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A man waiting for his train to come in

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There he is standing.  Clothes still wet, umbrella in hand waiting. Time only know how long he has been looking down that tunnel.  Staring into the dark recess. Like so many other things in life. You have to show up.  Pay your way. Make the effort to be at the right place at the right time.  Checking your watch to make sure its the right time and making your way to where you will board.  There is of course no guarantee that you will  make it to your final destination but the key is to do what you can to be at the right place at the right time. With the right  things in place so that you can board and move on to your next place. The tunnel may look dark and the the tracks empty but if you do your part at some point, you are rewarded when the light  does appear.....

Feeling the burn

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No I have not taken up competitive bodybuilding.  But the term is totally  applicable. Its helps describe the zone of when you have put the day's concerns behind and dedicated your attention and efforts in a way that exerts you to a point in which there is where you can feel your pushing your limits. It implies this is not a moment but rather a continuous feeling that comes from strenuous effort.  And while this is something that might not seem pleasant. its entirely where you want to be.  It means your  leaving behind  your safety zone.. It means your stretching your horizons to new places.  More importantly its a new platform on which you can perform.

Its hard saying when I first noticed it. But its good. I've gotten asked about paid work before. I have been asked if I do prints before. I have been asked  to share things before. But there is a distinctly different quality to it now. Maybe  because its no longer just friends who are doing the asking. Maybe because the majori…

Reading a Photograph

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 I say that purposefully. Because as much as we like to think  of our photographs as being seen they are read. By reading  I am  not saying everything in a  photograph is interpreted in our minds as having some meaning.  Some might say "Look  maybe your photographs get read but  really for me it's all out there".  However I beg to differ. First  take something as basic as  the shape of the frame.  In  a panoramic landscape  layout the eye is usually drawn to the  amount of "breadth" that is captured.  When its oriented in a profile our eyes immediately  go up and down and we see "height".  Choose to show either black and white or color and our pictures are viewed  either "artsy" or real. This is normal. When we look at a photograph the first question is why am I looking at it. Is there something familiar? Is there something unusual? All these things are asked and interpreted by the mind to have meaning.

 With that in mind we need to state c…

The Great Greenwood

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I made my way here because while I had spent quite a bit of time doing Castles  and Museums  I desired to see something  more natural. This place being the  first of my journeys out of the country it  seemed like a natural fit.  My memories were of a great green place that had modern and  natural touches blended and yet each holding its  own.  It did not disappoint. Although having been to BC on several occasions  I had never made the ferry journey across to Victoria and its  World Famous Gardens.

Such a pleasant way and the hospitable Canadians made me remember my long ago dreams of this place. One of my favorite photographers whose method  I drool over his approach to the craft. He calls this particular slice of Canada home. Its funny because   he otherwise states he finds nothing interesting to shoot at home. While this place so obviously  feels like at the top of charts, most urbanites and wildlife lovers would wonder   how come you ever need to leave. It highlights an important t…

Playing with others

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Lately I have been involved with several groups of photographers.  Its been very interesting and a learning experience. this has ranged from the casual  hiking trip with a few friends and their camera phones to  hosting several communities of photographers.

As I have stated before ultimately the art of photography is a solitary  effort in its intial phases.  The ability to clear distractions and capture the moment clearly and with enough interest takes focus. That focus does not occur when your mind is racing around.  However seeing how other people's minds move and the things that they key in on does help you to  see outside of your range.

 The thing that I have to remember is let go of trying to lecture or  mentor others without them first asking for the assistance.  While it is true you can help them sometimes to  get the type of image that they want the  problem is it takes you out of where you need to be.  While you are doing the exercise your focus is on helping and not on s…

The Journey

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 You know sometimes you can be so  busy moving you don't notice if your moving forward. . and to be honest maybe your not . However you are on a journey  sometimes in circles. So where am I?
 The intensity of the focus has changed a bit . I am shooting a lot more  but spending less time in the editing chair.  I am well over a year and a half behind  on personal projects. I have been  working more than ever on paid assignments that has hopefully kept my eye  sharp.

 Really the thing right now is finding where photography is in my life. It is clearly a passion. I feel I am doing a better job of communicating through my photographs. However that has not translated into more followers for my Instagram feed(ugh!).   However its place has been jockeying recently with  other concerns and interests.  Photography has been a tool for discovery, It has helped me to look deeper  at landscapes. At the same time it  has helped me to look more critically at smiles.  Because of photography I fin…

Capturing the joy

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It can be the most planned wedding or the simplest moment with kids. Something about seeing  people who are really happy stirs something deep inside. The familiarity of how good it feels to smile  is deep and impulsive.

One of my favorite photographers says you can not "capture" anything with a camera  you can only "see" something. Capture implies that the  something is intrinsically  contained in the picture taking process. I totally get he was trying to say  However some pictures seem to consistently produce a smile in its viewers. I think it can be captured and released when sometime has the courage to let their emotions flow.

How can you do it. First you have to be able to  understand  the setting. Is the joy contained in the face of the person or is it something about the  place  that strengthens the composition.  Perhaps somethings need to angled out so that all distractions are minimized. Simple is usually best, It should be what you need and nothing more. B…