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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
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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
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Day 1 was a day of transitions. From southeast to northwest (a couple of thousand miles) and in elevation (more than a couple of thousand feet). Don’t forget the time zone transition, from East Coast to West Coast. I probably should mention humidity, too. In Eastern Oregon humidity is a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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We all know projects are temporary and have endings. But sometimes, the projects themselves don’t understand that and what started out as a project just doesn’t want to end. I used to think this was bad and fought the projects to make them end. But then I started thinking about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A couple of months ago I was busily trying to get myself out of the comfortably incomplete stage of the “After the Memories” project when I finally figured out what it was all about. I had prepared all my statements about a sense of loss when historic buildings are destroyed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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As I was creating the photographs for the “After the Memories” exhibit, I was concerned if I had enough of my vintage images to fill the gallery at the Page Walker Arts and History Center. That concern was resolved when I remembered how I selected images for the second version... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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We photographers have been hoodwinked into believing the best way to exhibit our photography is hanging them on a gallery wall. If my photography is going to hang on a gallery wall, I really would like be there all the time and tell everyone who walks by about my photographs.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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In an earlier post (Interpreting Photographs) I mentioned I have gone to photographic exhibits and bypassed the introductory text to get started looking at photographs. In my current exhibition I had to figure out how to lay out the show to make sure the viewers read the artist statement as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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There are many different ways to approach a project and most of mine tend to be of a single place at a specific time. I know this because I often head out to a specific location (as part of my annual photo safari) and return with photographs of a specific... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I have written before on the various stages of my project. They are; anticipation, planning, uniformed optimism, the thrill of partial completion, the realization that all that stands between you and completion are hard work and details and finally grinding out those nasty details and finally, sadness the project is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I think authenticity is the ultimate goal of any photographic artist. So what is the goal we are to achieve? When you get to the point where people (well, at least your fellow photographers) can identify your photographs without looking at the signature, then you have an authentic photograph. In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I have photographs I cannot remember making. They are mine, of course, but I have no memories of how they came about. I recognize the locations, sometimes, but exactly how I came to make them I do not remember. I wonder about these photographs without memories. How can they be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at Postcards from the Creative Journey