Punxsutawny Phil recently decided it's not going to be spring for a while. He woke up, took a peak at the world, and ran back home. At least that explains the 6 more weeks of winter thing, which seems counter-intuitive to me. I mean, if its sunny outside, we humans tend to think spring is on its way.If a ground hog appears and no one is there to see it, is there even a shadow? Sometimes we are afraid of our own shadows, and we run and hide. My cat sometimes chases its own shadow. A better move,... continue reading
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Dorothea Lange, an American photojournalist and documentary photographer, famously said that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera”. Photography teaches viewers, authors and subjects alike how to discover and uncover, how to explain and to create mystery, how to question and to answer, how to search and how to find. In many cases the photography style and subjects we choose are those closest to our own personality and inner explorations. Many photographers... continue reading
"You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”- Ansel Adams~ ~ ~Always an interesting (indeed, a provocative) question. Whenever it’s asked - and it’s never asked of paint-slingers - there’s contention. Pushback. Though, lately I’ve been pondering the “rules" - or lack thereof - for creative fire. There’s a bumper-sticker, Art Saves Lives, countered by Van Gogh’s ear, so pigeonholes are for pigeons, and since I'd no idea I would mention... continue reading
Quality: the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something. It has taken a while for me to create quality in my images. All the usual elements that help achieve quality are education, experience, research, time, repetition, and a certain level of gear. Not necessary but extremely useful are tilt-shift lenses for still life photography.I guess this is obvious. If the quality of your image looks out of place when you... continue reading
Happy Mid Year!We’ve reached the half way point of the calendar year.We are exactly half of the way through 2017, or we have half of 2017 to go, depending on your outlook on life. Are you a little worn out from staying up late to ring in the Mid Year last night?Probably not.After all, Mid Year’s Eve isn’t observed with quite the same enthusiasm as New Year’s Eve.But Mid Year’s Day can be as important a holiday as New Year’s Day.Maybe even more so.Think... continue reading
Deciding to contribute to the assignments of DT has always been a drive for me to work on new ideas or to finalize and upload old, unfinished work.The latter happened in the current "Earth Calling" assignment with my Polar Bear image, which was sitting in my unfinished folder since 2014. So thanks DT for the slap on the hand to stop being lazy!! I hope I win with any of my 3 entries, the other 2: If not, the pleasure of seeing the Polar Bear online is more than enough.... continue reading
Hello,So excited to have my first 100 accepted !I guess the first time I was interesting in Photography was when my grade 6 teacher built a darkroom and I made my first photo from a negative, butI never pursued it. Life got in the way and that was somewhat forgotten about, I was always the one with camera though.Years went by, 30 plus years!I bought a point an shoot..it was fun for awhile, but I wanted more, my Son bought me a Canon,( non interchangeable lens) I was so excited! I learnt... continue reading
I have just passed my first milestone of having 50 photos accepted by Dreamstime and it has been an interesting journey. If you look at my portfolio of online photos you will see a great deal of variety reflecting my varying interests. But they do all have three things in common - they reflect my love for color (which I really want to spell with a 'u' being an Aussie), concepts and creativity. The color is everywhere - just look at the pic of tulips above or this photo of the tranquil blue waters... continue reading
Sometimes in photography, we find that we've slowed down for some reason. These slow periods can be a natural part of our creative work. Sometimes we feel inspired, energized, in love with life and photography! Other times, we feel lukewarm about it all. Exploring the deeper causes of these slowdowns can provide insight into our creative selves. For now, let’s look at how to grab the camera, give our creativity a little push, and get started again.You might be thinking, not want to shoot... continue reading
Hi folks,I’m well on my way of my first target of having 50 of my images accepted onto Dreamstime - still a long way to go I know, but I am getting there.Now onto my next target; to have my first sale.Beside the usual way of Tweeting, Pinterest and Facebook to promote my images I occasionally write about them on my blog.At the same time I also make sure I promote the Dreamstime website as well, because there are so many wonderful photographers and portfolios on site, that I just find... continue reading
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