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Posted by on in Thoughts and Ideas

I took up the hobby of digital photography for two very good reasons.  The first, and most obvious, is the fact that I love this method of artistic expression.  Capturing something in a photograph and making it speak to the person looking at it is a very powerful way of expressing the way I see the world around me.  The second reason I got pulled in to this particular medium has a lot less to do with my involvement with the viewer and lot more to do with the ability to hide in my office for hours on end staring at my computer.  The time that it takes for me to go from camera to finished piece is usually a few hours minimum per photo and, I must say, they are three of the best hours in photography!

Okay, so if you haven’t ever met me or read anything I’ve written in the past, you probably don’t know that I’m a computer nerd of the highest degree.  One of the things that makes me feel completely relaxed and at ease is sitting in front of a computer solving computer problems and working with various flavors of software.  I love to “play” with every digital toy I find and I love to search the Internet for new and exciting ways of doing things.  Photography falls into this category easily because it requires that I spend hours on end clicking and playing with different software solutions to get my photos to look the way I envisioned them as I was taking them.

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     Osuzzannah a Two years ago I began taking photographs in earnest.  I caught the “photo-bug” from my cousin Osuzzannah , affectionately known today as 10-29. She has taken millions of beautiful photos during her travels all over the world: from Alaska to Tunis ~ on the African Continent , to the Caribbean and Europe ( Greece, France, Italy and Germany ), also Puerto Rico, Aruba, and Mexico. Osuzzannah has created breathtaking landscapes and stunning photos of architectural structures and landmarks;  these shots contained textures and vibrant colors of brick, marble and wood that I had never seen before and I have never looked at the world in the same way since that first day in the study of 10-29. 

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Sometimes you get what you get..

Sometimes you get what you get..                                                                        


As a travel photographer, I research and research the locations I want to go to. Since my travels are almost always a vacation, and include my wife, I often do not have excess time to spend in a specific location. In addition, since little things like dinner and such get in the way, I'm often NOT at the location at the time I wish I was. I look at the birders I see in my travels, all geared up and sitting for hours waiting for their prey, and often envy them.  Then I look closer and see the other guy they're with, and realize who has the better deal! 

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Posted by on in Thoughts and Ideas

 

I don’t think of myself as a photographer, more of a watcher, a chronicler, a hunter of moments. My amateur skills also include poet. This is my first blog, I hope you enjoy it.

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Posted by on in Site Help

Hey Gang,

I wanted to write my first blog on the site addressing the idea of blogging and how to do it.  One of the greatest ways we can utilize this site is to share our thoughts and ideas or experiences with one another.  While it’s fine to post a comment or two on the site, it really makes a difference when you can engage with another member through a much longer post.  Think of the blogging section of the site as a way to write your own article or column for the club members to read.  It allows you to sit down and write every detail of every thought without having to limit yourself to how many words or characters you can type.  It also allows you to share photos, videos, web pages, and other great resources so you can immediately give your readers the ability to connect with what you are saying.

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This is a very worthwhile visit - especially if you love trains lots of paintings and pencil sketches of trains. No photos, but many of our members great Railroad Day photos would fit in very well. The restored train station is worth the trip. Until October 12th at The Station Art Galllery, 11 English Street, Westfield. Hours ? Phone 770-366-1448.

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A storm is coming

But it's a world thing

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Waiting to Die

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Valley Oak      This Valley Oak, shot in California (circa 1979), is one of the few pictures I developed while taking a photography course.  Please don’t ask me what type of camera was used, or what F-stop I set on the camera .  These memories are as lost as the camera, made in Germany and stolen in a Paris restaurant while I happily ate my breakfast chatting to fellow tourists; we were on a two day bus excursion from Ramstien Air Base, Germany to Paris, France for the weekend.

     I found this photo while looking for another photo, and that seems to be the way my life works. Whenever control is rendered, something else makes itself known. 

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1796543_721725191206324_1537611161_n  I was almost seven years old when I met Robert F. Kennedy; indeed,  it was a privilege I will not forget. 

    Robert  Kennedy was my hero.

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Posted by on in Photography

I’ll say over and over that I’m an “Accidental Photographer” and I do so because I honestly believe that anything I put out that is of remarkable quality couldn’t have come from anything more than a great moment of chance or accident.  I always feel that way no matter what I do to get the shot.  I’m still learning the functions of my camera so I know that I’m not using the tools properly in order to get the best shot, but I have found that one tool on my belt has been honed and sharpened a bit since I began playing photographer and that tool is artistic purpose.

From the time I began dabbling in works of art I’ve always felt that true works of art are a product of the way the artist feels at the moment he or she begins working with the medium in which the art is being produced.  In high school I took up wood carving and sculpting and I had a great deal of fun with both.  Since I had no skill whatsoever at drawing and painting, I found that being able to create something in the third dimension suited by talents just fine.  The sculpting was fun because I could modify the shape easily and go off into a direction I never intended on going if the feeling struck me to do so.  With wood carving, it was more planned and straight to the point because removing wood is much easier than trying to add wood back to the piece.  I mostly carved ducks and birds from blocks of wood.  That was fun as long as I was doing it as a product of the desire to do it.  Once I started getting orders and requests, it became work and I eventually put the carving tools down.  It’s been about 20 years since I last carved something and I often want to get back into it, but I haven’t found that same inspirational spark.

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It’s just before 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning and I’m sitting here staring at my computer screen wondering what to write.  I’ve been wanting to start a blog about my journey as an “accidental photographer” and share the things I’ve learned and the experiences that I’ve had since getting into photography as a hobby so that I could help those that may have gone the same route as me or to inspire those who may have taken a different path but gotten stuck and are seeking a new way of looking at things.  Being that my job has me awake every morning at 4 a.m. I find that my Sunday morning, when the rest of the family is asleep, is the best time for me to sit down and think.  The only problem is… I spend all my time thinking and no time writing.  That’s why I decided to write something today, even if it means I’m just writing down my thoughts on what to write.  I really have no idea where this is going to go.

I guess a good place to begin would be to start at the beginning.  As the cursor is blinking in front of me I’m trying to figure out where the beginning is in this journey.  Is it the day I bought the camera I’m using now or is it the day I bought my very first camera?  Is it the day that I suddenly realized I wanted to get into photography or is it the day I took my first picture?  Maybe it’s the day that I joined the first photo club or perhaps it’s the day I founded the club I’m in now.  There are so many points in time that could be considered the beginning but there’s one point that really sticks out in my mind and that is the day that I felt so compelled to print my first picture.  I had taken a photo that was so “professional” and artistic that I couldn’t stop working on it from the time I snapped it to the time it was hanging on my refrigerator.  It was the one photo that made me look at the camera I had and think; “now that was worth the money for the camera!”

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My cut and paste blog attempt… what should I blog about? I’m sure I will ramble here, but I think that’s what blogging is suppose to be…

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