Feeling arty on a Thursday . . .

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Image is a close-up of a staircase on the side of an historic building. Let your imagination wander!


May in Texas is Indian Blanket time . . .


Our pasture is turning quickly from green to red-orange and yellow tinges as the Indian Blanket flowers are growing in profusion. Also known as the Firewheel, I decided on a close-up to show off the flowers artful design and intense colors. Happy Shooting!


The Art of Seeing

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Had a great time yesterday with the student photographers and videographers from the Academy of Arts at Bransom Elementary School, Burleson, TX. I was impressed with their attentiveness, enthusiasm, and desire to take their photography to the next level. I have no doubt they will! Thank you Ms. Modisette (teacher extraordinaire) and students, for making my lecture a most pleasurable experience. Keep looking for that next great image . . . it might be just a click away!

Nice capture Dave Mason of me in the moment! You caught my best profile:)

Barbara Bush Remembered . . .

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I had the privilege of knowing and photographing the First Lady during my photographic career. During our photographic sojourns, Barbara was always joyful and her genuine charm put everyone at ease.  I fondly remember a conversation before one of the photo shoots in which I called her, “America’s favorite Grandmother.” Barbara’s eyes lit up, and she patted my shoulder and said, “You’re too kind!” I will never forget her genuine warmth. Thanks Barbara for always making my job easier, and making the world a better place!!!

Chasing Bluebonnets in Texas . . .


Captured the natural flower bouquet this morning in my pasture. Embrace the wonder of the day!

I made this image with the Nikon D850 and one of my favorite flower lenses, the Nikon 300mm F4 Phase Fresnel lens. A razor sharp lens that is lightweight.  A winning combo for me!  I also love how the lens compresses subject to background relationships and its ability to crème away the background!

Happy Encounters . . .

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After lunch at a seaside riad (quaint hotel) in Morocco, I observed a person refurbishing some of the riad’s rooms and fell in love with the simple, contrasting color scheme. When the painter wearing the bright blue smock turned around, he noticed my excited grin and all he could do was smile! I asked if I could take his picture, of which he happily obliged. As a photographer, always remain open to new possibilities and new ways of seeing. I can promise you will be rewarded as a result!

A foggy morning in Texas . . .

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I captured this image during an early morning saunter today in my hometown of Granbury. Fog can be a wonderful attribute that will give a special atmospheric quality to your photographs. I am always looking for intangible elements that will take my images to the next level.

Saunter away!

Anatomy of a Photo Shoot . . .

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Searching my photo archives recently, I came upon a cover shot that reminded me of all the times I have had to “punt” during a photo shoot. A photographer must be alert and open to possibilities, even when those possibilities seem remote.

I captured the cover shot for the Mayo Alumni magazine, while I was an editorial photographer at the renowned Mayo Clinic. The scientist’s office was small, cluttered with scientific documents, and lit with unattractive fluorescent light. My assignment was to create a captivating image of the doctor to honor his many contributions to medicine.  Let’s just say the odds of that happening, in that room, was limited!

I tried a few options but nothing was singing “cover shot” to me. He then informed me he had only 10 minutes before his next appointment. Great, now what? As I often tell photographers during my photo workshops, “Keep looking and you will find the next right answer.” It was then with limited time, I looked out the window and wondered, “What if he was involved writing a formula on his office window?” He liked the idea, and found a marker to write a scientific formula he had been working on. I turned off the overhead fluorescent lights, and used only available daylight coming through the window. This gave me the ability to transform abstract elements of everyday life into a hallmark image. Being inventive, I constructed a great cover image, which the editor loved!

Remember to keep looking for the next right answer. Always be open to new ways of seeing, which will parlay you to a victorious photo capture.