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The Making of a Photograph – Pond, Owens Valley 2011

July 8th, 2011

It all started with kneeling in the mud.

I was with David Muench, Jerry Dodrill and twelve other eager photographers on a Mountain Light Gallery workshop in May.  We lined up along the bank of the pond just outside Bishop, California and aimed our cameras at magnificent Mt Tom, the dominant peak in the Eastern Sierra crest in this area.

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I’d like to take you through the process of making a photograph from the images I captured that morning.

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Photography Tutorial–Composition

December 6th, 2010

Why study composition?  Edward Weston said, and I paraphrase, that studying the laws of composition before taking a photograph is like studying the laws of gravity before going for a walk.

Well, sometimes I feel like a toddler when it comes to composition.  And if you’ve been around a toddler as they’re learning to walk you know how diligently they study the laws of gravity and why they have such thick padding on their rumps.  There’s a reason they’re called ‘toddlers.’

I’m always searching for new ways to present the principles of composition in my photography workshops.  And I think I’ve come up with an approach that will get some of the people seeing the world differently, at least that’s the goal.  I like to challenge my workshop attendees to stretch themselves and expand the way they see.

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