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Some of my longtime pals from the Stagecraft Email List (which some of us have been part of since the '90s!) embark this weekend on their annual Long Reach Long Ride motorcycle adventure, raising funds for two good causes: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the ESTA Foundation's Behind The Scenes fund for theatre technicians who, through accident or injury, find themselves in crisis. They're inching up on having raised half a million bucks since the first ride in 2004. It's not too late to help them pass that goal.
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If, like me, you like reading your Notifications full-screen instead of in the right-hand dropdown (on a desktop machine): despite the fact that the "Notifications" header in the dropdown is no longer a link, you can still get there by simply typing /notifications after the G+ URL.

(This tip brought to you by OK, I Get That Google is Always making "Improvements" Without Warning Us, but Some Of Us Are Set In Our Ways, And Like Them).
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I think it's safe to say that for any given change in anything, some people will be upset. I'm not particularly change-averse, myself, though stupid changes annoy me...
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Yep, +Ricardo Williams ! Still have a few images to process from #tgsmu15 ... I'm kinda dragging my heels, 'cause I don't want it to end!
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The Storyteller

The sixth and final lesson in +Morgana Creely's Single Frame mentorship, part of the wonderful +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers series, and after exploring the images and techniques of cinematographers in many genres, she threw us a curve ball and asked us each to make a photograph that represents who we are as storytellers.

I owe my concept to my best girl, +Liz Loveday, who, when I was puzzling over how to tell that story, laughed, grabbed my wrists and rendered me temporarily, sputteringly mute. Those of you who've met me will understand: I literally cannot tell a story without my hands.

This works as a metaphor for photography: Technical skills and clever ideas are great, but until you throw something of yourself into it, grab it and play with it and give it your own distinct touch, it won't be truly yours. I suspect this is the heart of what people call a "style," and what so many of us struggle to find.

It's dawned on me, through this mentorship, that story is nothing new to me. I've been telling them all my life, in one medium or another: a crayon poem s scrawled on the liner of my mother's 78 RPM  boxed set of "The Firebird Suite" ("a little bird came up to me i was so so hungery he sat down i stood up pup pup pup pup pup pup pup" ) to a theatre degree, learning to make stories come alive on stage... a first career in journalism, another as a science writer and more recently, Webmaker. And always, always, sitting with friends, as humans have since we lived in caves, trading our own stories, hands dancing and laughter ringing.

Things this mentorship, Morgana's well thought-out assignments and the dazzlingly good work of my fellow students taught me:

~ To think of photographs as single frames of a larger, longer story, and consider the who/what/when/where/how (just as I did when I was writing for newspapers - fancy that!).

~ To consider framing, not only as a technical element of composition, but as a tool for focusing the viewer's eye on the story. I played with cinematic/letterboxed framing early on and decided to work with that for the entire mentorship, just for the fun of it. It made for some interesting compositional challenges, but I'm happy with the small body of work it produced, and expect to play with that more in the future.

~  Some new-to-me approaches to light, the real paintbrush of our art, and how the absence of light - shadow - can say so much about mood.

~ A new way to brainstorm - that who/what/etc process gave all our images more context and a clearer story, I think. Keeping that!

Among other things, I really appreciated the videos Morgana made and shared with us to launch each week's lesson. It's a great approach, and the examples she showed - of her work, and others' - really helped stimulate my imagination.

This is my third Mentorship, and each has given me new skills to add to my photographic toolbox - but even more important than the techniques that build craft, new ways of thinking about what I'm doing, or trying to do, that push me closer and closer to art.

