A Philosophical Snapper

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© jason theaker
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UploadedJanuary 16, 2008
TakenAugust 24, 2007
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure4 sec at f/25
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length14 mm
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Q: Drone Photography

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

It’s important to me, to retain the essence of the place I’m representing, but I often feel the inclination to experiment. I feel the need to see if I can find new impression new semblances in order to forge a creative path.

I often find frustrations knowing just how far to push subtle effects. I spend ages mulling over the different layers, turning them on and off, trying to look from different angles, I make the image smaller, I squint my eye, I turn the lights of and on (I think I've said enough). The differences sometimes are so small that it would seem insignificant, but as a whole the subtle workings can offer the image a rich indescribable texture, something magical, a holistic experience where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (Gestalt psychology).

To be honest I find it paradoxically reassuring that the more open, the more uncertain, I see the world the truer it becomes. When the world isn’t black and white, the shades of grey can be very hard to identify. But hey that’s like life. If we believe in the concept of infinity, then surely (being logical) nothing is what it seems, things can not be stable, nothing can be black and white. There will always be something in-between what seems to be solid. There is no fact, there is not one “correct” way of solving a problem, and there aren’t rules that have to be flowed in order to be real. Because reality is a matter of perception, its what you as an individual perceive it to be and every thing is relevant and justified as your own vision.

Yes I'm getting heavy…sorry for the people who want black and white but hey guys not here.

14 responses

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    Truly stunning!

  • Simon

    Simon gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    love your landscapes, just simply breath taking!

  • Karen Bradbury

    Karen Bradbury said (16 Jan 2008):


  • John Hastings

    John Hastings gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    Not Noir....sorry...but holy cow what a emotion invoking shot!

  • Delmas Green

    Delmas Green (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2008):

    Beautiful shot, Jason.....But this is far from noir. You have good camera skills but perhaps you are too young to know what Film Noir was. I see that often in this theme.

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson said (17 Jan 2008):

    "We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are." Talmud
    That's the beauty of photography. Unlike film, we may stand shoulder to shoulder to capture a moment and our interpretation of that moment through each camera's eye may change the viewer's perception of the moment and perhaps the reality of what may have happened.
    I agree with Delmas, far from noir; more like heavenly enlightenment. Very nice.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (29 Jan 2008):

    All right, that's a clean sweep :)

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (19 Mar 2008):

    Molt bones! my vote

  • Ray Chiarello

    Ray Chiarello (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2008):


  • Richard Cressy

    Richard Cressy gave props (27 Jun 2009):

    Another great sunset shot, love the composition

  • Allison W

    Allison W gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    I love this picture too...the sun seems so far away, the rocks so close I think it takes a great photographer to capture any sort of distance like that.

  • Jonathan Bratter

    Jonathan Bratter gave props (26 Mar 2010):

    its all about the water-love it!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (17 Apr 2012):


  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (8 Aug 2013):

    Mighty fine work in my book!!

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