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on Feb 29, 2016 in Random Thoughts

OKC Bedford Camera Bound!

So CAN’T wait until this weekend and being in OKC at Bedford Camera’s PhotoCon! I’ll be talking my favorite topic, wildlife photography, photography and of course a little bit about gear. We’re doing a Zoo Photowalk, a little formal presentation (ok, 2hrs of my yacking like about my cousins, Ghost Faced Bear and much more) and just celebrating how fortunate we are to be photographers. Love to cya … come on down and join in on...

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on Feb 23, 2016 in Friday Thoughts

“Passion, Anything Else?”

“…and in reading many of your posts, it would seem techniques like exposing to the right, resolutions charts, concerns over noise and chromatic aberrations, even composition don’t even enter your photographic process. It didn’t take me long to see you’re concerned with only one thing, passion, anything else?” The emailer in my opinion had done a great job distilling all my thousands of pages on the website down to the one thing I think is the most important aspect in photography, whatever the genre … passion. I firmly feel and have felt for more than thirty years, what the world needs are not more technically correct photographs but one filled with passion. Is it just that easy? Photography must remain fun or we’ll leave it in the closet. This means that if it’s the technical side of photography that brings you happiness, then that’s what you need to focus on. And if you want just passion to rule your photography, there are some very important technical aspects of photography...

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on Feb 3, 2016 in Friday Thoughts

OK, So it Sucks

It reminded me of a drug deal. Standing behind a booth at an annual trade show, I handed him the dvds and he gave me cash. This is how for years I delivered and was paid for articles for a European magazine (this was long ago when the images were film based and scanned for delivery). After doing this for a couple of year, I got a call one day from the editor, “what does suck mean?” (with in a very heavy Slavic accent), he was editing my text I’d given him. I said, “Sucks mean that its so bad it has no redeeming value, indescribably bad, not worthy of showing, really bad, stinks and should have never been taken in the first place. It sucks.” After a long pause he said, “sucks … it says a lot!” OK, so your photo sucks … so what? If you’re being paid a lot of money to create it, you might have an issue but otherwise, really, so what? For a...

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on Jan 25, 2016 in Random Thoughts

Apprehension

“Do you ever feel apprehensive?” Man, is that a loaded question! In this case, the emailer was asking about whether to buy the D5 of D500? The response for me was real simple, both. But when I first read the email, my mind wasn’t on gear, but photography. Gear to me is a slam dunk proposition, it’s a tool and like any tool, if it fits the job than I need it in my bag. But when it comes to a particular photograph, project or visual statement, I’m full of apprehension. I have it sometimes to the point to where I literally don’t sleep. And I think that if you value your craft, love being a storyteller and I hate to say it, want to stay in business, you’d best have apprehension. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it but when you strive for the best from yourself, you’ve gotta ask yourself hard questions and some of those answers probably scare the crap out of you and...

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on Jan 25, 2016 in Random Thoughts

Mono Lake Weekend

The Sierras have received a healthy dose of snow so far this winter with much more predicted to fall. That along with other factors lead me to believe we’ll have a gorgeous fall in the Sierras. So we’ve been granted a permit to have a photographic workshop at South Tufa, Mono Lake this October and we’re very excited! The Forest Service is only permitting two groups at a time at South Tufa this year which means to us, we basically have the place to ourselves! Starting the evening of the Sept 30th, we’ll gather and talk about photography and get ready for the next day. Sunrise on 01 Oct, we’ll be on the shores of Mono Lake enjoying its beauty and celebrating it with our images. Then after breakfast, we’ll go through ALL the photos from the morning to learn from our efforts then head back out to explore the High Sierra. Then we’ll venture back to South Tufa for a gorgeous sunset shoot. And if that wasn’t enough,...

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