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PhotoJournal: Wonderland, Acadia NP

Light is the essence of every photograph, at least for me. Over the years I have experimented with many different approaches to composition, yet light remains the single most important component to conveying what I see and feel in the landscape. I’ve tried to make images that are built on shapes, textures, subjects, and color, yet they always seem to…

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Photo Journal: Fall Light, Maine

Olympus E-M1, 96mm, f/11 @1/250, ISO 200, no filters In my previous article, Photographing the Familiar with Fresh Eyes, I provided some suggestions for photographing familar landscapes that have work for me as I return to favorite locations over and over again. I thought I would share some of what that looks like in practice on a recent outing to Eagle…

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Photo Journal: Tarn Canvas, Maine

Tarn Canvas / Olympus E-M1, 1/120 sec @f/5.6, ISO 200, no filters I often tell students to think less about “subjects” and more about shapes, colors, lines, and of course light. That’s something that’s not easy to do, especially when photography itself perpetuates ideas of capturing and taking. Those are all actions that favor, and in many ways promote, looking…

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Photo Journal: Tree Colors, Acadia National Park

Photographing the fall foliage is always fun-after all not many of us can resist all of those wonderful colors that excite the eye and the imagination. But it can also present several challenges, if you believe as I do, that the simplest approach leads to strongest images. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with color. But for me the most important…

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Making vs Taking

Marsh Lines, Acadia National Park "Creativity is imagination and imagination is for everyone." Paul Arden As I walked along this marsh in Acadia National Park, many photo opportunities jumped out at me. But I challenged myself to exclude as much as I possibly could. Why? Because a strange visual thing happens when you limit your viewpoint and focus your concentration on…

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