Pathological Picture Taker

Mallory and Ella just clearing the Ring of Fire on the left, and the sun is beginning to set below them. Great Strawberry Festival moment.
Mallory and Ella just clearing the Ring of Fire on the left, and the sun is beginning to set below them. Great Strawberry Festival moment.

I’ve been trying to come up with clever words to describe my passion for photography. I didn’t want to use words like addicted, obsessed, fixated, or compulsive, so I asked Tom to come up with an alternative, here is what he came up with:  imbued with a fanatical dedication to click my shutter. Ha! Well said Tom.

Ferris Wheel!
Ferris Wheels and funny faces!

I am a Pathological Picture Taker. Plain and simple. Capturing images, and then manipulating them is the whole package for me. I realize after years of using my cameras that up until recently my style has been rather shotgun.  Although my percentages of really good shots are high for this shotgun style, I am ready for a more deliberate approach.


Beyond the calculations for a quantitatively accurate exposure, I like to believe that my best shots have an element of luck.

I recently read that there is a difference between a quantitatively correct exposure and a creatively accurate exposure. The combination of ISO, f-stop, and shutter speed, will usually render 5 or 6 possible combinations that will produce a correct exposure, but the creatively correct exposure will make you say WOW! That wow effect, although hoped for, still surprises me. This is the magic that photography holds for me.


Some of my worst shots were surprisingly transformed into unbelievably good shots in post processing. Being able to do that has always been fun for me.

the-secret-lies-in-the-space-between

Until a few months ago, I did all my post processing or photo art, as I learned to call it, by using Corel’s Paintshop Pro. In other blog posts I’ve mentioned my huge learning curve when I began to explore photoshop. I owned the program for a few years but became highly frustrated when I tried to process my photos on it. I can’t explain exactly what stumped me. I felt like I was inside a cockpit of a very large airplane with all the lights, buttons, and levers. YIKES!

Now that I’ve been using it, I can’t understand why it was so hard for me to crack.

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