The Classical Gas Museum in Embudo, New Mexico. How many times have I hurried past? Someday, soon I hope, I’m going to stop, go in, take my time, and, maybe, get some good photographs.
My friend, photographer Steve Bundy, tells me it’s full of interesting old stuff.
Being a bit of old stuff myself, I expect I will thoroughly enjoy my visit.
Laguna Beach, California . iPhone 4s / Snapseed
This group of cottonwood trees is something I just can’t resist shooting any time I pass it on my way to Albuquerque. I decided to add a hint of a campfire to thescene by moving a spot of light from the setting sun, using TouchRetouch’s clone stamp and painting over it a little using the healing tool and the dodge and burn tool in Snapseed.
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This is an image from my street photography series, street feet.
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iPhone 6s Plus, handheld, Snapseed.
Moon rising over trade booths at the 32nd Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow on July 8, 2017.
Sandias ((Watermelons) / iPhone 6 Plus / Snapseed
This is not a good photograph. I know that. But I like looking at it. Besides, I’m trying to make a point, here.
No one needs to see all those images you’ve taken just because “film” is essentially free, now, in this digital age.
But you don’t need to dump them all either. You may go through a bunch today and find a gem, something that you can really make something of.
Months later you might go through the same batch and find something totally different but as good or maybe even better.
Anyway, they all have the potential to stir your own memories, your emotions, and thereby add to the soup that is your creativity.
That’s the case with this one. I shot it with my iPhone through a dirty bus window on my way from Merida to Valladolid on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The bus was moving, I had only a split second to grab a shot. No time to mess with settings. No time to think. I just shot it. I’m glad I did.
I’m also happy that I didn’t delete it. Instead, I cleaned it up the best I could, cropped it and tweaked it a bit in Snapseed and allowed my eye and my mind to wander around in it. I remembered the refreshing taste of a cool crisp watermelon on a hot day. I wondered about the people in the image and about their day, their lives. I spotted the bicycle lying on the ground and was reminded of my beloved boyhood bike from so many years ago. I wondered about the person casting a shadow in the left foreground
It takes me back. Back to a time and a place and feelings that might otherwise have slipped away.
No, it’s not a “good” photograph, but I’m glad I have it. I hope you can see past its faults and derive some little pleasure from it, too.
The Stare / iPhone 4s / Snapseed
Are you wondering who you are as a photographer? Trying to find your own voice, your style? Try this: take a little road, trip or a walk. An hour or two. Carry only a polaroid camera.
Take the same trip with a single, long, lens. Over a period of days, try it with just your smartphone. Then with just a medium lens.
Do it again; this time with a wide angle lens only. Once more; shooting video.
You might even want to try an old super eight movie camera.
Try a couple of cameras you’re most familiar with, then a couple you’re least comfortable with.
Try the most expensive gear you can get your hands on, then the least expensive you can find.
Put them all in one folder on your computer. Leave them for a month or two.
Then go back and look through them. You just might find your true self in the process.
“Gosh, I would love to be a better writer, but all I have is a pencil.
Now, if only I had an IBM electric typewriter, or at least a sterling silver Mont Blanc fountain pen with gold filigree, I could write a great novel!”
Sound familiar, photographers?