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on Apr 9, 2016 in Random Thoughts

A Moment to Stop

Here’s the things with clouds, when you see the perfect one, you gotta stop then and there to take them. The perfect ones just don’t stick around! The winds that in large part give rise to thier perfection also quickly change them to nothing. So when you see that perfection, you gotta take a moment to stop. Along Hwy 96 in Nebraska, there aren’t a whole lot of pullouts so stopping was a challenge. We were fortunate there was a dirt road we could drive into within a short distance of where we saw this scene. Looking the scene over, there were to many perfect clouds to take in one click. I should explain that. The amount of sky to ground ratio is what for me made me think I couldn’t capture them in one click. I needed a sliver of ground and in doing that, cropped into the clouds more than I liked. So it was pano time which is real simple anymore. Shooting the D5 / 24-70VR,...

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on Mar 28, 2016 in Random Thoughts

Linn Area Photo Club All Dayer!

Linn Area Photo Club is hosting an all day event April 23 and we’re talking photography! Event Topics: Session 1: 50 in 60 – Tools, Techniques and Tricks You Must Have as a Photographer Session 2: Click to Click – From Camera to Digital Darkroom Session 3: The Light Tells the Story Session 4: Tell the Critters’ Tales This is not a lecture but an open forum where I’m going to present ideas and you’re going to have to apply those that work for your photography and forget the rest. And there is a ton of time inserted into the day to answer your questions. Be it about light, subject or gear (like the D5), I’ll be there to help the best I can. Look forward to sharing what I’ve learned so far in my travels in photography with...

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on Mar 9, 2016 in Random Thoughts

PSW PreCon & The Grid!

Hey folks … I’ll be on The Grid today with my good friend Scott Kelby. We have a pretty cool topic that I know will have answers that might just make you scratch your head, check your camera bag and look at your photographs just a little bit differently. Be sure to check us out! Yesterday as I understand it, registration for Photoshop World opened up which includes my PreCon. I’m doing something totally new this year for Precon. We are going for a SUNRISE shoot and then back to the classroom to finish those images we shot together. We’re going to catch the gorgeous desert light in the cool of the day and then finish up during the heat of the day INSIDE learning to finish our passion. Sure hope you come to join us, I’m told that already the Precon is nearly full. Cya at Photoshop World at the very...

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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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