In his book, Within the Frame, David duChemin suggests “the first thing to realize is that the creative process is not so simple that it can be reduced to a formula – go here, wait for muse, shoot brilliant image. It is not a reactive process depending on a magic fairy appearing and beating you with an inspiration stick. Creativity is something you can actively work at, and the more closely you know your own process, the more reliably the muse appears.” This got me to thinking. . . What is my own process for capturing a creative image? Continue reading
I hope your 2017 was happy, healthy, and filled with remarkable photos.
Every new year I find selecting my favorite images from the past 12 months very enlightening. It is a great way to relive those special times and places you experienced, and the exercise helps me learn a few things about my work too. There are always a few photos to be proud of that were selected for ribbons or publication. But I find the process of selection helps me realize what I can do to improve my life, and my photography in the new year. Continue reading
Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital and most populous city, has been described as the gateway to Scandinavia. Indeed, this beautiful city is a perfect place to start exploring the Scandinavian countries. Copenhagen’s modern Danish architecture combined with some of the most interesting old town scenery in Europe is a perfect destination for photographers and tourist alike. Continue reading
For the second year in a row, I participated in a project to “Capture Brevard”, highlighting the lifestyle of the place I call home along the Central East Coast of Florida. Brevard County, also known as the “Space Coast” is the 10th largest county in Florida. Located halfway between Jacksonville and Miami, residents and visitors enjoy 72 miles of beaches, and vast inland waterway lagoons. Of course the Space Coast is known world-wide as the origin of space explorations and rocket launches. Continue reading
I have learned many lessons on my road to being a more creative photographer. Probably the most important is studying other artists work and art design are critical to development. One of the best resources I have found is Extraordinary Vision Photography Magazine. Editor Angelo Ioanides does a phenomenal job compiling useful articles from professional and amateur photographers. The e-magazine format provides stunning images, and active links to videos and other internet content. With a remarkably low subscription rate, it also must be the best deal in photography education available anywhere. If you subscribe before August 1, you also get 10 free back issues in addition to the latest 3 issues. . . all this in a 30 day free trial subscription!
May I suggest you subscribe today. Read Angelo’s article series on composition design principles. One of the best references on the subject you will find anywhere. And make sure you check out my article in Issue 60 too! – Lessons Learned on the Road to Creativity.
If you ever want to drop out from the real world and get away from it all, a visit to Cumberland Island Georgia should be on your bucket list. Exploring this remote island’s beautiful landscape and history will transport you back to a time and place when life was probably a little more difficult, but at the same time far less stressful. Continue reading
I hope your 2016 was happy and healthy. I left the year feeling truly blessed.
Several years ago, I found selecting my “Top Ten” photos of the year is a great way to relive those special places you visited, remember the people you met, and rediscover a few new things you learned. . . or relearned. Selecting ten favorite photos in years past reflected those images that were most recognized by publications, photo contests, or social media. Don’t get me wrong, I like the recognition as much as anyone. But this year, I decided to share a few of my 2016 photos I personally like where I have a story to tell about the image.
I read somewhere that every photograph has three stories. The story about how you came about to capture the image, the story the photographer intended to tell their viewers, and the story the viewer of the image sees in the image. Obviously, all three stories are not always the same. I will try to convey the experiences and stories behind my favorite 2016 images, but I would love to hear about the story you see in any of the images too!