Here are some of my recent photos which are all for sale by the way. Unframed 16 x 20 for $175 or I can make you a custom frame out of old barn wood, making it one of kind for $400. I can also print the photos any size you like.
I've been working for months completing a number of tables constructed from old barns on the Dos Pueblos Ranch. This wood is nearly 100 years old and makes fantastic dining tables. I've created each one differently making them unique in their own way so every buyer can claim they have one of a kind. I've also made picture frames using
I used to write novels. In fact I have a shelf full of complete and partial novels and my head still swims with ideas for more. I did self publish one book (well actually two, one is an exercise book) which you can find on this website. But something happened about fifteen or twenty years ago. The publishing industry
I've been laying low for the past year learning how to take a better photograph and then learning how to improve that photo with the latest technology. Some call it cheating, I call it growing with the times. Peter Lik, the now famous photographer who sold a picture for one million dollars claims he doesn't retouch
For the past year I've tried to develop and advance my photography skills. I think I've improved a lot in not only what my eye sees but in how to improve the photo even more in the digital dark room. There's always a lot of discussion about how pure a photo should be, but art is art, and the old adage, beauty is in the eye of the beholder applies to photographs just like any other art form. Therefore, manipulation of a photograph only allows the photographer to create his of her idea of art in how he or she sees it. Whether it be punching up the saturation a bit too much for color or completely changing the photo to look like an old picture, there's nothing wrong with either of these expressions.
The important thing is to capture something you really like and share it with others. You may never make enough money to cover the cost of your equipment but then who cares, you had fun taking the pictures anyway.
Get out there!
When was the last time you got up an hour before sunrise, dressed in sweats and set up your tripod waiting to capture that morning light? Pictures don't take themselves.
Where ever you go you should always be scouting for locations that could be promising when the sun rises or sets. Or when storms blow in will the foreground provide a perfect magnet to draw you in to the background of mountains or desert. Your eyes and mind should never stop wondering and wandering what if.
In this digital age everyone can take a picture, most of them can be very good, but not everyone can take a photograph. Composition, exposure and having the photo say something takes a little work no matter what Photoshop can do.