Snow On The Lake

After over two years of living in Raleigh the area has officially received it’s first “real” snow. Of course by standards of other areas it wasn’t much in my immediate area, but they certainly do take it seriously around here with schools being closed since the morning before it started later that evening… no comment.

Once I was free to go out and explore I headed straight to the nearby Falls Lake. Although the countless kids that visited the park had plenty of time to play in the snow my go-to spot was still untouched. I quickly setup and composed my shot, since the park was due to close shortly. And just like that I had my shot.


Dusan Beno – Photographer of the Week

Dusan Beno is an awesome macro photographer!

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1Never before have I thought that a house fly could be so beautiful or that a spider’s fur had a soft side.  This photographer’s macro photography of everyday bugs has wowed the industry with his unique coloring and face to face perspective of little critters.  What we consider pests, he considers models.  By simply stepping out into his backyard, this artist has utilized mother nature’s creepy crawly creatures as his muse.  And even though his models give me the shivers, I am absolutely in love with these artistic compositions.  Meet the ever-talented and incredibly unique photographer, Dusan Beno.

A student of Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Dusan has been shooting and specializing in macro for over 7 years. With his photos featuring the common types of insects that are literally all around us, Dusan explains his love of the details and his overwhelming sense of being charmed from…

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Featured Creative ~ Joel Robinson

Photographer: Joel Robinson
Location: Cranbrook, British Columbia Canada

Joel Robinson or possibly better known by his Flickr name of Boy_Wonder is an exceptional conceptual portrait photographer. Much of his work is easily recognized by its soft color toning, square format, and commonly self-portraits. Within these images Joel creates (as in his own words) “whimsical worlds where size, scale, movement and function don’t play by the rules that we know”.

When looking at Joel’s collective work one might not realize, but he is an inspiration to those of us that did not get into photography at an early age, or have decades of experience. Similar to myself Joel mentions in multiple interviews that he started using a camera back in 2009. For such a respectively short time in comparison to so many Pro’s out there that you will read about, Joel has accomplished an astounding amount. Interviews given by Joel can be found across such mediums as Grae Magazine, Illusory Magazine, Phototech Magazine, Photoshop Russia, and more. Within the last year Joel has found himself traveling around the world more regularly for workshops, assignments and other activities. Most recently Joel has been commissioned by Coke for a special series.

I suggest that you take the time to review his work and of course join thousands of others and follow his work on his Flickr account.

The Obligation of Being a Photographer

A good message for this Friday morning. Thought that I would share.

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I don’t usually step up on my soapbox… but I feel the need to now. I am not going to talk about violence, social contracts, civil rights abuses, or war. I have my feelings about all of those, but this is not the place.

What I am going to talk about is the obligation that I share with many others… that of being a photographer and a storyteller. I studied journalism and worked in the field for many years. I left in part because I became frustrated with the path that it was on (and have since become even more frustrated). Journalism is about reporting and discovering the truth, not spewing opinions and repeating the same images repeatedly until they imprint upon the brain.

Many of you reading this website have the knowledge to create. Perhaps it’s photos, video, or words. You know how to tell a story and show…

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Fall in Vermont

This past weekend I took a trip for a long weekend to the lovely state of Vermont to visit a friend of mine. He and his wife had recently closed on a cute little post and beam house located on a great piece of land. I did not make it out with the camera much, but was still able to get a couple of quality shots of the State.

Not too far away from the new house laid Bingham Falls. Access to the falls consisted of a well-managed walking trail with some rather steep sections to drop down the mountain.

I don’t think I’d mind if this was the view of my back yard as well.

A Reminder to Take The Time

Today, I found this write-up and thought I’d share it with you. All too often we are scrambling to learn or do as much as possible and as quickly as possible. We fail to acknowledge that in many cases this is self-defeating.

Slow down and take the time to accumulate the proper experience needed for what you do or what you want to do. I promise that the outcome will be much more satisfying.

The Photography Teacher Nobody Wants

Adobe Was Listening

During Photoshop World this week Adobe has confirmed that they have been listening to the collective whole. They will now offer a Photoshop Photography Program within Creative Cloud.

The package is being offered at a price of $9.99 per month and they SAY that is not an introductory price, but IS the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. With the current program offer you receive the following:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources
  • Ongoing upgrades and updates

With the new price point a long with the added items to bump the overall value; I have to say that I am now thinking that I will make the jump here soon. It’s nice when companies and especially those as large as Adobe seem to listen to their user base.