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Last but not least, a big thank you to another of my eldest - and oldest :)) - followers and friends, Leonard Adams.

As I couldn’t decide which photo to post I show you both…

Thank you for your wonderful message and the beautiful postcard! 

Juergen

Leonard is not only a high talented photographer, he is also a very wise man. And though I am sure you all know him, here you can check out, in case you belong to the very few who don’t: @leonardadams

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieve it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

- Dylan Thomas

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Gifs are among the worst of images for being posted without any attribution for the authors of them. They’re fast becoming an artform of their own as the intricity is wearing off, and more attention needs be paid to crediting the artist. This is one example; Found on a tumblr that I won;t name, having no credits for any images there that were obviously found on the internet, I took two of the frames from the gif, and set them in a stereoscopic collage. Gives an accute sense of vertigo, especially along with the original gif. I’d like to credit the maker of the original, but their information wasn’t included when their work was posted. Somebody put their time and vision into these artworks, so c’mon people…credit them.

Price means nothing to me.

When a novice or beginning photographer tells me they love my photos and ask, “What cameras do you use?”. it tells me they think it takes a pricey camera to make great photos. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, and inability to afford those ‘high-end’ or ‘professional’ cameras and gear might scare off the next Ansel Adams if they aren’t straightened out about what it takes.

Whatever camera you have, or can afford, just use it, period. Learn all it’s settings and capabilities by experimenting as much as you can. Couple this with a little research on ‘The Rule Of Thirds”, and framing your pictures, and you have all you need to make pictures even better than mine. Maybe even better than the greatest ever born. From there, it’s all about exploring yourself, and learning to express your own, unique vision, and not trying to imitate someone else.

OK, all you aspiring photographic dreamers, you now have the magic formula, go out and capture some sunshine! No excuses! There’s even camera phones at Wallmart that can do the job, and they’re only about $20.00. There’s disposables in film or digital, there’s even the cam in your laptop, mini, or tablet that can be used. The crafted image is all that matters.

Now, if you want more advice, ask the right questions. Questions like, where and how do I edit my photos? Where can I find out about…?

Those are the kind of questions that will help you improve, and we all need to keep improving. No matter how far you get in photography, never stop asking for advice, or quit seeking to learn new things. Arrogance can kill creativity faster than anything else, and inexperience is sometimes the fertilizer that makes it flower.

I would love to see more and more photographers in the world, and know this, as soon as you press a shutter down for the first time, you are a photographer!

Most people post their favorites among their shots, rather than sharing by any other criteria. This one is my favorite post-production edit, in that it was one of the most satisfying results after a long effort deciding the tones and hues I wanted in the edit. The image it’s self wasn’t all that and a bag of chips to me, but the result after editing gave me such a soft feeling inside, and does to this day. The shot was taken in Hillsboro, Oregon about three years ago, while on a simple walk in my neighborhood, on the way to a convenience store for a pack of cigarettes. When I took the frame, I already had an idea of what I wanted from the image after post production, and this single image, among all the images I’ve worked in the past, hit dead on what I wanted to achieve.

I guess I’m easily entertained. Most simple minds are.

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