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2018 Ghost Ranch Calendar

November 10, 2017 - I've been fortunate enough to have one of my photographs selected for inclusion in the 2018 Ghost Ranch calendar. My pho...
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PhotoPlus Winners 2017

November 03, 2017 - An interesting selection of photographs by both professionals and amateurs. Always interesting so see what is currently...
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2018 Workshops

September 20, 2017 - As fall arrives, thoughts begin to stress (in more ways than one!) Halloween, All Saints Day and Dias de Muertos, Thanks...
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On-line Curiosity and Creativity Workshop

June 19, 2017 - We often find ourselves in one of two states—stymied or overwhelmed. Two sides of the same coin, especially when it come...
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The Dancers of Cuba

April 26, 2017 - I had the pleasure to travel to Havana, Cuba in the fall of 2015. While the sights and sounds of Old Havana were a draw,...
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Thin Places and Photo Creativity Workshop - Spring 2018

March 30, 2017 - A Thin Place: A place to go to feel at peace, a place to be in touch with one’s origins, a place to go to feel one's nat...
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Selective Color

February 04, 2017 - While I'm not much for drastic manipulation of photographs, I do see an occasional use for highlighting a particular asp...
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Minimalism and Simplicity in Photography

January 29, 2017 - An amazing documentary: "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things". Not overly preachy, not demanding, but i...
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Photos of the Year 2016

January 17, 2017 - For the second year running, I've followed the suggestion of John Paul Caponigro and have reviewed my photos for the yea...
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Eternal Light

January 05, 2017 - I came across the work of Kenro Izu today - his black-and-white images in the portfolio "Eternal Light" are truly remark...
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Photography with a Message

December 01, 2016 - In the current edition of the on-line photo magazine F-Stop, the work of the Featured Artist, Szymon Barylski, is really...
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Photographer versus IIllustrator

November 15, 2016 - I came across a quote from the photographer Christopher James this morning that really struck me. To paraphrase, "If you...
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Everyone is a photographer; not everyone is an ARTIST

November 12, 2016 - In a Q&A with the director of Paris Photo fair, Florence Bourgeois answered an interesting question: "With the advent of...
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Simplicity Yet Again

October 15, 2016 - In the current (November 2016) edition of Photo District News, photographer Dawoud Bey discusses a body of work he has w...
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The Impressionists

August 24, 2016 - I may have mentioned it before, but among my favorite artists are the Impressionists, especially Claude Monet. The image...
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Perspective in Photography

August 23, 2016 - Insignificance - or is everything significant? Mount Rainier, nearly 15,000 feet above sea level, is but a blip in the d...
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Candids, or Street Photography

August 20, 2016 - Candids, or I guess you could say, street photography. Three Girls Bakery, lunchtime, Pike Place Market in Seattle. BTW,...
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Reflections

August 16, 2016 - Night photography, with the neon sign reflecting in the coffee shop window. Simplicity.
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Unconventional Angles and Tension in Photography

August 13, 2016 - Want to add some tension to your photography? Unconventional angles is one way. Interstate 5, as it enters downtown Seat...
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Seattle Winter Sunrise

August 10, 2016 - Not, its not the solstice, nor an urban Stonehenge. Just about the importance of timing - in photography, timing is ever...
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Clean Up

August 07, 2016 - Occasionally, one should clean up one's iPhone or Android device photo cache - especially when the memory is full! You m...
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The Mysterious

July 20, 2016 - A wonderful quote from Richard Avedon: "I don't know how you can spend your entire life dealing with light and not get s...
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Light and light: The Spiritual Practice of Photography

July 16, 2016 - My upcoming fall workshop. Hope you can attend!
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Event Photography

June 01, 2016 - Creating memorable photographs at a festival or cultural event can be, no, is, a challenge. Crowds, lighting, background...
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The Next Phase

April 12, 2016 - Brooke Shaden, a fine arts photographer, is interviewed in this month's edition of Rangefinder. In answering a question...
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6 Tips to Make You a Better Photographer

March 12, 2016 - In a Time magazine article, Eric Barker has a piece entitled "6 Tips from a Harvard Linguist to Make You a Better Writer...
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Different Views

February 20, 2016 - Fstop magazine, an on-line photography site, has a monthly "group exhibition" of photographs based on a common theme. Th...
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30 Questions

February 13, 2016 - OK, asking yourself 30 questions before taking a shot may seem a bit much. Even 20 or 10. BUT, its worth looking over th...
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Best of 2015 Photos

