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A Clarification on our ‘Back Lit’ Assignment

A Clarification on our ‘Back Lit’ Assignment

Looking at the small selection of images submitted for our ‘Back Lit’ assignment, I have to conclude that this was not a crowd pleaser (!)…but I also think I should have included a bit more explanation in the original assignment…

‘Hands’ Photo Assignment Post Mortem

‘Hands’ Photo Assignment Post Mortem

There were several really nice images submitted for the ‘Hands’ photo assignment. Here are a few of my favorite images from the group submitted, along with short explanations for why I thought the images worked…

New Photo Assignment in the Forums:  ‘Back Lit’

New Photo Assignment in the Forums: ‘Back Lit’

We have a new Photo Assignment up in the Photo Forums here on the site, and this new one is all about light sources…and their direction! Check it out and see if you aren’t challenged to go out and make a great image….

October-November Flickr Group Critique is all about ‘Mood’

October-November Flickr Group Critique is all about ‘Mood’

Our Flickr Group Critique this time is all about mood, atmosphere and mystery–images that make you stop and take a second look. I think we respond to atmospheric photographs on several levels, some visceral, some subconscious…

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, Up Close and Personal

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, Up Close and Personal

My photographic study of Lake Pontchartrain has entered a new phase. A year into my project, thanks to the enthusiastic support of Carlton Defrechou, General Manager of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission, I’m getting to spend some time shooting out on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge itself…

Photo Assignment #3 :  “Hands”

Photo Assignment #3 : “Hands”

I’ve posted the new photo assignment over in the Forums. It’s all about HANDS. Once you’ve shot your image, go over to our Photo Assignment Forum to post your photograph…

Photo Forums Giveaway: We have a winner!

Photo Forums Giveaway: We have a winner!

Thanks to all of you who have registered for our new Photo Forums here at The Discerning Photographer, where we’ll chat about any and all things photo-related…

Wrapping up the ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment

Wrapping up the ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment

We had a nice collection of images submitted for the ‘Shadows’ photo assignment, which involved using shadows in your photograph, either as the main focal point of your composition or as a strong visual element. Here are a couple of my favorites, along with my thoughts about them…

The ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment and Forums Giveaway

The ‘Shadows’ Photo Assignment and Forums Giveaway

Just a reminder about our current Photo Assignment running right now over in the Forums section: ‘Shadows.’ And a gentle prod: if you haven’t registered for the Forums, do so now and you’ll be entered in our fine art print giveaway that’s running for just a bit longer…

Photo Assignment Summary: ‘Just One Shot,’ and a New Assignment!

Photo Assignment Summary: ‘Just One Shot,’ and a New Assignment!

Our first photo assignment was simple, but very difficult: go out and shoot Just One Shot.
This was my way of trying to get you to slow down and really look before you leap.

Have You Shot Your Photo Assignment Yet?

Have You Shot Your Photo Assignment Yet?

I’ve gone out and shot my version of Assignment #1 for our new Photo Assignment Forum, which you may recall involved taking your camera, going out, looking around very carefully, slowly, and deliberately, and shooting ONE AND ONLY ONE image…

The Camera as Time Machine

The Camera as Time Machine

How do you experience time? Is it always speeding by you minute-by-minute, one detail at a time, always just out of your grasp? Do you make lists or use an organizer to try and get control over your time? Do you feel like time (and your life) is speeding by you, out of control?…

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Late Summer Surprise

Late Summer Surprise

Sometimes a photowalk/stroll can bring the most unexpected rewards. Today while cruising our yard in the late evening light, I came upon a minor miracle: a gardenia blossom in its prime, months after the rest of the blooms were long past…

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August 2011 Flickr Group Critique

August 2011 Flickr Group Critique

Each month we use one post to look at some of the photographs submitted to The Discerning Photographer’s Group Pool at Flickr. The goal is to provide the photographers with some feedback that goes beyond the usual Flickr ‘Great capture!’, providing the chosen shooters with a bit of constructive criticism…

Magic Light

Magic Light

Early morning light has magical qualities that simply enchant me, getting me up out of bed in the dark day after day. It’s full of surprises too, as the story of this image makes clear…

Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters

I was out prowling one of my favorite sections of the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline on a day last month, up before even the first bit of light had appeared…..Then, as the first bit of light finally started to create those first dark, low-contrast shades of grey, I started to see it: white dancing sea monsters on the top of the water!

July 2011 Flickr Group Photo Critique

July 2011 Flickr Group Photo Critique

Each month we use one post to look at some of the photographs submitted to The Discerning Photographer’s Group Pool at Flickr. The goal is to provide the photographers with some feedback that goes beyond the usual Flickr ‘Great capture!’, providing the chosen shooters with a bit of constructive criticism…

Photographer’s Notebook: Photographing Moving Water

Photographer’s Notebook: Photographing Moving Water

Photographing moving water can be a damned tricky business, if you hope to make meaningful images. Is there a mindset that helps get you past the most obvious shots?…

Photographer’s Notebook: North Carolina, Day 2

Photographer’s Notebook: North Carolina, Day 2

Photos from a day of shooting along Big Creek on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Asheville, North Carolina.

Photographer’s Notebook: North Carolina, Day 1

Photographer’s Notebook: North Carolina, Day 1

I’m photographing in western North Carolina this week, one of my favorite places in the U.S. It’s familiar to me from years of backpacking and camping in this region. This isn’t a place of continual grand vistas; it’s much softer and more understated than that…

Early Morning, After Dark: a photo exhibition

Early Morning, After Dark: a photo exhibition

I have some more good news from the art photography side of my life: two of my photographs were selected for inclusion in the ‘Early Morning, After Dark’ exhibition opening today (June 24th) at the Minneapolis (Mpls) Photo Center in Minneapolis, MN…

Of Memory, Bone & Myth 2011 Show Opens

Of Memory, Bone & Myth 2011 Show Opens

I stated back in January in my photographic New Year’s resolutions that I planned to enter at least a half dozen juried photography exhibitions this year…well, exciting news! I have two prints in the ‘Of Memory, Bone & Myth’ show that just opened…

Life Cycle

Life Cycle

Death and rebirth: a photo diptych. Things ending; other new, fragile things just beginning. Somehow the thought of this, the cyclic nature of all life, is a hard, thin comfort right now…

An Embarrassment of Riches

An Embarrassment of Riches

If Spring is still nothing more than a hope and a prayer where you live, here’s a small gift from south Louisiana for you to enjoy: a dozen blossoms, all photographed in the space of about 20 minutes. The air is so fragrant it’s almost overpowering…