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Memento

One use for a camera is to create pictures as mementos – objects to keep as reminders of persons, places, or events.  In fact, I suspect that this is the most common use for cameras.  In the past, people kept photo albums precisely for this purpose, though today I presume image files on computers or [...]

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Price Discipline

I gave away for free a small print of the image in this post to a good friend of mine who voiced a special connection to the subject matter.  I do that kind of thing from time to time, and as the creator of these images, I’m happy to be in a position to do [...]

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Well-Being

I remember vividly the evening that the capture for this image was made.  The weather forecast called for thunderstorms in Rocky Mountain National Park.  This often is a bit risky from a photography standpoint, because it seems there’s about an equal chance of seeing something really cool happening with the conditions, or getting simply a [...]

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When Words Fail

One reason I like photography (and painting, and sculpture, and all of the visual arts, really) is that it is communication without words.  I suppose this concept is fairly obvious to understand, but really, it’s pretty deep with you think about it.  If you’ve been moved by a work of visual art (and I hope [...]

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My Work is Changing

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Lao Tzu My work is changing. I didn’t really notice it myself until a friend pointed it out, but now I can see [...]

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The Personal Post

This is a blog about photography (well, my photography and my approach to it anyway), so I try not to write about other things, like personal issues that go on in my life.  However, my personal approach to practicing photography (or any art for that matter) is that you should be incorporating it into your [...]

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But Who Looks Closely Anyway?

If you look closely, you can see a few star trails, which I think is pretty cool.

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Broken Lenses and Emotional Impact

My Canon 24-105 L lens is broken. Well, maybe not broken exactly, but it’s developed a habit of creeping.  If you point it straight up, for example, and set it to 105 mm, it will slowly creep down to 24 mm because the mechanism that holds the zoom at a fixed focal length apparently has [...]

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Stifle Your Incredulity

I am not a deep thinker.  No really, stifle your incredulity, it’s true.  If you want to read some deep thoughts on photography, go check out Guy Tal’s photography blog. Still, you don’t need to be a deep thinker to practice photography in a thoughtful way.  Being thoughtful can take many forms – thinking about [...]

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Lucky

Most of my photographs are pretty carefully chosen, set up, and executed.  I believe that one of the things that marks a photographer as an artist rather than simply a snapshooter is the ability to see potentially good images in an otherwise cluttered and chaotic world, and to take deliberate, considered steps in a controlled [...]

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