Ocean Abstract – Photo by Dan Steven Erickson

First off, I’d like to say that I don’t consider myself a professional photographer. Although I have some basic understanding of cameras and photogrpahy, I could use some lessons. That said, as I do with music, I like to experiment with images as forms of art. I might not know exactly what I’m doing, but I do know when I create something that I believe has some artistic quality to it.

In August 2020, I spent a week on the Oregon Coast. While I was there, I got up early every morning, sometimes before dawn. I took several series of photos using only my iPhone. As I do with music, I like to experiment with using minimal tools for the creation process.

The photo example in this post, I’m sure is a technical disaster, but I think it has some redeeming artistic value.

Here’s what I did. While taking a long walk on the beach before dawn, I began to take some shots just as the morning light was beginning to illuminate the ocean. I took a series of photos including a handful in which I zoomed my iPhone in as far as I could. That created the rough and grainy image you see. The moon, stars, and early morning light created a unique ambience. The image above is exactly what I shot, no editing has been done to the photo.

Again, I’m no professional, but I dare to try weird things. Maybe I’m a hack. Maybe it’s art. I’ll let you decide. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.