Finally Blogging

After procrastinating, shooting and dealing with my elderly father’s pneumonia I have finally started my blogging series!

See my welcome page to see what it’s all about.

This past weekend I was fortunate to see Freeman Patterson speak. He is an internationally known nature photographer. Years ago a student of mine mentioned him and I purchased one of his books. He does a wonderful job teaching you how to see. I have been fortunate to have the gift of seeing, but until now I did not know how to explain or quantify this art. It’s hard to teach someone how to see. I feel that regardless of your photographic skills with a camera, being able to see will greatly improve your images. Combining elements and light regardless of the tool used is the key.


Taken this week in southern Albemarle, the image combines great morning light, various lines, shapes and elements. There are 3 color lines, sky-trees, trees-green field and green field to yellow field. This divides the image into 4 rough balanced rectangular areas. There is also another oblique line that divides the lower area into a triangle.  The elements of hay bales, silo and red tree on the left provide interest and keep your eye moving circularly around the image. The hay bales reflect the morning light and pop out with contrast from the field. Morning light gives the image a soft warm feel and enhances the fall colors. It is these concept that make this a beautiful image. Light and elements.

I plan to put together a class teaching these concepts for fall of 2012. Working hands on in a class and having images critiqued  creates a fun learning experience. So keep an eye out! In the meantime take a look at Freeman’s book: Photography and the Art of Seeing.