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I’m a tech guy. Always have been and will continue to be one as long as I’m doing photography. I’m not one of those camera geeks that debates the relative merits of the smallest details of camera design, lives and dies by bokeh or tests the variations in camera stabilization,... Continue reading
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Another reminder that photography is inconvenient. Sunrise happens early in the day. It’s amazing that I forgot that. I am much more inclined to photograph in the evening because I do have the option to sleep in, have a nice breakfast and generally approach the day in a leisurely manner.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I’ll admit it. I’ve gone to gallery shows, bypassed the words and gone straight to the photographs without reading the artists statement. The pictures didn’t really tell me what was going on with the artwork. After reading the words the exhibit started to make more sense. Words are precise. Individuals... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I am seeing more drone based landscape photographs and I wonder how long it will take before the elevated camera position offered by drones will become the new standard for landscape photographers. Are earth bound photographers now the next school of photography to be declared obsolete? Or will we continue... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I normally avoid technical topics, but today I have to relent and use terms we learned in middle school geometry. Camera position is half the issue with making a photograph and that position is determined by not only where you stand, (that’s the X and Y axes), but how far... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I’ve been working on revising my website for several months. I'm about this far (holding my thumb and forefinger very close together) from uploading the new look to my domain so I can get on with my Creative Journey. The web design project is like having a major car repair... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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It is difficult to make words and photographs work together and it takes work to create the synergy between the two. I have been working with words and pictures as part of my photographic art for about twenty five years. It is difficult to create the right balance between what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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While redesigning my website I discovered I had lost intermediate files for two of my folios. The odd thing is I have the RAW files and the PDF folio, but everything in between has vanished. I looked on all my hard drives and backup CDs (that’s how old that project... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The content of my website is my photographic work. The folios are posted on my site for the viewer to look at and enjoy. It is not a catalog that displays individual prints for sale. How I create the website, is not really the issue. Whether I do it in... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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That’s a statement, not a question. In redesigning my website, I decided that I really didn’t want to dive back into html, css and all the other stuff that web people use to create web sites. I remembered reading InDesign could create web pages and I looked into that. That... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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My daughter told me, “Dad, the nineties called and they want their web site back.” Heeding the advice of the User Experience Professional (that’s what my daughter does), I began to re-imagine my web site design to make it, hip, happening, now, cool, stylish, responsive and move it from the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Just about everything in photographic technology we take for granted in 2018 didn’t exist in 1972. There is no doubt the most explosive growth in the history of photographic technology has occurred since I began photographing in 1972. I have managed to survive the ultimate demise of photography several times.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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About seventeen years ago I created a folio of my fifty best photographs and sent it out on a CD to fifty photographic friends. I called it The Fifty Project. It’s still on my web site and suffers from being developed in the internet Jurassic age. In the not too... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Church detail, Hart Square I’m working on a project incorporating both vintage photographs and images scanned twenty five years ago. There is something wonderful about holding a photograph that is one hundred years old. The prints that are coming close to their centennial are still viable and yet the scanned... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Wheelwrights Shop, Hart Square “Hopper took something that was common and made it look uncommon.” These few words from a short film about artist Edward Hopper say so much about what makes great art. I just love it when a complex idea can be distilled into its essence and expressed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Knitting, Hart Square You created photographs, processed them, edited them spent three weeks sweating out the artists statement (you’ve read the last three weeks of blog posts haven’t you?) and the only thing holding you up is what you are going to call your project. You created a project name,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Pixelated Landscape, San Jose, CA Pay attention to the critique. Read the comments and figure out how to edit your writing so it makes sense. If you have to rewrite everything because there is no connection between your photographs and your writing accept the critique. You rewrite; every word if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Imaginary Landscape, San Jose, CA Whiskey, wine and your writing are similar in that they do better after aging. Letting your words rest for a bit might quite possibly cause improvement. I’m not sure why it happens, but it is a mystery I have encountered again and again. Waiting a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Imaginary Landscape, San Jose, CA We all have to write an artist's statement from time to time. Most photographers hate this part of the artistic process. We are visual artists, not writers, which is why we have cameras and communicate with images. I thought I might share how I approach... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Kitchen Stove, Cerro Gordo, CA “I don’t play my eleven best. I play my best eleven.” – Knute Rockne When you create a photographic project your photographs are a team, not a collection of your greatest hits. There is a time and place for a retrospective collection of your best... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Plimsol Lines, Ferry Boat I’m still suffering through the Curse of the Archives (See posts 492 and 500) and struggling with the following thought; “If my old photographs are so bad, why am I hanging on to them?” Those really ugly bad photographs are taking up storage space I could... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Propellers, Dakota Creek Shipyard This is not a post extolling the virtues of repairing poorly seen images via obscure digital editing techniques. It is something quite different. Once you are facing your lightroom database with your latest photographic efforts in front of you, you scratch your head and wonder out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Maynton House, Academy Street At the two extremes, there are two particular ways to learn software. One is to learn the arcane transmutations of digital editing and then go out and look for ways to display your most recently acquired technical virtuosity. The other end of the spectrum is to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Number Ten Fairway I get my great ideas at a consistent time. Zero dark thirty AM. I will wake up way before dawn with an absolutely great idea, a breakthrough on a current project or the seed of an idea for a new project. I know this happens because my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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From "The Inevitability of Numbers" (Dakota Creek Shipyard) For the past fifteen years or so, I have been creating photographic project folios of approximately ten to fifteen images. This size came about because it conveniently fit into the amount of time I had available to spend on my photography. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey