In Nature

Super moon deluxe.
Super moon deluxe.

The Super moon.

No. Not last night’s. I wasn’t in any kind of position to photograph it. I wasn’t going to post this picture. But, a friend of mine posted his from about the same time saying something like, this moon is super moon enough for me. I made this picture in New Mexico, the last time that there was a generational super moon.

See what I’m saying?

We live in the age of super hyperbole. Everything ping-pongs all over the internet so that nothing ever dies. In fact, when somebody does die, the notice pops up for years. Social media types mourn the loss of somebody they didn’t know as if the passing just happened. And, you think eternity is a long time? A bunch of engineers and coders created their own eternity.

If you think that I don’t like making pictures of subjects that happen repeatedly, let me change that. If I had been in a place where I could have made a meaningful picture of the moon, I would have. It’s nature. It’s also my second nature. I could have taken a picture of the moon in the sky. By itself. Plenty of people are sharing those. But, what’s the point? Without some kind of context the picture just says “moon.” It doesn’t even say super moon. For the most part, about 1,000,000 pictures look about the same. Just sayin.’


I was living in the high desert at the time I made this picture. I kind of liked the loneliness that I found along the back roads. So, I drove out to one and made this picture. Of the moon and it’s mirror, the high desert. Even though I’m really not a tripod guy, this picture needed a tripod. That’s the story.


  1. Hi Ray – Nice moody shot. I agree that there are a million pictures of moons and other stuff out there. Without out the context or backstory, they are all just nice photos. This is why folks like your stuff – it causes us to think and hopefully reflect and maybe even engage. I’m not a really “wordy” person, but I like to include an interesting caption and brief description with each photo I post. I also refrain from posting a dozen photos at a time b/c folks will just scan through them, press “like” and then onto the next blog. So I post one quality photo to encourage people to slow down and maybe take a minute to add a thoughtful comment – to engage in conversation.

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    1. I started my life as a photojournalist, at large and small newspapers and wire services. If you look back a few months you’ll find a cluster of black and white images that are about 35 years old. Telling a story with pictures is what I was trained to do. Adding words, for me, is like 1+1 = 2. Somewhere along the line I learned about ebb and flow as a way to help guide the reader. And, to mix things up a bit. So, on some days that’s one picture. On other days, more. All of that said, I am pretty minimilistic. 🙂

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      1. Thanks for some insight into your beginnings, Ray. I’ll have to check out your B+W images. We must be about the same age – i’m 60. I’ve posted a few B+W photos I took 35 years ago too – The man with the pigeons (Seniors Moment) and my young wife in a rowboat (Irish Lassie Rowing) I started photography in my later teens – using the school’s darkroom to my advantage. I took a 2 year course in Electronics after high school, then got a job with Kodak as a service technician for micrographic and medical equipment (for 17 yrs). All along I’ve dabbled in photography – did about a dozen weddings – until it got too stressful with equipment failures and hoping that the lab would not ruin my days work – a dozen rolls of Vericolour II film. Also shot lots of Kodachrome during trips and family summers. But I sure love digital and photo-editing software. Well, that’s enough of me.


      2. I’ll be 63 on Monday. I posted my B&W work because a couple of people asked to see it. As you well know, back then you shot B&W or color, but you rarely converted and if you did, the pictures looked odd. Today, there is a whole different approach because of software. Kodak? You too? At one point they owned The Image Bank. I was publishing director there. I made what were once our biggest selling tool; paper catalogs. And, I produced trade books — coffee table books. Photography in one way or another has been my whole career. I actually never really sweated lab stuff. I don’t know why. But, you probably remember “Q” labs. I once went to one in reno, where my parents lived. Not only did they blow the development, but the dropped a roll of film on the floor, stepped on it and tore it in half. What can I say? I’ve got plenty of stories like that. 🙂

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      3. Wow! You have a cool history dude! Director of the Image Bank! Yes, wee all have stories … like the time I was shooting a wedding ceremony in 35mm – I was happy to get 38,39, oh no – 40 shots on a roll of 36 – opened the camera back and you guessed it – the film had come off the winding sprocket! My lab was very good though, very professional and never lost or wrecked my stuff. I used a Bronica 645 for weddings but the lens wasn’t all that sharp – couldn’t afford Hasselblad. haha


  2. Publishing director is a little different than being CEO, which is what our division had since we were wholly owned. My other Kodak story is from Hong Kong, where I was based for a time. I was sourcing good color labs and found one. It also came with a Q Lab certification. I told the Kodak rep about the lab. he said he’d never heard of it. I relied, “That’s funny, you signed the Q lab certificate.” Doh!


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