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Wal-Mart The Bully

Under federal law, photographers own the copyrights to their  individual works.  If I create a photograph of a client I still own the copyright to that image.  The Walton family, owners of Wal-Mart doesn’t think so.  A professional photograph out of Arkansas began photographing the Walton family before they were rich and famous.  Eventually his [...]

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Self Assignments

It’s not easy ask someone to come up to the studio for a modeling session. But self assignments are important to developing my skills.  Often it my children or grandchildren, but they tire of it so I have to go to others.  I’m a bit on the shy side when it comes to approaching someone [...]

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The Subway

Seems as though I rarely sleep in a sleeping bag and this night was no exception.  I laid there most of the night listening to the breeze rustling through the trees.   Crawling out of bed early, I took the truck further into the park looking for some possible sunrise images, but didn’t have a lot [...]

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Is Photography Art?

I had to laugh as I stood in the room watching people file by the prints I had on display at the art show.  On display next to my photographic images were three portraits painted with acrylics.  They were very finely detailed, almost photographic.  As viewers entered the room they would pass my work and [...]

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One thing about New Zealand, the touristy things are not cheap.  Want to tour a cave $75, want to see Hobbit Town $75, and the list goes on. Not liking tours anyway,  those things were not worth the price of entry for me.  When I heard about the Maritime Museum  in Auckland from a couple [...]

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I breathed a heavy sigh of disappointment and walked away.  My favorite sushi shop was closed.  That was 50% of the reason I was in Raglan for a second time.  Now I wandered the streets looking for something else to eat and possible create a photo or two.  Disappointed, all I found myself in the [...]

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Gone to Heaven

Yesterday I died and went to heaven.  I never thought I would see a Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotive ever move down the tracks and yesterday it happened.  Accompanied by my friend and railroad artist, Gil Bennett, I went hunting for one of the most majestic of machines.  The Union Pacific ran these behemoths [...]

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It was still dark when we climbed out of the car.  We had been driving for a couple of hours and now had a 30 to 45 minute hike ahead of us.  Rolling out of bed at 3:45am is not easy, but we were chasing a sunrise and getting up early was the price we [...]

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It was a good thing I stopped at a small tourist shop in Cambridge, only a half hour from where I rented the car.  The key which had been taped when I picked it up broke and that caused the car not to start!  I went back into the shop and phoned the outfit.  They [...]

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I had never seen anything like it.  I was wandering through a fairyland of tiny bright lights that shown through the bush like stars.  Glow worms lit up the forest walls with bio luminescence. I can only describe it because the scene can’t be photographed.  They are not really worms at all, but a beetle [...]

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It was all  too familiar somehow.  The smell of cow manure in the 72 degree heat, the road no wider than tire tracks with a hump of dried grass running down the center.  Gates with barbed wire reaching out from either side, some open, some closed.  Cows walking the brown grass fields where all reminders [...]

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I’ve been back from New Zealand for almost three weeks now and my arms still itch!  It was late at night and Josh and I were out in the front yard photographing the stars.  There was little light in New Zealand countryside and the air was clear making the view of the milky way galaxy [...]

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Here I had been on an Island for over a week now and had hardly seen the ocean.  Raglan was a quaint town on the west shore along an inlet from the ocean. It was about a 45 min. drive to get there.  Our first stop when we got into town was a small sushi [...]

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The small Cottage we stayed at in Christchurch swayed all night to the strong winds that blew through the night.  The city was receiving record rain, which thanks to the earthquake that took out much of it’s sewer lines and lowered the city (so I’m told), they were ill prepared to deal with.  Flooding was [...]

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We were well into our way up to the Haas pass when the attack occurred. I had been told nothing in the New Zealand bush could hurt you, but we learned differently after pulling off to shoot some photographs.  My nephew left the window down – big mistake!  Even though we were only out of [...]

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One of the interesting things about New Zealand is they seem to roll up the sidewalks and turn out the lights about 5:00 in the evening so you have to be prepared.  We planned to follow the road across the Haas pass to get back over the the east side of the mountain range.  Because [...]

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It may well be the only two-lane bridge on all of the south island.  The cement structure looked quite huge from our viewpoint and crossed  the entire ravine below.   We were distracted by three green parrots hanging around the small parking lot.  I was told they were infamous for  pulling the rubber around your car [...]

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The darkness of the early morning was gone by the time we started into the mountains revealing a light dusting of snow from the overnight storm.  We had been up since 5:00 and had been on the road for a good hour and a half.  We found a layer of fog as we rounded a [...]

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On the way to Akaroa we stopped at a pull off so I could shoot some photographs of the ocean inlet from an old dock I could see from the road.  After making some images we got back into the car to press on.  As I pulled out onto the highway I found Josh getting [...]

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It had been three years since downtown Christchurch was essentially destroyed by a 7.3 earthquake and unfortunately evidence of the damage is still prevalent.  Structures with walls and roofs missing stood in evidence that all is not well in paradise.  Houses hung over the edge of cliffs where sides of hills collapsed.   Josh and his [...]

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