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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 included two examples of her amateur modelling work in the "links" section.) 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.

Kommentare 124

  • Andrew W-S 7. Mai 2018, 22:42

    Thanks for stopping by and taking an interest in my photos, also for the comments. Perhaps some day we will get a chance to shoot together. I greatly admire your work.

    Take care & enjoy,
    Andrew W-S
  • Jack Humphrey 8. Mai 2017, 7:05

    Thanks again for viewing my work and for your comments!
  • Jack Humphrey 27. April 2017, 0:13

    What a wonderful intro to your superb work. Thanks for visiting and for your comment!
  • docskh 12. Dezember 2016, 16:42

  • Massimo Graziani 14. Mai 2016, 17:35

    tks for the comment :)
    Sun Kissed
    Sun Kissed
    Massimo Graziani
  • Dalve Sepet 21. November 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 1. November 2015, 18:27

    Vielen Dank für all deine netten Anmerkungen.
    Romulus Rex
  • Dave Butcher 31. Juli 2015, 23:51

    Hi and many many thanks for your kind comments.
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  • Ri61Ro68 28. Mai 2015, 6:55

  • Paola Mischiatti 3. Mai 2014, 23:51

    Paola Mischiatti

    thx for the visit :D
  • Phil Jenkins 27. September 2013, 14:52

    Thanks for your kind comments, much appreciated.
  • Hermann A. 21. September 2013, 13:47

    Like your photos with creative ideas!
    You are orange!
    Cheers, Hermann
  • MWPhoto 16. Oktober 2012, 23:01

    Won a photo contest with this image:

    "best outdoor" category, sponsored by the swimsuit manufacturer.
    No money or fame, but we do get some free merchandise :)
    Cheers, friends!
  • Double A 30. Juli 2012, 21:00

    Hi Mark,
    Well, your entry under this photograph deserves the Gold Medal for Humorous & long Comments. As most of the responses to our photographs are in German I translate for my lovely model. Yours however she was able to enjoy in the Original. Thanks for your thoughts.
    Cheers, Alvin
    Der Strasse Zu  (Facing the Road)
    Der Strasse Zu (Facing the Road)
    Double A

  • Max Giorgetta 10. August 2011, 16:07

    Grazie molte e ciao
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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.