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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Blogging 101 / Photography 101 – Day 1


To help jumpstart my blogging I’ve registered to participate this month in WordPress’s March Blogging 101 & Photography 101 exercises. I’m counting on getting support from others that will help me stay motivated this month to spend more time writing and photographing.

Somehow, I’ve gotten in to a bit of a rut and haven’t felt like putting in the time to post on a regular basis.  I do enjoy photographing but I get stuck often not knowing what to put onto “paper” per se. Now with the help of others maybe I can overcome some of my procrastination and get back to writing and shooting.

A suggestion from the (photo admin) was to maybe start at “home”. Well I’m not at home as you can see in the photograph above.  And since I’m not always home and on the road frequently as I am right now.  Why not post another one of those “hotel” photographs I sometimes do.  I was in Collinsville, Illinois (never been here before) now on my way to West Palm Beach.  I’m writing this while on a Delta flight from St. Louis to Atlanta then on to West Palm.  But since its a photo/blog per day the quality may not be up to what I consider quality. That’s one of my fears when posting is that the “quality” of my work is not on par with everyone else. Its a mental block I’ve created. I’m afraid my photographs will look like just another snap shot.

For that matter, when I make a photo with my phone I have to make changes to it before I will let anyone see them. So this month is tear down the walls of procrastination, kick fear of the unknown in the ass, and start having fun again writing a little bit about my travels on the road.

Stay tuned and you’re welcome to comment as I renew my efforts here.

24 comments on “Blogging 101 / Photography 101 – Day 1

  1. Nice black and white pics.

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  2. Scheralea says:

    I’m glad you are jumping in and doing it!

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  3. Camille says:

    I love the play on shadows through your B&W photos. Although these maybe simple snapshots of your recent travels, they are well composed. Never fear making a sub-par photo once in a while. This ain’t one. Your fears will just cripple you if you allow self-censorship to happen too often.

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    1. Thanks Camille. Your wonderful uplifting comment means a lot!


  4. Rex McMillian says:

    Looking forward to your project!

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    1. Thanks Rex. Hope all is well with you!


  5. Robin says:

    I agree with Camille don’t over think it your photos are great!


    1. Thank you Robin. I will try not to.

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  6. MyLovingWife says:

    Photographs of hotel rooms aren’t easy; and there is a feel of coziness that one might expect of home. I don’t know if it’s the B&W or the lighting but it’s soft and relaxing. Good one. Hope you had a safe flight 😉 .


    1. Had an easy day yesterday riding on Delta. Today will be different. Hopefully I can capture that essence in post later this evening. Thank you for the nice complements.


  7. Love your hotel shots. Staying in hotels three nights the week I know what talking about. And your shots often hit the nail.
    Go on, like also your words. If you fly like you take pics, you are a fantastic pilot. 😉


    1. Almost 180 days out of the year I’m in one. So it really is home away from home and thank you for the complements.


  8. Chas Spain says:

    Great start Duane!


  9. Iron sharpens iron. Best thing I did was complete the Blogging101 course in January. For me, Home is where I park it. We live in an RV. In your case, Home is where you sleep – since you travel a lot. Great B/W shots.


    1. I envy your RV lifestyle Wag! We have an Airstream and need to travel more!

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      1. Well, load it up and hit the road.


  10. Karen says:

    Lovely b&w photos, I look forward to seeing more 😊


  11. Mitch Kadow says:

    Duane, I think the “Ass” has been kicked. Great start.


  12. jkjod says:

    St. Louis – that is my neck of the woods! If you ever have a stop over of more than a couple of hours let me know, we’ll grab a beer and talk cameras. I know the quality of my work is not on the same level as many of the blogs we frequent (Mark and Peter come to mind). But, in the end I’ve come to realize that I can either a) never take/share another photo again, or b) just continue to shoot because I enjoy it. In the end, in my opinion, as long as your images make you personally happy is all that matters.


    1. JK I really wish I knew St Louis was your stomping grounds! Sorry I missed you. Trust me, If your mixing your own chemicals and creating anything that’s not digital you’re way ahead of me that trust has to click and copy!


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