Observation – The Holy Grail of Photography

Observation – The Holy Grail of Photography

Forgotten Memory, X100F On the surface the photographic process appears to be easy and straightforward. You grab a camera and capture whatever you like. This is true for someone who doesn’t aim at creating a photograph but rather performs the mechanical task of pressing the shutter button to take a snap. However, if you are [...]

It’s all about enjoying the process. Really?

It’s all about enjoying the process. Really?

Those who read this blog regularly know that I am fond of disclaimers. Let’s start with one then. If you are taking photos occasionally and casually to share moments with your friends or family, this post is not addressed to you. In fact, you are probably wasting your time reading this blog. Fear, X100F While [...]

A connection – this is where the process of creating a photograph begins

A connection – this is where the process of creating a photograph begins

In my presentations, I often talk about the process of creating a photograph. No, I am not talking about pressing the shutter button. That part is easy and immaterial.    The starting point of creating a photograph is always a connection. There must be some type of emotional, intellectual, visual or even physical connection to [...]

Knowing When NOT To Take A Photograph

Last weekend Kasia and I watched an excellent documentary about the life and work of one of our favourite photographers, Sebastiao Salgado, titled “The Salt of the Earth.” The imagery, narrative and range of this fascinating film make it a must-see for every photographer. One moment, in particular, caught my attention and set me thinking. [...]

The Palouse – The Elysian Fields of Visuals

Kasia and I had only one morning in this agricultural region of south-eastern Washington as we were heading home from colourful Colorado. It was the last stop on the trip and we were glad we made it. After photographing the fall season in Colorado, the Mesa Verde ruins and the majestic Grand Teton National Park, [...]

The Great Catch

The Great Catch

A few days ago on a particularly stormy day I decided to grab my camera and drive to Belcarra Regional Park. You know my penchant for cloudy skies. As soon as I arrived it started pouring with rain so I sheltered under a tree and started observing. There was a family on the jetty crab fishing. [...]

Connecting with a Landscape

There are more similarities between photographing landscapes and people than you think. When working with people, a photographer must achieve a certain level of connection and trust that allows them to relax and open up emotionally and visually. On many levels, a similar dynamics plays out when photographing landscapes. You must “feel” the place, connect [...]