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Hidden Gold – Opening Crocus

I tend to read a lot of blog posts every day, likely too much reading instead of more time spent “doing,” but I enjoy reading what others have to say on some of my favorite sites. One of the sites I enjoy reading is Digital Pro Talk, where David Ziser somehow finds the time to write 4 to 6 posts a day. Many are (good) photo blog posts and references to other articles out there with his commentary, but every so often he churns out a well thought insight gained from his vast experience as a pro photog that I really enjoy.

As I was catching up on a weeks worth of posts (it has been awhile since I caught up), one such article struck me titled “What It Takes To Be Great.” David talks about taking the time to practice the skills necessary to become not only good but great at what you do. This applies to anything in life of course, but very much to photography. This is one concept that I always feel like I need to be reminded of as some times I feel like I let my camera time get put in cruise control. When I am not working to be better at “seeing” a great shot and making images I can be proud of, my photos start looking more and more like tourist snapshots.

The last couple of months I have been spending more time than in the past working on my abilities as a photographer, and enjoying the process. The process has caused my head to swim at times with too much reading and theory and not enough application. When I don’t put the new ideas and skills I learn into practice, they are quickly forgotten and never embedded into my abilities to be drawn out at will. This is something I need to improve on and will each day going forward.

Perhaps this was more striking to me at this moment because of my current efforts, but hopefully you find it a good read and reminder to put the effort into your passions in life and becoming better at them.

Canon 40D, 100mm macro, 1/60 at f/4 and 400 ISO
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The Power of Photography

I was reading Thomas Hawk’s blog today, which is part of my daily RSS feed reading, and read his post about the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. After viewing the link to the photo feature, I felt compelled to share it as well. I dont’ know if I can say it better than Mr. Hawk did:

It’s a troubling, moving and emotional series of photographs that show in the most poignent way how powerful photography can be.

I don’t know if I was especially moved because I have a disabled son that is at times in a wheelchair, or perhaps because my father died in a similar fashion; but, for whatever reason this really struck me emotionally. It brought me to tears.

I have at times been asked why I take photos at times when many others may consider it rude or not fitting to the situation. This is a perfect example of why I do this. Recording historic, emotional, or otherwise memorable events in photography is one of the greatest forms of artistic expression I know.

If you do nothing else today worthwhile on the ‘net, take a moment to view this series of photos, and then share it with a friend. Whether it is because of your appreciation for the art or your desire to help others realize the fragility or sacredness of life, it is worth sharing.

Link to view the photo series