Ever since I was a child, and being a child of the northern hemisphere, the Northern Lights always cast a spell over me, and I have held auroras in awe. I think of the auroras as the spirits of the earth watching over the planet lovingly from their prime location in the north.
Northern Lights. Copyright Ole Salomonsen. Used by Creative Commons license.
This is a completely magical video by Ole Salomonsen or →Arctic Light Photo.
Besides this video, Mr. Salomonsen has some wonderful photography on his site. Salomonsen also has a great →Facebook page with more awesome images from Norway.
I did a seminar yesterday with David Duchemin. Sponsored by Manfrotto (I wish I could afford Manfrotto gear!), the seminar was titled “Confessions of a So-Called Pro.” It was thought-provoking and has me thinking a lot about what the craft of photography means and what’s important about it.
The Pixilated Image Blog: David Duchemin's Site
→David Duchemin is a photographer I have admired, and I have posted about him here before. I have long admired David for his work as a “humanitarian” photographer, serving the photographic needs of Non-Governmental Agencies (NGO’s) and other global needs. In his writing, David has articulately and compellingly made the case for uniting vision and craft in personal photography.
The first point that David made that I found important was a comment about the nature of “amateur” vs. “professional.” Explaining his title of “So-Called Pro,” David confessed to being uncomfortable with a distinction. “Professional” should just refer to the business aspects of a photographer’s work – photographing for clients – and there are many “professionals” whose work is not art. “Amateur” – literally, one who loves – should refer to our work in a field that we love. Being a professional photographer does not insure that what we produce is art. Nor does not being a professional preclude a commitment to our craft, to high standards, to developing and cultivating both vision and skill, and to making photography that is art.
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