Robert Wood

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Adding/Deleting

Published April 10th, 2013

Should I delete photos from 500px if I feel I am improving my craft, or do I leave them here and just add updates>

I feel my craft is always improving, but I am unsure about leaving photos up forever. If am improving and moving on, shouldn't I just display my best work? I fee some of photos will always be part of my favorites, but other photos are not what I want to continue to show as my work any longer. I am wrestling with this question. How about you, can you add some clarity through your thoughts?

Thanks!

Bob

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Disappearing Barns

Published August 31st, 2011

A few weeks ago I wrote my first blog on 500px and I included a picture of one of my favorite subjects, an old Iowa dairy barn. I visited that barn today and found part of it missing. Not a lot, but enough to tell me it is probably on its way out.

This experience reminded me of a conversation I had with another photographer a while back. We were discussing subjects we shoot and why. One of mine is old farm buildings and machinery. I record them because we are losing them. My explanation is based on the Dust Bowl, of the 1930's. People of that time once asked a photographer who was making pictures of the Dust Bowl's desolation, why he was taking pictures. He reply was, "So years from now people will understand what the dust bowl was."

Today that conversation came back to me as I looked upon a barn missing a substantial part of its stone foundation. It had only been a few weeks, but in that time the barn had been substantially weakened. Over the last few years there have been ...

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Getting Back to 50 mm

Published August 8th, 2011

I made a new old friend over the weekend. My 50 mm 1.4 Canon lens. I have gotten so caught up in using wide angel and telephoto that I did not feel comfortable with my 50 mm over the last year or so. If felt too confining. And I pride myself on being creative! So, I put the 50 mm on my camera body and went out to shoot. I took no other camera body or lens along so I wouldn't be tempted to not use the 50. It was a great exercise. I quickly got my confidence back with the lens and I am loving learning to shoot with it again. In some cases I had to make a compromise, others worked out better than I thought. The fast lens was a challenge to get used to also. I further made it complicated by forcing myself to use some very fast shutter speeds, 1/1000 to 1/4000. That was fun. I still need more time with the 50 mm and I am not done playing. This is fun.

It is much like going back to an old photo spot to see what has changed and finding new angles, or something you never saw b ...

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A Place of Peace

Published July 27th, 2011

Iowa means, "Beautiful Land." I moved to a small rural Iowa town (pop. 500), in 1958 when I was two years old. Small and rural describe most of the towns in Iowa. These towns were built by agriculture and were home to businesses that supported farm families and agriculture. Towns were built around market centers where farmers brought their grain and livestock to be sold and shipped to market. A railroad track came into town and elevators were built to hold grain. Farmers hauled in the grain at harvest in the fall to be sold and stored, then loaded into railroad cars for shipping to buyers in cities like Chicago, Kansas City or Omaha. It was much the same for livestock like cattle and hogs. It was a simple life. Easy going and peaceful. No wonder, Iowa also means, "Place of Peace."

The landscape has changed in Iowa since 1958. Many of the farm homes are now empty. There are many reasons for this change. Iowa is now primarily a manufacturing state. Agriculture is still ...

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