Monday, October 27, 2008


A portrait is a representation or portrayal of someone. An interesting portrait will not only draw something out of the subject, but draw the viewer into the image. I've heard countless times over the years as a photographer that the "eyes are the window to the soul". That's nice. Sounds cool. But capturing a person's exterior is hard enough. I don't believe you can photograph someone's soul, even through a "window". An emotion may be drawn out to the surface and the resulting facial expressions and body language will give you a clue as to what might be going on inside, but it's still only the visible outward appearance. Portrait photography is a challenge and also very rewarding emotionally, both to the subject and the photographer. It's so difficult to pick some of my favorites, but here's a few.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I'm not really a landscape photographer, but when a scene captures my attention, it's difficult not to try to capture it with my camera. (If you really want to see some incredible landscape images, check out the work of photographer Michael Kenna).

Monday, October 13, 2008


A shadow is defined as a patch of shade projected by a body intercepting light. While the written definition may be a little complex, the actual visual of a shadow is simple to identify. As a photographer, I'm constantly dealing with the contrast of highlights and shadows in an image. Today, we'll focus on the shadows.

Monday, October 6, 2008


One is alone, but not necessarily lonely - even though an old song described one as "the loneliest number". I see it more as a state of independence. One stands out, even in a crowd. It's single, but not solitary. It's one.