Photographer’s Blocks


Expressing our vision hinges on our abilities to be both creative and productive.  Both are possible only if we experience a state of flow, what is often referred to as ‘being in the groove.’  It is when we are in such a state that we are at our peak in terms of expressing our inner feelings and emotions and translating them into our work.

I cover this subject in detail in the essay titled ‘flow’ in the Personal Vision Mastery Workshop on DVD.  My goal in the essay you are reading now is to talk about the opposite of flow.

The opposite of flow is blockage.  We have all experienced blockage: a state in which we feel totally unable to produce anything, let alone feel creative in any way.

There are several different types of blockages and this is why I used blocks and not block in the title of this essay.  My goal here is to cover what these blockages are and offer solutions and advice to prevent or remedy them. MORE…

Chasing the Icon; a Checklist for Failure?

NMP3565APhotographers are like birders. For a lot of birders, what matters most is the sighting of a species so you can check off that bird from your list. The more species sighted the better. The same is true for many photographers; the number of iconic locations captured adds notches to your photography belt. Taj Mahal? Got it! Delicate Arch? Nabbed! Niagara Falls? You bet! But does a portfolio full of the grand wonders of the World make you a better photographer? I doubt it. MORE…

Fall Colors in the Tualatin Valley

cooper-mountain-nature-park-taken-10-13-14Oregon relishes nature’s colorful transitions, with autumn in the Tualatin Valley serving as a prime example. The Tualatin Valley is just minutes from downtown Portland and is home to some of the area’s best farms, wineries and nature parks. Unsurprisingly, this rich landscape is abundant with the earthy golds, oranges, reds and browns of the changing season. If your heart tugs for a weekend escape—something that feels totally different than the city life—then head to Oregon’s Washington County in the Tualatin Valley for a burst of color and fall fun. MORE…

The Chat with Karen Hutton: Art Wolfe

Oregon Fall Foliage Update 10/10/2014

buena-vista-ferry-near-salem-by-debbielusky-10-09-2014Fall color is in full swing! Take a trip to Sweet Creek Falls, one of Eugene, Cascades & Coast’s 7 Wonderful Waterfalls, located outside of Mapleton on Highway 126. MORE…

Oregon Fall Foliage Update 10/3/2014

orfallfoliage-in-the-alpine-areas-by-wildernessadventureimagesThis is the weekend to explore the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. While the leaves are still two to three weeks from peak, the weather could not be any better for getting in one last hike, bike ride or sun-kissed wine tasting weekend in the South Willamette Valley. MORE…

Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/26/2014

_MG_3581he leaves in the Greater Portland area have just begun showing their fall colors with some drastic changes this past week as the temperatures have dropped. Prior to this week, Portland had been experiencing extremely dry weather, so some leaves have already turned brown.  MORE…

To The Ends of the Earth

About a month ago, Canon Australia posted a short film titled “To The Ends of the Earth”, where adventure photographer and Canon Master Krystle Wright is shown taking pictures of rock climbers and divers in different conditions. I decided to share this video with our readers, because I found it to be beautiful and inspirational. I loved Krystle’s opening line “my biggest fear is regret”, because that’s exactly how I feel about many things in my life. Krystal lives and breaths photography and you can feel her deep connection with the craft in every second of the video, which is amazing. Very few of us can truly follow their passion and make it their way of life, so seeing someone not only achieve it, but also be very successful at it is truly inspirational for me personally. I hope you will enjoy the video as much as I did!


Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/12/2014

proxy-fallls-color-by-deigh-bates-9-08-2014Our fabulous fall colors just landed us on the Huffington Post’s 5 Best Places to See the Leaves Change Color this Fall! The mention gets us even more excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks.  MORE….

Winners announced for 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards

TouristUrban Wildlife Winner and Overall Competition Winner. The Tourist. Greylag Goose, London, England. Photo by Lee Acaster

Winners of the 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, with an overall winner, category winners and highly commended photos receiving recognition. Winning entries will be included in an exhibition touring the UK as well as a photo book, and the overall winner will be awarded a £5000 cash prize. MORE…