Category: Instruction

Creating a Photographic Story

A photograph is the reflection of the photographer at the time the image is created. It reflects our mood, vision, and emotional state. The way the light is captured in the image, then post processed reveals the story hidden in the photograph. It is… Continue Reading “Creating a Photographic Story”

Finding the Spirit of Place

This workshop is the culmination of creativity combined with photography. It is the art of exploring the environment or subject to express its true nature from the perspective of the photographer. It is offered through the amazing art school Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.… Continue Reading “Finding the Spirit of Place”

Composition. . .Man & Nature

Composition is one of those subjective topics. It varies from person to person and artist to photographer. . .or, is there really a difference between artists and photographers? At it’s core, composition is simply about the arrangement of the visual image. From an artist’s… Continue Reading “Composition. . .Man & Nature”

Choices, Exposure & Composition

The experience included hundreds of sandhill cranes flying overhead, with some landing in the field below. Their sounds waft in the air, like a light trill. Unlike ducks and geese, the cranes seem to fly without formation, and their flight is affected by wind… Continue Reading “Choices, Exposure & Composition”

Familiar Subjects – New Perspective

The migratory trumpeter and tundra swans are a familiar subject to me and my camera. Often, they stay at a distance to areas that they can be photographed from. The limitations become equipment and the cost of these longer lenses. Today, I tested out… Continue Reading “Familiar Subjects – New Perspective”

Simplicity or Chaos?

Composition is a direct reflection on the photographer. Certain aspects can be learned, yet your personal viewpoint seeps through in every photograph we create. Our photographic vision reflects our inner self, and where we are emotionally at the point of the photograph. It is… Continue Reading “Simplicity or Chaos?”

It’s All About the Light. . .

Photography is possible because of Light. Without light, the image is black. With too much light, the photo is white. How do we control this light? It is controlled through exposure. Exposure = ISO + Aperture + Shutter Speed It is the photographer along… Continue Reading “It’s All About the Light. . .”

Swans & Geese in the Skagit & Stilliguamish Deltas

Light is everything in bird photography! The time of day will affect the number and types of birds seen in flying overhead or feeding in the farm fields. The photo above is taken at dusk, and the birds are Trumeter Swans. Both Trumpeter and… Continue Reading “Swans & Geese in the Skagit & Stilliguamish Deltas”

Architecture & Gardens. . .

Architecture lends itself to both color and black & white photographic images. Often times, it becomes a composition of lines, shapes, and color / tone. The photograph above shows a modern building with the reflection of historic architecture. The old and the new sit… Continue Reading “Architecture & Gardens. . .”

Story Telling in Black & White

The photo above is one of my favorite story-telling black & white images. This was taken at the zoo, and I loved the wise look on the gorilla. The bonus was the child looking through the glass. A successful story-telling image gives the viewer… Continue Reading “Story Telling in Black & White”

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