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In Revelatory Moments I will be taking you on a pictorial journey over the years and share my thoughts, insights, and revelations during the moments of photo capture.  This is not a technical photography book, but rather a guidepost for those who want to elevate their seeing.

Preview the book here: REVELATORY MOMENTS

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Revelatory Moment . . .

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This abstract photo happened when I walked by a historic hotel in Clayton, New Mexico. I was captivated by the look of the flowers and clay vase behind the glass window.  As a result, the glass window created a soft, dreamy quality that immediately appealed to me. I clicked a few images with my Nikon D810/Nikkor 70-200mm, and then continued my photographic foray.

Intriguing images are constantly being revealed, but only when we fine-tune our seeing. In the end, to take great images you have to see greatly.  It all comes down to seeing!

Light’s Reflection . . .

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A building reflection on a small canal in Fort Worth, Texas.  The wind was rippling the water, which created a variety of artistic interpretations.  When that happens, shoot and shoot a lot.  The possibilities are truly endless!

Visit Cuba . . . the time is now!

Street scene with vintage car in Havana, Cuba.

I am leading a photography tour to Cuba on March 9 -18, 2018 where we will discover Cuba’s larger-than life culture, vibrant rhythms and weathered beauty while exploring and photographing the historic attractions.  I collaborate with Strabo Photo Tours, a US tour operator approved to conduct Educational & Cultural People to People programs under the new US policy.  This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience.

We will stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Havana and capture the baroque facades, while vintage cars whiz by.  Then journey to the colorful colonial town of Trinidad, experience the contemplative countryside of the Pinar del Rio and Zapata Provinces, including the beautiful southern coastal beach at Playa Larga.  This and more awaits to enlighten your senses, while providing a plethora of dramatic photographic opportunities each day.

Sign up now for this journey of a lifetime, and experience a memorable photographic tour adventure!  For more information on my Strabo Cuba Photo Tour, click the following link:  Cuba Photo Tour

Happy 100th Anniversary Nikon!

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I looked through my first Nikon F camera back in 1973, I was hooked!  What can I say; it has been an amazing ride.  Nikon has been there every step of the way adding new technologies, cameras and lenses that allowed me to preserve those enchanted moments of life.  The image for this post was captured using a Nikon F2 camera and Kodachrome 64 film.  Loved shooting with the F2 in those early years!

I am proud to be a contributing photographer for Nikon, and look forward to many more years together.  A big happy anniversary to all the innovators and good folks at Nikon . . . long may you run!

 

The Colors and Contrasts of Cuba – March 9 – 18, 2018

 

Lady holding a fan and a cigar dressed in white

Join me on a photographic travel adventure to Cuba through a licensed ‘People to People’ Program, with activities that will immerse you in to the heart and soul of this intriguing and colorful country.  The focus of the tour is cultural and historical in nature, while providing a plethora of dramatic photographic opportunities each day.  This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience.

Mark your calendars and let’s make a memorable photographic tour adventure together! For more information on my Strabo Cuba Photo Tour, click the following link: Cuba Photo Tour

The Colors and Contrasts of Cuba – March 9 – 18, 2018

Blue classic car in Trinidad, Cuba

You are invited to join me on a one-of-a-kind photographic travel adventure to Cuba through a licensed ‘People to People’ Program, with activities that will immerse you in to the heart and soul of this intriguing and colorful country.  This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience.

The focus of the tour is cultural and historical in nature, while providing a plethora of dramatic photographic opportunities each day.  From the indefinable magic of old Havana with its vintage cars, to the contemplative countryside of the Pinar del Rio and Zapata Provinces, with an overnight stay on the southern coastal beach at Playa Larga, this and more awaits to enlighten your senses and via for your camera’s attention.

Mark your calendars and let’s make a memorable photographic tour adventure together! For more information on my Strabo Cuba Photo Tour, click the following link: Cuba Photo Tour

 

 

Paint Brushes and all Those Lenses . . .

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While visiting an art museum and looking at the painted masterpieces, do you say to yourself, “I wonder what brush or tools the painter used?”  Most likely not.  I would surmise that the majority of people would respond to the painting first and foremost on some basic, human emotional level elicited by their personal worldviews, beliefs and values.  In my opinion, it does not matter what brushes or tools the artist used.  The important question to ask yourself is “why” the painting or photograph captivated your attention, and why it made you feel something.

Over the years, as a professional photographer the most vexing question I often hear is, “What kind of camera or lens did I use to capture a particular image?”  Unfortunately, I feel too many photographers have not freed themselves from the technical grasp of photography.  The art got lost in all those shiny lenses and sophisticated cameras, f-stops, shutter speeds, color gamma, bit depth, Photoshop and so much more.  To quote renowned photographer Edward Weston, “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”  How true!  It never is just about the camera or number of lenses you own.  They are the tools that allow us to create visually.  Where the photographer leads, the camera follows.

Let your personal vision, passion and self-expression create the masterpiece!

Angular Departure. . .

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This building in downtown Austin, TX was similar to other glass enclosed structures I had seen during my photographic foray.  It was not until I deviated from a more traditional point of capture that things began to reveal themselves.  After walking around the building for several minutes, this angle captivated my attention.  I used a Nikon 18-35mm lens.  A sweet, lightweight “walkabout lens” that was the perfect solution to record my photographic intention.