“Being in the Moment”

How I Took It 2012 Contest


The Photograph was taken at my in-law’s home on Thanksgiving day after everyone was finished with a beautiful Thanksgiving meal.  Dez was intent on hiding his super photo-genic face from my camera.

Peek-a-boo and click.  Sometimes it seems as though we get all caught up the the gear and the lighting and the posing and blah, blah, blah.  There in lies the source of this tutorial-that some of our best shots just happen!

Sure, you probably could have staged this, but how do you capture a 26 month old just peeking to see?  The answer is that it probably isn’t going to work out too well if you are trying to set it all up.

Certainly, I had to do some work in LR4 and CS6 to get to this point, so there are some adjustments, layers and cropping, but the outcome leads us to one undeniable conclusion.

Photography is largely a matter of timing.  You have to, of course, be there # 1.  Be ready (for the most part) # 2.  And most importantly # 3-be “In the Moment”.  You know what I mean.  Call it commitment or whatever you like.  Just make sure you are in that moment……….totally!

We all tend to get lost from time to time and separated from our vision-whatever that may be.  Always remember that no matter where you’re at, there you are!.  So in fact, you can never be lost.  Just be “In the Moment” and creativity will happen.

The Basics:

Nikon D7000

Nikon 18-200 mm lens @ 95mm

F3.5 @ 1/60 sec

Flash full power with a Gary Fong Diffuser

ISO 200

The shot is titled “Dez Hiding”



Wow, today is special.  I have prepared a portfolio of some of my work along with a couple prints I had here at home and taken them down to Goody’s here in Prineville, OR.  The shop owner, Stephanie, asked me if I would do that and it sure didn’t take me long to decide.  I also have a couple of large, framed prints on display at the Prineville Territories Magazine office.  How sweet is that!  If you are in the area, stop by and take a look.  This is exciting……….first showing!  Wahoo!

This year….so far.

While looking over the photographs for this year’s family photo calender (made just for family members), I have been reminded of how incredibly fortunate I have been this last year-the first year of my retirement.  I have been fortunate enough to acquire some very good friends and shooting buddies that have the same (if not greater) love of photography that I have.  I also have been able to go to some of the places and events that were on my bucket list and get some great shots of those happenings.  I am really hoping for some more to end this year with, but for now, I leave you with one of my favorites of the year.

Captured at the Columbia River Circuit Finals in Redmond, OR.


The North Fork

Some years back, my son Brian and myself went on a photo shoot up in the Ochocos.  We ended up along the North Fork of the Crooked River for some shots and recently, I decided to go back in and rework a few of those pics.  First I will show you the original shot I published about 5 years ago and second, I will post the new one.  Let me know which one you like best by commenting.  Enjoy!

Published several years ago.

This one cropped to eliminate some of the distractions in the background.

Well, anywho, please let me know which one you like best.  I would like to get back up there with the newer camera and see how it renders the scene.  Nice place.