MiksangWhile surfing links online a few years ago, I stumbled across the term "miksang." Apparently, it translates as "good eye" in Tibetan, and it refers to what is known as "contemplative photography." To my eye, many of the resulting photos are beautiful, Zen-like images.
A Different Way of SeeingMiksang has given me a new way to think about my own photos. For as long as I can remember, I've been drawn to the natural aesthetics of, say, the way sunlight stretches along a wooden floor or a tulip petal droops just so or the straight edge of a grate meets a crumbling sidewalk. A camera lets me frame these moments and capture them so I can look at them more deeply later.
It gives me a different way of seeing the world around me. That's what the photos on my blog are about. They are my way of seeing the world around me.
Technical StuffI try to capture each image the way I want when I'm shooting it, so I almost never do any cropping later. Sometimes I'll tinker with the contrast or brightness in Photoshop, but for the most part, the images I post are what I ended up with when I clicked the shutter. I should also add that I sometimes will include a photo my wife took, but I try to remember to give her credit for those in a comment on the post.
I shoot everything at the highest resolution my camera will allow, then scale it down to 504 pixels wide for posting online -- but I still have the original high-resolution files, too. (The resolution of the originals has increased over time as I've upgraded the digital point-and-shoot cameras I use to shoot them.)
Asking for the SaleIf you're interested in buying a print of one or if you need a high-res version for a project you're working on, just send me an email and let me know what you want. Please include the date of the post that has the photo you're interested in. Also feel free to email me with any other questions or comments you may have.
As always, thanks for reading (and looking).