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It's interesting to see that nearly every "gone digital" landscape photographer still poses proudly beside his/her no more used large format camera!!

Hélcio Tagliolatto
Bauru-BR

I'd love to do one of his workshops.

I can't get enough of his abstracts. As "nature photography" goes, it does not get much better IMO.

Holy Smokes

Ack ! And suddenly it dawns on me ... you've RUINED me ! OK, it's not all you, Mike, but TOP is definitely largely responsible.

I used to eat this kind of stuff up. I subscribed to Outdoor Photographer, browsed the websites of landscape photographers. I attended a Great American Photography Workshop with Bill Fortney & Marc Muench, used to haul around a tripod & backpack full of lenses early in the morning & late in the evening to try to do the same. I could spend a day with my 200mm macro lens (only) looking for whimsical 'small worlds'.

Now I look at Charles Cramers pictures and while I immediately recognize that they're among the best of the genre, I find them ... gulp ... boring :(

Where I used to go out of my way to avoid people (or any signs of civilization) in my photos, I now look for people doing interesting things.

I figured it was a temporary thing; I'm shooting what I have time & access to shoot and one day I'd get back into nature photography. And suddenly, I realize, those days may be entirely in the past.

Oddly, as I become more interested in photographing people, I find my political views moderating (from conservative). But I'll blame that on NPR and turning 40 a couple years ago ;)

Lovely landscapes, but I still think Ladislav Kamarad's are much better: http://www.horolezec.cz/gallery.htm

Those photographs are almost spooky Mike! Thanks for pointing him out.

charlie d-
By all means attend one of Charlie Cramer's workshops if you can find a way. I was fortunate enough to attend last October when he taught a digital printing course with Bill Atkinson in Toronto. His lyrical landscape style is beautiful; he is also a genuinely nice guy with a graceful and unintimidating teaching style. It improved my skills immensely, and I thought (incorrectly) that I was already pretty good.

Dennis -

As I'm sure others will point out, the pictures themselves are no more or less boring than they ever were....its just your perception that has changed. Art is funny that way.

Charlie certainly has some nice landscapes. I'll bet they look really terrific in print. My doctor is moving her office and is looking for suggestions for artwork. I think Charlie's work would be perfect for such a setting. Very peaceful, very serene, very calming for most people.

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