In a quiet place.


any years ago, I used to publish an experimental picture every Sunday. I haven’t done it for a long while. I’d like to say that I’m going to resume, but I’ll probably forget.

Throughout the news sites that I read there have been discussions about CoVid-19 (Over 106,000 daily new infections.), The Olympics, national and global fires, climate change and water.

Since I live in the land of too much water, I thought that I’d focus on that, not so much from a documentary standpoint, but from an artistic standpoint.


This picture is about water. And, leaves. And, branches.

It took some doing to combine these natural elements because they are three separate pictures. We’ll get to that in a minute.

To my mind, all of the news with the exception of The Olympics are nature being nature. Even sports in Japan could fall into the nature category because anyone who competed outside felt the Japanese heat.

I’ve written this in the past, but to me it seems like nature, always seeking stasis, has finally had enough. Ma Nature has decided we — the human race — is the problem and she’s going to do something about us.

Or, we can mend our way. Right this minute. Now.


ayers. That’s my trick. As I wrote on the other side, there are three layers here.

Water, leaves and branches. Each of them was photographed at different times.

I started with the water and dropped the leaves into that. I held that back and worked on the branches, which ultimately becomes the base of the entire image.

There was the usual fine tuning and adding the faux bokeh.

I was finished.

I want to discuss one other topic. A friend of mine wrote blog about light. He said that the “overused painting with light” was really not in the discussion.

I wonder why he did that. Photography is literally the Greek words for “Painting with light.” Or, really, “Drawing with light.”

That’s the very first thing you learn in a photo class at any level.



4 responses to “Throughout”

  1. LightCentric Avatar

    LOL, Ray. All due respect, I did not say that at all :-). I am not always the most articulate writer out there, but what I intended my comment in the beginning to convey is that the phrase: “painting with light” may be overused as a definition of photography. I certainly did not say it was not in the discussion. The entire blog was about that topic 🙂 Just sayin’

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Oh man. I see where this is going. Heh, heh, heh. “Painting with light,” is the exact definition in Greek. How can it not be overused? It’s the about same as when something becomes a cliche. It does that because it works and makes sense. The blog as I read it, was you saying formally what I’ve said for years. Photograph in low light — the morning or late afternoon — and make sure the light is angled. There. I wrote it in one sentence. No worries. I once wrote a 212pp dissertation about how people make meaning of pictures. When John Lennon was asked what his songs meant, he replied “Whatever you want them to mean.” 6 words v 122 pp.


  2. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    Whatever – I think this is beautiful. Rimbaud: what does your poetry mean. Rimbaud: it means what it says. Or at least, a precis – quite some time since I’ve read Rimbaud.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Andy is a retired lawyer. He gets hung up on gear and technique forgetting only the art matters.


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