What Does This Image Invoke in You?

What Does This Image Invoke in You?

What Does This Image Invoke in You?

One night I found myself working very late (until 5am) on images in my photography library. I was a photographer for 40+ years and these Images are photographs I have taken over that span but did not keep them in an easy to find file system. I wanted to fix that

I ran across one photograph I took back in 2004 in San Diego at the military cemetery at Point Loma. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is on a bluff overlooking the harbor. Every time Monica and I visit San Diego we go there. For some reason the place draws me like nothing else. I was never in the military, but this place spoke volumes about the men and women that have served in our armed forces.

I have always wanted to take a photograph that would do justice to the peacefulness and beauty of its location but more importantly what it represents. I had forgotten about my images of that place until now. After studying this photograph, I decided to use a photographic technique called High Dynamic Range (HDR).

When I applied it to this image the result was totally unexpected. All I could do was stare at it. As I began to adjust the controls to tweak the image further I found myself being drawn into it like no other photograph I have ever done before. I found myself going back to it over and over as I worked on other images throughout the night.

Does This Photograph Say Anything to You?

This photograph was taken at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Lomas in San Diego. Its is a Photoshop technique called a high dynamic range. It combines three identical images with one over exposed, one under exposed and one exposed just right.

Memorial Day Photo Story

I found myself crying and a number of occasions. Why I asked myself? What is it about this image?

When you go to the location itself you are immediately over whelmed by the size and scope of the place and sheer numbers of grave markers. On more than one occasion I have found myself walking among the markers and reading the small short story of that person’s life.

I try to imagine what their life was all about and who they were. Not all that are buried there died in combat, but a great many did. What does that say to me? So very many! 

Many more cemeteries like this one dot our country and different locations in the world. What price did they pay?

As I think about that, I think about the condition of our country today and what they would think? Would they say it was worth it? I am sad today because of the scope of the question and their ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day Photo Story

This is a B&W infrared image that I took with a DSLR camera that was converted to shoot only infrared photographs.

It does not matter if you are Republican or Democrat. Liberal or conservative or any shade in between. The real question is what we have become as a nation at this moment in time. Who are we and where are we going. What does the future bring as I look out over the past of this photograph?

Only God knows. This all is not a surprise to him. That, I take much comfort in.

What does this image invoke in you?

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Photo Story

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Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

I became involved 8 years ago with the Salvation Army Christmas event and I have not been the same since.

The first event was on Thanksgiving that year and I strictly attended as a photojournalist type observer.

I took many great images that day but after watching how involved everyone was, I wanted to do more.

I was invited to be one of ten photographers that would photograph portraits for the poor and needy on Christmas morning just before the Christmas dinner at the Phoenix Civic Center.

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

I jumped on the opportunity. That first Christmas was a blast but very chaotic.

I invited different family members and friends that were photographers to help pitch in the following year.

We all enjoyed it very much and felt like were giving back to the community in a big way on a very important day.

After a couple of years, I asked the leader of Christmas event if I could be the lead organizer for the portrait photography because I had some ideas on how help making it run smoother with all the hundreds of portraits that need to be taken and the 60 or so photographers and their helpers.

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

Over the years, we came up with some very helpful techniques that helped eliminate most of the chaos that surrounds an event this size.

This year I decided to take some video and record video interviews with some of the organizers and people helping to make this all work.

Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective
Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

I put together a video with music, interviews, photographs and some high-speed images to help explain it all and give people a taste for all that went on that day every year.

I made two versions.

A short one of about two and half minutes with just music and images and longer one of about eight minutes with all the interviews included.

They are fun and positive video’s.

The first video is the short version. 

The second video is the long version. 

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They help to explain to prospective clients about who they are and what their business can do for them. Its a very powerful tool.

Not only can they go on their website but onto all their social media as well.

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Salvation Army Christmas Event Phoenix A Photographers Perspective

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