Category: Rants and Raves

Idealizing The Landscape

Idealizing The Landscape

| June 6, 2009 | 13 Replies

Another topic I thought about at length on my recent desert trip was the degree of creative license employed in artistic landscape photography and defining my own comfort zone. With time on my hands to explore astounding scenery and rationalize ways of expressing my reverence for it, I also wondered about the extent to which […]

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Excellence Is In The Margins

Excellence Is In The Margins

| February 8, 2009 | 7 Replies

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. –Emile Zola Ever wonder what makes one image “better” than another? In some cases it may be obvious – one may have more compelling subject matter, another might suffer from poor technique, some benefit from fortuitous circumstances (“same place, but with […]

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It’s The Subjectives, Stupid

It’s The Subjectives, Stupid

| December 13, 2008 | 8 Replies

To my readers who are not familiar with American politics, the title is a play on a famous Bill Clinton campaign slogan (“It’s the economy, stupid”) and not meant to offend anyone. The Internet and trade publications are abuzz with the recent crop of new cameras. I have to admit, I’ve been following very carefully, […]

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The Proverbial “Body of Work” and The Narrow-Minded Art Critic

The Proverbial “Body of Work” and The Narrow-Minded Art Critic

| August 5, 2008 | 9 Replies

Is the person eloquent in one language necessarily a better communicator than one who masters several? Is the person who specializes in playing the violin necessarily a better musician than one who can also play the piano and the clarinet? Why is it, when art critics have nothing more constructive to say, they always fall […]

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Six Silver Bullets

Six Silver Bullets

| May 12, 2008 | 10 Replies

Who among us isn’t hoping for a secret formula or a magic spell we can use to conjure up great images anywhere, any time, at our beck and call? A switch we can flip to reveal unique compositions, beautiful light, rare moments, and deep insight – a Silver Bullet. Obviously, there is no such thing […]

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