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ON1 Inspiration – A Crooked Path

When I sit down to post process an image, I have a concept of what the final photo will look like. However, getting to that final image is rarely a straight path. Actually, the path to most of my finished photos is very crooked. There is experimentation involved, and sometimes our vision of an end photo changes as we craft a scene.

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ON1 Inspiration — My Ever Present Past

A prevalent theme in my photography is water. Whether I’m walking along the beach or walking through a city center, I’m drawn to water. Oceans, lakes, reflecting pools, rivers, fountains – I see one of these, and I reach for my camera. And the photo I share in this ON1 Inspiration episode is no exception.

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ON1 Inspiration — Episode 16: Emulating Ansel Adams

I have always been a fan of Ansel Adams. As a matter of fact, in High School we were given and artist emulation assignment where we were to photograph something like a great photographer of the past. Whether it was irony or fate, I have yet to determine; my teacher assigned me to Ansel Adams. At first, I thought he just had a funny name, but then I analyzed his work and realized he was a true master of the craft. Needless to say, emulating his style was not an easy task for a High School student.

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ON1 Inspiration — Episode 15: Making the Time

Hi everyone! It’s great to return to ON1 Inspiration. My sincere thanks to ON1 for having me back. For those that don’t know me, I’m a landscape photographer and photo educator based in San Diego, California. The photo I chose for this installment of ON1 Inspiration is a reminder to me to make the time for my photography.

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ON1 Inspiration — Episode 14: Harsh Light Is Not an Excuse

It’s so important for photographers to have a good grasp of what ideal conditions are for the type of photography you are setting out to create. When I’m heading to a waterfall, all I can think about is having a socked in, overcast, grey sky with a little rain. As far as I’m concerned, that’s some of the best shooting conditions for my surroundings in the Pacific Northwest and when those conditions are present during a shoot, I am completely in my element.

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ON1 Inspiration — Episode 12: Lemons are for Lemonade

Admittedly, I don’t visit my family back in New York City nearly as often as I’d like to. One thing leads to another and the next thing I know, half a year has gone by. So, when I do get the opportunity to visit, I want to make the most of the time I have with them. Recently, I was able to fly out to NYC for a few days of downtime. On one of those days, my sister and I spent all of it roaming around various parts of downtown Brooklyn, which was a wonderful change of pace seeing as we normally default to visiting Manhattan.

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ON1 Inspiration — Episode 11: Creating Images With Purpose by Colby Brown

The digital age of photography has brought with it plenty of amazing advances in technology that have made our lives as photographers easier. Autofocus systems are better and much more accurate then they have ever been before, the dynamic range found in my full frame Sony a7R II nearly rivals medium format cameras and the ISO sensitivity of sensors these days is leaps and bounds ahead of anything we had just five years ago. However not all changes into the world of digital have been positive.

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ON1 Inspiration — Episode 8: Working The Abstracts

Of all the places I’ve photographed and all the extreme weather conditions I’ve been in, I never would have guessed that one of the most challenging locales to create photos in would be an ice cave in Iceland. I had the good fortune to photograph a handful of ice caves during my very first trip there and, next to seeing the northern lights for the first time, this was something I was most excited for.

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ON1 Inspiration — Episode 6: Work Smart, Not Hard

If you’ve followed my work over the past seven or eight years, you’d undoubtedly recall my obsession with HDR and tone-mapping. It became such an ingrained part of my workflow, that I eventually forgot the reasons why tone-mapping was so important to begin with. I just bracketed the hell out of everything without question and, as a result, a huge chunk of my storage container being used to house all those files.

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ON1 Inspiration — Episode 5: Sunset in Iceland

Iceland is one of those “dream” locations for photographers. Beautiful waterfalls, scenic vistas, and, in the summertime, daylight that never ends. I finally had the opportunity to visit Iceland last year with my husband, Brian, and was excited at the possibility of a sunset that lasted for hours!

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