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Friday, January 28, 2011
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The first music seminar I attended last weekend at Blue Cloud Abbey was led by an experienced musician and organist, Rev. Richard Collman, who is also an oblate of St. Benedict, associated with Blue Cloud Abbey. He shared old and new music available for church musicians by passing around various collections as well as individual works. By playing excerpts he made it come alive. Below are some photos.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Last week I drove to Blue Cloud Abbey, near Marvin, South Dakota, for a private retreat. I knew ahead of time that the South Dakota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists would be holding a retreat for musicians. What I did not know was the inspiration and delight I would experience by attending music workshops, a talent show, rehearsals and the performance of Music of Creation, a festival of word and sacred music.
These events provided me with a wonderful venue for learning to use my new Leica. Most of the time the weather was "rotten" so my Canon DSLR and telephoto lens stayed in the camera bag. There were few birds in sight and, with way below zero temps and high winds, I was not eager to leave the Abbey. Nevertheless, I was busy filling up memory cards with images of musicians performing their art. Over the next several days I will post some of my photos.
For those interested in such details, most of the photos were taken with the Leica M9 and 50mm f/2 Summicron wide open -- ISOs, except for the few outdoor shots, ranged from 400 to 1000. The wide angle shots were made with a Leica X1.
Below is a group photo of the participating, talented musicians.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Where can we find inspiration for our photography? There are tons of sites and blogs by and for photographers, of course. However, I believe we can learn a lot from other artists as well. One that I have admired and followed for some time is the Canadian painter, Robert Genn. I have found his twice-weekly email letters inspiring and full of ideas. You can read about them here.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
If you have recently followed this blog, you know that I have been exploring new directions in photography. Some of my feelings about photography in general and its purpose in my life specifically are well expressed by David duChemin in his blog. Be sure to watch the cited video. I just wish transformation would happen more quickly! I am interested in your comments.