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Arkansas 2019 – Fall Color | Preparations

­The time is upon us again to get out and shoot some Fall color and this year we chose to shoot around Northwestern Arkansas.  We have gone to shoot the Fall color in many places, but this year we chose to stay closer to home to cut down on travel time over shooting time.  As always, getting to a location when the color is present is always the trick.  Mother Nature speeds up and slows down on her own schedule and planning a trip too...

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A Mid-Century Dream

As an architectural and real estate photographer, I sometimes come across a home that is so cool that shooting it is beyond fun.  Gary Jones: image I found that home recently when a mid-century modern home I have always been interested in came on the market here in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  It’s a rambling, open-plan 4000+ square foot marvel that blends indoor and outdoor living and was custom built for the late insurance broker Wes Wyatt. Within a year of being built, it was photographed by Julius Shulman, one...

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To Go or Not to Go …

To go, or not to go …. The Photographic Conundrum Evaluation Day trips, long weekends, week-long photography trips and local spots – to go or not to go – that is the question. Whether it is easier to sit on the couch and flip through the sports and cooking channels – or charge up one’s batteries and head outdoors – is that not the dilemma that plagues the minds of all photographers? Did Aristotle, Plato, or Confucius think about these things too? Of course not, they...

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Into the Field and Back Safely

Whether you go out to shoot and spend  several days hiking or are just out for a day-hike there is always the possibility of getting turned around or lost.  As photographers, we tend to wander off the trail to find the shots others have not taken and that has the potential to put us in situations we had not anticipated.   The first time I had ever experienced this was in the mountains outside of Vail, Colorado shooting in the Shrine Pass area.  It's a beautiful area...

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Bring Back Unique Images from Iconic Locations

  We all seem to want to capture the same iconic image as our photographic heroes. If for no other reason than to have it in the bag. When we are at Yosemite, or outside Aspen, Colorado at the Maroon Bells or along the Snake River in the Tetons – we all recall the iconic images made by great photographers at those locations. There is a pull is to stand shoulder to shoulder with 30 – 70 other photographers capturing the same moment in time from...

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Top YouTube Photographers to Follow – 2017

One of the things that I love about photography are the other photographers I've met or whose work I can follow.  Thanks to the internet your exposure to other photographers  around the world is at your fingertips and a cause for spending some free time seeing what others are doing.  The gamut of photographers I follow run from the up-and-coming like Thomas Heaton to the well-established like Art Wolfe or the late Michael Reichmann.   Michael Reichmann's Luminous Landscape web site, now maintained by Kevin Raber was a favorite...

Fall Photography Arkansas 2016

Fall Color is a tricky thing. You know about when it is supposed to come, but you never know exactly when it will come. That’s the predicament Christine and I run into every year when trying to pick a time to go shoot the color at our favorite destinations. You have to commit to a time to take off and go – and it’s often just your best guess as when to go based upon whatever reports you can find. This year, due to our...

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Gary’s Gear Bag

Over time, as a photographer  you build-up gear and accessories as you grow in skill or find something that will aid in the kind of photography you do. All of that gear has to go somewhere if you are going to take it with you as you go out to shoot.  For me, it all goes in a series of bags created for camera gear for which each has a specific purpose - and that is to make it easier on me to go out...

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The Falling Soldier

  THE FALLING SOLDIER is an image taken by Robert Capa in 1936 and is one of the most famous war photographs of all time.   The image propelled Capa into being proclaimed in 1938 at the age of 25 as “the greatest war photographer in the world” in the British magazine “Picture Post”.  The image that set Capa apart was taken during the Spanish Civil War and shows the moment a bullet impacted a loyalist soldier.   Capa himself stated that “I was there in the trench with...

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The “Migrant Mother” photo

The Migrant Mother --- The Great Prints series The iconic image of The Great Depression known as “Migrant Mother” was taken by studio and portrait photographer turned government photographer for the Resettlement Administration –Dorthea Lange.  Turning away from her studio work as she saw the suffering going on around her, she joined the Resettlement Administration– a New Deal agency – tasked with helping poor families relocate.     Dorthea Lange One day in 1936 Lange found herself in Nipomo, California at a campsite full of out-of-work pea pickers.  The...