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Yearly Archives: 1999

Okay, so I’ll be unpopular …

Here goes, I might as well come right out and say it, “I hate really, really dislike Blogger.” There, I said it out loud for everyone to hear read. A couple of you already know my stance on that frustrating blog host, Blogger (those with blogspot.com). I used to have both my canine blog and […]

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Negative Space

Negative space, when referring to art and photography, is generally defined as, “the space around the subject of an image.” That means the ’empty’ space around your main subject. It’s a shame it’s referred to as “negative” since it is a very important component of the whole image. The negative space actually enhances or makes the […]

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The Right Kind of Blur

Blur can be a good thing in photographs. There is a kind of blur that is very desirable and then there is just plain poor focusing, which is undesirable blur (well, most of the time). The thing about rules in photography (or anything really) is that knowing the rules gives us a foundation but once […]

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Cast Your Own Shadow

In a recent conversation, the topic of photographic style came up. More importantly than style however, in my opinion, is following our own path, casting our own shadow, by knowing ourselves & our strengths. “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” Aesop “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs […]

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There is music

There’s music in the sighing of a reed; There’s music in the gushing of a rill; There’s music in all things, if men had ears: Their earth is but an echo of the spheres. ~Lord Byron And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day Shall fold their tents […]

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