(If you've read this far and think "hey that sounds like fun," add the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers to your circles and watch for announcements about new mentorships. They really are like post-graduate mini-courses in photography, and they will make you a better photographer.)
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Thanks +Alan Bland and +Carla McMahon ... now that I'm "between assignments," having wrapped up this mentorship and a Hunt, I'm considering a personal project or two that incorporate what we've learned here. Stay tuned!
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Week 21 - She's a Standout
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Very true. :)
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+Laura Blanchard It certainly did! I thought I'd managed to kill them two summers ago when I was gone for most of July and the garden got badly parched. Nothing much came up last spring, but this year, they're back in full force and form.
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Welcomed changes. Way to step to the plate, Google!
A long overdue change in Google's terms

Google changes social Terms to target harassment, make room for art.
Summary:Google quietly made substantial changes to its Plus user policies, addressing the tactics of social attackers and relaxing its feelings about art nudes.
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Week 22 - At last!
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Especially with real wooden tiles and tile trays, right, +Mary Wardell? I briefly had a plastic version with the raised borders around the squares and I hated it. 
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Ready to Order?
+Levi Moore's #12rulesproject15 - Framing

Serving up farm-fresh treats from the kitchen at the family farmstand at Midway Farms, a few miles outside of the town where I live. Tory's the oldest daughter, and makes her own jams and preserves to sell toward her college fund.
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We need to find many more places like this :) 
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11/26: Self-Portrait
#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen 
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Week 5 PLUS post

This edition of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is rocking right along, and this week's lessons included:
* Props can make or break the story
* Light - and shadow - are your friends
* Shooting a scene from different perspectives opens up all kinds of story-telling possibilities.
* Removing distracting elements (cat hair, some boxes that had been stacked behind the chair, a power cord snaking along the baseboard) is much easier done before shooting than in post!
* Ambiguity is not necessarily a bad thing.

This week we were asked to shoot three scenes in a room of our house from the same tripod position, at different heights/angles/zooms, still with story in mind. From there, +Morgana Creely's instructions got a wee bit ambiguous (different props or the same ones? One story or three?) but in the long run, I think that pushed us all to get a little more creative with our visual story-telling!

I interpreted the assignment as "come up with three stories, choose one, shoot it three ways." My living room served as the location for a tale of domestic tragedy, and lighting was confined to a single speed light and ambient late afternoon light through a window off left. One prop moves from scene to scene - can you spot it? Do you understand the story?
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blush* you are all too kind.
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Week 20 - Office Tech, Old School

Still on my desk, and still in use
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Been shooting with my 50mm prime lately, such a sweet lens at wide aperture!
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I work with words, pictures and invisible electrical particles to make cool things and communicate ideas.
My secret superpower: I can take a 10-page research paper, boil it down to 250 words and make it both interesting and accurate.
  • Oregon Sea Grant
    Web | Words | Photos, 1993 - present
  • The Oregonian
    reporter, 1987 - 1993
  • Various clients
    freelance writer/editor/photographer, 1985 - 1993
  • Corvallis Gazette-Times
    reporter, 1978 - 1985
  • Associated Press, Detroit
    reporter, 1976 - 1978
  • Sault Ste Marie Evening News
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If you think I'm "that Pat Kight," I probably am.
"... a Molotov cocktail-throwing Brenda Starr." - my old college adviser, with delight, on seeing me for the first time since 1974.

When people ask "what do you do?" my profession isn't the first thing that springs to mind. I do ... all kinds of things.

Things that interest me: live theater, photography, knitting, communication technology, the Internet as a force for change, Web accessibility, communicating science, cooking, gardening, the localvore movement, liberal politics, feminism, ebooks, speculative fiction, geeks, creativity, craft, intelligence, beauty, compassion, peace, living lightly on this earth.

I'm "following" a lot of people I don't actually know on G+ simply because they have interesting things to say. If you're among them, please don't feel obligated to add me to your circles (although you're welcomed, if you want to). 

If you encircle me, don't take it personally if I don't reciprocate. Thanks largely to photography circle-sharing, I keep hitting the 5000-person max G+ sets on how many people we can encircle, and when that happens, I can't add more till I find time to do some house-cleaning.  

I try to sort what I post according to who might be interested in it, although all my photography posts (the bulk of what I share) are public. Special interests that (mostly) get posted to select circles include:
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My politics are decidedly left of center, and while I welcome intelligent, respectful conversation with people of other persuasions, I'm not interested in demagoguery of any stripe. In particular, if you are any brand of religionist bent on saving or converting me, someone who believes Fox has the only "true" news on television, a Tea-Partier or a raving Libertarian, do us both a favor and don't encircle me. Life's too short to argue with people being Wrong On The Internet. Unless it involves snark.
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