January 24, 2016 - So, inspired by my last blog post and JP Caponigro's suggestion of reviewing your year's worth of photos and selecting y...
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Selecting Your Best Photos

January 13, 2016 - John Paul Caponigro, a fine art photographer, has an interesting blog post on his site concerning a disciplined practice...
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Two Upcoming Workshops

January 09, 2016 - It's the new year (plus a week!), so its time to consider two of my upcoming workshops. The first, Photo Composition an...
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Prints for the Holidays - 30% Discount

November 27, 2015 - Between now and December 31, 2015, I'm offering a 30% discount on unmatted, matted, and framed photographs. Photos in al...
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New Gallery: Cuban Dance

November 21, 2015 - I've just returned from a week in Havana, Cuba. I had a wonderful opportunity to attend several dance rehearsals involvi...
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Experiencing Space and Color

October 13, 2015 - In a review of a book on the Ganges River, Conor Risch writes that the photographer, Caleb Cain Marcus "uses photography...
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Are-bure-boke

October 10, 2015 - No, I haven't been drinking (not yet, at least) and, No, spell-check did not go awry. Are-bure-boke is a Japanese term m...
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Feelings

October 07, 2015 - No, not the can't-get-this-song-out-of-my-head Feelings. (Sorry!) Rather, feelings and the ability of a photograph to co...
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Four Possibilities for a Really Good Color Photograph

September 05, 2015 - Nevada Wier, one of my favorite photographers and, for me, a mentor whether she knows it or not, was interviewed on the...
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Black Cat in Coal Bin at Night

September 01, 2015 - I've joked over time about having a camera capable of shooting a black cat in a coal bin (if anyone still knows what tha...
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Vacation Photography 101

August 28, 2015 - And now, an announcement of my new Vacation Photography website: http://vacationphotography101.weebly.com/ While there...
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Travel Planning 101

August 16, 2015 - Not quite on the normal theme of this blog, but just like the Travel Photography website that I announced in the last bl...
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Vacation Photography OR Travel Photography for the Rest of Us

August 08, 2015 - I've been offering a Travel Photography workshop here on Bainbridge Island for the past several years. I've designed the...
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Sharing Travel Photographs and Stories

August 04, 2015 - One thing we've lost in our current culture (perhaps, thankfully) are slide shows and other means of sharing our photos...
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Art Wolfe

August 01, 2015 - I was recently watching a video of a presentation that Art Wolfe, nature and wildlife photographer extraordinaire, made...
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Considerations in Selecting New Cameras and Lenses

July 28, 2015 - Its been a few years since I've reviewed recent photos in terms of focal length. Since I shoot primarily with a 18-200mm...
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New Workshop Summer 2016: Light and light, the Spiritual Practice of Photography

July 25, 2015 - I know its over a year away, but I wanted to let you know about a workshop that I will be offering next summer at Ghost...
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New Gallery: Moroccan Spirit

July 21, 2015 - A quick note that I've uploaded a new gallery to my website: Moroccan Spirit. It was quite the journey, with immersion i...
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Imagine Yourself as a Camera

July 14, 2015 - “If you close your eyes, turn your head left or right, up or down, then, saying click, open and close your eyes very qui...
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Cultural Photography

July 11, 2015 - If you notice my masthead on this website, you'll see "Culture" as one of my focuses. I love exploring the cultures of t...
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Is This All You Need

July 07, 2015 - Looks like Olympus has a new camera (Olympus Air) coming out that basically links an interchangeable lens with a smartph...
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Another Way of Viewing

July 04, 2015 - John Paul Caponigro, in an eBook on Antarctica co-written and co-photographed with Seth Resnick, talks about the influen...
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How to Change the Intent of a Photograph

June 30, 2015 - Several years ago, in Cusco, Peru, I attended various Holy Week (Semana Santa) parades. They were generally solemn and c...
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International Year of Light

June 27, 2015 - Well, in doing some research on "light" (OK, web searching to be more precise), I came across information that 2015 is t...
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Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Express Apps

June 23, 2015 - While I rarely use "Glaze," an app discussed in my last blog post, I use "Snapseed" and "Adobe Photoshop Express" much m...
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A Photo App: Glaze

June 19, 2015 - There are so many photo-related apps available. I've tried to keep up with the photo literature but the apps keep coming...
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Dorothea Lange

June 16, 2015 - Came across this wonderful quote from the photographer, Dorothea Lange: "The camera is an instrument that teaches people...
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You Never Know

