Following the beautiful pictures from our previous guestblogger, Jemma Lambert from shutterjunkie, I have the pleasure of introducing James Jordan and his excellent landscape pictures at Points Of Light. I am also particularly impressed with his creative efforts at “painting with light”: do take a look at his Still Life With Fire series in his October 2005 archives!
Picture title: Moonrise at Wind Point
Name: James Jordan
Location: Elgin, Illinois, USA
Website: Points of Light
Equipment: A Nikon FM10, Nikkor 35-70mm zoom, 135mm, and 70-210mm lenses and a multitude of filters.
About the image: Wind Point Lighthouse is located on Lake Michigan just south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is one of my favorite places to photograph and is only a two-hour trip by car from my home near Chicago. It’s a particular challenge photographing the moon behind a subject as it almost always is overexposed and requires some correction afterward in PhotoShop.
Your favorite subjects: Nature, scenics, including lighthouses, old barns, churches and cemeteries.
How did you start out in photography? My father was a photo enthusiast, and I got his old equipment whenever he updated his. Started with a Brownie at age five, graduated to a Pentax twin lens at age 12, then a Canon SLR in high school. I was a photographer for my high school newspaper and yearbook, but really became serious with it about 8 years ago.
Are there any special themes/ideas that you like to convey in your pictures? I’m drawn to landscapes with bold, saturated colors, such as those by Marc and David Muench. I try to seek out situations where I can make the most of color. Certain colors cause emotional responses in people and I always aim for an emotional response when I make a picture. Every so often, I succeed.
Apart from your own photoblog, are there any others that you would like to recommend here? Other than Eng Loy’s blog and Shutterjunkie, I enjoy Blue Hour and Swim Pig. There are a few others in my blogroll I visit regularly.
Who would you like to dedicate this entry to? My wife, who has traveled with me in search of good photos.