Berber Woman – Chefchaouen, Morocco

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For this image I used a Nikon D850/Nikon 28mm f1.8 @f8. A sweet street lens!

Of note: I recently purchased a Nikon 35mm f1.8 lens, which I now prefer to the 28mm for general street shooting, along with my trusty Nikon 70-200mm. It all comes down to preferences. Shoot with the lens that is best for the narrative you are wishing to express at the moment.

Happy Valentine’s Day . . .

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A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.  ~ William Shakespeare

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the people who make our life special!

There Are Photos Everywhere – 4

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Yesterday, the wonderful foggy morning motivated me to grab my camera and amble though our country neighborhood. This serene setting stirred my emotions. The quietness enveloped me as I allowed my imagination to wonder with the scene before me. Several moments later, I raised my camera to my eye and clicked the shutter button, which captured for me, the expression of my experience.

Piran Delights . . .

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I love photos that contain contrasting elements of form, color and texture in close proximity. Such was the case during our time weaving through the narrow alleys of Piran, Slovenia. This charming seaside village on the Adriatic coast beckoned me with color design at every turn. For me, the joy of photography has always been in seeing something I have never seen before. For the observant eye, Piran did not disappoint!

Repose . . .

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This photograph was captured near a sidewalk café in downtown Rochester, Minnesota. I love finding little, unexpected surprises. I framed the image with a Nikon 85mm f1.8 @f10. A lightweight prime focal length lens that is a joy to use!

Serenity . . .

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This iconic church is on an island at Lake Bled, Slovenia. The light was quite lovely as the sun was slipping below the horizon. A small boat passed by and created the wonderful dance of waves, which added the “extra zing” I felt the picture needed. There is always more than one way to express a subject.

Image captured with a Nikon D850/Nikon 70-200mm f4 @5.6.

 

There Are Photos Everywhere – 3

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A few days ago, I was meandering beside Long Creek that flows near the edge of our neighborhood property. The oak leaves being past their prime offered little in the way of exciting photo possibilities. However, there is always another photo possibility when we change our perspective and refocus the lens of our experience. When I did this, I found a myriad of photo possibilities expressed near my feet. A small pool of water was reflecting the most exquisite colors and patterns because of the slight breeze rippling the water. I was a kid again looking through an imaginary kaleidoscope. I was lost in time with the colorful, ever-changing show nature created.

As photographers, we do not have to always travel the ends of the earth to find thrilling pictures. They can be as close as your backyard or a neighborhood creek. When we learn to refocus the lens of our experience, we will see images where there was none before.

Croatian Surprise . . .

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Travel photography to me is about integrating yourself in another culture. Such was the case with this young boy that I photographed in Croatia. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed he was watching me as I was photographing an adjacent building. As I turned and focused my camera on him, he flashed a warm smile and hand gesture. I clicked a few frames, and probably had a smile as wide as the sun. One of my favorite shots captured in Croatia! I used a Nikon D850/Nikon 70-200mm f4.

As I showed him the images on my Nikon monitor, he brimmed with joy! Photography truly is a universal language. Use your photography to connect with the world and share its wonder!