So you want to be a photographer?

After a close encounter with the grim reaper, I’m back with more photo tips, links to my favorite photo-tip sites, favorite quotations often related to photography, and technology photo news.

Choose a Theme, any Theme

Photographers who pick a theme are most successful, like Dorothea Lange who documented poverty in the U.S. during the depression years. The theme can be anything you want. (Right now, the most popular online themes are cats and pretty women.)

“Pick a theme and work it to exhaustion…….It must be something you truly love or truly hate.”  Dorothea Lange

On the Road Toward L.A., 1936
On the Road Toward L.A., 1936

If you like landscape photography, now is a good time to choose an Autumn theme

Poem: Across the Bank

“Across the bank, maples have spread silken cloth.

The leaves are busy sprinkling autumn into the yard

A wild goose screams onto the edge of the sky.

The night chums up a longing for home.” Hamwol (1691-1770)

iPod Photo, 2013
iPod Photo, M. Hutchison, 2013

Take a look at a Great Link to photographing fall foliage: Guide to photographing fall foliage

Visit my November blog around the 15th for an update on camera drone photography that began in the post “Beyond the Go-Pro Camera” (see video demo of drone).


Copyright © M. Hutchison, 2014



California Desert

California Mojave Desert, 2012
Mojave Desert California, 2012

All of these pictures were taken while driving. The constantly changing light brings subtle color changes to the desert. I could watch the light change all day.

Train Outside Needles, CA
Train outside Needles, CA at sunrise, 2012

I awoke before dawn and captured the golden light on the  train just outside of Needles, CA, and close to the Colorado River.

California Mojave Desert, 2012
Signs of A Human Presence in the Vast Mohave Desert, 2012

Two out-buildings intrude on the vast Mojave and remind me of a scant, but noticeable human presence.

Desert Roads

I recently returned from the California desert, where I thought about the difficulties of early desert travel. Below is Adam Clark Vroman’s 1901 photograph of travel in the “Old West.”
“Something that happened on the trip west”
I stayed near Hemet, where many with little means go in old age.

    Copyright © 2012 Marlene Hutchison