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Welcome

Welcome to my blog! In this blog I hope to talk about some of my photos. Why I did what I did and my thought process while taking and processing the image. Along the way I’ll discuss photography techniques and processes, do some gear reviews, make some recommendations on a variety of topics and talk about whatever else captures my fancy. I hope you’ll join me on this journey and I welcome your comments and …
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Secondary Subjects – Complementary or Distracting?

Many images have more than one subject. Whether or not this is a good thing depends on whether the secondary subjects complements the primary subject or is a distraction to the primary. The subject(s) of a photo are those parts that are waving their arms and screaming, “Look at me! Look at me!” The most animated and loudest part is the primary subject and the runner-up (if there is one) are the secondary subjects.  Whether …
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Art Bench – Proud Souls

The Woodlands, Texas is home to one of the largest collections of public art in Texas. This collection consists of over 50 pieces of public art, including mosaics, sculptures and 23 art benches. Each art bench is a unique piece of public art designed by local, national, and international artists. Some benches are interactive, some are a reflection of the surrounding environment. All are above and beyond the usual concept of a bench. These …
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Social Media Impacts Your Reputation As A Photographer

Your sharing habits in social media impacts your reputation as a photographer; how people regard you as a photographer. Most of us aren’t posting only true photography art when posting to social media. Usually, it’s sharing simple photos of family, everyday life or interesting sights and occasionally we try to post true photography art too. As a result, most of how people regard us as photographer isn’t due to our art masterpieces. Rather it’s the …
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Cloud Gate – “The Bean”

When photographing an iconic structure, it is very difficult to come up with an original composition. For example, just about any possible composition for the Eiffel Tower has already been done. But we make our photos anyway. Even though we weren’t the first it is a way of saying, “I was there and this is my image”. Somethings are so beautiful and iconic they just beg to be photographed over and over. The Cloud Gate …
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The Importance of Marinating In The Creative Process

In one of my earlier posts, Slow Down – “Speed Kills”, I talked about not rushing the creative process either while taking the shot or when processing it. This included understanding the importance of marinating in the creative process. Marinating in this case means stepping back from your work for awhile. Because you are emotionally invested in it and may not be able to objectively judge your work. Allowing it to marinate helps you …
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Why You Should Study Other Photographer’s Work

A friend and fellow photographer recently related an unusual experience they had in a discussion with a professional photographer. They asked the professional if they had seen a photo by a well-known photographer. The professional replied, “Oh no, I never look at other people’s work.” Unfortunately, my friend wasn’t able to follow-up on that comment. In our discussion, about it we both felt it was a rather strange practice not to want to study other …
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JOIN ME FOR PHOTOGRAPHY IN TUSCANY 2021 !

UPDATE – July 12, 2021 Due to unforeseen circumstances I’ve had to cancel the Photography In Tuscany program for 2021. The good news is that I’m working with Cook In Tuscany to explore options for offering the program in 2022! Sign up for email notifications and updates so you won’t miss out on any of the information. Please note that while the Photography Programs is cancelled for 2021, that Cook In Tuscany is still …
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McKinney Falls State Park – Lower Falls

My wife and I decided to get out Houston for a few days to take in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. On the drive there we stopped at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. Located at the confluence of Onion Creek and Williamson Creek, these creeks join and meander through the park over limestone formations and two waterfalls. In the grand scheme of waterfalls, these two falls aren’t jaw-dropping spectacular. The falls are about 15 …
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Lange’s Mill

During a recent getaway trip to Central Texas, we stopped at Lange’s Mill along Threadgill Creek. It’s a beautiful old grist mill. For being built in 1849, it looks to be in pretty good shape. They don’t build them like that anymore. At first glance, the siting of the mill relative to the creek appears strange as it above and set back from Threadgill Creek. However, the water wheel was on the left side of …