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Saturday, 24 September 2022


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Oh, THAT US Open

I’ll be watching!

Many thanks for pointing us to this video Mike. It was both fascinating and informative. I for one learnt a few things from it. I will be looking out for other presentations by Mr Abell

Mike said; "You might have noticed that YouTube recently has started pushing "shorts"—little micro-videos that possess the depth and profundity of greeting cards."

I am very happy about that, as most of the content on YouTube isn't worth more than a micro-video.

But not this one, though. I happily sat through the whole session.

Thanks for sharing!

In 1998 I attended a photo workshop given by Sam Abell. It turned out to be mostly about Sam Abell and his book.
Here is the photo he made of me.

[Those sunglasses looked Photoshopped! But it can't be, as Sam never does that. --Mike]

I've watch this video so many times I have lost track of the number. I think I watch it a lot because I have bad long term memory or I just enjoy listening to Mr Abell. Probably both.

As they say: Now where was I?

Sam Abell's comment about "compose and wait" reminded me of some advice I once got about video from an experienced videographer. "Don't pan, don't zoom." That is, compose the frame and let stuff happen in it. It's good advice in both realms.

I had the pleasure of taking a workshop and getting to know Sam Abell
the summer of 2000 at the Coupeville Arts Center on Whidbey Island
northwest of Seattle (today called the Pacific Northwest Art School).
It was an experience that literally changed my life both as a person and
as a photographer/photography teacher. Sam is a gifted and articulate
instructor whose evaluations were always constructive and helpful. He
has the unique ability to honor his students and their photographic
interests. And Sam's photography deserves a mention as well. It is
quiet, thoughtful, and imbued with life.

thank you mike!

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