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The Khutzeymateen in Black and White

In GEAR, Travel, Wilderness by David34 Comments

  I’m just now back from another spectacular four days near the British Columbia / Alaska border, in the Khutzeymateen Inlet. Four too-short days with grizzlies I’ve been photographing now for 4 years. Spring came early this year and the estuary was unusually green and lush, full of life. Unlike last year Air Canada this year saw fit to put …

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Is It Good?

In Rants and Sermons by David28 Comments

By now there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the 4 young men from High On Life, a British Columbian clothing company, that have been wheeling their way around the USA in a bright blue bus, and, as it turns out, wreaking some havoc on the National Parks in the name of self-promotion and fun. Their latest escapade, and the …

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F/ The Rules

In A Beautiful Anarchy, Pep Talks, The Life Creative by David21 Comments

Several years ago, we were enjoying a lively dinner in Oaxaca, Mexico during the Day of the Dead festivals, a small group of us together on a workshop, when the table across from us got up, all of them photographers, all of them hung heavily with gear. They fumbled with their stuff, excited to get out to make photographs in …

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Try It In Black & White

In Video podcast, Vision Is Better by David4 Comments

Episode 45 of Vision Is Better encourages you to look at your work, even if you have no intention of printing it this way, in Black & White. We can learn a lot about the strengths, and the weaknesses, of our work when we look at it critically without the seductive pull of colour. (RSS and email viewers, I’m sorry …

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Death Valley Migration

In Without The Frame by David12 Comments

Nikon D3s. 1.0s @ f/4.5. ISO 200. 24mm (24mm Tilt-Shift) – Readers of this article on RSS or email can view the image here.  It’s not easy getting to the Racetrack Playa in California’s Death Valley. I arrived after a couple bone-jarring hours in my Land Rover Defender, just in time to do some scouting, set up camp, and grab …

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The Power of Failure

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, The Life Creative by David18 Comments

I wrote this just before what I’ve come to call “The Italian Incident” 5 years ago, just after writing a different article, Choose Your Risk, which you can read here. It remains true, if not truer now than ever to me. After beginning the discussion on risk, my brain started churning through some of the responses and push-back left in …

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Receptive & Observant

In Without The Frame by David11 Comments

 There’s something magic about the light in Italy, even at it’s highest and hottest it seems beautiful and the shadows it creates seem to have a life of their own, like Peter Pan’s shadow, which is what I thought about when I made this, but I’m getting ahead of myself. I was in Italy again for a workshop of sorts, …

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Vision Is Better, Episode 43

In Video podcast, Vision Is Better by David6 Comments

I’ve just posted the latest episode of Vision Is Better (email subscribers can watch that episode on YouTube here). I write a lot of books and do a lot of teaching, and there is no end of the books and tutorials and tips and tricks out there. And NONE of them will teach you to take this next step. Want …

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Come To Kenya With Me

In Travel, Workshops and Events by David2 Comments

I’d love to see you come to Kenya on safari with me. So this week we’re offering two chances to do just that. The first will cost you nothing at all. Just head over to Craft & Vision and download Safari: A Monograph completely free. I created this ebook after my first safari as a way to pay for an …

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Collaborations & Connections

In Without The Frame by David15 Comments

Old Delhi, India, is one of my favourite places to wander with a camera. It’s a sensually overwhelming place, busy with people and motorcycles, the honking of horns and calls to prayer, the air rich with the too-fragrant smells of thousands of humans, chai stalls, and spice markets. It’s alive and vital and, for the most part, incredibly welcoming to …