Category Archives: Photography

… you have to see.

Dahlia

Dahlia

“The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.” – Ernst Hass

I have been shooting with the Fujifilm X-E1 almost exclusively since October of 2013. My Nikon gear has sat collecting dust except for a few sunset and sunrise excursions. I find the X-E1 so much easier to grab due to its weight and size. I feel the images (jpeg) meet the standards for my use for posting on the web and any prints I wish to make. So, I sold all the Nikon gear. I intend to add one more lens, either the 23mm f1.4 or the 35mm 1.4, and probably the new X-T10. So, I apologize for the decrease in my quality of postings. :-)

The Changes Within

Art in Hidden Nature

Art in Hidden Nature

Life was a struggle for me in 1991. Little things like a divorce, a job loss, poor financial choices, let me know how little control I had over my life. At this time in my life I earnestly began to search for some answer to how I felt. I looked into different religious faiths, attended retreats, joined help groups, read the books, practiced their exercises and principles, with no relief or answers.

Over time the needed change found me. I stumbled upon a solution that introduced me to a new way of seeing who I really was and the world around me. I needed new ways of dealing with life’s challenges. I found a resource in quiet times of prayer, meditation and contemplation. I enjoy this inward journey as it helps me to see within and to use the eyes of something deeper to see outward. Learning to see a “true self” rather than a “false self” allows us to be a more interesting person. I’ve heard it said, to create more interesting images make ourselves more interesting. For me, the changes within me have changed my photography.

Photography Has Changed Me

Old Town Alley

Old Town Alley

The dream to be a professional photographer faded many years ago. I find it interesting that when I eliminated the word professional I began to really be a photographer. Photography began to be a part of me, something I needed to partake of on a regular basis. It began to change something within me, opening my eyes and really see the world around me, whether that’s photographing a sunset or a walk through an alley in my neighborhood. I continuously look for “the more” and find it to be a wonderful process and journey. Yes, photography has changed me.

Coffee Cup

Coffee Cup

You only know your true strength in times of hardship, for no man ever became strong by doing nothing.

I used the black and white film simulation for this jpeg. I’ve been playing with the different film simulations in the Fujifilm X-E1 to see how they look.

Green Leaves

Green Leaves

Green Leaves

“Everyone is born with a special talent, you have to look deep within to find it, but no matter who you are, it is within.”

Silver Efex Pro 2

Bed Post

Bed Post

I’ve liked what I’ve seen done with Chris Klug’s black and white images. If you’ve not been over there for a visit I suggest spending a few minutes over there. I like the results He gets from  Silver Efex Pro in his post processing. So, I bought it knowing it would make me a better photographer, like him. About a year later I received an email offering a free NIK software package that included Analog Efex 3, Color Efex Pro 4, Dfine 2, Sharpener Pro 3 and Viveza and an upgrade to Silver Efex Pro. I took it. Needless to say, I’m not any better photographer because of these software tools and I have done almost nothing with any of them except Silver Efex Pro.

I’m finding there are a ton of options available in Silver Efex and I’ve touched very few of them. There are helpful tutorials in the internet in using this software. I just have to dig into it.

Six Years Today

The First Nikon D300

The First Nikon D300

Six years ago today I bought my first Nikon D300, an upgrade from a D100. Fell in love with it and ended up purchasing a second one as a backup for the weddings and portraits I’ve taken. In the digital age thats a long time to keep a camera. Both cameras still take awesome images as long as the photographer plays his role. I checked them out and was surprised at the shutter count were as low as they are. They show 65,564 and 42,931 counts. Happy shooting!