Photography: A Pathway to Creativity

It is hard to explain how fascinating and interesting photography is for me. I have discovered that it is one of the most flexible creative outlets. Most people I meet don’t appreciate the depth and variety of photography and related graphic art forms. For now, let’s not discuss whether or not photography is a true art. In my opinion it is!

This is a photograph I took at Europa Point in Gibraltar. It was a beautiful clear day with one of the bluest skies I have seen. On a day such as this, onlookers can see Morocco across the Mediterranean Sea. It is the closest point between Europe and Africa.

The lighthouse juxtaposes beautifully against the surroundings of the ultra blue sky and Mediterranean Sea. I find it very striking.

The above photo stands alone as a nice rendition of the scene, but perhaps it would be even better if rendered more like a line art painting or drawing.

There is software available the allows the photographer to express his or her artistic vision in a variety of graphic formats. This is a hybrid of photography and painting albeit via digital manipulation.

Perhaps the artist’s real concept of the scene lends itself more to a watercolor.

The landscape has such contrasting colors of lights and darks. Would a black and white interpretation be interesting?

With a bit more training and skill, the photographer can add a slightly different yet compelling artistic vision of the lighthouse.

I have tried to explain how photography has opened my creative flow and I believe it can do the same for others. If you are trying to find a tool to unleash your imaginative powers and that can develop into a passion, you might want to pick up a camera and start creating!


One of the beautiful aspects of digital photography is that the photographer can see the results very quickly. There is no film to send to the developers. A version can be seen on the camera’s LCD immediately (in most cases) and a true rendition later on a computer.

Once I retired, I began to apply myself to photography. It has always been of interest to me and now it has grown into a serious hobby. I am not a professional, just a photography enthusiast.

So…where is Gibraltar and Morocco?

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Original Photo

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Capture time: 12:30 PM
Capture date: May 14, 2018
Exposure: 1/350 sec @ f/5.6
Focal Length: 44mm
ISO: 200
Fujifilm X-T2
18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS

Edited in Lightroom & Photoshop


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Video: Floored by this Art Form – Beautiful

Rangoli, also known as kolam or Muggu, is a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali, Onam, Pongal and other Indian festivals. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities.

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Photography: My Shot – The Serendipity of Art

I presume most of us are familiar with the expression “Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder” and that is quite true. Personal taste or recent life events may color a person’s perception and one individual may view something very differently than the next person.

As a photography enthusiast, I have learned to look at the little things and the everyday objects for beauty that often lurks under our noses and yet goes undetected. A few years ago on a trip to Japan, I “discovered” this item which I found immensely appealing.

The area was crowded and I had to wait to take the picture to avoid other people entering the frame. I edited some of the surrounding area that might have been distracting to enable the viewers to appreciate the delicate and well-balanced beauty of this artwork.

I am sure many of you know what the item in the picture is. Why not leave a comment a) with your suggestion of what the item in the photograph might be, or b) about the piece itself?

Another quote about the perception of art and/or beauty:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust



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Capture date: July 24 2015
Exposure: 1/250 sec @ f/6.3
Focal Length: 5.8mm
ISO: 100
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Lens: 5.8-23.2

Edited in Lightroom & Photoshop


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Hiking: Yellow-Throated Gilia, Sequoia National Park, CA

One of the reasons I enjoy hiking is that it offers opportunities for interesting discoveries; some anticipated and others serendipitous. We were hiking along the Crescent Meadow Loop Trail in Sequoia National Park nearly a year ago when we came across a patch of wildflowers tucked away in a wooded area…

Yellow-Throated Gilia wildflower

It was hard to believe that these were real. The colors were so vibrant and unusual in combination. It was an amazing sight. The next day we were on the Sunset Point Trail and there was a large swath of these wildflowers covering the entire hillside.

Yellow-Throated Gilia wildflower
Love those standouts adding their all white accents in the middle of the patch!

Nature is the art of God.” – Dante Alighieri

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Lembert Dome Cairn Art- Year of Yosemite (YOY) – Day 252

Artistic cairn layout at Lembert Dome

Artistic cairn layout near Lembert Dome Trailhead

Near the trail head of Lembert Dome, some hikers showed their artistic side by creating a grouping of cairns. These rock formations are ostensibly used to guide others in areas where the path may not be clear. There is some “controversy” about these unofficial guide posts primarily because they are unofficial. There have been times when not-so-funny jokesters deliberately mislead others.

A grouping like this may cause confusing since they appear in a rounded formation without a clear direction. There were others in the area that did point the way, however.

