Lost Treasure From 2017

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“More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has ever been taken from the earth” ~ Napoleon Hill

When I’m out and about exploring interesting and beautiful places with my camera in hand it is not unusual for me to slip into a kind of hypnotic trance and the subjects of my photographs seem to choose me rather than the other way around.  Over the course of a year I can acquire thousands and thousands of Raw images.  As you might imagine I spend hours upon hours scouring through digital files, looking for and developing the creme of the crop while the ones that aren’t quite so obviously great fall through the cracks become forgotten.

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Being the creature of habit that I am, as I become introspective about the year that was each December, I pull that imaginary shoe box full of “negatives” from the top shelf of my imaginary closet and I look through them one more time in hopes of discovering lost treasure.  The images in this post are just a few emerging stars from 2017, all taken in late summer at the Oregon coast.

There is always a specific reason that I click the shutter release when I do but sometimes it takes a second or third cutting to remember why.

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#Monday Mantra ~ Week #12

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May 2016 be the most successful year ever for You and for Me!

I make this toast from my heart. My brain is a bit more hesitant to get involved in what it considers to be whimsical wishes. My brain is busy paying attention to the headlines. My brain is trying to make sense out of the Current State of Mankind. My brain can’t quite believe what my eyes and ears are telling it. If you are anything like me, you’re shocked to realize that nothing really shocks you anymore. You are witnessing global human conflicts occur at previously unimaginable levels and you are witnessing the early effects of a very scary planetary climate shift. If you are anything like me, its kind of hard to remain positive about the future.

So, back to my New Years toast. How can I wholeheartedly believe and visualize that 2016 can be the greatest year ever? The truth is, every generation has had distractions that it considered to be overwhelming and perhaps even hopeless yet it somehow found a way to overcome. It always helps me come back to the light of positive thoughts to find inspiration in the words of others that I can take ownership of figuratively speaking. Roughly 100 years ago, Napoleon Hill wrote a something that gets right to the point.

“What helped you over the great obstacles of life?” was asked of a highly successful man. “The other obstacles,” He replied.

May 2016 be the most successful year ever for You and for Me!

Five Basic Truths Of Photography

 

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16th Street Mall ~Denver, Colorado

My passion for expressing myself artistically began when I was six or seven years old after my parents put a Kodak Brownie and a few rolls of film under the Christmas Tree with my name on them. I still have those first photos stuffed in a box somewhere and even though its been many years since I’ve looked at them, I can see the images in my minds eye on demand. Those first photos weren’t the work of a child prodigy by any means but the do represent a determination that still drives me every day, to be a perpetual student of photography

2015 will be remembered by me as a year of great strides in my adventures in photography. I wanted to share five truths about being a good photographer that seem pretty basic but still worth putting down in writing.

1. A good photographer is always prepared to shoot. This means actually carrying gear just about everywhere. Yea it can be a real pain in the ass lugging around expensive and heavy equipment but in photography timing is everything. There is nothing worse than missing an opportunity to capture a great image because you don’t have your stuff.

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14th & Colfax

2. A good photographer knows what is going on in the Celestial and Terrestrial realms. There are so many tools available to us now that give us accurate information about the Sun, Moon, Stars, Weather, Maps, etc.. that it would be crazy not to use that information to make better images.

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3. A good photographer takes regular field trips. Intentionally setting out with a particular theme or subject matter in mind is the most effective way of accumulating experience. There is no substitute for experience in the pursuit of expertise in any given art form.

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4. A good photographer takes a lot of lousy photographs. It’s the practice shots that help us experiment with different settings and techniques. It’s the poorly contrived images that help us recognize a great composition when we first see it in the view finder.

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5. A good photographer dedicates far more time to processing than to shooting. As a young student of film photography, I literally spent thousands of hours mixing chemicals, printing contact sheets, exposing test strips and dodging and burning images. All of the behind the scenes efforts haven’t been eliminated with the advent of digital processing. On the contrary, the bar of expected results has risen dramatically and the time investment of finishing a photo is as pricey as ever.

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Denver City and County Building

Happy Holidays!

Please Vote Yes On The Resolution Rewind

Finding Balance (24"x36") oil on canvas

Finding Balance (24″x36″) oil on canvas

Hold on, Hold Everything! Has the expiration for New Years Resolutions past? Surely there is a grace period, right? If not I want one and I want it Now. Does 30 days seem reasonable to you? If we had a grace period of 30 days, all of those resolutions that are blown within the first 48 hours could be resurrected for another try. Failed resolutions could be replaced by new, easier to keep versions or we could go back to the drawing board and re-imagine the resolutions that will make a difference. A rule change would be good for all of us, do you agree?

Today is January 11th and I’m gonna make my case for Resolution Rewind. You see, I am absolutely worn out, sick to death of allowing selfish, negative people to influence how my time is spent. We all have a finite amount of time in this life to learn, love and create, yet there are troubled individuals out there who apparently have made it their mission to prevent folks from accomplishing those things. My new goal for 2015 is to learn how to remain calm when confronted with one of these Unfortunate Souls. For lack of a more sympathetic name for the contemptible type that I’m focusing on I’ll just call them PTA’s (People To Avoid).

You can usually identify a PTA pretty quickly when you observe the following characteristics:

1. The PTA is intolerant and has no capacity for authentic compassion and understanding.
2. The PTA already knows everything and has no interest in learning, therefore they make the same mistakes over and over.
3. The PTA spends all of their time looking for faults in others and none of their time looking four their own shortcomings.
4. The PTA takes no responsibility for mistakes that they have made, yet they hold others accountable for theirs.
5. The PTA lives by a social balance sheet, making sure they never give more than they receive.
6. The PTA loves to talk and hates to listen.
7. The PTA is long on talk and short on action.
8. The PTA is short on facts and long on opinions.
9. The PTA prefers complaining to helping.
10. The PTA slanders others indirectly, thereby robbing their slandered victims of a reply.
11. The PTA accuses others of exactly the same things that they are guilty of.
12. The PTA brags about immoral victories, then quotes enlightened words when they feel that they have been wronged.
13. The PTA always has to have the last word.

Normally this blog is a complaint free zone, all positive, no negative. But I am the self proclaimed Mayor of Art Spirit Village and I really think that we need to follow through with this Resolution do-over thing. Nothing could be more positive. In 2015 I will breathe in peace and fairness and I’ll breathe out the toxicity that radiates from these unwanted PTAs. I may discover that Yoga, Meditation and Prayer are the magic ingredients to succeeding in my newfound resolution. Or perhaps just really focussing on compassion for these less fortunate individuals will help me to accept and move on. I’m really excited about the prospect of liberating myself from the tyranny of the PTA. I will reclaim the time that has been stolen to me and I’ll apply it to a greater realization of peace, grace, productivity and above all Creativity.

There is always the possibility some PTA out there might take offense to this post, To that person I say in the nicest way possible…”GET A LIFE, ASS HOLE”. 🙂

Two Questions: What do you think about the Resolution Rewind concept? Is there a PTA that you need to free yourself from?