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Gallery shows are wonderful, a lot of work and tough to come by. The competition for gallery space is intense and the reward is fleeting and very often not financially rewarding. Yet, we still pursue this as a venue to display our art. There is prestige and honor to have... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I attended a photo gallery talk a few months ago and the photographer’s description of the difficulties encountered in making the photographs along with the complex technical processing almost made my head hurt. The photographs were very, very good, the stories were great and the cleverness and technical prowess to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Here’s another thought on dealing with an artist statement. I think that most photographers will make their images first and then write that artist statement. I am guilty of that method of work, because I am a photographer first and writing is a struggle I postpone and hope to minimize.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I have written several times about creating artist statements. Here are a couple of more thoughts on that topic. The words don't have to be the last thing you create. Those pesky artist’s statements can be created most any time. You don’t have to wait until all the photographs are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Some of the projects from my old website did not migrate to the new site, falling victim to the advance of Technology. Many images had a long side of 500 pixels at 72dpi. With high resolution monitors and smartphones, such small images would not look good. The world of digital... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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In rebuilding my website, I had to locate “hero” images, something to entice my readers to download a project. In this search for images, I discovered a project I cannot remember creating. I guess this just might be another sign of getting older. The amazing find was a pdf publication... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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After I completed last week’s post, I thought a bit more about the Path to Knowledge. (You could scroll down a bit and read last week's post first. I'll wait until you do that.) I made it sound like it was a linear journey to a destination. I assure you,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I was riffing on acquiring digital editing skills last week and I would like to continue with that thought. It is simply this; some people learn and then go out to find a way to use the knowledge and other people learn when they have a problem they can’t solve.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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There is value in practicing the arcane transmutations of digital editing so those skills can be used on worthy images. Learned skills are used to make good images great or to make your visual statement abundantly clear to your audience. Making an unusable image mediocre is really a waste of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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In photographing the grand landscape, the scale is tremendous. Photographs can include many, many miles from horizon to horizon. To change a viewpoint significantly, you have to pack up the camera and travel miles. You travel miles to change the viewpoint, and then in the final positioning of the camera,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I forget a special day. The special day was January 5th, the ninth anniversary of this blog. The blog started out as “Square Pegs” because it was going to show good photographs that didn’t fit the criteria for the projects I was creating. The old bromide about square pegs in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Yes, it’s the beginning of the calendar year and it’s time for those New Year’s Resolutions. It seems like a pretty good thing to do with self-improvement and all that, so I’ll let you in on some of my resolutions – from last year. Last year I wanted to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Another thought from Mr. Penick that has stayed with me for decades. It’s the title; perfection is achieved by subtraction, not addition. Removing the superfluous is the route to perfection. I guess in the most elemental form, a stone sculptor personifies this. Stone is removed until the sculpture is revealed.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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When I go out to photograph there is no other motivation than to capture the beauty that appears before me. There is incredible joy and happiness that comes from finding something beautiful and capturing its image with my camera. There is no deep, thoughtful preparation and mystical revelation in this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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As part of a photo workshop I used my iPad mini’s camera as a teaching aid to illustrate suggested compositions during field sessions. That part worked very well. Well, here’s what didn’t work well. Some of my teaching examples were actually recorded on the iPad’s camera roll. Holy Moley did... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Photographers have two hurdles to overcome when making a photograph. The first is technical. Can one make a technically competent photograph? With the sophisticated camera and lens technology available to us, technically perfect photographic images are almost guaranteed every time we press the shutter release. We see a scene that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Thinking a bit before photographing is a really good thing. Not just about a single photograph, but about a single situation. The thought to be thunk was “What am I going to do with the photographs of what is front of me?” Knowing what you are supposed to do before... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A few weeks ago I attended the annual Hart Square Festival, an absolutely wonderful event for those of us that are very interested in creating art based on history and historic preservation. While standing in queue waiting for opening time, I was discussing photography with one of the volunteers. We... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Convenient Light is the light that shines any time other than the “golden hours.” I love Convenient Light because I can sleep a few more hours and it’s not crowded because those “golden hour photographers” aren’t around. After all, isn’t it our job as photographers to look more closely at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Light is a constant in our lives. It rises in the east and sets in the west. It is there all the time, even when filtered or obscured by clouds. But it's the light at the edges of the day, the "golden hours;" when the light has the most color,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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You might want to read the first post on Lightning Bugs first. The following might make more sense if you do. If you exercise your photographic muscles every day one of two things will happen. You may get better at making photographs. This is what you want to happen. But,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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There are always things one learns while out photographing in the field. As a public service to the world of internet savvy photographers, I offer the following factoids established during Photo Safari XXXII. On the topic of Henry Weinhard’s Private Reserve beer: Blitz Weinhard Brewing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin just does not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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We made it to the Japanese Garden in Portland just after noon. We had lunch and then spent the next four hours photographing Portland’s Japanese Garden. There is no shortage of subject matter there and the question to be answered is how to frame the objects in front of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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There days and then there are days. This one was the latter (see yesterday’s post). We took off from Prineville to explore the Maury Mountains. It was an absolutely beautiful day, a comfortable temperature, sunny skies and the usual low humidity - and the craic was good. It seems, though,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Breathtaking landscapes are really fun to make because most of us have to leave home and travel a long way to arrive at the place where those breathtaking landscapes live. How many photographers have photographed in their homes, their backyard gardens and scenes from their everyday life and made great... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey