Red Wing Black Bird

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Red Wing Black Bird – Orlando Wetlands Park – January 2015

“We are all connected; to each other biologically. To the earth chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

Interesting fact about these birds – the females are brown and white. Haven’t captured one yet – still looking – they are a year round resident at the park so lots of time to find. And did I mention this fellow was noisy,

Heading for the park today and tomorrow for a weekend bird photography seminar – woo hoo.

Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12855.Neil_deGrasse_Tyson

Edward Weston – Photo Pioneer

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Flycather – UCF Arboretum – February 20

My own eyes are no more than scouts on a preliminary search, for the camera’s eye may entirely change my idea. – Edward Weston

Edward Weston, who along with Ansel Adams and Minor White were founders of the photography program at the California School of Fine Arts. Thanks to the pioneers of American Photography who gave us all inspiration to pursue our passions.

Please see more on Edward Weston at http://edward-weston.com/

Quote found at http://www.photoquotes.com/showquotes.aspx?id=51&name=Weston,Edward#ixzz3St1V47zK

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More Minor White

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St Andrew’s Cross – UCF Arboretum – February 2015

“Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind through positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration'” – Minor White 1950

The above quote goes well with the adage that God helps those that help themselves.

Currently reading The Moment of Seeing – Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts by Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko with an essay by Jeff Gunderson. Excellent chronology of the school’s development with historical documentary photos of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Minor White among others as well as photographs from the students and teachers at the school dating from the late 40’s/early 50’s. If you love photography and history seek out this book.

Quote comes from the book.

Minor White – Photographer

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Moon at Dawn – UCF Arboretum February 2015

“I am always mentally photographing everything as practice” – Minor White While reading The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori I was introduced to Minor White. He was an influential American photographer who co-founded Aperture magazine in 1952. He also was a professor of photography at MIT. To see some of Minor White’s work go here http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/minor_white/ or watch this space. I will be going to the library today to see what’s available – a quick search shows 88 books by or about Minor White – I will be busy.

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Photoshopped Moon Pic – February 2015