June 13, 2015 - I spent several weeks in Morocco recently - and the colors and intensity of the souks, the red hills, and snow capped mo...
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The Subtle Edge between Humans and Nature

June 09, 2015 - In the current on-line edition of F-Stop magazine, the featured photographs by photographer Jeff Phillips focus on the s...
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A Gentle Reminder

June 06, 2015 - "'Oh, you have a digital camera; anybody can do that.' No, Its not what brush you use in an oil painting; it's the guy b...
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Thin Places Revisited

June 02, 2015 - Having led a fascinating workshop last August at Ghost Ranch on "Thin Places and Photographic Creativity," I've continue...
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The Fence

May 30, 2015 - Charles Ommanney shot his first video in 2014. Entitled "The Fence," it focused on the wall separating the U.S. and Mexi...
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Skateboard Series - No. 4

May 25, 2015 - Another example of simplifying image to its essential elements - skateboard, person on skateboard, and sense of speed. I...
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Skateboard Series - No. 3

May 23, 2015 - This is the third in a series of four posts dealing with photography and skateboarders. Potential images come fast and f...
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Skateboard Series - No. 2

May 19, 2015 - Skateboarding has been around most of my life, but has taken on a more organized stance and formal "parks" lately. Its d...
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Skateboard Series - No. 1

May 16, 2015 - We had an hour left in the Travel Photography workshop, so the workshop participants and myself headed outdoors, cameras...
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A Few New Sites to Check Out

May 12, 2015 - Websites come and go, even goods ones seem to morph into something else and then wander off into the cybersphere. But th...
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Planning versus Serendipity

May 09, 2015 - I know that I couldn't be a fisherperson - no way I'm going to stand on a pier or in hip waders for hours on end waiting...
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How to Be a Better Photographer Faster!

May 05, 2015 - OK, we all know that to get better at something, you need to work at it. Get the camera out and shoot! Find a subject an...
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Travel Photography Trend

May 02, 2015 - In the current edition of PDN (formerly Photo District News), an article by Sarah Coleman discussed the "new word" in tr...
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Foreground, Mid-ground, Background

April 21, 2015 - The layered look. Though I tend to emphasize simplicity, there are subjects that lend themselves to that I call the laye...
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Simplicity Continued

April 18, 2015 - Another image from the past that I came across while doing my spring cleaning of photo files. This photo was create some...
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Frame within a Frame

April 14, 2015 - One of the telling differences between a snapshot and a photograph (see the Doug Beasley post from a week or two ago) is...
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Hipstamatic and TV

April 11, 2015 - iPhones (and Androids and related smart phones), the camera we always have with us, also have some pretty amazing apps (...
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Snapshot versus Photograph

April 07, 2015 - One of my favorite photographers, Doug Beasley, concisely points out the differences between snapshots and photographs....
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Can You Create a Photograph Without a Camera

April 04, 2015 - I came across an interesting artist, Natasha Bacca, who creates images using light, darkroom, photo paper, but no camera...
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Spring Cleaning with Lightroom, Part 2

March 31, 2015 - I created photographs where and when? In doing my comprehensive spring cleaning of my Lightroom photo files, I've come a...
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Spring Cleaning in Lightroom

March 28, 2015 - Since I started taking digital photographs a decade or so ago, I've accumulated a lot of photo files. And since beginnin...
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Fresh Ideas

March 14, 2015 - The April 2015 edition of PDN (Photo District News) features interviews and portfolios of 30 "emerging" photographers co...
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Influences from a Decade Ago

March 10, 2015 - Its been almost ten years since I attended a weekend workshop in Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island. Sam Abell, a...
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No Visible Information

March 06, 2015 - The March 2015 edition of National Geographic concludes with a photo piece entitled "End of the Earth." The photographs...
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Another Advocate for Simplicity

February 28, 2015 - In the February 2015 edition of Rangefinder magazine, Self-Portrait Photographer (yes, you read that right) Brooke Shade...
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Taking Photos versus Being a Photographer

February 24, 2015 - In the March 2015 edition of PDN (a.k.a. Photo District News), photographer Stuart Pilkington talks about the transition...
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Composition Still Counts

February 21, 2015 - With fancy cameras and an abundant support of photo software, there seems to be no limit as to what you can create. But...
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Be Open - And Don't Worry about Histograms

February 17, 2015 - Jay Maisel is one of the world's foremost photographers, known especially for his color street photography. In a brief 2...
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The Camera You Have With You: Time Lapse

February 14, 2015 - We recently returned from a ten day family vacation to New Orleans and the Western Caribbean (the latter by cruise ship)...
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Street Theography

