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Simply being alive makes me feel thankful. I'm thankful for a God-given joy of being able to show people, through my eyes and limited skill set, a universe that both surprises and rewards me. I hope I can inspire others to look at the world with a new perspective, and find the love, the humor, and beauty of both God's and Man's creations.

This blog is about my passion for light-drawing. That is what the word photography literally means from its Greek parts, drawing with light.  Like all other things in life, I am still learning and experimenting. Sometimes, I fail, and sometimes, I surprise myself.

In any case, I hope these stories amuse, entertain, and inspire you to just get out and draw with the light you have.

The Prayer

April 22, 2020  •  1 Comment

I was recently asked by my friend, Coos Bay photographer Steven Michael, to submit several photographs for a project he was working on. He also asked over 30 other professional photographers to submit photos as well. I am honored to be included in the group of artists he considered worthy of his project, clearly a labor of love on his part. Many are also folks I know and whose work I admire and gain inspiration from.  Enjoy.

From Steven Michael:  

During this unprecedented dark time with the Corona Virus, and having to follow stay at Home orders, the longing for an acceptance of the outdoors is becoming more and more of a "need" than a "want."

This video showcases the relationship and balance between nature and the human presence. Such balance with nature includes the virus crippling the world. My hope is that this video will comfort any anxiety, give you a chance to stop, relax, and breath. To remain positive, have hope, be patient and have faith, for this too shall pass.

A special thanks to the daughter/father duo and internet sensations; Savanna and Mat Shaw, for giving me their version of the song, THE PRAYER.

I also want to thank the thirty-four professional photographers and that graciously donated their work to make the song, THE PRAYER, visually come alive, and a thank you shout out to all who participated in the covid-mask-selfie project.

 


2019 Year-End Recap

January 02, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

2020 is upon us and another decade has slipped away. How quickly time is flowing

I hope you enjoy this simple slideshow of about 80 of our favorite photos out of the thousands we shot.  


Get Close and Isolate

February 25, 2019  •  1 Comment

When you come upon a magnificent vista and there is so much beauty around you to photograph, resist the temptation to try to get in all in one shot. You can, of course, but usually, it will only turn out to be a jumbled mess and the beautiful details will become microscopic. Just because the whole scene is pretty to the eye doesn't mean it will make a good picture.

You need to be selective.  Zoom in a bit. Frame up one or two mountains instead of five. Get half the tree instead of the whole forest. 

Or zero in on something you can isolate, something that is beautiful or poignant in and of itself. The best pictures oftentimes are simple, isolated subjects, separated from the background by selective focus.


 


2018 Year-End Recap

January 01, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

This is a first for me: having the year-end recap ready on January 1.

I hope you enjoy this simple slideshow of about 70 of our favorite photos out of the thousands we shot.  


There's More Than One Way to Get a Shot

December 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Most people tend to get out of the car, walk a few steps, snap a shot, and then go back to the car and drive off. That means most people's pictures of the same location look pretty much the same.

The next time you are tempted to just take a quick snap of something, take a couple of seconds and ask yourself, "How can I make this unique?"

Raise your camera high up, tilt it vertically, crouch low, shoot through tree branches or flowers, find a "frame". A few seconds of thought will improve the quality of your picture and make the scene your own.