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The Prodigal Negative (Don't worry, this will make sense in a few minutes.) I continue to progress in creating the next chapter in my Long Term Project (LTP) of Academy Street (a re-photographic project comparing the changes in the neighborhood over the past thirty years). I continue to face issues... Continue reading
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Meditation on Marriage Somewhere in Wyoming, 1995 This photograph was made in Wyoming in September 1995. It was the only photograph made in this particular location because the numbered negatives before and after this one are of much different subject matter than this one. About the only thing I can... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A Decisive Moment at Capitol Reef How Long to Wait for the Decisive Moment? Ten minutes, tops. For those of you that want a crisp, clear and semi-serious guideline on how long you should wait to make a photograph, ten minutes is your answer. For the rest of us, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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204 Academy Street, January 2001 Platinum Print I’m working on a re-photographic project entitled “After the Memories.” It is part of my Long Term Project photographing Academy Street in Cary, North Carolina. We’ve lived in Cary for thirty years. When we moved in, the population was 38,000. Today’s population is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Dwight's Reading Chair, Seagrove, North Carolina When using sheet film to make a photograph we wondered about how much it would cost in both time and money to make an exposure. With a digital camera there is no thought at all; the answer is, “Fire Away.” Digital files have no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The Labyrinth # 002 If you will be kind enough to allow me to break from my usual lofty thoughts on photography to indulge in a bit of shameless self-promotion I would be grateful. I support several local arts organizations by submitting work to their juried exhibits. I may not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Cottage, Academy Street Photograph looking for a project Last week I introduced you to “Portals and Passages,” the LTP I have been working on for several decades without realizing it. Just before posting time I changed a word or two. I changed “finished” to “reaching a milestone.” My LTP will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A Shadow's Exit Cary Elementary School, Cary, NC On the other end of the spectrum, I recently hit a milestone in a very long term. “Passages and Portals” is a project covering my fascination with photographing doors. A few years ago my daughters proclaimed me “the best door photographer in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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From "The Gift of Light." Of course it has to be the right Few Moments to make a photographic project. There’s a new project on my web site, “The Gift of Light.” It’s a small project that was photographed quickly, edited promptly and put together in short order. In fact... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Casual Wall Art The Star Works, Star, NC I started a thought experiment and I have yet to emerge with a conclusive result. The question is about creating photographic art. Is the act of creating the photograph performance art? Or is the result of the act of creation the real... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Beach Scene, Litchfield Beach, SC I commend to you the practice of observing. Sitting (the most desirable position for observation, although there are those that favor the prone position with head supported by hands) while contemplating a scene will provide you a better photograph. Patience, of course, is a required... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Patriarch Grove, White Mountains, California I downloaded “Wear Good Shoes: Advice from Magnum Photographers” and found it to be an inspiring collection of thoughts from some of the world’s best photojournalists. The great part about this document was that it really never mentioned anything technical about photography. (Well, except for... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Stained Glass and Shadow Don’t you find it odd that some people are as passionate about their avocation as we are about photography? I am a veteran of the Canon/Nikon war and survived the near apocalyptic analog/digital Armageddon; two big examples of passions peculiar to the photographic world. We all... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Academy Street (A Long Time Ago) Way back when I was a completely analog photographer it used to take me months (years?) to get to develop the negatives from a photographic outing. It would take even longer to get the prints made, much less get them mounted matted and framed.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Basilica of the Sacred Heart If you are unhappy with a photograph and you have the opportunity to get a “do over,” will you go ahead and do it? (Please answer, “yes.”) Faced with that most recent opportunity, I chose to not only revisit the site, but sketched up images... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Terminal Lake, Mt. Baker Visitor Center I hear that from a lot of photographers. In short, the only person that really cares about The Process is the photographer. Okay, maybe some other photographers that do similar work might be interested in The Process out of curiosity. The only thing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Cottage, Academy Street, Cary, NC We know have lots of images to choose from. In fact, some consider the number of photographs being created an assault on the senses. Internet facts abound on the astronomical number of images we create because digital photographs can be created so easily. While the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Tree, Lembert Dome, Yosemite A while after I visited the Ansel Adams exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art, I thought about those young photographers that never really were exposed to Modern Photography (the aesthetic, not the magazine). New photographers that only know the digital process are not aware... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A Sailboat. In Color. Abstract. Something Different. It struck me after last week’s post that it was just about half of what was needed. I suggested that it might be valuable to your creativity to lay off photography for a bit. Well, if you take some time off from photography,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Relevant Graffiti, Fort Worden In the quest to advance our personal photography, we are always looking for the next thing to do to improve our technical skills, seek inspiration for future work or plan out projects that have moved beyond the concept stage. Sometimes we need to take some time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The Front Stairs, Alkabo School It is, of course, a well-known internet fact (that I just made up) that 99.999% of unsuccessful photographs were made from eye level. I offer the following anecdote as proof of this immutable law of photography. The first time I photographed the Alkabo School, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Yr. Humble Author, photographing with a tripod mounted camera. Fort Worden, Washington (Photo by Brooks Jensen) A few weeks ago some of my photo buds and I got into an email exchange on the necessity of tripods If you have image stabilization on lenses and camera bodies with sensors that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Lembert Dome, Yosemite A few weeks ago some old friends came to Raleigh to visit for a while. I had a really good time seeing them again because they brought a lot of memories with them. These old friends were the “Ansel Adams: Masterworks, 48 photographs by Adams, a selection... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Owl Creek, British Columbia Nearing the end of our day driving through British Columbia with no particular route or agenda in mind, we came upon a Bed and Breakfast that was the only place around for miles. Happily they had vacancies and we settled in for the evening. The next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Ivey Ellington House - Again If the subject matter is close at hand, can you ever be really finished with a project? Would you go back and try to “fill the inside straight” by making new photographs that can be inserted in the current project? Or should you try to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey