusively.
When I moved into the world of digital photography, I started shooting in color as well, being particularly attracted to warm tones.
As to technique, in the camera I underexpose all of my images by 1/2 stop
and then in Photoshop adjust the exposure and contrast to achieve the effect that I want for each individual image.
By underexposing 1/2 stop, I find I can create maximum saturation of color, avoid overexposure of highlights, and still maintain sufficient detail in the shadows.
The images seen here were digitally captured with a Fuji S2 Pro SLR camera which uses Nikon lenses and were printed on an Epson 2200 inkjet printer.