Outdoor photographs, street photography

Summerfest is Logan’s annual celebration of the arts, held on the Logan Tabernacle grounds. For three days every summer it’s a gathering place for artists of all types. This year I entered a photograph in the photography contest and was lucky enough to garner third place in the amateur category. This contest is unique in that all entries, whether photographs or paintings, must be of something within Cache Valley (they even give a map showing the boundaries) and it must be completed within a five day window immediately prior to the start of Summerfest. I had taken this photograph in May, and had to re-create it between June 8 and 12, get it printed, framed and delivered by noon on June 12.

Handyman special

Here are some other photos of Summerfest itself.

Creative Exercise #1: Smartphone Stroll

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I recently came across a book of 52 exercises for creative photography and decided to try them out. Number 1 is called a “Smartphone Stroll.” Leave the DSLR or point and shoot camera at home, take your smartphone and set the timer for 1 minute. Go on a walk, at least 15 minutes, 20-30 is better. Every time the timer goes off, take a picture. Don’t think about composing the picture, just find something wherever you are when the timer sounds and take a picture. The idea is to help you understand yourself. Is there a theme in the pictures? Are they taken from the same vantage point? Within the length of the stroll, did a story develop? Study the pictures you took but don’t edit. What do you like? What could be better?

Yesterday I strolled around the grounds at Logan High and got these.

At the Border

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We recently returned from a trip to Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, for the quinceanara of our grand-niece. Getting into Mexico was no problem; we just drove through from Calexico, California, to Mexicali, Mexico. Coming back was a different matter all together. We were in a line of cars for two and one-half hours, snaking along the approximately three mile path where border agents verified we weren’t carrying contraband of any kind and that we were legally able to enter the United States.

This queue made a captive audience of potential buyers for peddlers of all sorts. It also made for some interesting photos. Here are some of what I call Scenes from Inside a Car.

Looking for someone missing

The wall. The other side is California


Papers, please

Collecting plastic bottles

L’abuela selling Chiclets

Probably a Haitian refugee. She ducked behind a car when she saw my camera

Almost there

Keep Shooting

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To be a photographer you have to take photos. Lots of photos. Shoot everything. You never know what might become of it. Like this collection of shots from 30-60 years ago. Photography is a time capsule that captures what life was like way back when better than words ever could.


Street Photography

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I’ve had this website for a few years, posting only pictures to pages. I decided it was time to start blogging about photography.

I’ve bounced around quite a bit in trying to decide what type of photography I want to do. After a couple of years I know I don’t want to do portraits or fashion/glamour except occasionally. I prefer the more gritty work that is called street photography. Street photography is a photographic genre that attempts to capture life as it happens, good or bad. One of the best definitions is in this blog post by Eric Kim.

Many of the iconic photographs that everyone knows are examples of street photography. These include Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange; the Afghan girl from the cover of National Geographic; and the napalm girl from the cover of Time Magazine.

There’s a story behind every street photograph. Some stories are monumental, like the stories behind these three shots. Some are not. But the story is as important as the photo.

Afghan girl. Photographer Steve McCurry



Photographer Dorothea Lange