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Jun 30

#1215. Living in Lexington

By Lad Sessions | Travel Photography

Pascal once suggested that each Dear Susan contributor might offer a post about their local habitat—whether neighborhood, home town, city or countryside. So here’s my portrait of Lexington, Virginia, a small town nestled in the great western Valley of Virginia. (It’s not technically part of the Shenandoah Valley, which lies to the north, but locals […]

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Mar 29

#1184. Distance in Photography

By Lad Sessions | How-To

Pascal’s recent thoughts on 3D (#1181 on 3D and pop) are a tough act to follow! As announced, here is a second instalment with a slight change of subject—or at least of approach. In this post I’ll write in my own allegedly “academic” way, seeking to separate out and analyze a few factors, and hope […]

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Feb 11

#1170. Photographing roots

By Lad Sessions | How-To

Roots. The word has so many fundamental connotations: ground, foundation, basis, cause, origin, source. Roots are plants’ way of being grounded in space, at a place, but all life is rooted in time, through its ancestors. So roots run deep, and they touch us deeply.   Every living thing has roots, its temporal roots. All […]

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Jan 21

#1166. A mistical morning

By Lad Sessions | Opinion

Serendipity is often praised but often not appreciated for itself. “Chance favors the prepared mind” said Louis Pasteur, and usually we fasten on the second part of his quip, the preparation, because there we are in control and deeply invested in what we can make of the happy chance. Whether in science, art or daily […]

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Sep 29

#1142. Photographing Fascinating Ferns

By Lad Sessions | How-To

I am fascinated by all things visual, but especially by colors and patterns, the former for their infinite tonalities, the latter for their infinite forms. Hence it’s no surprise that I love sunsets—and also ferns! Photographing the former is more challenging for me: it’s hard to be in the right spot at the right time […]

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Jul 26

#1127. Mosses are boring

By Lad Sessions | How-To

Mosses are boring—or so we may think. After all, “rolling stones gather no moss.” These days we take that adage to mean that mosses are dull and static creatures, a bothersome excrescence on dynamic entities like rolling rocks—and rock bands! But in earlier centuries the phrase had exactly the opposite meaning: stay put and flourish, […]

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May 13

#1117. A Babe in Lichenland

By Lad Sessions | How-To

Lichens are vastly underappreciated by photographers (and indeed by almost everyone except lichenologists). To get the inevitable pun out of the way, most people don’t like ‘em, or don’t care much about ‘em. Both are mistakes.   Once again I’m in over my head, a babe in lichenland, and I will rely heavily on a […]

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