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Meta Data – Day 252 YOY – Year of Yosemite

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Capture date: June 7, 2016
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Photography – Find Inspiration and Motivation – Art Wolfe Video

Creativity and inspiration are fickle muses. I have written as a hobby via blogs for a number of years and I wrote (with my wife) professionally for three years or so as weekly columnists for a major newspaper in central New Jersey. There were times, when I sat at the computer and magic happened; words, phrases and ideas flew from my mind to my finger tips and I could fashion a wonderful story in no time at all.

There were other times, when I would struggle to construct an enticing opening paragraph. I find the same scenario with my photography. It is only a hobby, but it is an important one. I follow many photographers via the Internet. I listen to podcasts and take part in various webinars. I am currently working on a personal project, A Year of Yosemite, where I am writing about 365 photographs I took during my week (+/-) of hiking there. It was wonderful, exciting and amazing! The spirits of Ansel Adams and John Muir were omnipresent.

So…where can we find inspiration as photographers? You know, those times when our cameras sit in their bags for days on end and we don’t feel inspired to pick it up and go out to shoot. In the video below, Art Wolfe talks about his avenues of inspiration and the different views he brings to his photographic craft. Although he is very modest, Art Wolfe is an acclaimed photographer. His training and education as an artist enables him to distill visual themes which help him create bodies of work that I found very stimulating.

I encourage anyone interested in art or photography to watch this YouTube video and perhaps watch it again. I thoroughly enjoyed it on several levels. It will certainly serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for my own photographic journey.

Where do you find photographic inspiration?

Art Wolfe: “The Art of the Image” -Talks at Google

SignEdge: 19 Crimes Wine Label

At one point in British history, prisons were becoming so overcrowded that the practice of “transporting” criminals out of Britain to other places arose. This wine label pays homage to this practice and ostensibly refers to 19 crimes, if committed, would get the perpetrator transported to primarily to Australia.

We recently had a bottle of 19 Crimes wine!

19 Crimes Wine Label
“19 Crimes Wine Label”

On this label is the criminal, John Boyle O’Reilly who is a main character on the 19 Crimes website as they tell his story through a series of slides.

Here is the narrative of one slide from the 19 Crimes website:

“Sometimes the good intentioned get into no good situations. Such is the story of John Boyle O’Reilly. Irishman by birth. Poet and activist by passion and trade.

In 1867 John Boyle O’Reilly was banished from England to Australia on the Hougoumont – the last ship to transport convicts to the down under British colony. He was sentenced to 20 years of servitude for his role in the Fenian Conspiracy – an uprising against British rule in Ireland.”

This seems like the same public domain picture from the Wikipedia website that shows Mr. O’Reilly as well:

Wikipedia Picture of Criiminal John Boyle O'Reilly of 19 Crimes
“Wikipedia Picture of Criminal John Boyle O’Reilly”

The cork denotes which crime was being punished.

19 Crimes Wine Cork - The Crime
“19 Crimes Wine Cork – The Crime”

With the name of the winery on the other side of the cork:

19 Crimes Wine Cork - The Other Side
“9 Crimes Wine Cork – The Other Side””

The winery’s website keeps with the dark theme and is beautifully executed. They have created a YouTube video which is presented below. NOTE – YouTube lists this as an unlisted video which may not be advisable to “share,” but I think this is an error since it is part of their marketing scheme. If this is an inappropriate embedded video, please let me know via comment and I will adjust the web page appropriately upon further verification.

19 Crimes – “The Banished” Video

From the YouTube website

“Published on May 29, 2015

The men featured on our wine labels are not those of fiction. They were flesh and blood. Criminals, artists and scholars. In history, they share a bond – receiving “punishment by transportation” for violation of one of 19 crimes and becoming the first settlers of a new nation.”

Additional Information:

A list of the 19 crimes can be found HERE:

More history about the transportation of criminals: originally published this post

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A-peel-ing Art

Artists work with all sorts of media. There are fabric artists, wire sculptors, ceramicists, but very few choose food as their medium. Stephan Brusche, however, finds bananas very appealing (pun). It is one thing to have an idea, but to be able to express it creatively is a whole other thing. These interesting works of art using bananas as the expressive vehicle will demonstrate the creativity and talent of Mr. Brusche.



You can see more of the creative work of food artist Stephan Brusche at the boredpanda

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, moves on…*

I am constantly being inspired by the creativity I see exhibited on the Internet. One reason I enjoy reading the variety of blogs that I visit is to appreciate and admire all the talent that is “out there!”

Every once in a while something resonates strongly with me and I need to try it myself. These explorations are the beginnings of ideas for me to consider and possibly try and perhaps use to grow as an individual.

At one time, I tried calligraphy, but it was nothing like this. These are quite amazing!

Visit the site below to see more examples and perhaps you might want to try your hand (pun) at it!



See more and read the article here: 3D Calligraphy Experiments by Tolga Girgin

* The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
Omar Khayyam