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Having just read a book about Ansel Adams by Beverely Gherman,  I read that he was often criticized for not including people in his images. He would reply that there are always two people in his images,  the photographer and the viewer.  I have been asked that same question.

When I take a picture, it is a personal decision to take the picture at that given place and time.   Later,  the image is for me to share, should I feel like it, and the viewer’s decision  to look at it, should they desire.  Two people are in each picture, you and me. Makes sense to me!  How do you feel about this?

Ansel Adams, not only were you a master photographer, but I greatly admire your words. Your thoughts live on as well!  Thank you kindly!

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The other day,  I had the good fortune of going to Merritt Island to photograph and attend several workshops at at the  Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida.  I was there from sunrise to sunset, and what a day it was!  One of my instructors, Milton Heiberg, mentioned that you need to love your subject more than your camera.  I have given this a lot of thought and see the wisdom in the words.

With those words in mind, I will share a few shots that I took while looking through my lens at subjects that I love.    The sunrise, sunset, and the birds: Spoonbills, American Avocets,  and White pelicans totally turned me on!  Ha ha..White Pelicans, Avocets and Spoonbills.......jpg

There is something to be said about loving your subject when photographing something.  When you love your subject,  it will show in your work, I think. I hope you can see the love I have for nature and joy that you can receive in just being there.  Thank you for stopping by to share the beauty with me.  Have a great day!

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Crab Trap at Dusk_edited-1

When one choses a subject to be photographed, it is such a personal decision.  What we photograph is a personal decision of what we feel is worthy of our time and energy, whether it is a crab trap on the shore, a personal moment, or event.  The connection to our soul and essence is there in that photograph.  How fortunate we are to be able to express ourselves with such a media.

Cheers.

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Little Manatee The other day, I had the good fortune to see many manatees at Blue Springs,  Florida.  Due to colder weather, many manatees had collected in the springs to warm up a bit.  What interesting mammals they were, so large and gentle, and yet they survive with people taking over their water homes, and trashing the waters with pollution.  Not to mention driving over them with their boat propellers spinning. I was humbled to think that some manatees persevere human`s stupidity and uncaring actions with such a soft and gentle approach to survival.

It is my hope that folks will act on being kinder to nature and our earth.  Our earth and it`s creatures are really  worth saving and protecting.  I certainly hope this little blog will make a difference. Even if just a few folks stop by to read the message.

About three months later:  For some reason, I didn’t publish this blog.  I’m ready to share it today.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are outside in beautiful Spring weather somewhere.

White Butterfly on Flower

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Rainbow with Eagle Fly-By

The rainbow was blazing in the sky as I drove North on US 1,  South of Daytona, Florida. I had to stop to take a picture, so I pulled over.  Upon setting my camera`s focus on the rainbow, I noticed a lone bird flying toward the rainbow.  So, I waited until the bird crossed the colors in the sky.  Little did I know that the bird was an eagle until I had released the trigger on my camera.  When I saw the white head of the bird, I knew it was an eagle.  I felt “totally stoked” as the local surfers would say.  “Two for the price of one”,  a beautiful rainbow and an eagle.

Wowza, what a fine day!

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On a recent RV trip,  I had my camera cocked and ready to fire.  I was so darn excited about seeing the sights and capturing the perfect picture, that I just started shooting every beautiful sight that I saw.   What I got was a bunch of snapshots and not much else.  I either didn’t have the right lens on or I was shooting in the middle of the day which is a “no-no.  Well, it turned out to be a fresher course on how to use your camera…Don’t shoot in the middle of the day and think before you shoot.

What I learned was,  I’m an amateur who loves to take pictures.    What I learned was, I’ve got a lot to learn.  What I learned was,  I still love photography.  What I learned was, photography is about thinking, and it is a skill!  Heart and soul is an important ingredient, but you have to know how to use that camera and do the right thing when shooting!

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Take for example the above image,  the field was so beautiful with the wildflowers growing, but they were blown out in the light when I tried to capture the image.  A tri pod would have helped.  I was using a ND filter but it didn’t help much in the light.

Anyway,  live and learn…There is always something in life that we need to do better, and photography is one of those things for me.   I will keep trying and loving it.

Thank you for stopping by.

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I read that if you are unhappy with your image, you are not close enough.  So, I came closer._MG_8303after....

By George, I think they are right!

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