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Nik and Photomorphis

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 13 January 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

COMPROMISES - Photography, just as the rest of life, involves compromises. For example, I clearly know that one of the best things that I could do to improve my landscape photographs is to always use a tripod. But the fact of the matter is, I generally don't. Most of my photography in the field is not a stand alone activity; it is not only about capturing good photographs. When I am home, my photography is a part of my daily walk in the forest. Hauling a tripod along is too burdensome. Furthermore, I like the flexibility of shooting handheld. When I go into the forest, it is a walking meditation; it is an integral part of my spiritual life. Having a camera along does help me to slow down and to be present to where I am. More than that; often I feel drawn through the lens into a mystical connection with what is in front of me. Very much a part of this is that I have had a lifelong love affair with the natural world. As in all serious love affairs, ones focus always is the beloved. And to be a good lover you need to be present; you need to pay attention. You need to listen and respond to the deepest dimensions of the beloved. I find that the camera helps me to be a better lover. Although I am passionate about photography, it is not the primary object of my passion. The object of my passion is the deepening of my human and spiritual journey. In a similar way, when Ellie walks with me, she always is more important than photography. When I walk with her, I often don't even take a camera (actually, that's about the only time that I don't take a camera).

Do I sometimes use a tripod? Absolutely. I always use a tripod when I take photography workshops. There, the focus throughout is the photograph. I also always use a tripod whenever I want a slow shutter speed. I use one for most of my macro work. The same holds for whenever I use Live View (especially for focus stacking as well as long exposures). Would I recommend that other photographers always use a tripod? Yep!

My point is: we all make compromises. We would do well to be
conscious of the compromises that we make, and intentional about them.

NIKON D700 F/11.0 ISO 200 58 mm (35mm equiv.)

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like the various levels of mountain which lead the eye towards the background. It is very beautiful and poetic

13 Jan 2014 5:58am

Javier from Castro-Urdiales, Spain

Bonita sensación de profundidad de esas montañas a capas.

13 Jan 2014 6:17am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A real feast of greens here. Superb.

13 Jan 2014 8:20am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A real feast of greens here. Superb. And those front laying browns really amplify the scenery.

13 Jan 2014 8:24am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Take the pictures you want to take, however you want to take them and, most importantly, ENJOY your photographs. :-)

13 Jan 2014 8:30am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

C'est excellent! Merci aussi de tes explications Jack

13 Jan 2014 8:50am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5****

13 Jan 2014 8:54am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide paysage, superbe ambiance.

13 Jan 2014 9:35am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful scenery and mood.

13 Jan 2014 10:16am

Martine Libouton from Genappe, Belgium

Très beau ce paysage!!!!! j'adore++++

13 Jan 2014 10:25am

jean pierre from paris, France

encore un joli tableau!! amitiés

13 Jan 2014 11:45am

Frankiess from Český Těšín, Czech Republic

Very nice composition and very nice written thoughts to the photo !

13 Jan 2014 12:54pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Superbe landscape! Besos y abrazos querido amigo!

13 Jan 2014 1:13pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful processing here Jack! ;-)

13 Jan 2014 1:41pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel enchaînement de vallées dans la brume quel rendu dans les tons fantastique

13 Jan 2014 3:14pm (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Wise words. You take photographs that make him to be a little happier.

This is a very great image !

13 Jan 2014 3:36pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine landscape with very strong appeal. I found your philosophic statement very interesting and well stated.

13 Jan 2014 4:46pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States


13 Jan 2014 5:02pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Like an illustration

13 Jan 2014 5:35pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous image. I like those Photomorphis textures.

13 Jan 2014 5:36pm

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran


13 Jan 2014 6:18pm

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..this looks like a great painting..5 stars . .

13 Jan 2014 6:30pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Appreciate your words, fitting very well with the pictures you make.

13 Jan 2014 6:47pm

tce76 from saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Pas mal non plus sous ce traitement là !

13 Jan 2014 8:39pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, layers, colors, lighting & treatment!
L O V E L Y !!!!

13 Jan 2014 10:23pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

First things first – how right your are!

13 Jan 2014 11:24pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Another beautifully processed image ... and thanks for your truthful words !!!

13 Jan 2014 11:59pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

This is also nice.

14 Jan 2014 11:23am

parviz Falahatkar from Tehran, Iran

great landscape...!

14 Jan 2014 11:48am

L'angevine from Angers, France

superbe ces plans des montagnes à l'arrière

14 Jan 2014 2:46pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

I was captured by the photograph and the way you processed it--very nice. Then, I was captured by your words--wise, true, well expressed. Yes, it is important to be clear about our priorities. Thank you for the reminder.

15 Jan 2014 11:20am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Layers, layers, layers-I love layers in a photograph! Lovely image and lovely words. Anita said it well-very nice.

15 Jan 2014 11:46am