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Self Critique (3 of 6)

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Third in a series of six parts on how I personally approach the art of digital image making. Sharing in appreciation of the many social media friends who are interested in my work.
(Access: part one and two)

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Composition is the next most important element of an image, and it is best optimized [...]

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Elements of self critique (2 of 6)

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In the first part I mentioned the five elements that have the most impact on mood & emotion in art photography: Light, Composition, Contrast, Color and Detail. I use their initials L-C-C-C-D as a mnemonic device; a working checklist.

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Nothing influences the overall mood of a scene more than Light. So [...]

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Elements of self-critique in digital image making (part 1 of 6)

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The journey toward higher artistic accomplishment and ever improving levels of craftsmanship, requires that we migrate from a reliance on external feedback, toward a disciplined habit of self-critique. This is part 1, of a 6-part summary of how I personally approach this.

To begin with some key definitions, my main area of interest [...]

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Wooden Godzilla - An exercise in seeing

I made this image for fun but it helps illustrate an important point, so I decided to post.
Photography begins with seeing, and seeing is a mental process; a product of complex neurological activity involving a lot more than our optical apparatus. We see with our “mind’s eye,” as our brains decide what to [...]

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The Decisive Moment - in nature

Henri Cartier Bresson “the father of modern photojournalism,” once said that “Photography is not like painting, there is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the [...]

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Inversion

I am referring to the *optical* inversion often forced by snow.
Typically, in a work of the visual arts, the main subject is highly illuminated and the rest of the frame gets progressively darker as we move toward the edges. Our eyes tend to follow the light, so visual artists have traditionally used this simple [...]

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Gorge-ous (?)

Reviewing / reworking a few popular images of the recent past…
This is a view of the Columbia Gorge looking North and East from the Oregon side (a popular spot known as “Chanticleer point”). I.e.: the near cliffs on the other side of the river are part of the Southern coast of Washington State — specifically [...]

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New Tech Photography

Photography nowadays involves a lot more than cameras lenses and filters. Digital technology (computer hardware & software) has altered the craft of  image-making just as it has almost every other human activity. We now have many new ways to accomplish specific imaging objectives.
For example, the image below…
In the “old days” one way to [...]

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Black & White (& shades of gray /green /brown /orange / blue…)

Happy 2011 everyone. I hope your year is going well, in spite of all the problems that inevitably come with being human.
Our winter has been pretty mild so far here in the Pacific Northwest (other than the heavy rains that is). Been missing the snow scenery so I thought I’d rework an image [...]

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Adventures in macro Photography

My recent focus has been in landscape/cityscape work, but my passion for Photography started all the way back in the early 1960s — time enough for me to have dabbled in all areas of this visual art. So, when my wife recently asked me to photograph her grandmother’s heirloom ring (circa late 1800s) I [...]

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