Photography is said to be “all about the light,” but shadows are essential to the most compelling images. Some of the many uses of shadows are shown here.
Tag Archives: Creativity
Abstract Photos as Art
I’ve started a year-long course in creative photography with Lori Lankford. The course is designed to expand my photographic vision and stimulate me to take new approaches to creativity. The class is conducted on-line, with participants sharing their work and offering helpful comments on the postings. Each month we will have a new theme. LoriContinue reading “Abstract Photos as Art”
A Blanket Chest Creation
I recently completed a blanket chest in my woodshop. This essay shows photos and describes its construction.
Seeking Deeper Meaning
In searching to create deeper meaning in my photos, I’ve found inspiration from Wynn Bullock’s work.
Intentional Camera Movement
Intentional Camera Movement, popularly known as ICM, is a technique in which the photographer moves the camera in a planned way during a long exposure. The result is an image that’s intentionally blurred and that when well done can create an artistic rendering of a scene. I was recently introduced to the technique in myContinue reading “Intentional Camera Movement”
On Building a Good Life
My most recent book, On Living Well: Reflections on Creating a Good Life, has just been published on Amazon.com. The book, a collection of wise thoughts and aphorisms from many sources, is both a personal manifesto and a guide to creating a life of integrity and wisdom. To live well—to have a good life—is aContinue reading “On Building a Good Life”
Four Steps to Better Post-Processing
I’ll frankly admit that in the past I’ve failed to use a steady, and studied, approach to post-processing my images. My practice, such as it’s been, was to make changes that looked good and seemed somehow better than the original. The problem, of course, is that while this practice sometimes leads to pleasing results, it’sContinue reading “Four Steps to Better Post-Processing”
A Rose is a Rose
I’ve been experimenting with making extreme close-ups using my new Nikon 105mm f/2.8 S lens. Here are some recent creations.
Choosing Selective Focus
I’ve always been a sharp focus kind of photographer. But after seeing some expressive work that uses a soft and selective focus, I decided that there’s another path to artistic expression.
Smell the Roses, Then Shoot Them
It’s no secret that I read a lot of books in an attempt to enhance my skill as a photographer. Many of these have been written by Harold Davis, one of my favorite authors on things photographic. His latest volume, Creative Garden Photography, is one of his best, if not in fact the very bestContinue reading “Smell the Roses, Then Shoot Them”