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I’m happy to announce that my Intermediate Photography class is scheduled to start on Saturday, April 2 at 9 am at the Cape Cod Conservatory, Falmouth campus. The class is limited to 12 students.

This course is designed for students who have a basic understanding of how to use aperture and shutter modes, and are ready to get to the next level – artistically and technically.  Seeing creatively, composing artistically, and taking control of light – the paintbrush of photography – will be the core focus. We’ll cover a variety of genres, including landscape photography and portraiture. Two of the classes will be actual photo shoots.

Information on the Basic and Intermediate training classes, scheduling, and registration is here.

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It seems that some of the best photographs are taken while travelling. New places. New people. New inspirations. But when you’re fortunate enough to live on Oyster Pond in Falmouth, Massachusetts – or anywhere on Cape Cod for that matter  – there’s truly no place like home.

I captured a series of images on a lazy, hazy day at home last week simply by looking out the window, grabbing my camera and wide angle lens, and stepping outside. Minutes later would have been too late.

Afternoon Dream

Afternoon Dream 2

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As the Featured Artist of the Month, my “Sand and Solitude” photography show is now open at the West Falmouth Library through July 8th. I’m especially pleased to be exhibiting in West Falmouth since the village was my introduction to Cape Cod 40 years ago. As a teenager visiting from Michigan, I became captivated with the Cape during a stay on the beach with my sister’s in-laws, the late Dr. Paul and Dorothy Magnuson of Chapoquoit. Vacations on Cape Cod with friends continued during college days, and later while sailing on Buzzards Bay from Marion with my husband.

“My Secret Place” – captured in Pocasset, Bourne at Four Ponds – won First Place in Photography at the Cape Cod Art Association’s juried May show and is one of the works on display. The exhibit is open through July 8 during regular library hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10-5;   Thursday 2-8;  and Saturday 10-1. Please stop by!

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One of my favorite places to walk is around Oyster Pond (on which we reside), in the Quissett area of Falmouth, onto the bike path at Surf Drive overlooking Vineyard Sound.  It’s particularly fun on a foggy spring day, when everything is fresh and green, and the summer crowds have yet to arrive. Usually accompanying me is my Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105 “walk around” lens, or my tiny “just in case” Canon SD700 tucked into my pocket. The point-and-shoot does a remarkably good job under non-challenging situations, capturing all but one of the photographs below. Can you guess which ones?

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On Sunday I gave myself an assignment of playing with motion to create abstract photographs. Here are some favorites images I created at home and during a walk around the Falmouth village green on a beautiful, sunny Sunday.

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While still photography is “my thing,” I’m beginning to enjoy creating videos of favorite places, people and pets. Here’s a one-minute video of  Trunk River which connects Oyster Pond (on which we reside) with the Vineyard Sound. While the river is tiny, its role is huge since it ensures the health of the pond and makes it possible for herring to return and spawn each year.

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Winter is a great time to catch up on projects and goals. After several people asked me last year if I offered training for beginners, I’m thrilled to be able to finally say “yes!” I’ll be teaching a Basic Photography class on Thursdays, April 22 to May 27, from 6 to 8:30 PM in Woods Hole. The class is for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera to capture well-exposed, artistic images more consistently.

Besides essential camera functions (aperture, shutter, etc.), we’ll cover creative photography concepts, including lighting, perspective, depth of field, and composition. Through weekly lectures, demonstrations, handouts, assignments, and photo critiques in a friendly and supportive setting, I’m sure students will have lots of fun learning how to confidently move beyond automatic mode. The current class schedule and training info is here.


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In high school, I wrote an essay that compared Picasso’s 1907 “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon” – the first cubist painting – with Stravinsky’s 1913 “Rite of Spring.” Both works of art created violent uproars. Influenced by an African statue he saw at Gertrude Stein’s home, Picasso’s “Demoiselles” strove for absolute freedom of expression. He painted not what he saw, but what he imagined.

Stravinsky’s “Rite” was also born in imagination. The music reflected a solemn pagan rite, distorting tonality with outrageous dissonances and eccentric rhythms never heard before. The greatness of both works of art was not realized until later, when people began to accept that old rules don’t always have to be followed.

Today, one century later, photography is experiencing its own revolution. Purists expect a photograph to be “real.” Not altered. Printed as is. A common question overheard in galleries today is: “Was it Photoshopped?” But why place boundaries on photographic art? And why even assume that what a camera captures is in fact “reality?” Each camera model interprets a scene differently, and further variations are made when photographers customize settings and print with different inks and papers.

Why not simply ask: “Does it speak to me?”

Autumn Walk

This is an exciting time to be a photographer. Just as legend Ansel Adams made good use of the tools of his day, altering images in the darkroom to create captivating photographs, the extensive palette of digital tools today enables photographers to create art in ways that could not have been imagined even decades ago. Indeed, old rules don’t always have to be followed.

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I bit the bullet and joined the blogging world. Stay tuned for occasional postings from my experiences as a professional portrait and fine art photographer on Cape Cod.

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