It's been far too long in between posts, but I wanted to share with you that a new Gallery - "Working the land" = has been added and newer ones are on their way. It's an interesting thing about photography in that, like all other medium, it results from a combination of multiple factors. In this case, the mechanics of selecting and preserving the image digitally, the use of peripheral devices to help that process, and the post-capture management of the image to give it the life that you had in mind when you took the picture. New hardware, firmware, software, etc. have expanded the photographer's ability to reveal his or her images. But, when you get right down to it, no combinations of these can ever hope to match the essential and bedrock value of good composition and light selection. Being prepared with equipment in good operating condition, plenty of fresh batteries and media are only part of the equation. Patience, understanding and an appreciation of what makes an image memorable - at least to you - are key. Technique mixed with creativity and a devotion to the art form are the tools of any artists - professional or amateur. Take the time to learn and observe, mix it with some patience - actually, a lot of patience - and your art will take on a whole new dimension. For example, nothing helps develop composition skills better that a tripod and cable release. The value is by allowing you the time to closely check each element of your composition before shooting it. This technique obviously doesn't work for every subject, but, when using it with landscapes, still lives, portraits, etc., it can help you hone your skills and will, over time, provide you with the discipline needed for these types of images. I know it's a pain sometimes, but it can really help.