Mesquite Dunes Book

book cover

This is the cover of Mesquite Dunes

The Mesquite Dunes Book is the reason I have not posted for a while. The book is now available on Amazon It’s 24 pages with 19 black and white images of the Mesquite Dunes. The whole publishing process was very interesting and the book become available just a few days ago. The following is from the book Mesquite Dunes:

“The Sand Dunes are mystical to me.  Over 40 years ago I made a photography trip to  Death Valley. At that time I carried a 4×5 camera into the dunes exposing several sheets of film.  What those sheets of film contained kindled a my love for photography. I developed and printed those images and they have hung on my wall for years. I had read about the masters of photography and their experiences in the dunes and I could then and still do feel their presence when I am in the dunes. I had not shot in the dunes for over 35 five years after that trip only returning in 2013. The magic is still there but now days a lot of people are present so I pick my times when I shoot very carefully. I don’t only shoot dunes and image almost anywhere at any time of day and even night. For those beginning their journey in photography I have included camera lens and exposure data for each image. I caution you that it is not the camera or the lens it is much more the vision of the photographer. For me I look first for the light then I work on subject and composition if it is not right I may move on or if I feel there is something there I will make several images until I know I have what is the best possible image. Photography is about feeling and the excitement of a great image. I used to be mechanical in my commercial studio as things had to match but shooting landscape I can put my feelings into each and every shot. I feel it is true that the camera sees two directions.

For my process I image in color and use the color information to make my black and white images using Lightroom and Photoshop.  Many times I know an image will be black and white before exposure. It has taken me years to visualize in black and white with color being so present at the time of exposure.  I also shoot color only images but almost always with a plan or visualization of some sort. Black and white images involve the viewer so they invoke thoughts. Black and white is like a fine book as opposed to a movie. The movie shows you everything but the book lets you supply the visuals. When you look at the image in this book let your mind wonder and feel the mood and textures. Imagine walking in the blowing sand with the sand hitting your legs. Think about a walk at night in the dunes or a climb to the top of a tall dune. Think about the constant change of the dunes. Most of all enjoy what you see.”

Other updates I am part of The Arcanum and must say that anyone who has a serious interest in photography should check into this online school. I am amazed at how fast people are growing their technical and artistic skills. This school has many people waiting to be picked by a master which is bad news, but New masters are coming online all the time and as people move to higher levels the classes open up. The key is to make a great application that shows how eager you are to learn. I am hoping to become a master in The Arcanum and I am working my way to that position. Imagine having a master and fellow students in a private ego free community to show your art and get helpful positive feedback or help with technical issues. If I do become a master I will let you know when it happens until then it would not be a bad idea to put you application in. Each master picks his own apprentices it is not a first come first serve situation.

I do hope you get a chance to see the book. I priced it reasonably and hope all enjoy the images contained in the book. Do not forget to subscribe so you wont miss the next blog. Until next time “Keep on Shooting”


About John Aydelotte

I aspire to pass on some of the 40 years of imaging knowledge I have acquired. I have a true passion for imaging and wish to enjoy my retirement from Commercial Photography by creating images from my heart. I am still taking a few Freelance jobs but would love to teach and lead others on their amazing photography journey. I have two grown children and 7 grandchildren. I am focusing on photography, education and retirement.

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