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  • A mix of Pictures

    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 took a turn for the worse and the big houses wouldn't consider looking at stuff that just arrived in their mail boxes. You needed an agent. Well, that became even tougher because agents wanted to make money too and they became extremely selective. And the real good agents had more than enough clients, looking only for the movie stars, politicians and the occasional Dan Brown.

    So what does this have to do with anything? My focus shifted. Writing a novel took years and even more years to find someone to publish and then even more time to get to print. It takes a huge part of your life staying up all night and then editing, re-editing and then re-editing again and again. I'd still love to have a major house publish one of my books and I'm always jealous when a new author hits the big time. However, with that said, I found photography to be a form of writing and its results were immediate. I embarked on teaching myself how to take pictures and find my "eye" for just the right composition. I'm still looking for that eye, but with the massive improvements in digital photography and the digital darkroom, taking pictures has become fun and something I can pass along quickly to share with others. Of course, for the most part it doesn't make a dime but it does make me feel better. Here are a few photos I've taken over the past few months. With thousands to choose from I never know which ones to post.
  • Creating your Art

    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.