Stages of my photographic journey

I thought I would take a departure this week from my typical post.  I’ve spent some time cleaning up my image library and have reflected on my own photographic journey.  I remember starting 8 years ago with my first Jack Graham workshop.  We witnessed the must beautiful sunrise I have ever seen, it was at Rooster Rock.  But my image… well…it sucked. The image you see below is Peter’s.  Mine were not salvageable.  I was very much at the bottom of this curve, struggling with my own technical proficiency – learning to use my camera, filters, cards, remote, Photoshop……  It was all so new.

I have been helping some of my friends on their journeys and it occurred to me that they were moving through similar stages.  I think many people start at the bottom of this chart and work their way up.  There are a fortunate group of people that have a vision and can communicate it in a compelling art form right from the start.  I’m still working my way up. Continue reading


Photography Project: Pinhole Photography

Pinhole photography - cypress tree with ocean

Pinhole photography – cypress tree with ocean

I’ve always been intrigued by pinhole photography, there is an ethereal quality to it and a feeling that hearkens back to “old times”.  My first foray into pinhole photography was with a Lensbaby optic, I was so frustrated I put the optic away, that was 4 years ago.  And then I read an article in a photography magazine last month….. Continue reading

Natural Abstracts: Point Lobos Weston Beach

Natural Abstract #1 Point Lobos

Natural Abstract #1 Point Lobos

Peter loves to visit iconic locations, I have to admit I find them intimidating, amazing photographers have already captured the unique essence of the place, what could I possibly have to add?  We recently visited Point Lobos State Park in California, a place where Edward Weston made some of his most memorable images.  I wanted to see the place through his eyes, but also apply my own vision to see if I could come up with a unique series of abstracts. Continue reading

Look. See. Imagine. Create. – Palouse Barn




I wanted to print a few of my favorite photos from last year so I went through my top ten or so and decided I just loved this barn in the Palouse.  Here is how I made this photo. Continue reading

Photography Project: Processing Using a Mat Style

Water Abstract with Mat Look

Water Abstract with Mat Look

Sometimes I wonder if our visual sensibilities have been “over-juiced” with high-contrast, highly-saturated photos.  When I started working with a mat style approach something in the back of my head said “now that looks like a photograph”.  I asked myself, why. Continue reading

Photography and Color: Does it really make a difference?


I think we all know the answer is “yes”, but do we really realize how much?  I mean, is there really a color you can’t stand?  (maybe brown for me), but most colors are attractive, so maybe the question is, which ones draw you in more and why. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creating Square Mosiacs

Mono Mosiac 2

Its been awhile since I’ve had “project playtime”.  Much to Peter’s delight, this week’s project did not involve water, oil, sharp objects, or objects being dropped from high places.  I decided to try one of Digital Photo’s Photoshop projects using an image I took in Amsterdam, and an image from Virginia. Continue reading

Photographing at Public Gardens

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Peter and I recently became members of the Los Angles Arboretum.  As part of their reciprocity program with over 250 gardens nationwide, I was able to use my membership to enter the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden.  There butterfly sanctuary made the morning extra exciting. Continue reading

Creative Photography: Sample techniques for processing flowers



I thought I would continue Peter’s thoughts from last week, by using different techniques to process a similar subject.  All of these flowers were taken on a Lightpad.  It was a challenge to take a step back and ask myself, “What do I want this image to look like when I finish?”, and then find the software that would give me the capability to create it.  It was a lot of trial and error (and time), but I am please with the results.

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