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Monday, 05 September 2022


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I also have two favorite "how to" books about photography, one of which is On Being a Photographer, by Bill Jay and David Hurn. My second though is Mountain Light, by Galen Rowell.

You can always both shoot and come back, maybe finding out that the shot will be not only different but better.
A week after:
The first image was just some cheese waiting to be refined, the second tells a more complex story.
I remember that I learned (english is not my first language) the term "serendipity" reading a Michael Reichmann post.


Good thing you had the iPhone with you that day! Maybe the corn stalks will offer an equally satisfying photo next year. At least the tree should be there (depending on what Mother Nature does before then).

The advice to “Shoot It Now” applies to the slideshow of weather photography that’s up on DPReview right now. I noticed that four of the pictures were made with cell phones and one with a bridge camera. The subject of weather demands that you get the shot when you can with whatever you have.

The slideshow reminded me of a day several years ago when I was driving into Tucson from the North as a monsoon storm cleared at sunset. The light and sky were so beautiful that cars all around me were pulling over onto the shoulder of the road to just sit and stare in wonder. I happened to have my 6D/EF100-400 sitting in the front floorboard so I got some nice shots of the mountains before the spell was broken but at the time, it never occurred to use the wide-angle on my phone. It was a cheapo phone but I would still like to have its wide angle view of that moment.

Recording the material world's "River of Change" is the job that photography, as a medium, is supremely best-suited to do. Whether from year-to-year or second-to-second.

As a small at-hand example, I do most of my own photography in the same locations. This is especially true of my own home high above Chicago's lakefront and downtown. A few years ago I began curating a gallery on my web site titled "From Here" devoted solely to images I've made out my windows over the years. Here are a series of four images made of the same spot of ground in a park:

2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.

My own fascination with such images is that they can never be made again.

The slide show that Jim Arthur mentioned can be found here: https://www.dpreview.com/news/9496992718/slideshow-the-shortlisted-photographs-for-the-2022-weather-photographer-of-the-year-contest

Some nice shots there, many with technical data and narrative on the the capture.

"The older I get, the more I think that It's Not About the F-Stop by Jay Maisel is the most important instructional book for photographers published in English. (Followed by On Being a Photographer, by Bill Jay and David Hurn.)"

' It's all about how to be a shooter, and it covers pretty much everything important. "Shoot It Now" is something Jay thought was so important it's the second thing he says in the book. "Never come back," Jay says. "Shoot it now. When you come back, it will always be different."'

For me, the first thing that sets Maisel apart is his endless interest and delight in the visual world. He makes photographs for the joy of it. The books and the recent documentary make that joy catching.

The second thing is his patience and persistence. He has almost daily shot the same subjects hundreds or thousands of times over decades, always intrigued by the changes.

The Jay, Hurn book is great, chock full of information, technique, wisdom, etc., but, at least to me, lacking the joie de vivre in the acts of photography that Maisel exudes.

And Maisel's books are visual feasts! A book about photography without photos as a top choice? Nah. It's Maisel's Light, Gesture & Color next for me.

Not for the nuts and bolts, but for the process of finding and creating photographs that are pleasing and meaningful to the photographer, and thus likely to others, I'd recommend, in no particular order:

The practice of Contemplative Photography, by Karr and Wood,

Why Photographs Work, by George Barr

The Tao of Photogrpahy, by Gross and Shapiro

Moose d'Opinion

To the fine book recommendations already made I would add the
following trio: Seeing Gardens by Sam Abell, Photography and the
Art of Seeing by Freeman Patterson, and Ernst Haas Color Photography.

I have to say that I still love your moonrise photo. I'm glad you're showing it again. Would it yet be possible to purchase a print?

[I have extras of the print of Sara looking out to sea, but I don't think I have any of the Thanksgiving moon picture. I'll check though.

No, I don't have extras of that one. Sorry. --Mike]

Don’t photocrastinate!

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