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Revisiting Doors Open Denver

It’s Doors Open Denver Weekend, sponsored by the Denver Architecture Foundation……And I’ll be very busy making new images.  One Event that I’ve particularly enjoyed is their Daniels and Fisher Tower Open House.  We have attended it twice……

 

 

See more from Past Events here.

Thoughts on Personal Vision

 

Above, three recent but very different images that I had submitted to an online Gallery.  Two are very recent, but the Apache Plume is from about 12+ years ago. So what does that say about my photography skills, style and personal vision.  Keeping in mind that vision and style are not synonymous.  These represent different styles, but I think a similar vision in regards to how I see the light and what attracts my eye.

All of these images received a similar ranking (details here).  That soul destroying ‘Special Merit” category that keeps you wanting more.  So what does “special merit” mean anyway?  Have I not progressed at all in 12 years?  Or are my interests and vision not the current hip and trendy thing? (I think the latter)  So I’ll get recognition, but never actually win a contest?  (One of my recent submissions is going to be published in a book this year.  But that’s another story……..).  And what is winning?

My middling success for a while sent me down “The Rabbit Hole”  as I discussed recently on my photo diary.  So I’m reflecting, reorganizing and redirecting my energies.  At a recent Personal Vision Workshop with Cole Thompson, we discussed how winning can actually be a setback to the progress towards understanding our personal vision; leading us to pursue the WIN rather than the VISION.  Small rewards can seriously sidetrack real goals and personal accomplishments.

Who are you making photographs for?  Yourself or the win?

 

 

Reflected UV Experiments: Orchids

You can fine a lot online regarding Reflected UV and flowers.  So on a visit to a Friend (who conveniently owns an orchid nursery)  I took the time do do a few Experiments:

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I’m still working on achieving those ‘spectacular examples….But I’m also getting the impression that most flowers DON’T display the spectacular UV Affects.

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And the ‘natural’ light images for comparison.  See all the results HERE.

Happy New Year!

Wishing Us All a Better 2018.  And Starting off the Year with Dignity:

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Dignity of the Earth and Sky overlooks the Missouri River at Chamberlain, South Dakota.  A Tribute to Native America Plains Culture.  She has a FaceBook Page.  And More about the Sculpture here for those not on Facebook.  AND more of my photos (All Film of course) HERE.

How Would You Print This?

Two options for printing this image.  Since I’m spending a lot of time in the darkroom over Thanksgiving, comments appreciated.

Full Frame:

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Or Cropping out the Grass:

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Probably cropped…..I think.

More Recent Submissions

Still haven’t heard from the Weston Collective……I’ll have to look up their notification dates.   In any case, I’m continuing my Gallery Campaign @ C4FAP in Ft Collins, CO:

Theme:  Illuminate

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Iconic Structures

A few more….iconic Structures from Heart Mountain:

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Above: The Incinerator (original structure); Below: a reconstructed guard tower.

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Heart Mountain Relocation Center

In a world gone Crazy it felt good to post this week on my photo diary on a subject of social injustice…….

Here just a few of my Best/Favorites:HM_MountainCrop

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See More Here.