Where’s the light?

A photographer’s lament. Went out for a beautiful sunrise on the meadow and there was no light. Heavy clouds covered the sky not even leading to lovely soft-box light which I was at least hoping for. So I sat there wondering what to do. At least I can go walk about on some trails I…

A Sweet Reward

This past week has been filled with catching up with life’s regular to-do’s and I haven’t had much of a chance to go out on a photo walkabout. This summer I’ve had a big “Pay-it-forward” project at a nearby paddock that holds two horses that needed some additional loving care. It’s a rather long story…

Deep in the Weeds

Deep in the Weeds ” Totally immersed in or preoccupied with the details or complexities (of something)” Learning how to change your perspective will help you see photo opportunities that you may have never seen before. There are times we can get stuck in a specific vision or paradigm of what something should look like,…

How Do You See?

When enjoying the Maryland Federation of Art’s 50th Birthday celebration last night at the Circle Gallery in historic Annapolis, I had the opportunity to meet some wonderful artists. Many had been creating art most of their lives and kept it going even during their major earning years while working at a corporate job. Now released…

One Subject in Many Different Ways

A wise friend recently said to me that while many photographers travel the world looking for that incredible capture, I manage to discover wonderful things close to home. It is true that where I live is a fantastic hub. Two hours west I arrive to the mountains, two hours east I can slip my toes…

Uncommon Things

As a nature photographer, there are some surprising discoveries to those that keep a vigil watch on their surroundings. I have found that the more I slow down and really take my time then nature begins to show itself. After a while it’s certain that you’ll take a deep breath and embrace the relaxation that…

Being Influenced and Inspired

To quote Mark Twain ‚ÄúThere is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but…

Creating Yourself Part 2

For a photographer, finding your inner artist can sometimes be like searching for the Holy Grail. There are some that are natural artists and have the ability to see a composition that 10 people before them would completely miss. As we travel through the journey of learning the craft of digital photography the first hurdle…

Create Yourself

A dear friend and faithful follower in my photography classes mentioned to me this past week that “Someone (meaning me) has taught her to not simply just take pictures, but to create images.” I’ve been thinking about her insightful comment quite a bit since then and she is absolutely right. All of us are on…

In the World of Fanciful Wings

Early this morning I had the unique opportunity to enter into the world of Fanciful Wings at the Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens. This wonderful place is open during the summer months and showcases exotic butterflies from around the world. Managed by the U.S.D.A., strict rules exist to ensure safety for these…