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When I was very young, it was a special treat to go to the General Store. Right there on the shelf was a toy tractor. We didn’t have much and Daddy couldn’t buy it for me, but right then and there I decided that someday I would own myself a... Continue reading
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One early autumn morning some birds flew over the surface of Lake Abert, in Oregon. I was in the right spot, with the right lens and I clicked off a couple of shots as the birds flew by. I’m going to claim the image as my own and show it... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A seemingly long time ago, (or more recently, depending on how you view the passage of time these days) I had the temerity to assemble a photographic project entitled Fifty, a collection of my fifty best photographs – up until that point in my life. The motivation was the celebration... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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A while back I attended a contemporary art exhibit. The memorable aspect of the exhibit was an explanatory sign on the wall of the exhibit. The sign informed us artwork explored, “the political relationships among gender, culture, religion, labor and social codes.” I was wondering what ever happened to art... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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I enjoy photographing old buildings and other objects that have passed their prime. While photographing the renovation of the Cary Elementary School it occurred to me the school was worn out and run down because generations of students had used it. The school building fulfilled its original purpose and was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Last week I talked about my Project Triangle and the characteristics of creating new projects. I have two little stories on that topic. My friend, Brooks Jensen (of LensWork fame) is obsessive about keywording his Lightroom database. He claims he has enough images keyworded to create projects for the rest... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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My projects have three characteristics; Time, Place and Theme. Most of my projects have fixed all three characteristics because I went someplace at a specific time and photographed a single subject. If we let at least one of those characteristics vary we can add some variety to what might become... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Some projects just never quit and sometimes it is a struggle just to keep up with them. My Academy Street project just keeps chugging along. The hero image for the Change of Pace folio is the Pasmore House at 307 Academy Street. It was distinguished by two huge oak trees... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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Sometimes you don't realize a significant change you made is significant unless someone else tells you about it. I was reading the other day where a museum curator made a distinction between image and photograph. The difference is that photograph implies a physical artifact while the use of image implies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Postcards from the Creative Journey
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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 Mar 18, 2019 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