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A quick read but …

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A book and a coffee

…  it’s one I will want to read more than once. I’ve heard about this book from David duChemin. He mentions it in his books and on his blog. I finally bought it and enjoyed reading it. I read it in one afternoon and have gone back over it a couple times since. It’s got small bits and pieces to chew on. It has the ability to help us look at ourselves with newer eyes. No book will fix us but this one strikes a chord for me. I’m not sure I can say what it means to me. It may be more of how it effects my creativity. Anyway I will write more on it later. Has anyone else read it? Hope everyone has a good week!

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December 28, 2009 at 12:01 am

A Good Book to Read?

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A Good Book to Read?

Some images just do not need words.

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December 12, 2009 at 12:01 am

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A Great Read

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519oWf1GrFL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_If your into knowing why we take the images we do and why the images have an impact on us then David duChemin’s book Within the Frame is an excellent read. It was one of those books where I made sure I had a pen ready to jot down little snippets of good information and underlined some really good stuff. He has some great images that are worth spending time studying to see what his vision is and how he presents that to us.

I like the fact he does not go into much technical details but really touches home with his emphasis on our vision and the emotion photography can create. His interest is in street portraiture. This interest in people goes deep and shows in his images. His writing has a spirituality tone mainly because of his spirituality, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed it. He also has a wonderful blog with some interesting writings that lead to even more interesting commentaries. I highly recommend this book. He also has a new book coming out soon called Vision Mongers: Making a Life and Living in Photography.

When his book arrived I headed to one of my coffee shops to sit outside and read. Isn’t that what all of you do with a new photography book? Anyway, I bumped the table and splashed a small amount of iced coffee on the book. 😦 I quickly wiped things up and only messed up the edges of the book. As a suggestion, please don’t do the same, move the coffee farther away!

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August 13, 2009 at 8:08 am

Living in the Moment

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“Living in the moment is more than just a principle upheld by the enlightened, it’s solid photographic wisdom.” from Within the Frame by David duChemin

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June 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

I Miss My Books

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Books

Books

I miss my books. They are in storage back in Colorado, collecting dust. I’ve enjoyed reading books over the past few years. Books can refresh the mind. When we read a book we individually draw up the scenes and create characters as only we can do. I’ve bought and read books on spirituality, personal growth, enneagrams, religions and of  course photography. I’ve learned to read back over these books every once in a while as they seem to go through a editing process since I last read them. Very seldom do I read novels, usually one or two a year, that’s all. I have a few favorite authors who have helped me along life’s journey and in a way have become my friends. Their books adorn my book shelves. Sure miss my books. I may have to wander in to the library or book store today.

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June 12, 2009 at 12:01 am

The Edited Book

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The Edited Book

The Edited Book

It is good to pick a book back up and read it again. It seems to always have gone through some editing process.

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February 5, 2009 at 12:01 am

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Laughter

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I’m completely alone in my apartment and roaring with laughter. Tears are rolling down my cheeks and my stomach is hurting (more sit-ups would help that). My neighbors probably think I’ve gone off the deep end again and are looking up the hospital phone number. So what’s got me rolling in stitches? A book. That’s right, every once in a while we find a book that will bring uncontrollable laughter to us. The book I’m talking about is called The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally.

 

I’ve never written a commentary on a book before but this is one I feel compelled to suggest. Joe McNally is a well known photographer and teacher. I’m also finding out he is also a pretty good writer, check out his blog. As Scott Kelby says in the forward to the book, “He has a wonderful gift of talking to the reader just like he’s talking to a friend.” Putting aside his humor I must say his book is full of information that can help each of us imporve our photography. He presents photographic situations he has had and then shares the solution used to get the shot or how it all fell into place. He really focuses on light and how we can use it or add to it. He does this with humor which has my neighbors thinking about moving. It’s been a good read for me and helped me in understanding light and how we can use it better. I highly commend it. Now for some sit-ups.

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October 12, 2008 at 5:00 am

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