February 10, 2015 - Another photographer I discovered in the current edition of F-Stop Magazine is Kostya Smolyaninov from the Ukraine. His...
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Example of Simplicity

February 07, 2015 - No surprise if you're a regular reader of my blog - I love simplicity in both words and photographs. In the latest editi...
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Second Lightroom Workshop Scheduled PLUS Second iPhone Workshop

February 04, 2015 - Due to overwhelming registration for my February Intro to Adobe Lightroom workshop (full three weeks before the workshop...
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Importance of Composition

February 01, 2015 - I ended up taking the month of January off from blogging. But now I'm back... In the February 2015 edition of Photo Dis...
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Understanding a Photograph

December 23, 2014 - I've recently read, or at least thoroughly skimmed, John Berger's book "Understanding a Photography." Its a series of es...
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Decision Making Re New Camera and Lens

December 20, 2014 - What’s important to you in a camera? As photographers, whether professional, amateur, or semi-pro, camera gear is alway...
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Pablo Casals and Fresh Amazement

December 16, 2014 - OK, this may seem like a stretch for a photography website, but I just finished reading an article about the great celli...
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Experiment with Papers: Metallic

December 13, 2014 - Like most people, I'm a creature of habit. While most of my photos remain on my hard drives or in the cloud, I do occasi...
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Outsider as Insider

December 09, 2014 - As a photographer of culture, ritual, and spiritual themes, I'm fascinated by the variety of religious practices in this...
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We Need Other Kinds of Stories

December 06, 2014 - One of my favorite photographers is Ami Vitale. Her work has taken her from war-torn hot spots to the range lands of Mon...
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Let the Infinite Shine In

December 02, 2014 - A few weeks ago, I blogged about a phrased used by Thomas Moore, that "a sacred space is nothing more than this,... the...
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Deep Play

November 29, 2014 - Just finished reading the book "Deep Play" by Diane Ackerman. An essayist and poet, Diane explores an intense form of pl...
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In Sharp Focus

November 25, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal published a review this past weekend of a book by Mary Street Alinder entitled "Group f.64." Its...
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Sacred Space and the Artistic Endeavor

November 22, 2014 - If you've been clicking around my website, you may have noticed that one of my key interests is in Thin Places - where h...
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More About Words and Photos

November 18, 2014 - A few weeks ago I wrote about the inclusion of words or sound with photographs and the additional meaning that such addi...
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Lightroom Presets

November 15, 2014 - Lightroom has a growing multitude of settings to help you bring out the best in your photographs. Some of these are on t...
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Photo Opps

November 11, 2014 - As you may have gathered if you look at my galleries, I love music, dance, culture, and motion. I came across the follow...
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Javanism and Photography

November 08, 2014 - Even though I've been to the Indonesian island of Java, and even to the city of Yogyakarta, I have not heard of Javanism...
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Lightroom 5 Tips: Vignetting

November 04, 2014 - OK, I'm not much for doing fancy borders, etc. on my photographs, let alone adding such features at vignetting. Yet, the...
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Lightroom 5 Tips: Upright Adjustments

November 01, 2014 - I've been spending considerable time lately coming up to speed on some of the great features of Adobe Lightroom beyond t...
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Silence, Sounds, Words, Photographs

October 28, 2014 - Do photographs need words/thoughts to accompany them? I've been thinking a lot about that recently in dialogue with anot...
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Growth in Photography (and Life) Takes Time

October 25, 2014 - I'm reading some quotes from the great folk musician Joni Mitchell. I've always loved her work, but have never really re...
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Three New Workshops Announced

October 23, 2014 - Just a quick note for you to check out the "Workshop" tab above for information on three 2015 workshops: iPhone Photo...
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What's The One Thing You Learned?

October 21, 2014 - From a Facebook site called "Humans of New York." "I just came back from ten months in Asia. I learned a lot about myse...
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Photography is Just Like Painting

October 18, 2014 - I just finished watching a marvelous little video about a young woman who both paints and takes photographs. On the phot...
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A Brief History of Modern Digital Photography

October 14, 2014 - Ming Thein, a commercial and fine art photographer, has written an interesting piece on the short history of digital pho...
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Learning from Others: Street Photography

October 11, 2014 - An interesting article in the Huffington Post a few weeks ago on famous street photographers. I think a lot can be learn...
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Not Quite A Miracle YET - Focus after the Fact

