Quick Quotes: Charlie Waite

Posted in Quotes on August 26th, 2014 by Howard

“A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture”

Charlie Wait

A great landscape image needs no explanation.  At least not a verbal one. That is one of the things I love most about nature and landscape photograph.

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Old Truck

Posted in Palouse on August 21st, 2014 by Howard

Old cars and trucks are very much a part of the Palouse.  I photographed this one in an old car and truck ‘graveyard’.

old truck Old Truck

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Palouse Patchwork

Posted in Abstract Images, Palouse on August 16th, 2014 by Howard

Back to my recent trip to the Palouse……

Photographing in the Palouse was pure joy because there was a photo to be made almost anywhere you looked and in almost any light.  Because there were different crops being grown side by side, and because the different crops had different shades of green and different rates of growth, the landscape was just a patchwork of color that took on an abstract feel.

I have always enjoyed photos where a small detail is important or helps to define the image. In this image I feel that the tree, even though it is quite small in the photograph, plays an important role in ‘grounding’ and orienting the image to the viewer.

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“Palouse Patchwork”

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The Snake House, Amsterdam

Posted in Urban Images on August 11th, 2014 by Howard

A few days ago I posted an image of a door with urban art from my trip to Amsterdam. But the truth is that the entire building, of which the door was only a small part, was a work of art.  Based on the sign however, it seems like the Snake House is in danger!  You can visit the website on the sign to find out more (though it really doesn’t tell you why people want it removed, only that they want to save it).

snake house The Snake House, Amsterdam


Amsterdam Urban Art

Posted in Urban Images on August 7th, 2014 by Howard

There was a street that we walked down on our recent vacation in Amsterdam that had amazing and varied ‘urban art’ along it.  I couldn’t help but take a few photos!

graffiti Amsterdam Urban Art


Fixing Epson Nozzle Clogs

Posted in Equipment, Printing on August 2nd, 2014 by Howard

If you have an inkjet printer you have inevitably had clogged nozzles.  My experience has only been with Epson printers, and it certainly occurs with some frequency.  The vast majority of times they are fixed with a cleaning cycle…..but sometimes you get a stubborn clog that just doesn’t want to open up.  Want to see a great video on how to declog that clog???  Of course you do!

The video is put out by the Pro Digital Gear group and is quite well done and demonstrates exactly what you need to know.


Back From The Netherlands

Posted in Bridges, Urban Images on July 28th, 2014 by Howard

I just returned from a very nice one week stay in the Netherlands.  This wasn’t a photo trip, but I did bring along my small mirrorless camera and managed to take a few shots while touring.  This one is from the walkway on the outside of the Euromast in Rotterdam showing a view towards the Erasmus Bridge. The architecture in Rotterdam was quite interesting and modern (because, unlike Amsterdam, most of the city was destroyed in bombing runs during WW II).

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Erasmus Bridge

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Quick Quotes: Minor White

Posted in Photographers, Quotes on July 23rd, 2014 by Howard

“When you approach something to photograph it, first be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence. Then don’t leave until you have captured its essence.”

Minor White

I ran across this quote and had to write about it because it reminds me very much of my teacher, the late Nancy Rotenberg, and her philosophy about photographing …… that to make a good photograph you must go ‘beyond the handshake’. It is, of course, extremely difficult to capture the essence of a subject, but being still with yourself certainly seems like a very, very good way to start.

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Posted in Abstract Images, Black And White, Botanicals on July 17th, 2014 by Howard

In my post entitled “Interesting Things Everywhere”, I described how using Photoshop’s invert command converted an abstract image I had made into a much more interesting photograph.  As such, I thought it might prove interesting to try it with my black and white flower images, perhaps one that was particularly abstract appearing. The inversion yielded quite an interesting result with this mum, at least I think so.

As a friend of mine pointed out, the inverson seems to really make the spirals far more apparent than in the original, which is below the inversion. I wonder if that is because the inversion removes the idea of the photograph being a flower and allows our brain to now see more, without it being constrained with  pre-conceived ideas about what the subject is. Once free of the label perhaps we can become more aware and start to see shapes and patterns.  I don’t know…..just a thought.  But I think this may be something that is worth trying on subjects that have a particularly abstract appearance to them.

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Inverted Mum

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Mum….The Original

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A Request

Posted in Announcements, Websites on July 11th, 2014 by Howard

Lately I have been rethinking my website options.  A few years back I designed my current website using Dreamweaver in order to creat a site with my own vision.  My idea was to present more than just images……to also present some of the thoughts and ideas behind the projects as well as specific information and stories about each image to allow greater reader ‘involvement’.  However, the downside to this approach is that it is more difficult and requires more time to update in terms of adding new images, removing older ones etc.  In addition it is difficult to keep up with new coding like HTML 5, SEO issues, adding sharing to social media etc.  It is just more labor intensive than I had anticipated, though I do continue to add to this blog regularly.

I have therefore been considering migrating to a more premium but ‘template based’ site, such as those offered by PhotoShelter or SmugMug.  My request to you is for some feedback.  Given that I think most people ‘surfing’ the web are looking at things for a relatively short period of time, I am wondering if what I had perceived as the benfits of  the individualized website are outweighed by the relative non-updating of the site, blog notwithstanding.  Also, are the template based sites to similar to each other compared to the type of individual coding I had done.

Any input would be very much appreciated as it would be quite helpful to me before I make any decisions.  My current site can be seen here.