Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

First Look Photo: Caption This

August 31, 2016

I took this picture of a squirrel yesterday, and thought it needed a funny caption, but instead of me having all the fun, I thought it would be even more fun if you all came up with the caption.

Good luck, and enjoy the challenge.


back off

Photo Friday: Exposure Exposed

July 15, 2016

Photography, like any art, is not a series of rules.  It is a series of guidelines.  The biggest of these involves what is thought of as correct exposure.  Exposure is important, especially in documentation, however, using it creatively can have very interesting results.

Today’s  photo is such an example.  The intentional over exposure of the image gives the picture a dreamy appearance, while still being a beautiful photograph of a queen anne’s lace.

Dreamy Queen

Photo Friday: The other city by the bay.

February 12, 2016

There are a number of similarities between Portland, Maine, and San Francisco, California.  They both have a bridge, they both have more restaurants per square mile than any other city in America, and they both sit next to popular bays.  Despite all the similarities, there are some things that make Portland unique, such as a longer history as a port town, and it was the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  I have taken a few shots this week to appreciate that uniqueness.


Photo Friday: Shocking moments.

June 5, 2015

There are two types of photographs that I am obsessed with capturing, but as yet, have not caught the perfect moments.  These photographs are waterfalls, and lightning.  Lightning is easy enough to capture, as today’s photos show, but the shot I am after is a strike that spans the length of Portland.  I have seen many of these types of shots, but most, I have seen have proven to be composites of multiple frames.  The shot I want to capture needs to be done in one shot.

Today’s shots were taken during a recent storm through the area, and I took 399 shots to get these three.  I hope you enjoy.

lightning one

lightning two

lightning three

Photo Friday: Shadow Play

March 6, 2015

Today’s picture came courtesy of a sunset.  One of the biggest photo clichés is, of course, the sunset.  Everyone with a camera has hundreds of pictures, at least, of sunsets.  To be fair, no two sunsets are exactly the same (foregrounds, cloud formations)  all different.

In the case of today’s photo, I decided to show the beautiful effect the sunset was having on my surroundings, rather than the sun.  I still get the warm glow, and with the angle of the sun through my window, it created a perfect silhouette of the flowers on my entertainment center.

flowery shadow

Sometimes the sun is the only light source you will ever need.

Photo Friday: Can you tell the difference?

February 27, 2015

On today’s video, on my NaturallyPhotographic channel on YouTube,  I am talking about how good photographs come from the photographer, not the camera.

Digital Rev has a series of videos in which they give a professional photographer a really cheap camera, and have them take pictures with it.  The resulting photos are always good, proving that the photographer is the key to better pictures; not the camera.

When people come up with “bad” pictures, they try to justify it by saying, “Well, I do have a cheap camera.”  This leads many people to believe that when they see really good pictures, it must be a superior camera.

On this video, I showed four photographs I took.  Two were taken with an SLR camera, and the other two were taken with a point and shoot.  I asked people to leave it in the comments which is which.  I’m going to ask you to do the same.  Here are the photographs.

guitar man

unrelated twinshold

snowy winter

Here is the link to my latest video.

Lessons from a Turtle!!!

June 18, 2012

I don’t get out to Hinkley Park as often as I like, but I will always be grateful for one thing; that is, the lesson I learned at this park.

A few years ago, I would ride my bike past this park almost daily, but it looked more like a parking lot with a power station.  The only indication I had that it was a park was the sign next to the road.  When I did get around to going further in, I was highly surprised to find a beautiful nature trail surrounding two beautiful ponds.

At this point I think I should back track a little.  I’m the type of nature photographer that has a list of subjects that I want to photograph while I still live in Maine.  One of those subjects was a turtle sunning itself out of the water.  This is where Hinkley Park came in handy.

Now that we’ve circled that wagon, it’s time complete the circle and talk about the lesson I learned from this.  When I first started walking around the ponds, I heard there were turtles in them, and that this was a great place for finding them, however, I couldn’t find them at first.  Two years ago, I was walking around taking shots, with no real direction when I saw a turtle by accident, swimming under the bridge I was crossing.  After a short time, and a little more practice, I got to the point where I couldn’t stop finding them.

Now, every time I go to Hinkley Park, I can take as many shots as I want, because I know how to find them.

The lesson I gained from this, for those who didn’t get it yet, when you have a hard time finding solutions to problems, always remember the solutions are there.  All you need is a little time, and practice, before you start seeing them all the time.

Can you find the turtle in this?

Leave your answer in the comments below.

Art For Thinking!!!

May 22, 2012

Art For Thinking


The other day, I was watching John Cleese deliver a speech on creativity.  As usual, he was funny, but he also made some exceptional points, and I believe you would be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check it out.  It’s on YouTube, and titled, “John Cleese on Creativity.”  It’s 36 minutes, and well worth the time.

The one thing I noticed was every time he lost track of what he was going to say, he would break into light bulb jokes; you know the kind, “how many socialists does it take to screw in a light bulb?”  (to find out the answer, watch the video)   This tells me two very important things; one is that John Cleese has A.D.D. which is apparent with his random, sporadic, style of comedy, and two that he uses jokes, instead of drugs, to help him through the distraction.

Have you ever noticed, when you start talking to someone, and they start doodling, or writing something, that they seem distracted?  What most people don’t realize is that they aren’t distracted, they are thinking through what you’re saying.  When my stepfather used to get ready for one of his ridiculously long lectures, he would tell me to just sit, and listen (for 6 hours) while he just rambled on and on about the so called crime I committed, (like not folding the laundry).  Here’s just a tip for those types of parents, give it up.  You’re not getting their attention, you’re just giving them a reason to fall asleep, mentally.

The best way to keep the attention of someone, especially a creative person is to give them something to keep their mind active.  If their proclivity is for writing, give them a notepad, and pencil; it they are into visual arts, try a sketch pad. When you give them something to keep their mind busy, you are helping them to better process what you are saying, and helping them to work on a solution.

Don’t forget, even though it seems like it, you aren’t talking to a brick wall.  The human mind is a very powerful tool, and it works best when you keep it active.  The active mind is also the only way to work through a problem to reach a solution.

The next time you have to talk to someone about a problem, don’t give them a reason to fall mentally asleep, give them something to keep their mind active, and help them to think about their own solutions.

New Video: Creativity and the Three Healths

May 20, 2012

In today’s video, I discuss the importance of equally maintaining your intellectual, emotional, and physical health, to help release your true creative potential.


Day 60: New Heights

February 22, 2012

New Heights


I watched the birds flying

And I wanted to fly with them,

I tried to approach them

To ask how they did it

But they flew away.

Then, as I sat on a rock

Trying to figure out what I did wrong

I felt myself being lifted.

I looked up

And the birds were carrying me

To heights I never imagined possible.