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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
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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
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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
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Blue Basin There days and then there are days. This one was the latter. What a great variety of photographic locations today. We left Prineville and stopped by the Mascall Overlook, took the Drive up Picture Gorge and continued on to Blue Basin. The Blue Basin required a short hike... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Rocks and Trees in Devine Valley Another slow day in getting to John Day. 395 takes a route through Devine Canyon. I spotted a rock outcropping near the entrance to the Malheur Forest and we stopped. It was one of those very small side canyons overrun with small trees and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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One of the gorges coming down from Steens Mountain. It’s what we came here for; The ascent to the top of Steens Mountain. Yesterday we were stopped because of poor road conditions near the summit, so today we approached from the opposite direction. We had great road conditions the entire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Headed out from Lakeview this morning heading toward Burns. We headed up US 395 and passed Lake Abert (again) and some other alkali lakes. This drive was one of the most lonely drives I have experienced. There was nothing but sand and sagebrush for miles and miles. In one place... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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This morning we headed south from Lakeview and made it into California (all of fourteen miles). Our years of experience in cruisn’ fer snaps led us to turn left at a sign that read Lilly Lake. We never made it to Lilly Lake, but we found a mirror surfaced pond.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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We’re off and running with a full day of photographic reconnaissance in force. We left Lakeview this morning and headed up the east side of Lake Abert so we could photograph with the sun over our shoulders (just like Kodak taught us). Lake Abert is an akali lake and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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We took a long leisurely drive from Madras to Lakeview, Oregon. Stops along the way inlcuded Smith Rocks, with an amazing number of people taking a leisurely climb up the vertical faces of the Smith Rocks. We had visited the Rocks many years ago but I don’t remember them being... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Air Intake, Messerschmidt Bf-109 One the way into town Friday, we passed by a sign declaring the Madras airport as the home of the Erickson Airplane Collection. We decided that it would be the first thing we would photograph on Day 2. Some people collect stamps. Others books. Some might... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Please don’t get me wrong about finishing projects. Projects do have to end. The tough part is to be able to recognize a stopping point for what you have just completed and recognizing the actual completion of some work. One of my favorite movies is Tom Hanks’ “That Thing You... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey