I made a new electronic friend the other day via another website and sent him to this blog. He read a handful of posts that date back to the beginning of the blog, and then asked why at times I seem to refer to myself as an ex-photographer. My first thought is that this guy is a perceptive person. He knows that words mean things and reads both through the line and between it. I know that reading the words of others, especially mine can be difficult. If there were no twists in the road it would be a dull ride.
As an aside, my definition of a photographer is pretty simple these days. A photographer is one who makes pictures…….with a camera. Someone who used to make pictures……used to be a photographer. I have never willingly set down my camera, but I really can’t consider myself a photographer anymore. I have however never taken a hiatus to explore other things. People who feel that they have to “set aside” their passion to do other things, need to see passion in a dictionary. We can do many different things without giving up our passion. I spent several years of my life making pictures on vacations, and for 2 or 3 hours on Sunday mornings. That’s all the time that existed. I was still a photographer and I “never” set aside my passion.
The two most “earthly” and uplifting times in the past year of my life, were spent with a stormy sunrise, and an American Kestrel. Those were savior type mornings for me and I did give thanks to the clouds, to my friend the Kestrel (literally), and to higher powers.
Chefs cook, writers write, and photographers make pictures.
As always my story is just that……my story. It is just me and my opinion.
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I don’t think I have ever started my day of photography with a sunrise, and felt that the day was not special. No matter what happened the rest of that day. I love composing silhouettes. It is so primal and basic
Sometimes it can be difficult to create a classic image of a subject, and do something different at the same time. With male Eastern Meadowlarks, the traditional shot is a bird on a perch, singing, with a little or a lot of that famous yellow breast showing. I have been fortunate to make my share of those shots. My first photo below is one of them. How about changing the classic just a little bit. Maybe a bird singing on the ground with every inch of that yellow breast showing in spectacular form. Want to take it one step farther? A Meadowlark with its back to the camera. My specialty. You see that this bird is indeed singing. There is more than one way to tell the story of an animal.
How about that other famous partially yellow bird. The male Yellow-headed Blackbird. Caught this guy along the road (Hwy 49) at Horicon Marsh NWR. I sat for over an hour just across the highway watching this fellow. If my inner clock would not have said you’ve got to go, I would have spent another hour. While I was pretty close to the bird, there is a two lane highway between us so all of my pix are cropped.
Speaking of how close we are to our subjects, we don’t need every bird picture to be a close-up. Even with little birds like this Savanna Sparrow. Sometimes we make a bigger statement, with a smaller subject.
One of the truly great pleasures a photographer (or former) can receive is to view the imagery of others. As a child it was Arizona Highways and the work of Joseph Muench, David Muench, Eliot Porter and others, that drew me both to photography and the American west. As young car racing fanatic it was the incredible images of Armin Krueger, (who later became a friend) and others that drove me to capture the action myself. Today because I am not quite a photographer, I live through the work of others. Both the A-listers, and the photographers who are just starting their journey. One thing I am seeing a lot of on social media is that many rising photographers and those (some) who have already arrived are virtually ignoring the work of others. If it is all about you, you will eventually fail. Take a minute and comment on the pictures made by someone who is new to photography.
Everyone gets their chance in life, make the most of yours.
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