A Photoblog by Monte Stevens

A place for my photos and random thoughts

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Investing in Photography

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A couple of days ago, Sabrina Henry had a good post about what tempts us. It allowed me to reflect back on my temptations in this passion of photography. I have purchased several cameras and lens over the years, trying to find what works for me and with the idea the tool will make me better. And, in this digital era the technology is changing so fast, it’s almost impossible to keep up with the latest gear. With money tight, I’m not able to buy the newest lens or camera but must use what I have. So the best investment I can make in my photography is to practice with what I have.


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April 30, 2010 at 12:01 am

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“… hear through the eyes.”

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Blendon Woods Park

“At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light, and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough, and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to ‘hear through the eyes.”  Paul Caponigro

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April 21, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Maybe a telephoto lens …

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Running Away

… would have worked better in this image. I shoot almost exclusively with a small 35mm f1.8 lens because most of my photography is focused on what’s around me. However, I’ve found there are times when the telephoto lens would be a better choice such as the image above. A telephoto lens would have been a better choice when trying to shoot a photo of this semi truck as it comes towards me rather than a wide angle. I found it difficult to  keep my focus and framing while running as fast as hell, camera behind my back and shooting blindly. Yep, a telephoto lens would have been a better choice. Have a super day! 🙂

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April 19, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Edge of the Pond

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Edge of the Pond

Here is an observation of my photography I’ve notice over the past few weeks. It seems my photographers eye has evolved over the last three years and my approach to my images has moved in a different direction. Some of this change is due to the equipment I have decided to use. I carry a small prime 35mm lens rather than a large zoom. With the faster prime I can create some interesting images with the shallow depth of field, bringing more focus to my subjects. Also, the faster lens allows me to work better in situations where I have less light. It is less intrusive to subjects and in some conditions is not even noticed.

And, some is due to the environment I shoot in. My work places me in metropolitan areas without transportation so I walk a lot. Therefore the wide open landscapes, such as my sunrises and sunsets, are almost non-existent. If I look at the sunrises and sunsets taken in the past three years, they are taken from a different perspective than I had back in Colorado. There is also a greater challenge to shoot images that do not have the footprint of man. So what I look for in images has changed. An example is the above image taken in Savannah in back of our hotel. It is a holding pond surrounded by other hotels and businesses. I love the lighting but needed to take a bit more care to eliminate the foot print of man.

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April 18, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Is Photography Art?

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Lamp Post Shadow

Yes I know there will always be a debate about this question. My intent is not to start a debate but to share this post by Guy Tal. He presents a good point and I like this statement, “The art is in the image.”

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April 5, 2010 at 12:01 am

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Amidst the Fog

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Standing Amidst the Fog

Fog is an instrument nature uses to create one of its beautiful emotive scene. As a nature photographer we can take this same tool to make our images. Fog acts as a natural soft box, scattering light and reducing contrast. I’ve learned to expose for the the fog and not the subject, very similar to snowfall. As I headed for the coffee shop, I remembered the isolated trees in the open field and actually saw this image in my mind. It was not quite what I had envisioned but it works for me.

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February 24, 2010 at 12:01 am

It’s good to get out…

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It’s good to get out, plain and simple. If we don’t get and take steps to see the world around us then we have missed out sights and experiences we need in life. Sitting in my hotel on this particular afternoon was not going to work. It was cold and cloudy, but no snow. So, I spent  some time walking my camera around Church Street in Burlington, VT. And what did I find?

Well, my first stop was at a place called Outdoor Gear Exchange. The “shopper” in me likes to look around, touch all the toys, gadgets, clothes, backpacks; all the things I really don’t need. Thankfully, I walked out without buying anything so it was a good experience.

Enjoying a latte

I then warmed up with a mocha at a place called Speeders and Earls Coffee. It had a good location and was one of those long narrow stores with this lime green color giving it a warm and inviting feeling. They had local artwork on the walls. There were small tables along a wall while on the opposite wall was solid mirrors. The service was wonderful as the young lady made my latte and initiated a nice conversation. I sat down at one of the tables to enjoy the flavor, rest my feet and of course to warm up. The above image is yours truly in a self portrait.

Later on, I grabbed a sandwich at a small restaurant called new moon. They describe themselves as  a place to enjoy authentic espresso and creative eating. I had their grilled chicken and brie sandwich with an excellent apricot mustard. Check out the menu to see what other temptations they have. I skipped on their coffee as I had just finished one so I have no idea what theirs are like. The young man making my sandwich as a Nikon guy so of course you know where our conversation went: cameras, digital and film and what we want to do with our photography.

Rainbow of Plates

My final stop before going back to the hotel for some much needed rest was a store called Homeport that specializes in furniture housewares and gifts. When I first walked in the door the bright colors caused my trigger finger to start itching. Oh, and the different patterns were causing my eyes to twitch. I found myself standing there looking at the patterns and colors of this row of stacked plates, my mind trying to figure out the composition and exposure. A woman named, Betty, snapped me out of my trance and asked if she could help me. I told her I want to take a photo and was granted permission. I gave her my blog address and picked up a store business card.

I got some interesting images and met some interesting people. I’m glad I got out!

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February 20, 2010 at 12:01 am