Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ripening Tomatoes

A week ago, it started snowing here in Minnesota, and we've been in a deep freeze ever since. A few weeks before that, we picked all of the remaining green tomatoes from the plants in our veggie garden. Here's how some are ripening up:


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to be Happy with Your Photography

Mike Browne (photographer and educator) recently posted this video that discusses the topics of expectations, practice, and how to be happy with your photos. This has some good pointers for everyone, but especially students.


Direct link: http://youtu.be/wKbogX_TiJk

At the end, Browne sums up the 6-minute video in three points:

- Be honest with yourself about your abilities and skills as they are now. Invest in yourself to learn more/better techniques.

- Stop comparing your photos with the work of experienced photographers who are displaying the very pinnacle of their achievement. Give up the attachment of making stunning images (just for a while).

- Set tough goals, but make sure they’re appropriate for your skill level. Make sure to challenge yourself, but being able to cross off some goals will make you feel good about yourself and continue to make photos.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Photography Flowchart: Should You Make That Photo?

CLICKittyCAT shared a helpful flowchart for photographers:



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eastern Wahoo Leaves (Organized Neatly)

I had to "borrow" a few leaves from my neighbor's tree last week:


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Camera Tattoo




Thursday, October 02, 2014

This Morning's Harvest in Spectral Order

Our tiny 1.5' x 17' urban garden has done well this summer. (Here's an Instagram photo of our narrow garden from mid-August.) Now that it's October, it's slowing down a bit. Here's what I harvested with my son today:


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

How to Make a Photobook. Kind of.

Some pretty bad advice from Blake Andrews on how to make a photo book:


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Friday, September 19, 2014

First Week of the Semester...

This is a photo I recently Instagrammed of the whiteboard in my classroom:



I love this time in the semester...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Chuck Close on Inspiration

Found this great Chuck Close quote recently on Facebook (I may have shared part of this quote before):




The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.
- Chuck Close

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