Winner of My Post a Patriotic Picture Contest Is gcmandrake

First of all, I want to thank all those who submitted a patriotic picture to my blog. You all made choosing my favorite photograph quite difficult - because the photographs were both emotionally moving and technically pleasing.

But speaking of pleasing, my mother told me when I was young: You can't please everyone.

The picture I chose is shown here, taken by gcmandrake. Here is a link to the image.

I like the feeling of the photograph, the tone, the subject, the depth of field, the shadows, and the composition. But mostly it was the feeling . . . a sad feeling for all those who have lost loved ones in wars.

Hey gc.... you need to send me your address (and real name) so I can send you the two books.

For newcomers to my blog, here is the link to the original post.

Thank you all.

Explore the light,

5.31.11 Tuesday's Talented Twitter Find: Valerie Jardin

This week's Tuesday Talented Twitter Find is Valerie Jardin.

Follow Valerie on Twitter to keep up-to-date with what this talented photographer is doing.

About Tuesday's Talented Twitter Find: Each Tuesday (when I am not traveling) I will pick a talented photographer I find on Twitter - and promote the talented photographer here on my blog and on twitter, etc.

Nice work, Valerie.

Explore the light,

P.S. If you are not following me on Twitter, click here to keep up to date with what I'm doing :-)

Photo Seminars, Photo Workshops, Photo Walks and Photo Fun in June

I'm gearing up for my June events - and I hope you can join the photo fun.

June 3-4 Plymouth, MA.

June 24 - Mexico City Seminar and San Miguel de Allende Workshop.

I hope to see you at one of these events. If you can't make one, tell a friend.

Thank you,

Save Your Stuff

This older post came to mind on this Memorial Weekend.

Here is some food for thought: Save your photo stuff. Someday it may be valuable. Or, it simply may be fun to own – and to share with future generations.

Today I was looking at my dad's Morse Code Generator, which he used in the Army in Hawaii during WWII. I got to thinking that he used it as an important communication tool, just as I use my WACOM tablet and stylus as a key communication tool – to help me communicate my photo ideas while working in the Photoshop and Lightroom.

For sure, I am saving my tablet.

Wanna have some fun? Click here and type in a message to hear it in Morse code.

Save your stuff,

P.S. Save old photos, too. For sure, they will be interesting to future generations. Here is a photo of my dad, taken during his U.S. Army days. Very proud of you, Dad.