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There’s almost too much going on in this photo; with the bright afternoon sunlight careening around all the architectural details, everything seems to be vying for attention.

I prefer softer light for these type of shots – perhaps a high overcast day as on the previous post – but nothing remotely close to that was going to happen here until the sun came off the building, probably a couple hours out. And I was in transit.

Such are the realities of serendipitous shooting. But this one is growing on me.

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Six Poles, Stony Creek, CT

January 28, 2017

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Peace Sign, Old Lyme, CT

December 31, 2016

One last image here for 2016 – one that’s been percolating for the past few days. Not so much a summation of the past year, but more about the way forward into the next.

It surprised me that after looking at all the images that I gravitated to this one: fiery, passionate, fierce, and decidedly not from the flowery old school. But then again, waging peace calls for every bit of talent, skill and discipline we can muster – separately as individuals and together as communities – day in and day out.

I want to thank Andrea and her family, who, like lighthouse keepers of yore, keep this flame burning bright, right there on a main road in Old Lyme. And a special thanks for lighting it up a little early for me tonight.

Happy New Year to all, and may 2017 bring you some pleasant surprises!!

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Aere Bullae, Ogunquit, ME

September 18, 2016

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These guys showed up for a gig at a local bar but the owner cancelled – no customers apparently. So they came down to Saybrook Point and just started playing.

The acoustics were best 100 yards out, from a small elevation overlooking the river, where the first fortified settlement in New England, the original Saybrook Fort, probably stood (1635-1647).

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American Flag, Woodbury, VT

October 26, 2014

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Streambed, East Dummerston, VT

November 15, 2013

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With the emergence of digital photography, it doesn’t cost much these days – other than in time and attention – to fully explore a scene with your camera. And it’s no surprise that some compositions in a series will be “better” than others, that is, (warning: arguable definition ahead) ones more apt to initially engage a viewer, and sustain their interest over time.

My friend Dennis Stock, well versed in the art and business of photography, used the term ” visually articulate” to describe what he felt to be good photography. Not that he particularly defined what that meant – but I think most of us who heard him say it probably got the drift. (the top hit in a google search for “articulate” brings up these synonyms: “eloquent, fluent, effective, persuasive, lucid, expressive, silver-tongued; intelligible, comprehensible, understandable.”

Which brings me to these two images of a stream bed. Though quite similar, this one is probably more “articulate”, in the sense that the complexity and detail of the subject matter was easier for me to grasp at first glance than the one below. Originally I found this one a less appealing composition, as I was put off by the relative size of the log on the bottom right, but now it strikes me as more relaxed, better balanced and less nuanced than the other, and for those reasons, perhaps more able to engage a viewer. Maybe having less detail on the right hand side of the image functions as a sort of pause in the visual story, giving the viewer a chance to rest a bit. In any case, this is my preference of the two – well, for now anyway.

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