“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.”


Wednesday,  November 30, 2011


“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.”  Ansel Adams

Anyone can “see” and photograph the surface of things, it takes an artist, using his/her vision to see “beneath the surfaces and record the qualities” therein. The artist must develop and deepen their own being before they will be able to capture truly wonderful images with their cameras and software, images which will be able to capture the viewers hearts and spirits.

This “grandfather” tree towers above the rest of the trees in this stand of forest, a testament to perseverance and endurance. It stands just below Mt. St. Helens‘s south slope.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.”


Friday,  November 18, 2011


Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.”  John Muir

All I can say to this is “Amen.” Quite often I feel the need to escape in the healing presence of nature, to bring my restless “everyday soul“ back to center and the peace that is its birthright. That’s one of the wonderful things about this profession, it can be my “work” to heal in the bosom of nature!

I love this stairway, it seems to lead straight into the heart of nature.

Enjoy,
Tom

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”


Wednesday,  November 16, 2011

 

In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”  Alfred Stieglitz

I think this is true of the arts in general. If we succeed in capturing the hearts and emotions of the viewer with our image, a new reality is created, sometimes more powerful than that seen with the eyes at the very spot of the capture, because our image also contains all the hidden things that lie just beyond the physical realm, such as our feelings, vision and emotions as we gazed out upon the scene.

This is an image that was “real” for just a very short period of time, then it was gone. Talk about right place, right time!

Enjoy,
Tom

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”


Friday,   November 11, 2011


How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.”  John Burroughs

If we all could age as gracefully as leaves in Autumn! Such a lovely time of year, one can almost forget that soon Old Man Winter will be knocking at the door with his cold breath and dark nights.

Here is a little abstract image of mine that evoke the beauty of the season.

Enjoy,
Tom

“It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.”


Wednesday,   November 9, 2011


It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.”  ~ Bill Brandt

Wherever I go, however I go, as a driver or passenger I am constantly aware of my surroundings, composing everything in my mind’s eye to try and imagine how it would work as an image. If I find something appealing, I will stop, if possible, and compose it in my viewfinder to test my vision. If it’s on target, click, click, click!

This is a simple image, taken along the Columbia River in the fall after a lot of rainfall. The river is swollen and rushing on a beautiful sunny day. You can see the train tracks running alongside the mighty river.

Enjoy,
Tom

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”


Friday, November 5, 2011


A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”   ~ Ansel Adams

I feel that the camera is just a capturing device, a “trap” if you will for the beast I wish to capture. Then it is up to me to tame the beast into the work of art that will express my vision and my feelings towards that which moved me to ensnare the image in the first place.

This is an image capturing another kind of image capture, a bit slower process!

Enjoy,
Tom

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”   ~ Dorothea Lange

If we are fortunate, our work will long outlive us, and bring to the future a bit of the past. We, ourselves have been fortunate in the same vein to be able to view the past through images in pigment and photos. It brings it alive for us as no other medium can do because the visual is so strong in the province of human understanding.

This image was captured in Castine, Maine and brings back the past in more ways than one. What a sweet ride these were (are).

Enjoy,
Tom