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on Aug 24, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Photoshop World Safari Winners!

It’s been a couple of weeks now, but we had a little fun contest at our Photoshop World Photo Safari. The contest theme was along the theme of the day, Light and the spirit of Chloride. I kept it simple and fun and B&H Video contributing a $100 and $50 Gift card for these two images. Applause! And six runner ups received a gift certificate from Triple Scoop Music. Applause! I had over 50 images submitted which was a great response and made it a challenge for me to select my favorites. It was fun, can’t wait for the next one! Thanks...

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on Aug 20, 2015 in Random Thoughts

“I’m Now Inspired!”

The purpose behind my photography lies beyond the sale. I am very honored to be in the 50th anniv issue of Nikon Owner Magazine! The extensive 18pg interview reveals a whole lot more than f/stops, talking about wildlife photography and its role in our lives as we protect the lives on our subjects for future generations. I just received an email from Julie who read the piece that said, “I’m now inspired!” She goes on to say hwo she loves photographing nature but never knew what to do with her images after she went click. Now she does and is looking to change the world with her photos. And that’s what lies behind my photography. More than ever we need to share the wonders we are so fortunate to witness. Remember … you can change the world with your photos! Thanks...

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on Aug 19, 2015 in Random Thoughts

World Photo Day

Yep, it’s World Photo Day. More than 200,000 photos are uploaded to Facebook EVERY minute! Over 880 BILLION images were taken in 2014! And to celebrate this we have World Photo Day. Being that we are photographers, this might seem as silly as national donut day but we who love donuts, take that day very seriously. I thought about the day and thought we should put our own twist on it. I propose we make it World Photo Day to introduce a kid to photography. I love working with kids with a camera, they just see the world so differently. It just makes me smile. We were very fortunate that both of our boys seemed to take to photography. This is Brent at age four with “his” camera photographing a Black-chinned Hummer nest. He had a “toy” Nikon he played with so it was no surprise that his first word was literally, Nikon. Kids say the darndest things and when we place a camera in their hands, they can...

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on Aug 11, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Chloride Fun

The Photoshop World Photo Safari packed the bus and took a drive to Chloride for a fun afternoon. The theme I set for the day was light, so after a in class presentation we hit the “ghost town” of Chloride to put what we talked about in action. We were very fortunate to have along the very talented Emily and Sam to model not the latest fashion, but light. Our first stop on the discussion of light was the saloon. It made sense to me to stop there first, needed that drink in the 102 temp! You can see above our little gallery. With that large, big south facing “window” we had the perfect light in our studio for working with Emily and Sam. We needed for flash, no reflectors, just using that large opening and by positioning our light models we could make our photographs. We started with the model out in the sun and then slowly moved them back into the gorgeous light so all could see...

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on Jul 6, 2015 in Random Thoughts

Creativity in the Lost & Found?

Had an interesting comment come my way that had me thinking. “I just don’t see how you guys keep coming up with new photographs. I struggle to just take one.” I was talking with a photographer who had hit the creative wall and was seeking some kind of words to break it down. This post is for him but I thought I’d share it with all. We’ve all been there, I sure have been, putting that camera to the eye was just simply no joy. How do you get past that wall? On the fun side of feeling in the mood, I simply hit the shutter release of my camera and let ‘er rip! Seriously, put the camera into CH and hold down that shutter release and listen to that beautiful sound! Yep, sounds down right silly if not stupid. But you would be surprised how that sound triggers something in your mind and that wall now has a hole in it, just big enough to get the process...

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