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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
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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
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Two Windows Unplanned consequences always follow dramatic technical changes. In the case of photography, removing the technical challenges has brought about two huge changes. The first is to amplify the democracy of the photographic art. Virtually everyone (thanks to the ubiquitous and technologically advanced smart phones) can now create a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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At Water's Edge Hand coated platinum print It seems almost a contradiction, but the pursuit of the less than absolutely perfect technical photograph does exist and is valiantly fighting a rear guard action against the onslaught of the technically perfect image. The Last Refuge of Craft is the alternative process.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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1938 Talbot-Lago T-150C-SS A long time ago (not in a galaxy far away) photography had a very recognizable and significant commitment to craft. One had to learn optics, chemistry, intricacies of calculating exposures and then recall your experiences to modify the manual settings when required. The learning process had to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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1935 Bugatti Type 57S Aerolithe I think I blogged about photographs of others’ work a few years back. The basic thought was making photographs of something that other people created meant that you were just the last person in the chain of creativity and craftsmanship. It was the photographer’s responsibility... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Thrift Store, Idaho City, Idaho Almost (exactly) a year ago I posted about a photograph that I would “maybe someday” try to fix with photoshop. (You may read about it here. ) Well, I finally got around to that a few weeks ago and as you can see, it turned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Mono Lake, Afternoon Storage of finished art work for a photographer is pretty convenient. Hard drives don’t take up much space. Cloud storage is even more efficient. But, if you are a photographer that makes prints, you probably have a whole host of archival print storage boxes stacked up in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Old School, Eastern Montana 2003* What will you find when you go back to look at photographs you made decades ago? When Edward Weston looked at some of his old photographs, he remembered how young he was at the time and was almost kind of embarrassed to look at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The Hispano Suiza H6B Xenia From the Rolling Sculpture Exhibit Thanks for stopping by to read the text and look at this week’s photograph. The big thing this week is to thank you for your readership. The First Post on this blog was published on January 3, 2010 which makes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Fog and Trees, Deception Pass, Washington In 1964 Andre Kertesz published a book call “On Reading.” Kertesz photographed people on park benches, cafes, bistros, on buses and trains reading. They were reading books, newspapers or magazines in public places. It showed people the world over engaged in a common activity.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Talbot Lago T150C SS Teardrop I’ve been working on a new project for the past few weeks. The North Carolina Museum of Art has an exhibit called, “Rolling Sculpture.” It is an exhibit of Automobiles influenced by Art Deco design principles. The exhibition catalog has beautiful “studio portraits” of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Somewhere in Southern Utah. Those of us that like to think we are “serious” artists tend to think in terms of “serious” topics and maintain a goal oriented view toward the photographs we make. It doesn’t have to be so. Fun is also a possible outcome for your artistic efforts.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Nearly Sunset at Bandon Beach As a photographer of the landscape, I live for the edges of the day; sunrise, sunset and the golden hours surrounding those celestial events. There comes a time in every photographic day when you no longer want to look at the world through a viewfinder... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Deception Pass, Washington Continued from Post 418- My Next Photographic Exhibition... You could sit at home and view great photographs on your big screen TV from the “Imaginary Photographic Netflix channel” or you could turn off the TV, get up off the sofa and head out to your friendly local... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Door, Cerro Gordo, White Mountains, California I wonder if I could persuade a gallery to have a photographic exhibition where the medium for the photographs is a high definition Television Screen. It would be novel, I think. The number of photographs exhibited is not an issue as it would be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Birds in Fog, Washington Coast Revisiting old images can often lead to surprises. In the quest to complete projects I’ve overlooked good images because they don’t fit the project requirements. These “square pegs**” can resurface and become a small project of their own. Today’s picture is from the 2011 Photo... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, In. About a month ago I wrote about a project I was going to start that went immediately into the “work” phase of my usual photographic project life cycle (Yes, I am a consultant and sometimes I revert to form – sorry). I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Postcards from the Creative Journey