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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 16 hours ago 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
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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
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Yates Mill, Raleigh An Old File processed with the latest software A few months back I wrote about completing work too quickly (483 Sometimes, I Move Too Fast. November 12, 2017). A conversation with a friend brought up another thought that makes so much sense that it will change the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Obscure outdoor detail (still at the Hearst Castle) Movies have sequels, why not a Blog Post? So let’s see how I get myself out of the mess I made last week. I think I just might double down here with more outrageousness. Bad photographs are a necessary part of everyone’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Late Afternoon, Hearst Castle, Door, Stairs and Shadows Indiana Joe was a moniker hung on me by one of my co-workers when I showed up for work one winter day wearing my REI Expedition hat (a stylish fedora no longer available) and a brown leather jacket. (Trust me, this will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Late Afternoon, Hearst Castle My wife and I went out to California for a vacation. Naturally, I took my camera because, well, how can you not photograph in California? Once we got out there and did our family oriented vacation activities, I took my camera out once and wasn’t too... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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The Administration Building (Detail) Notre Dame, Indiana Year Seven of Postcards from the Creative Journey starts in a few days. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading these little comments and viewing a photographs. I may not know you by name, or how often you stop by, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Well, it is Christmas Eve Basilica of the Sacred Heart Your audience looks at a photograph. They are more concerned with what they see (the actual photograph) rather than the journey (the processing) it took to get there. As a photographer, you are very much aware of the effort you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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North Bay, Fog and Clouds We’ve all seen those photographs. Over sharpened, over saturated and over just about everythinged; photographs that actually hurt your eyes when you look at them. Sometimes people get carried away and just pummel their pixels far more than necessary. We cringe and move along. A... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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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
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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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