Category Archives: Color
Fuji X-Pro1 18-55 lens f/8
I’ve been using social media much less. I still enjoy catching up with family and friends and find it to be a good “business” tool, however, the time I was investing was drawing me away from more important things. I also noticed that I was starting to feel competitive with regard to my photography where there is no place for competition. I was seeing others tremendous work and feeling pressure to produce equal or better quality. Feeling pressure to post yet another post showing I was still active, shooting, making worthwhile images. Then in some quiet time, I realized this is not who I want to be. Rather, I want to be able to trust. Trust in my ability to be a good photographer. I don’t want to feel the need for others accolades or approval. Don’t get me wrong, I’m human and kind words are alway welcome and feel good. I just don’t what to feel that I must receive them to validate what I’m doing. When I’m asked why I love photography, my answer is that it feeds my soul. I love the process of making photographs. I love how I feel when I’m out making images whether I get a “keeper” or not. I am finding I shoot much less now. I don’t shoot as many frames. I’m more in touch with what I’m being drawn to for subject matter. I’m more aware of the light. I’m more selective about what I want to photograph. I don’t sell much of my work, I don’t try very hard to do so either. Its just not that important to me. What is important? The experiences that I have been blessed with as a photographer. Photography has gifted me with many wonderful friends. Photography has blessed me with the opportunity to travel to places I never imagined I would. Photography has blessed me with being a teacher that I never knew I could be. This has allowed me to share my passion with others, nudging them to soar on their own wings, trusting themselves, believing they can create images that make their hearts sing! This gives me great joy and makes my heart sing.
As we approach the time of year when we are asked to make goals, might I suggest we forget about them? Yup, forget about them, at least with your photography life. Instead, I would encourage you to trust, to believe in yourself and in the creative process. Allow the creative process to happen on its own. And, know that trusting includes being okay with being idle. Nancy Rotenberg in her book, Photography and the Creative Life, has this to say about being idle. “Trusting the process also involves daring to be idle. We live in a culture that views idleness as something slovenly, lazy and non-production. It is only when you stop and reflect that you can be filled and recharged. What you photograph today could be the result of yesterday’s “idling”. The only way to know if awareness is entering your body is for you to slow down long enough to notice. Awareness gives you mindfulness. Mindfulness gives you insight.” Rather than feeling pressure to be creative, be okay with being idle, recognizing this idle time is good. Its okay to have times when you are not producing. I have written a number of songs. Oft times months pass before a new song would appear and even then, I would rewrite and change things over and over. Yet, my favorite songs seemed to come from out of nowhere and took just minutes to write. I believe they came out of inspiration, out of being idle and listening. They were not forced. Photography is much the same or at least it should be. This is really just an extension of what I’ve written about in previous posts with regard to chasing images. Be open to the creative process rather than chasing it. Trust your abilities and allow for creativity or images to present themselves. Don’t force it. For those who know me, being idle is not easy, however, as I try and practice it, I find I am more satisfied with the quality of my images.
For sunris, we took the gang from Johnstown up to a Hawk Watch overlook and were greeted with color in the sky and fog in the valley! Hard to imagine it getting much better than this! Fuji X-E1 with 55-200mm.
I’ve been invited to present my Dream – Believe – Create lecture for a meet-up group in Plymouth MA on November 5th. I hope to see many of my New England friends there! Click this link for more information and to sign up.
Why do we make numerous runs to favorite locations? Well, because the light is different each time. Take the case of Steptoe Butte from which this scene was shot. Each time on this trip the atmospheric conditions were different. On this particular night the air was much cleaner and thus clearer, making for what you might call “cherry” light.
This shot is a bit out of the norm for me. I’m typically more drawn to the the simple graphic patterns from the Butte. Maybe it was the light that caused me to include the farm and more trees than normal? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that I loved the golden quality of the light! When the light is good, its great!
While visiting the Towery’s to shoot the EMP building, we took a bit of time to shoot the shipyard in Seattle where I stumbled upon this scene. Isn’t nature amazing? What was once a pristine newly painted boat has now been turned into a work of art, primarily due to nature doing her work over time. I’ve always been a fan of abstract photography and feel this is a worthy addition to my portfolio.
At the risk of being cliche’, I’ll add my “boneyard” image to the plethora of others on the off chance some of my blog readers have not see one. The “boneyard” or Botany Bay, is near Edisto Beach in South Carolina. Depending on the tide, you’ll find a few trees in the water creating, well, a picture of a tree in the water! So there ya have it!
For smoothing out the water, I used my Singh-Ray VariND filter. If you want even longer exposures, you can use the ultra cool Mor-Slo 10 stop filter.
Sometimes the elements align and you are presented with a scene that screams to be photographed. On my third trip to Magnolia Gardens, I was finally beginning to relax and “see” images that were not as obvious as the ones I had been shooting. I don’t know about you, but I bring to my photography other images I’ve seen, especially images I may have seen from the location I am shooting for the first time. I call this my “Visual Portfolio”. (Thanks Terry!) In the case of Magnolia Gardens, I’ve seen glorious images from my buddy Tony Sweet. It was hard not to run to the arching trees or white bridges and make the same images. So I did!! Then, I wanted to step back and see what else I might find that was not in my “Visual Portfolio”. Just on the other side of the famous and oft photographed white bridge, was this delicate scene filled with flowing color and strong lines created by the three main foreground trees. It immediately drew me in and has become a personal favorite from the trip. I know I’ve said it many times, however, it is worth repeating over and over, when I was finally “still” the images began to come.