The Power of a Pause

At first glance, it seems like any other beach scene you’ve ever noticed. And then – right when you’re not expecting it – there is a strange and wonderful pattern in the water right in front of you. You only see it when you’ve unfocused a bit, and it’s only there for a minute –…

Does sharing pictures make you a better photographer?

Chris Brogan asked the question “Does Instagram Make You a Better Photographer?” today which got me thinking about the underlying question of practice. No, I don’t believe Instagram makes you a better photographer. Yes, I do believe that the practice of making and sharing photographs does make you a better photographer. And the internet makes…

Looking for perspective? Visit a big volcano

Seriously, go look at a Volcano. Ok, some people might not have the privilege (or the unfortunate nearness) of living near a mountain like Mt. St. Helens, but the next time you are nearby, you should go. But why? Geologic Time is Long In the era of “internet time”, where everything changes in nanosecords and…

Go to the fair – an American Pastime

Spend lots of money, ride some rides, and have a great time. Quick – when I say “cotton candy”, “Ferris Wheel”, and “Pig Races”, what do you think? If you’re like a lot of Americans, you think of a County or State Fair. But why should you care about such an event? It’s loud, noisy,…