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And Stars Too

“What are men to rocks and mountains?” – Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice And stars, stars too.  If I am recalling correctly, the two stars here actually are the planets Jupiter and Venus, which came into (I believe perfect) alignment a couple of years ago.

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The Real Magician

“I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches, and foliage that reach up toward the light.  But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.” – Edward Steichen

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Catching Up

Things are pretty quiet with photography for now while I get caught up on other things.  Hopefully I’ll be able to return my attention to it again before too long.

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On Inspiration

It’s that time of year again, when there is enough daylight to allow me to drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park after work.  For example, if I leave my house in Fort Collins at 6 p.m., I can be at this spot by around 7:30, and still have a good hour and a half [...]

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Tools of the Trade

I believe in keeping things simple, so for the last few years I’ve been carrying only two lenses – a Canon 24-105 L, and a Canon 100-400 L.  Between the two, I can cover the range from 24 mm to 400 mm without fumbling around with a lot of lens changes.  I realize zoom lenses [...]

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All Talk

Some time ago I read about a study that determined people experienced similar levels of satisfaction upon stating their intention to do something as they did in actually doing it.  For example, a person stating their intention to go on a diet to lose 10 pounds apparently experiences a similar physiological response of satisfaction as [...]

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The Other Colorado

I’ve lived on the Front Range of Colorado for a number of years now.  When you mention Colorado to someone who doesn’t live here, my observation is that most people tend to think of pristine, snowy, mountain-filled landscapes. I love that Colorado.  But there is another Colorado, too.  Roughly half the state is flat plains, [...]

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Feels Like EDM

I’ve been listening to a lot of EDM lately (that’s Electronic Dance Music – check out Deadmau5!).  It fascinated me to realize how much that kind of music makes me think of photography.  The way the music works there feels to me like the way light works in photographs.  The steady beats feel like the [...]

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Good is Good

I used to hold the opinion that “good is good.”  Specifically, I think there is a branch of criticism in the photography world (really, the art world in general) that cliched photographs of cliched subjects are per se bad, even if done very well.  Think photographs of sunsets over beaches, the Milky Way at night, [...]

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No Such Thing as Talent

I wonder if maybe there is no such thing as talent. Bear with me here.  Talent, in the dictionary I checked, is defined as a natural aptitude or skill.  It’s something you’re born with, you either have it or you don’t.  A talent for photography, for example, suggests that it would take less effort for [...]

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