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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.

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  •  Leave a 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.

 


Favorite Shots of 2017

January 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Each January, most photographers look back on the previous year and assess their work. I am no different. 

Here is a slide show of my favorite shots from 2017. 

I used the new Photos app that came with the Windows 10 Fall Creator's Update back in October 2017. The app has a built-in capability to produce relatively simple music videos using a set of standard royalty-free music clips and your own stills and video segments.  It's pretty simple, not allowing for much in the way of detailed control of timing or audio levels or custom fade-ins and outs, but if all you need is simple and straight-forward, this free app will do the job.