Farmers, Dodge Trucks & HDR

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Dodge Bootlegger Truck

Since I saw the moving “Paul Harvey” commercial during the Super Bowl this past weekend I have been thinking about it. The 1st time I saw it run, and I have watched it many times since, it brought tears to my eyes – the imagery was so powerful and beautiful. I was instantly captured, inspired and touched. I loved the different styles of photographs and of course, was thrilled to see a few well executed HDR photographs in the grouping. I read that 10 “noted” photographers were commissioned to photograph “farming” – I have so far only found 2 of the 10 photographers names and would love to know who the other 8 are. As a woman photographer I am hoping that at least one of the names on the list  is of a female photographer – I always get a smile on my face when one of my “sisters” in the business does well.

Since 2009 I have not only been an HDR instructor but I have been a cheerleader for this creative and innovative photographic technique and am proud to have Photomatix HDR Software (HDRsoft) as one of my corporate sponsors. Since I have been processing many of my photos with this technique for the last 4 years I have certainly received my fair share of resistance and have had my work shunned by a few major publications editorial departments  But that has never deterred me from using this amazing tool that I feel so lucky to have in my “Artists Tool Box”. As artists I feel that we should use every tool at our disposal to achieve our “artistic vision”……Ansel Adams said it best:

“The negative is the score, the print is the performance,

and as a photographer and artist, you have the opportunity

to use a variety of tools at every step to create a print that

achieves your vision”

Never let anyone tell you that your vision is wrong or bad – stand strong in your photographic style and don’t let anything or anyone ever derail you. I have been making a living with my camera since 1989 and there have been many who have tried to knock me off my path of photographic discovery or tell me that it was impossible to do what I wanted to do for a living. I might have had some doubt at times but I know this is what I was born to do – having a camera in my hand and looking through that viewfinder is second nature to me….it comes as easily as breathing and it is what I will do until I am too old and frail to do it anymore. This “Paul Harvey” commercial not only inspired me with it’s powerful imagery but it reinforced my love of this ever evolving craft – I love what I do for a living and I feel fortunate each and every day that I am able to do so.

For those of you that missed this brilliant and beautiful commercial that has America talking – here is the YouTube link: “Paul Harvey Commercial”


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