I didn’t want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature.

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Friday April 26, 2013


I didn’t want to tell the tree or weed what it was.  I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature.  Wynn Bullock

To me, that’s the essence of landscape/nature photography, you have to get into a space where things reveal their story to you. Otherwise you are just capturing snapshots of reality, rather than its essence. There is no easy way to explain how to do so, but it’s a secret that every artist comes to know.

The gulls that live along the Oregon coast are very strong, very big and very healthy. To see them navigating the wind in stormy weather can take one’s breath away; the way they skillfully navigate powerful winds with ease and seeming joy. I never tire of watching them.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.”

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Wednesday April 24, 2013


Photography has no rules, it is not a sport. It is the result which counts, no matter how it is achieved.  Bill Brandt

I wholeheartedly endorse this sentiment. Not that one should be ignorant of the rules of composition, or the technicalities of aperture and/or shutter speed etc., just that these should become second nature and a true artist transcends them. The most important part of this quote, to me, is “It is the result which counts…” I still see and hear photographers imply that their work is somehow superior because they use film and/or don’t use photoshop. Remember, it’s the results!

I love color and consider myself a “colorist.” However, I still love black and white and some images just are meant to be captured that way. I feel this is one such image. Even thought the colors were pleasant, it just comes to life in black and white.

Enjoy,
Tom

“I have great faith in fools — my friends call it self-confidence.”

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Friday April 19, 2013


I have great faith in fools — my friends call it self-confidence.  Edgar Allan Poe

Ha! Call it what you will, but you will never get anywhere without it. What makes anyone believe that they can create anything worthwhile in the vast sea of work that has preceded them? For me, it’s a little voice inside that whispers constantly in my ear that I should be doing something that makes a difference, it tugs on my heart strings and calls me to share my love of this world. It take some courage to believe in oneself, true, but if we just sit on the couch, looking out the window, nothing will get done and we will never know what we may be capable of. In truth, nothing I can do brings me greater joy than creating my images of this crazy, beautiful world.

Ah! The fog… doesn’t it make even the ordinary mysterious? It hide and reveals, always flowing, always moving, mimicking the flow of water, of which it is composed. It also helps in creating magical compositions if we are in the right place at the right time!

Enjoy,
Tom

“Dance first, think later.”

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Wednesday April 17, 2013


Dance first, think later.  Samuel Beckett

If your heart is dancing, your vision will be clear. Think when you are processing the wonderful images you captured with your dancing heart and clear vision.

You should see these gulls dance in the wind, if they stopped to think, they would crash, worse yet, break a wing. All nature dances to a song just beyond our hearing, but if we are quiet enough, we can sense it.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.”

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Wednesday April 10, 2013


Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.  Andre Gide

I believe this to be basically true; however, only after the artist is well on the way to mastery of his medium. Over time, the body learns and stores and incredible amount of information and can act in what seems an instinctual manner without much thought. In order for this to happen, in photography you must know your camera intimately, as well as your software for post. This is not to say you cannot continue to learn, but it’s easier to learn once you attain a certain skill level. Anyway, to me it’s always fun when I get a great image and then “come to” and say wow(!), where did that come from?

This is a typical early spring sunset along the Oregon coast, with the fog being the dominant player. It adds a wonderful air of mystery to the most commonplace, making for many interesting imaging possibilities. This young couple out for an evening bike ride with their dog tailing along was irresistible.

Enjoy,
Tom

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”

Haystack Rock Through A Rainy Window


Friday April 5, 2013


I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.  Vincent van Gogh

To me, this is the most important part, to be “in it with all my heart.” If you are, everything else will follow because good enough will never be good enough for you. You will press on to become better; better at composition, better at your craft, better at editing and mastering your equipment and software. If you are in it with all your heart you will press on through any hardship or barrier, for your work will bring you joy, no matter the struggle. You will learn to welcome the hardships and even the limitations of your equipment, talent and vision, but you will, in the end, become the best that you can be for your heart is engaged.

OK, so the weather wasn’t co-operating, what to do? Well I could take what I was given and you know, it turned out to be an interesting capture!

Enjoy,
Tom

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

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Wednesday April 3, 2013


It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.  J.K. Rowling

This quote cuts deeper than it seems at quick glance. Just because you are a brilliant physicist, should you help create weapons of mass destruction, just because you are a great photographer will a talent to control lighting, should you help sell products that people would be better off without? These are issues we all deal with in our life. Who are we? What do we cherish? What sort of person do we want to become in the end? Our time here is short and we only borrow what will be passed on to future generations. How do we want them to view us and what we have left them? I know, I know, I don’t want to get too preachy, but these are important issues for a human being to consider in his/her short time on this magic planet. For me, I would rather spend my time exploring and capturing the unexplainable beauty of this mysterious existence, than getting rich by destroying it. That may sound judgemental, but one has only to open one’s eyes and look around to see the truth.

The crow is a ubiquitous character that seems to be able to live almost anywhere, at least anywhere humans live. Here the crow serves to give scale to the landscape in my image. I thank you Crow, for your outstanding service in helping me compose my image!

Enjoy,
Tom