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Black and White Dunes

I have always believed that photography is not necessarily about capturing what you see, but rather what you feel: an emotional connection, a sense of place, an experience. There is no better example of this than black and white photography. Black and white photography is a form of visual expression that looks nothing like what the photographer actually saw, yet it’s readily accepted by the general public as being “real” or “real photography.” Some photographers actually believe and espouse the notion that black and white photography is the only real form of photography. There’s that word again. What rubbish.

I don’t practice many black and white interpretations because to me, color is a big part of my experiences in nature – not always, but it’s usually the case. Sometimes, however, a black and white interpretation does a better job of emphasizing the elements that were important to me. This is one of those instances.

Technical details:

Hatteras Island, Outer Banks of North Carolina; Canon EOS 5d Mk2, Canon 17-40L @ 20mm, 1/30 second @ f20 ISO 160

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Timeless Light

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse near Buxton, North Carolina. This image was created during a recent photography workshop in the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina as I demonstrated nighttime photography and star trail techniques.

Technical details:

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Buxton, North Carolina; Canon EOS  5D Mk2, Canon 17-40L @ 20mm, 21 minutes at f4 ISO 200

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Interpretation

From now on, I refuse to use the words manipulation or alteration or futzin’ or any other pejorative words photographers (and critics) want to come up with to describe digital processing. I’ll use interpretation because that’s what it really is!

Haterras Island, Outer Banks of North Carolina

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