Category Archives: Inspiriation

Learning from the ordinary

Jim Richardson is a renowned photographer of incredible talent. His credits include the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal and freelancing for publications such as Time, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times. In the last last half of his career he’s been a photographer with National Geographic for which he’s produced 30 stories. He’s certainly accomplished and established in the [...]

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There’s no place like home

(All of the following photos were taken in my hometown of Walnut Grove) “Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself: ‘There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.’” – Glinda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz Recently the web site Light Stalking had [...]

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Human of New York

“New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.” – Djuna Barnes About a year and a half ago, my daughter showed me the “Humans of New York” Facebook page. She, a budding young photographer, and I, a nearly 30-year veteran shooter, quickly became [...]

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Making time

We all live busy lives, and even if photography is your passion, it’s often hard to find time to pursue it. We need to make dinner/breakfast/lunch for the family. We to go to work then drop off/pick up the kids from school, soccer, gymnastics, etc. Then there’s grocery/clothes/back-to-school shopping to be done along with numerous [...]

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A matter of style

So you’ve mastered the fundamentals of photography. The principles of shutter speed, aperture and ISO are ingrained in your brain. You’ve developed an eye for composition and understand the essentials of light and lighting. You’re comfortable and skilled with using your equipment and got your timing down. Perhaps you want to step up your skills [...]

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Know thyself

“Express Yourself! Express Yourself! You don’t never need help from nobody else All you got to do now: Express Yourself!” – Charles Wright Although some people may think it’s a bit narcissistic, self-portraits can be the ultimate in self-expression and self-documentation. In this era of the ubiquitous cellphone camera almost everyone has taken a “selfie”, [...]

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Memories of Dave Brubeck

One of my heroes was the late Jazz legend Dave Brubeck. You might think that’s a bit strange for a photographer. After all, what does music have to do with a visually oriented person? But there are often times where photography can be musically inspired. In photography, especially news photography, the improvisation of Jazz is [...]

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With gratitude

People can have many mentors and inspirations in their lifetime. And although from grade school through college — and even into my professional career — I have many who have helped me get to where I am today, the person who first encouraged me is my mother.   In school, she loved to paint and [...]

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Personally speaking

My college photo instructor Dick Fleming once said the difference between a professional photographer and an amateur is that when you’re a pro “you have to be creative next Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.” That means you can’t wait until inspiration hits you but rather you have to be creative when the job requires it. The [...]

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The diversity of a diverse city

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”- Maya Angelou Forbes magazine’s methodology in determining America’s Most Miserable Cities includes factors such as unemployment, tax rates, median home price, foreclosure rates and even [...]

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