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.

Valley View

Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains
With autumn on the way don’t you want to be out taking wonderful photos of natures’  beauty?  

You can learn to take great photographs in just a short amount of time.
Just sign up for the next round of classes. 

The new term starts on October 12th. Just two weeks away so, do not wait…
Go over to the right sidebar to the Paypal button and register for the next class.

Photo Field Trip

Rock Wall & Tree at Hocking Hills
Rock Wall & Tree at Hocking Hills

This years autumn field trip was almost perfect.
A slight overcast, cool and crisp temps.

Great color and a couple for portraits.
A wonderful learning experience for the students.

There are a few openings for the next class term beginning on October 27th.
Please use the Paypal button in the sidebar to sign up.

Photo Classes Dayton Area

Autumn Arches
Autumn Arches


Sometimes you just need a jump start to get it right.

These photo classes are that jump start.
They begin on Oct 27th.   Soon!

There are still openings in the Beginning and the Intermediate classes.
Sign up now before they are full.
Please use the Paypal button in the sidebar.

A Good Field Trip

                                                            AUTUMN GLORY

                                              A BONE SHAKER

Just back  from leading a weekend field trip to Hocking Hills in Ohio.
The weather cooperated giving us mild temperatures with  just enough
overcast to cut the brightness range and still allow the autumn colors to pop.
The participants had an enjoyable time and
learned a lot if you judge by their images.

If you are a person who always wanted to take a class in photography,
always wanted to learn to capture and process great images,
or just wants to learn more about how to use your camera.
You should register for the next round of classes which begin in two weeks.
You can  sign up by using the Paypal button in the right sidebar of this blog.

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 !!! 

Downed Dragon


This giant was originally a pine tree. In driving past,
the angle and the light were just right to
reveal this dragon hidden inside.
One of the points I always emphasize in my
photo classes is learning to see creatively.
99 out of 100 people would have driven past this
old dead tree and never seen a thing.
In fact, one person to ask me what I was taking a photo
of and gave me the strangest look when I pointed and said,
“that dragon over there”.
I encourage my students to look outside box and not just take
the first photo they may see.  I teach techniques that I
have learned over the years that shine a unique light
on the ordinary and make it special.

Folded Field


The students ask, “What are leading lines?’  and I try to articulate a good response.  This is the easy way to explain that concept.  A line or lines that move the viewers eye through the image in the manner the artist desired.  In other words, the viewer sees things in the sequence that the artist envisioned at the time of image creation.  A good image is really worth at least 1000 words.   Enjoy!