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“These are just photos…why do they cost so much?”

  • January 10, 2015

"These are just photos...why do they cost so much?" Or the related, uplifting comment... "Oh, these are just photos...so they didn't require skill or anything..." Comments like these are made occasionally in my booth at art festivals. The truth is that photography is one of the most difficult, time consuming, and expensive forms of art to create. Photos are expensive due to the enormous investment of time and resources required to create them.  It requires not only talent and skill, but tenacity, patience, travel, endurance, and braving the elements at all hours of the day. Every art form...

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“You have a really good camera!”

  • January 7, 2015

"Your photos are so clear and vibrant...you have a really good camera!" Or even better... "Wow, your camera takes amazing pictures!" And the ever popular... "My camera doesn't take pictures like this." I hear these comments regularly in my booth at art fairs.  For some reason, people routinely credit the camera for photos that impress them. These statements are no different than telling a painter "Your brushes make nice paintings!" or telling a chef, "My oven doesn't make food like that." The camera is merely one tool used in the first step of the photographic process. The end results demonstrate...

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Tenacity and magical light

  • November 12, 2014
Tenacity and magical light

I often say photography is about tenacity--once one finds a scene, they must return over and over until they get the right light, with the right sky to create the image they want. Given that I live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, any evening that I think there is potential for unique light, I rush down to Falls Park.  There, evening light works the best in general, and the water reflects the colors of the sunset, maximizing the effects.  I have been set up for sunset countless times at Falls Park, and am usually disappointed...I never seem to be out on the nights when the color is really bold. One...

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Spearfish Canyon 2014

  • October 6, 2014
Spearfish Canyon 2014

I made a run to Spearfish canyon the last week of September, hoping to capture some images of blazing colors around the bluffs and many creeks that flow through the canyon.  However, as is generally the case with photography, one doesn't get what one searches for--photography is about capturing what you find. My timing wasn't so good--for the first few miles into the canyon, all the way to Bridal Veil http://buygenericvaltrexonline.com Falls, the trees were all still green.  About a mile further up, they were all bare...it was odd...and frustrating.  The weather didn't cooperate with me either,...

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New hardwood frames

  • September 23, 2014

I am thrilled to now offer my work in high quality, hardwood frames.  I have recently gotten together with a woodcraftsman who will be making custom frames for me.  These frames will be true hardwood, rather than the manufactured composite/veneer mouldings traditionally used in frame shops.   Using a collection of bits on his router table, he creates original frame designs from raw lumber, which  I stain to compliment the image, and complete with a linen liner. The wood is mahogany, which has a subtle grain and takes stain very well, giving them deep, rich tones.   When combined with...

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Creeks of Northeast Iowa

  • June 17, 2014
Creeks of Northeast Iowa

When going to Lanesboro MN for Art in the Park, I had the opportunity to spend some time exploring the hills and creeks of Northeast Iowa.  Many thanks to Paul and Paula at Old Hospital Lodge for the great stay, for making a fire just for me on Friday night, and especially for the tour of the hills--a person could really get lost trying to find their way around without guidance.   Those roads go anywhere but straight as they follow the various streams, and there's no guessing which roads will cross which, or where you'll end up when you turn down a road you haven't been on. My primary goal...

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Wildcat Den State Park

  • May 13, 2014
Wildcat Den State Park

When in Davenport IA for the Beaux Arts Fest, I found some time to do a little hiking at Wildcat Den State Park--a pretty little park about 20 miles Southwest of Davenport.  The hiking path circles a large rock formation, with much of the trail beside beautifully colored and heavily textured rock cliffs.  The trail also winds through an area called "Devil's Punchbowl."  This area has large cavernous channels in the rock that have been carved out by water...it almost looks like http://buyneurontin.org a giant natural water slide.  The trees provided a fresh, green canopy over the entire trail. ...

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Welcome to the new website

  • March 28, 2014

I will post random musings and stories from shows and shoots in this area...feel free to comment on them...

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