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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
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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
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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