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Well, I’m Having Fun

Take pictures from the wall.

Take pictures from the wall.

Yes. I am having fun. Looking at pictures in different ways is a lot of fun. Typically, I document people, places and things. Usually I do a little bit with them in post production. Sometimes, not.  Obviously, I’ve been adding a little more to the pictures than just a “little bit.”  To tell you the truth, I have no idea where I’m going with all of this. I could be going in the exact wrong direction. It could be that I should be heading in the opposite direction, making things cleaner and simpler. It could be that I should be working in black and white. That’ll be fun. My work is known for color. I could confuse people. You. Clients. Others. We’ll find out. Later. That’s the best way. I think.

That said, you’ve seen this place a few days ago. The double empty structure with the freshly painted magenta trim. One of my visitors hopped up on the wall so he could take pictures with his i-Phone. That’s what you see him doing. This might be a more instantly understandable picture if he was using something that has a more traditional camera shape. But, it’s the world we live in today.

It was a pretty steep drop down to the ground, so to encourage him I reminded him that the closest hospital is about ten miles away through heavy traffic. Helpful, right? He laughed.

The post production? Oh, I don’t know. This and that. Some of the other. Once, there was a guy following Storyteller who demanded to see the original work and to know every step that I took in getting there. First, I tinker until I get there. I don’t write this stuff down. Second, it’s the final image that matters. I said that. I don’t know what became of him. I guess that I’ll never know.

That happens. Sometimes.

There is a lesson in all of that. Make YOUR picture. If you want a little guidance, that’s great. That’s how we learn. If you want to simply copy somebody else’s work, don’t. It’s not good for you.




  1. I really enjoyed this post today, Mr. Ray. Possibly because of your comments on post production. It is something I struggle with often. What to do, what not to do. I really like the part about “make your own picture”. I was just sitting here pondering my own pictures, post, and feeling a little discouraged, but you are absolutely right. We really do have to make our own pictures and do what is right for us and who we are as bloggers, photographers, and people. I know that was a little bit more in-depth than your post, but just the same.


    • Hi. I see photography — for me — in two forms. Expressive and commercial. Commercial post production is easy. Get everything right on a histogram as you want it to be — contrast, light areas, dark areas, color rendition maybe even sharpening and you’re done. Expressive is harder because you have to understand your own intent. Most people really don’t, including me. That’s why I tinker. I’ll know it when It get there. And, if I’ve gone too far I’ll know that too. I’ve been working and reworking pictures because my on-scene vision is struggling a little. That’s okay. It’ll come back. I hope. The right thing as people? Oh gee… the older I get, the less that I know.

      I’d suggest you Google a few of these folks. Sam Abell, David Allen Harvey (One of his 3 minutes videos will talk to you about manual and auto focusing) and my master Ernst Haas. If you can, find an old out of print book of his — pictures may be on line — called “Creation.” You’ll enjoy them and they’ll help a lot. 🙂

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  2. thank you, too! and thanks for sharing so many pretty & interesting pictures, i definitely am no professional (just got my first better cam than the poor iphone XD) so i am happy for every advice i get to improve (and looking forwards to grow with the new camera) but i would not dare asking to get told every bit someone else did to a picture – prefer learning from small things instead of simply copying…


    • It’s a process. It takes time and a lot of practice. If I can be of any help in any way all you need do is ask… Oh, and thanks for the kind words. They matter. :0


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