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Friends and Strangers

Wonderful place, the web. I received a comment from someone about a picture. It was a picture of the farm where I grew up. I love taking pictures on the road to the farm As I replied to the comment, a bit of a digital conversation ensued… And here’s the fun part. Turns out we are neighbours (her parents now reside on the farm next to the one where I grew up). It made me think of the old saying, “A

Hands

Two years ago my son’s pre-primary school had a Visitor’s day for grandparents. As I was taking pictures, I was drawn to the beauty of hands. Old hands and young hands were working together, painting together and being together. It reminded me… My grandma used to have hands filled with blue veins, which she used to knit and create. My mom had gentle, comforting hands. My dad had strong healing hands. When I think of these hands,

Framing

Low light. No tripod. It was easy to realize that the evening was ruined. Still, we had a great walk on the beach. My wife and the kids did not worry about the lack of light. They were on holiday. They had their feet in the water. They were not worried about blurry pictures as I was. So there we were – the same scene, but different feelings. I think that life’s the same. It’s the framing that matters. Remember the old poem –

Simplicity

I was reading Martha Beck’s Steering by Starlight. Realized again how we complicate our own worlds. So often we come under stress because of all the stories we keep in our heads. Clutter is bad. Simple is good. Same goes for photos. Just for today – clear all the stories out of your mind. Appreciate the moment. Click the shutter. Enjoy the picture. It’s yours. Feel free to visit www.pixelpostcards.com and comment on any of the posts.

The Beaten Track

It’s been a while. That’s all I can say. As I look at how time flies, I realize how fleeting life is. During the past week I attended a conference in Mpumalanga (a province in South Africa). It was incredible to see how many people had cameras. Compare that to 10 years ago — when film and development were expensive and few pictures were taken. The scary part is that more pictures often lead to more clutter – and what do we

Small Boats

This picture is not about the photography… It’s about the thought that came to my mind while taking the picture… A prayer, I read somewhere… “O Lord, the ocean is so wide, and my boat is so small…” We’ve all got small boats. The ocean is wide. Know where your power comes from. Feel free to visit www.pixelpostcards.com and comment on any of the posts.

Sun and Clouds

A landscape photographer’s greatest friend? The sun… It’s the sun that provides the paint – we only have to find the palette. And sometimes the sun seems to be nasty…hiding behind the clouds when we need it… Not appearing. And then, when it does show, it’s magnificent. But to create that magnificence, it needs the clouds. So I had to learn to love the clouds as well – they help me create better pictures in the end.

Habits

When “Camera Raw” was introduced, I immediately started using it. There was the promise of the “power of Raw”  – you would be able to do so much more with your pictures. Still, they seemed dull.  The camera had done everything before, now I had to work. And I had to learn new things! Yikes! Now those new things are habits – it was worth all the effort! The more effort you put in, the

I have taken hundreds of shots of this tree. I love it. It’s a place I used to play at as a child. And every picture is different.  It changes with the seasons, the weather, the time of day. It keeps on changing.  Therefore it remains interesting. And because I’m appreciating the beauty of change, I keep finding great shots. So, remember, look at life, people and events with fresh eyes. And you will find beauty. All the