October 07, 2014 - Lytro is the first camera manufacturer to come up with a camera where you can adjusted the focus AFTER TAKING THE PHOTO.
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What Makes a Powerful Photograph

October 04, 2014 - Judges in photographic competitions can provide some hints as to what makes a photograph standout from the crowd. Jason...
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What A Difference Post-Processing Makes

September 30, 2014 - In my workshops, I stress the importance of getting the image as close to your vision as possible in camera. And while I...
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Enter with a Kind of Openness

September 27, 2014 - In the October 2014 edition of Popular Photography, a young street photographer, Melanie Einzig, discusses the importanc...
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Don't Wait Too Long

September 24, 2014 - As we all age - some are further along than others! - there's a tendency to slow down. But as Art Wolfe, the great cultu...
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Photography, the Open Road, and Meaning

September 20, 2014 - From a review of the book " ¡Vámonos! Bernard Plossu in México, e dited by Salvador Albiñana and Juan García de Oteyza,...
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More Evidence that Photography is Art

September 16, 2014 - "Photography is representation, not reproduction." A very succinct way of describing photography as an art form, and one...
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New Interpretations

September 12, 2014 - I love creating new images with my cameras. But I also love to re-examine older images to see if there's something else...
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Amazing Things Can Come in Small Packages

September 09, 2014 - One of my favorite photographs was taken using the iPhone 5. It is of a small statue with a chain of crystal beads hangi...
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Sunset in Black and White

September 04, 2014 - When we think of sunsets and the wonderful light case upon clouds, we usually think color. Another of the joys of digita...
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Another Magical Moment

August 31, 2014 - I recently returned from a wonderful week leading a workshop at the Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center north of Sa...
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Fall Classes Available Now

August 28, 2014 - I'll be offering two photography workshops this fall through Bainbridge Island Parks and Rec: INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL P...
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Stained Glass of Nancy, France

July 27, 2014 - When I was is Paris in 2008, I was really inspired by the stained glass in the various churches. I experimented with tur...
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Fall Workshops Announced

June 19, 2014 - I will be offering two photography workshops this fall. The first is an Introduction to Digital Photography. The second...
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Two Dimensional Real Life

April 29, 2014 - Fascinating video about a artist who turns people into two dimensional subjects through paint and photography. Talk abou...
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Quick Photo Reminders

April 26, 2014 - Sometimes it worth spending a moment thinking about the basic of good photography. So, here's my short-list: 1. The bes...
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Travel Photography Workshop Coming Up!

March 29, 2014 - Travel Photography This workshop focuses on the art and practice of travel photography. Whether journeying on your own o...
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More and More Camera Types

February 03, 2014 - Remember when there were Kodak Instamatics and some 8x10 large format cameras and little in-between? Even a few years ag...
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A Vision that Takes a Village

January 31, 2014 - Jeff Frost, a California-based photographer (well, perhaps that's overstating it a bit - he car camps), working with ano...
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Photobook Workshop Coming Up!

January 28, 2014 - Make Your Own Photobook Using free software downloads, you’ll design your own book of photographs (and narrative if y...
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Adding Mystery

January 25, 2014 - Phantom Ship. Conveys mystery, right? Especially when you know it shares the lake with Wizard Island! We're talking abou...
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Modern Hand Tinting

January 19, 2014 - One of the more interesting techniques in photography is the use of hand tint, to colorize certain portions of an image...
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Trending - Video

January 14, 2014 - I've been noticing, in the photo professional literature (i.e. magazines, websites) that video is taking on a larger and...
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Sledding, Sand-Style

January 11, 2014 - Created at the Oregon Sand Dunes, this photograph captures both the action and the participant. A stop-action photo woul...
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When Cropping Saves the Photo

January 09, 2014 - While I try to create the final image in-camera, sometimes its either a)not possible due to lens choices or availability...
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Tranquility

January 07, 2014 - If you are at least a semi-frequent flyer, you've seen in the in-flight catalogues with the inspirational posters encour...
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Off Season or Off Hour

January 05, 2014 - A challenge for many photographers is taking an image in a crowded place. Farmers Markets can be one such situation, esp...
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New Way Example 2

January 03, 2014 - Landmarks, old and new, are common subjects for a majority of photographers, amateur or professional. In Seattle, the Gr...
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There's Always a New Way to Express A Sunset

January 01, 2014 - Every day, tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of photos of sunsets are taken. There's something about the...
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New Blog Site - and Simplicity

November 22, 2013 - Welcome to my new photography blog. Previous photo-related blog posts may continue to be viewed at www.ckjourneys.blogsp...
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