2012.06.29 None are the truth

Peony . . .
Bonnie's challenge:  edit a photo to look like a painting . . .

All photos are accurate.
None of them is the truth.
~ Richard Avedon

Linked to:  Pixel Dust Photo Art


2012.06.28 Outside my own window

I enjoy traveling and recording far-away places and people with my camera.
But I also find it wonderfully rewarding to see what I can discover outside my own window.
You only need to study the scene with the eyes of a photographer.
~ Alfred Eisenstaedt

Linked to:  Photos by LeAnne


2012.06.25 Knowing where to stand

Visiting the Exotic Feline Rescue Center . . .

"With over 230 exotic felines calling the EFRC home,
we are one of the largest rescue centers in the United States
for abused, unwanted and neglected exotic felines."

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
~ Ansel Adams

And, at the Rescue Center,
the place to stand is several feet away from the fence :)
~ Me 


2012.06.24 What it feels like

Small town carnival . . .
Tornado, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Scrambler . . .

Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.
~ David Alan Harvey


2012.06.22 Not the camera

I'm grateful for simple pleasures
such as sitting at an outdoor table,
in the shade on a still-hot evening,
waiting on pizza,
with loving and fun family . . . 

The important thing is not the camera, but the eye.
~ Alfred Eisenstaedt


2012.06.21 Do not release the shutter

Heuchera "Palace Purple" (common name, Coral Bells) . . .

My theory of composition?
Simple: do not release the shutter until everything in the viewfinder feels just right.
~ Ernst Haas

That's easy . . . right?
~ Me


2012.06.18 Two people in every picture

Clifty Falls State Park . . .
the campgrounds have been mowed leaving swaths of orchard grass between the sites.
It's as if every site is its own room. 

And a photo of me while hiking . . . by Vince . . .

There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer.
~ Ansel Adams


2012.06.16 The art of observation

Last weekend, one of the places Vince and I went was Madison
and had lunch while watching the Ohio River . . .

A view across the river . . .

Walking around town,
there are many restored and maintained houses
and some houses and buildings which aren't . . .
(The next 4 photos all have The CoffeeShop Blog's Orton action.)

There are wonderful textures on the buildings . . .

To me, photography is an art of observation.
It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... 
I've found it has little to do with the things you see
and everything to do with the way you see them.
~ Elliott Erwitt


2012.06.15 Skylight, framed photograph is to frame, and to frame is to exclude...
~ Susan Sontag

Linked to:  Pixel Dust


2012.06.12 One of my favorite places . . .

where we usually go for our anniversary,
but this year we went early.

It's so peaceful, calming, a place to slow . . . everything . . . 

Me . . . by Vince . . .

 A photograph is the pause button of life.
~  Ty Holland


2012.06.10 Crop-dusters!

The last several days have been busy . . .
lots of enjoyment.

A couple of hours on Thursday were spent watching some small planes and crop-dusters . . .
. . . with Vince and Lee.

jan and kids watching a take-off . . .

More photos . . .

 Photography is one big scrapbook of your life.
~ Lisa Jones


2012.06.05 The beauty of life, captured

Kim Klassen's Trust texture VividLight PSE vignette ]

Photography is the beauty of life, captured.
~ Tara Chisholm

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
~ Psalm 37: 3-4

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2012.06.02 Enjoying the process

Nancy Claelys - A Rural Journal Jennifer texture LinearBurn ]

You can also see sometimes that the best pictures
are the ones where you didn’t try so hard, where you were just enjoying the process –
and you didn’t even know why you were making the picture.
It felt right.
If someone asked, "Why are you making this picture?" 
you probably couldn’t describe it very well –
and that’s why it needs to be a photograph.
~ John Sexton

To enjoy the process is the goal
in the taking of the photograph
in the use of textures, cropping, and blending modes.