The Story Behind Photographing “The Buddha of Borobudur”

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This is the story of my favorite and most collected images: “The Buddha of Borobudur“. I’m often asked about the location of this unusual place, and also how I made this image. I’ll describe my personal process, the gear I used and my Photoshop technique. I’ve learned from photographic travels that my best images come when I manage the excitement that could otherwise occupy my senses. When I have attempted to capture the quiet essence of a place while gabbing or shooting quickly, the resulting photographs feel less connective. Conversely, when … Continue reading

A preview of “Mexican Altars: A Glorious Afterlife”

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While touring the countryside, I became fascinated by the reverent shrines within small Mexican cemeteries. The shooting conditions were difficult at best, and I thought it would make a great blog post to illuminate how I approached the work shot in midday sun, through dusty glass and with very limited time. I’m still editing the work, and finishing several concurrent projects. Continue reading

Season’s Greetings!

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Season’s Greetings to all of you, and thanks for following “Notes From a Creative Soul”. I look forward to a year of growth, creativity and adventures. Hope to see you at an upcoming Meetup, presentation or workshop! If  enough of you would like to know how this greeting card was made using Photoshop, comment below and I’ll schedule it as an upcoming post.

Adventures and Tips From a Weekend Photo Safari

Cal Academy African Antelope

There I was, finally alone in the wilds on a photo safari.  Barely off the plane, I met the others in my group and we drove through the busy streets and markets to find some photogenic wildlife. Two hours into our tour, we huddled together, checked our cameras and stared across steamy African wetlands and grasslands. Suddenly, a territorial bull Antelope surprised me on the grassy hillock, staring me down from just yards away. My heart pounded, sweat ran beneath my khaki shirt, and then, it happened…

My Photoshop Process : A Revealing Collaboration

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Recently, I received a little gift— a chance to slow down, reflect on my favorite creative Pho­toshop tech­niques and recall how my artistic style emerged from grade-school experiments.

This collaboration began with an email from artist/author/instructor Seán Duggan. We had met a few summers ago while both teaching Photography and Photoshop at Maine Media Workshops, and revealed that we admired each others’ work. In his email, he asked if I would like to con­tribute to “Pho­toshop Masking and Com­positing”, a new Pho­toshop book he was co-writing with digital artists Katrin Eismann and James Porto. Continue reading

The Creative Photographer: The Story of ‘The Haunted Tree’

The Haunted Tree

The Haunted Tree is my most published and collected photograph to date. It has evoked various responses from viewers and curators who have described it using adjectives including  ‘dreamy’, ‘mysterious’, ‘foreboding’, ‘cinematic’, ‘poetic’, ‘confrontational’, ‘powerful’, ‘spiritual’…and the list goes on. Haunted Tree is also my most plagiarized and ‘borrowed’ image to date. I enjoy knowing it feeds the thought of others, even though I find it online being used for heavy metal band merchandise, to accompany poetry, as a symbol for the occult, reincarnation, fantasy gaming and even once as an … Continue reading

Announcing Three New Creative Photoshop Workshops in Seattle!

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After many requests, I am excited to be leading three new Creative Photoshop day-long workshops in downtown Seattle. Learn the creative potential of Photoshop by attending one (or all) of my three new workshops tailored to fit any artist or photographer’s abilities and goals. Creative Photoshop workshops are held in small groups of up to 10, so they’re more content-efficient and personalized than the larger classes at conferences and touring workshops. The day consists of on-screen demos and hands-on learning, and I offer a month of free support by email after … Continue reading

The Creative Photographer: Composition and Design

This is a very graphic image made with a telephoto lens from a tripod set up across the street.
I set up my desired composition and waited for people to walk into it.

Composition and Design is the first segment of a new series of posts entitled “The Creative Photographer”. I think you’ll find it fun to follow, and I believe your pictures will improve when you put these methods into practice while shooting and editing. Composition and Design are as important in a successful photograph as are light, subject, story and timing. Looking for inspiration outside of your medium is often the key to learning something new. I believe that crossing mediums helps strengthen the random access of ideas that is key to our … Continue reading

My June photography workshop: “Imagination Vision and Voice”

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I love to teach workshops in beautiful locations, and none are finer than the coast of Maine. This summer I return for my seventh year to Maine Media Workshops. I’ll teach a workshop called “Imagination Vision and Voice”. Last year this workshop was very well received, and I was fortunate to have a great group of students at all levels or experience. We have a helluva lot of fun too!