Monday Missive – December 5, 2016


For the marketer, the freelancer and the entrepreneur, the challenge is to level set, to be comfortable with the undone, with the cycle of never-ending. We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we’re never finished, and that’s okay.
It’s a dance, not an endless grind.
” — Seth Godin

I feel that all you can do is give it your absolute best with whatever gifts the universe has given you. And if you make it in some way that other people can recognize, that’s fine. But even if you don’t quote-unquote make it, you’re fine, if you’ve given it your whole heart and soul. You’re totally in sync with your purpose and with the universe. And that’s fine.” – Alice Walker

If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” – Eve Arnold


– Macro tips
– Select and Mask vs Refine Edge
– Camera resolution vs print resolution
– Printer resolution and settings
– Photoshop skills you need
– Grand Landscape Part II
– Resources for planning a photo trip
– Getting sharper images
– Lighting controls
– Perspective on photographing in Japan from a young Japanese photographer
– Environmental portraits with Flash with Joe McNally


I find this to be a disturbing image, mostly because of the sculpture titled “The City Destroyed” by Ossip Badkine, supposedly representing anguish at the destruction of Rotterdam in WWII, but I think the strongly contrasting background and the broken windows add to the feeling. What do you think?

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2 Responses to Monday Missive – December 5, 2016

  1. Ran says:

    the background creates interesting graphics.
    however, in my opinion, it takes away from the interaction of the viewer with the work of the artist. As you said, the sculpture succeeds to bring emotional reactions such as “disturbing”.

  2. Rich says:

    If I simply made a picture of the sculpture, it would be just that, a picture of the sculpture, without my imprint on it. To some extent the lighting, position or other technical aspect would make a statement, but it would be far less satisfying to me. The artist I want the viewer to interact with is me, not the sculptor. I wanted to take his work as a foundation because I recognized the value and strength of it and make it into something new with my imprint, by adapting it to my purposes. Perhaps I diminished it in the eyes of other viewers, but it is what came out of my creative process.

    Thanks for looking and commenting!

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