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Fall 2015 - Reload…

On the tenth anniversary of membership at, I have realized something; and I will explain by analogy:
When I first started guitar, I wanted to sound like my idols: Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Pat Metheny. I tried and tried… practiced and practiced. And I found, of course, that I could never sound like them. But, I discovered that if I stopped trying to imitate and just played, I could sound like myself.
So it is with photography. I must accept that I will never “see” or “shoot” as others do, and if I wish to improve or even continue, it must be through creating the images that I enjoy.

So this collection will include many fumbled efforts. It will include adult and erotic stories, because I enjoy that. Some images will be attempts at pure art “photography” and some will be pure fantasy creations. If any aspect of my world connects with your world, please do comment.

As time goes on, I will be purging many previous submissions, and perhaps revisiting them afresh (reload…). I apologize to those who have commented before and whose comments are now lost, but this little gallery is more enjoyable for me when the exhibitions change…

I recently read a wonderful description of the artistic process by a woodcarver – he called it “creative meditation”. I suppose my “meditation” obviously focuses on my partner and muse, Marie.

I spend a lot of enjoyable time on the three steps of image creation: planning, photographing, and editing. The goal (aside from creative meditation) is to share the variety of sensations that she reveals to me… I realize that this is a personal experience and may not convey to others, but it is fun for me to try. Thank you for your indulgence, comments and critiques.

I learn a great deal here, and sincerely thank those who have become friends over the years.

Comments 128

  • Jack Humphrey 05/08/2017 7:05

    Thanks again for viewing my work and for your comments!
    By the Creek
    By the Creek
    Jack Humphrey
  • Jack Humphrey 04/27/2017 0:13

    What a wonderful intro to your superb work. Thanks for visiting and for your comment!
  • paul blieden 01/07/2017 19:15

    Thanks for comment on my image of Wenona...she is a wonderful model !!
  • docskh 12/12/2016 16:42

  • Massimo Graziani 05/14/2016 17:35

    tks for the comment :)
    Sun Kissed
    Sun Kissed
    Massimo Graziani
  • Dalve Sepet 11/21/2015 22:13

    Hi thanks for the kind comments. Been meaning to email you re your very helpful comments in the past. I take note of everything you advise.
    Best Regards
    Dave Sepet aka Dave Butcher
  • Romulus Rex 11/01/2015 18:27

    Vielen Dank für all deine netten Anmerkungen.
    Romulus Rex
    Eine Sonne
    Eine Sonne
    Romulus Rex
  • Dave Butcher 07/31/2015 23:51

    Hi and many many thanks for your kind comments.
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  • paul blieden 07/31/2015 19:10

    Thanks for comment on "katryn with ropes"
  • Ri61Ro68 05/28/2015 6:55

  • paul blieden 03/05/2015 22:10

    Thanks for your comment on my image "Nymph on a Balance Bar"
  • paul blieden 03/05/2015 19:50

    I uploaded a better version of "Nymph on a Balance Bar"...thank you so much for pointing out the irregular artifacts in the image. I will delete that version on my computer.
  • paul blieden 03/05/2015 19:37

    Thank you for your comment on my image of Nymph and especially pointing out the problem with this image...I may remove and upload a better version.
  • Paola Mischiatti 05/03/2014 23:51

    Paola Mischiatti

    thx for the visit :D
  • Phil Jenkins 09/27/2013 14:52

    Thanks for your kind comments, much appreciated.

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Any digital camera can capture an image file (I tend to prefer Canon simply because I have several lenses by that manufacturer) - but I find the following software programs helpful for editing and compressing the image: Microsoft Digital Image Editor, NeatImage noise reduction, and Photomatix HDR. Also helpful is the Wacom tablet pointing device instead of a traditional mouse.