A New Year Begins

 

A New Year Begins

In 2017 the site had problems with downtime. Multiple hacking attacks and ransom ware issues took their toll. It required a lot of time and effort to reclaim, repair and rebuild everything.
During the process of recreating the site, I had plenty of time to think about ways to make it not only more secure but to improve the content as well. I have given a lot of consideration to my goals for the site and how best to achieve them.
So much of what you see in the world these days is negative. We go about our lives with a list of worries too long to recite. Most of the things on that list are outside our personal control, which only adds to our distress.
In my view of the world, I prefer to focus on the things that are Right vs. Wrong. I choose to see the Beautiful vs. the Ugly and to think about the Best, not the Worst.
As part of this philosophy, I would like my site to be a source of positivity and beauty. A place where people may come to view images of natural wonder, think a few uplifting, positive thoughts and move on feeling refreshed not distressed.
With that goal in mind, in 2018 I am taking the blog in a new direction. My focus will be more on creativity and beauty, less on technical and commercial issues.

As you may know, I am a professional artist working in several different mediums, including photography, stained glass, and painting. I have found that there is a commonality to all these mediums and in my opinion to all art forms.
You must first learn to master the basics, the mechanics if you will, of your chosen medium before you may then strike out on your own to express your unique vision of the world.
There are many places where you can learn these basics, things such as how to use a camera on manual settings, how to cut and grind glass, or how to mix almost any color from a limited number of paints on a pallet.

The “ART” part is what’s different.

How do I learn to see what would make a captivating photo? How do I make it look so natural that people feel as if they were standing inside the scene?
What subject can I paint that has not been done before? What vision of reality can I conjure with oils on a canvas?
What glass panel design can I produce that is not already in a pattern book? What pattern of transmitted light can I use sunlight to create?

To paraphrase Edgar Degas, “Art is easy until you know how.”

The easy part of ART includes the tools and equipment. All these physical things can be purchased, owned and used.
The difficult part of ART is the emotion and vision. These intangible things cannot be bought and are best when shared with others.

So… In this New Year, the focus of this blog is changing. It will speak much more to the ART side of things. We will discuss beauty, vision, creativity, emotion, elegance, grace and the journeys these elements take us on.

Evening on Sparks Lane

Evening Light on Sparks Lane
Evening Light on Sparks Lane


Summer is here.  Everything is ready for a photographer to arrive.

Now, all you need to do is to learn how to “create” an image……
Not to just capture or take a picture, but to really CREATE the image.
There is a world of difference between act of creation
and just making a record photo of what was in front of you.

Summer classes are now forming. The new term starts July 8th.
You may sign up by using the Paypal link in the right sidebar.
I hope to see you in class.

New Workshop

Fall Color Photo Workshop
October 13th & 14th 2012 

Back by request is the popular Fall Color Photo Workshop. A two day autumn adventure held in and around Hocking Hills State Park. Located in one of the most beautiful areas of southern Ohio, there will plenty of photo opportunities for all. 

Would you like to learn how to “see” more effective images?
Get the “right” exposure for dynamic color this fall?
Select the “best” focal length for a great photo?
Learn to tell a visual story about what you are seeing and experiencing?
If you answered YES to any of these questions……
Then, you should check out the Fall Color Workshop.

The dates are: Saturday and Sunday   October 13th & 14th
The times are: 9AM Sat thru 5PM Sun
The investment is:  A $125.00 class fee.  Your meals and  lodging are not included in this fee.

Space is very limited in this workshop in order for you to receive a high level of personal attention. So, sign up now to reserve your seat.  The information on lodging and meals will be sent to you in response to you registration. You may use the Paypal button in the right sidebar to register for this exciting weekend.

If you have any questions please email me.

Monday: Aug 13th:  ONLY 4 SPACES LEFT !!! 

Fenced In ??


Have you been feeling a bit fenced in lately?
A little stymied by a lack of knowledge about how to get the most out of your camera?
You really want to create great images but when you see them on the screen
they just don’t look like what you wanted to capture.   :cry:

If this is what has happened to you, I have a solution:
sign up for one of the photo classes which are starting next week.
You will learn how to make great images, how to get the most from your camera,
all about lenses, shutter speeds, F/stops, getting sharp images, what is the correct exposure, and much much more.
Please use the Paypal sign up button in the right side bar.  Thank you. 

Lingering Light

The same evening, a quarter of a mile down the road from the barn in my last post.
The light is still holding its golden glow. It has taken a long time to get here.
There have been so many interesting vignettes along the way and
of course, I needed to stop and work with each of them.
I am really surprised the light has held for so long. This
day is coming to an end. Now, there is only a tiny piece of sun left….
just the smallest sliver showing over the mountains.
Luck is still with me as  that tiny sliver of sun light is falling right
on the cabin I have been heading for.   There is almost no time left…
Park,  grab the gear and run for the right spot where the sliver of light
is just hitting the cabin wall and emphasizing the warmth of the wood
and the brick fireplace chimney.  The warm light also added depth to the
green leafy surround and the split rail fence in the foreground.
Three images was all the time I had ….and the light show was over
for the day.  The last of the sun disappeared behind the mountains
leaving just the glow from the sky. A great look but without the
spotlighting effect of a bit of direct sunlight.
I was making a few more images, close ups of the cabin,  when I turned
to find a local watching me….
both  of us enjoying the last of the Lingering Light.
I drove home in the dark….leaving the squirrel  to guard the cabin.
A fitting end to the perfect day. 

Oh, almost forgot…New classes begin the week of July 9th.
So, if you would like to learn about lighting, how to use your camera,

composition, or just how to get great images. This is the place for you.
Please use the Paypal link in the right sidebar to sign up.  Thanks!