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Resting, Sun Yat Sen Garden Making portraits with a large format camera is much different than making portraits with a smartphone. The process of setting up a large camera and the attendant tasks required to make a photograph convey to the subject the importance of the action you are undertaking.... Continue reading
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A Moment in Seattle's Japanese Garden There is something magic about beauty that calms the mind and soul. One would think that we should have no shortage of beauty in art these days. If one is to believe the prophets of doom and apocalypse (also known as the nightly newscast),... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Memorial Cards Way back when, Rod Stewart released a rock and roll album (I told you it was a really, really long time ago) entitled, “Every Picture Tells a Story.” On that album, every song told a story. The concept has always been with me. Photographs should tell a story,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Taking a break from weeding. Abandoned places have to have a story behind them. We see the moment at the time the photograph was made, but we don’t see the story behind why there is nothing there. I think this boils down to the level of abandonment we choose to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The Choir's Stairway Speed is wonderful, but sometimes slowing down is necessary for you to understand just exactly what you have in terms of a photographic theme or project. By nature I am a project and goal oriented person. Tasks set before me (by others or myself) will be completed,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Hell's Half Acre, Wyoming The concept of “rules of art” is old, respected and is a requirement for such art as the Haiku, the Sonnet, the Fugue and just for fun, the Limerick and the “one liner“ joke. Every one of these artistic forms of expression is governed by a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Dakota Creek Shipyard It used to be that just making a photograph was a tough thing to do on a technical basis. Now, with auto-everything and digital captures, just about everyone can create a technically great image with everything from a smartphone to a ridiculously expensive digital camera. When everyone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Here's where the tools were left at the end of the day. While preparing a talk on my photographs I came up with a thought that has some pretty big implications. It’s simply this, “Projects end, Themes continue.” As an Engineer and Project Manager by education, I was taught that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I like this photograph - today. I support local arts organization by submitting photographs to their calls for work. The entry fee paid helps support the organization and at the very least, that’s a good thing. If my work is selected for the exhibit, that’s wonderful. Should my photograph earn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I'll be right back to put these away (It could be a theme, you know.) The last few posts have been about looking forward and discovering that image that you can’t remember making. Those are two good things to think about when considering what your next project should be. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Looking Backward, Southern Utah This is the corollary to blog 475. (Go ahead and read that post, I’ll wait here until you’re done.) You future projects could be in photographs you made in your past. We all have those photographs we see only when we get home. You know the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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In the Sun Yat Sen Garden Here we are again with a listing of what worked and what didn’t work during this year’s photo safari. I barely came up with that tenth thing I learned from this year’s safari right before posting this. Maybe I’m not paying enough attention, maybe... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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North Bay, Low Tide, Fog *Conversation The last full day of photography and we revert to PBWA Greys Harbor (Both North and South Bays) in search of subject matter. With nothing in particular in mind to photograph, I will note that’s exactly what we found; nothing in particular. It may... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Rainforest, contrasty and chaotic Well, what rotten luck we have in trying to photograph the Hoh Rainforest. I gear up for the daily rains that I was promised (including purchasing a new light weight rain jacket just for this trip) and what happens? Do I even have to tell you?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, North Carolina I am a forward looking person. I am more interested in the future and what is going to happen next than to looking backwards at what I have done. I’m also an impatient type of person that wants to get to the future so I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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View from Cape Flattery I've been done in by weak internet service. We've found that internet capacity at small town hotels is not powerful as those we have at our homes. Internet access can be intermittent, weak and non-existent no matter what the motel advertises. It's been this way for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
Moving Day means that you're moving your possessions from one home to another (as my daughter is doing today). Professional Golfers call Saturday Moving Day because a good round on Saturday will move them into position for Sunday's final round. For me, moving day means moving the photo safari from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Sun Yat Sen Garden, Vancouver, BC We drove up to Vancouver, BC today to photograph in the Sun Yat Sen Cultural Center and Garden. It was a wonderful day, but it took a very long time to get there. We photographed in the garden a few years ago and when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Brooms, The Star Works Star, North Carolina These brooms were leaning against the wall at the Star Works, an artist incubator located near Seagrove, North Carolina. I was photographing a pair of artists creating beautiful two toned whiskey glasses. During a break in the process, I noticed these brooms, walked... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Japanese Garden, Seattle Today we photographed Seattle's Japanese Garden. It’s a place I had never visited, so I approached the place with both trepidation and anticipation. I had no idea what to expect and was also excited to be in a new place. If you are an aficionado of color... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Caulking Tools, Port Townsend Boat Yard (Continuing Work on Tools) Back to Port Townsend via bicycles on the Ferry Boat. It’s kind of different to be on the top of a Ferry Boat rather than underneath them. We’re headed to the Shipyard at Port Townsend. Port Townsend is a great... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Parallel Halls in Battery Tolles Our plan was to head up to Vancouver, BC to photograph the Sun Yat Sen gardens. The weatherman forecast highs in the 90F range for Vancouver, so we said, that’s not the way to go. Instead, we drove over to Coupeville and took the ferry... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Brooks and I taking a break. (Yes, it's a selfie, but since I used a fish eye lens, it is Art.) So far today we have not been photographing. Not saying we haven’t been photographic, but so far it’s not been a hands on camera, out in the field type... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Numbers at the boatyard t took three days and four or five sessions at Dakota Creek, but I finally am comfortable with the place, where everything is located and more importantly, what my projects are for this location. Having this level of comfort in this one location meant quite a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The Shoshone Building, Doors and a Broom Don’t feel bad about using an image in more than once. (Recycling is good, even for your photographs.) If you have a photograph in one chapter of your LTP and it fits in with another chapter later in the project and makes the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey