Life is blurry

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“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” ~ Ansel Adams

I have always been intrigued by the desire in photographers for producing razor-sharp images. I mean, why should every tree, every cloud, every cat whisker be defined clearly and sharply. In real life, when I look at a cat I don’t admire each and every individual hair on its body. Or admire the clarity of its eyes. Or when I look at a tree, I don’t see how sharply delineated its leaves are. I just enter the presence of its being. When I take a photograph, it’s because the beauty before me has touched me somehow and I would like to capture it forever. Continue reading

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All night rain falls

All night rain falls

in the hills
an owl calls out for a mate
all night rain falls

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sleep sprites unreel
dream movies on closed eyelids
all night rain falls

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I wake from this dream
into a dream more real
all night rain falls

the moon is an orange
the sound of rain a warning

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Begonia -soft-lit

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Flowers – those little joy-inducers. I cannot pass a flower by without photographing it, and if not carrying my camera, without wishing I had carried it. Having said that, I spend more time just gazing at the flower than I spend in shooting it and I must say I have spent many a happy hour in the company of these little packets of joy.

My usual photography practice is to shoot many images, and select one or two for post-production tweaking. I can spend hours tweaking an image Read the rest…

How to photograph a lamppost

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Evening. I am out on my walk. Bright sunlight. After a while I realise that the nature of the light has changed, has become filtered, surreal, like as if God had turned on the special-effects button. I look up at the sky. The sun was inching slowly towards the horizon but was hidden behind huge masses of clouds which looked like a cotton mattress had burst its seams and floated up into the sky. Out comes my mobile. No, I don’t have a hotline to the sun and neither to the clouds. But I do have a rather good camera on it. Read the rest …