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We are working on a fun and new project for early 2016. 

It involves creative photography, trains, Acrylic Prints and the will of the public.

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nyes-smNye's Polonaise Room

The outside of the bar and restaurant is in need of a makeover and the daylight of a damp day is not very flattering.  The security camera doesn't help either.

But go inside Nye's Polonaise Room and revel in the perfectly preserved interior.  You won't be disappointed.

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Inside the Basilica of St. Mary

The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis is an icon on the skyline.

And when you are given the opportunity to go to the extreme top of the copper roof for a photo opportunity, you should probably go.

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0 Comments | Posted 3/27/13 6:08 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Local Fine art photography


The beauty of the flaw

Perfect is boring and uncreative.

Photoshop is a very well designed product and its influence could be directly attributed to the demise of creative photography.

Or it might be the salvation of creative photography.

A perfectly exposed photo that is razor sharp in focus delivers exactly what is presented without interpretation.  

A properly flawed image delivers emotion.

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0 Comments | Posted 9/5/11 6:36 PM By John Becker in Photojournalism Fine art photography


Beer haiku

Shoot what you know.

Summer is winding down and it is time to pay tribute to a summer favorite.  

Beer tastes best in the summer, either after mowing the yard or playing darts with close friends in a bar.

The traditional Japanese haiku is three line poetic form with 17 syllables, in a 5-7-5 syllable pattern. 

Technically, it should also include a juxtaposition of two images or elements and a seasonal or time reference.

A simple hiaku tribute to the golden nectar.

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0 Comments | Posted 8/27/11 2:34 PM By John Becker in Fine art photography



Film grain vs. digital noise

There is no disputing the benefits of the digital image age.  It provides instant feedback, greater creative control, cost, etc.

However, as good as digital is, there is a singular drawback.  Film produces grain, digital produces noise.  They might look similar, but they are completely different animals. 

And for many photographers, film grain was a desired effect that rarely exists any more.

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0 Comments | Posted 8/17/11 5:05 PM By John Becker in Fine art photography


Shadows and silhouttes

Contre-jour is a photography technique in which the camera is pointed towards a light source.  This creates a backlit effect and hides details, causes a stronger contrast between light and dark.  It emphasizes forms and shapes and minimizes details.

Shooting in shadows is similar, but it considered more of a low-key effect as opposed to a true silhouette

In any case, it forces the viewer to draw their own conclusions about the details that cannot be seen.  And any photograph that forces the viewer to think just a bit longer is an effective photograph.

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0 Comments | Posted 7/30/11 1:03 PM By John Becker in Fine art photography

flood-run-smThe flood run

Weekend bad boys and bad girls.  They are loud, kind of obnoxious and it isn't uncommon that somebody might get killed in an accident each year.  And yet, it is one of my favorite photo opportunities each year.

The Flood Run is a motorcycle event that occurs twice each year (spring and fall) and has a route around Lake Pepin, but the police on the Minnesota side are unfriendly toward the event, so the bikers tend to stay on the Wisconsin side.

What makes this an especially fun photography event is the opportunity to be really creative in composing the photos.  Whether you shoot long or short, direct or reflective, it just inspires trying things a bit different.

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0 Comments | Posted 7/29/11 6:21 PM By John Becker in Local Fine art photography


Various and sundry

Enough about technique, style and technical minutia.   This entry is about the fun of photography.

Everyone of us who enjoys photography does it because we enjoy photography.  That might seem like a redundant statement, but it isn't, if you think about it.

We like looking at photos we have taken for any number of reasons, but the bottom line is it creates a feeling of satisfaction.

So, what is so special about the photo above?  It is only special to the photographer and that's okay.

The idea that the town of Richland Center, Wisconsin would use lasers to enforce speed limits might seem a bit harsh, but you probably shouldn't challenge it because the consequences are probably too high.

What are some of your favorite photos?  What about these photos made them special to you?

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0 Comments | Posted 7/25/11 1:38 PM By John Becker in Fine art photography


Leading Lines

Leading lines are a favorite photography composition technique.  It pulls the viewer into the image and creates drama that might nor otherwise exist.

Leading lines are everywhere and easy to find.  You just need to be aware of how a slight adjustment of your photography point of view can include or accentuate a leading line.

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0 Comments | Posted 7/15/11 5:09 PM By John Becker in Fine art photography