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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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December Twilight

I recently reworked this image, of Portland twilight in December, captured a couple of weeks before the Winter solstice. At a time of year when the sun travels far to the South, and shadows are deep any time of day, we count ourselves lucky to actually see any hint of sky, or light from [...]

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It’s not the camera

This worn-out comment, relevant to the making of an enjoyable image is commonly used to suggest “it’s the photographer.” But… Is it? Just like the thought implied if only one question is asked (”What camera did you use?”) to suggest that all the credit should instead go to [...]

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Emotional Detachment: an indispensable filter

So, good Photography begins with seeing beyond the literal; seeing that involves the “mind’s eye,” guided by emotions. But here is a conundrum: emotions can overwhelm our critical faculties. “Love is Blind” is an observation confirmed by both poetry and science. An over-reliance on emotions can blunt our ability to select which of [...]

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And so it begins…

“Image Quest” is what nature photographers do in searching for that elusive perfect image, in seeking to find meaning and spiritual direction in nature’s beauty. Not unlike the “Vision Quest” of Native American lore.
In this log of our own search I want to dwell on the process of image making, among [...]

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