James Vedder Imaging

See deeply in order to better photograph; photograph in order to see more deeply. -JNV dates are upload dates

A Backstreet in Meknes, Morocco

Abstract 439

Wind moving the bushes outside our sun room window (blurred by just under 1 second exposure

Abstract Rock Face

Yosemite, NP 2011

Abstract Tree Trunks

Side-lit trees, Hoh rainforest

Abstract....what? What IS it?

Gondola Bows!! Mostly, we see the whole object. But there are many component patterns!

Agate in a Sunbeam

I chanced upon a sunbeam in the kitchen window, Don't walk right by. Ask"What would shine in that light?"

Backlit Glass

NYC Hotel lobby, 2013

Barn Shadows

Film: Shapes, patterns, textures, materials, functions, .... at that time of day...

Bell Rope at Rest

Black Locust Tree

How many Greens? Each leaf takes a bit of sun light, produces a carbohydrate molecule, with oxygen as a by-product..., for us! A miracle!! Plants and trees take care of us. We need to care for them!

Breakfast at Dawn

on a rural road in Colorado..west of Crested Butte.


Campfire, great friends, warmth, light... and... marshmallows!

Can I Make that Next Rock?

Candle Behind Wine Glass

Something to do at a restaurant while waiting for dinner: take iPad photos!

Church Lobby, Bell Rope

Plymouth Church Lobby. I was fascinated by the bell rope. side lighting...

Clark's Bar Spigots

Observed while waiting for dinner.

End Wood

The angle of the sun was uniquely perfect! Is that a tiger cub at lower right?...

Evening Cloud Over Budapest

Tons of water, suspended in droplets, showing off for us!

Falls near Highland, NC.

People can walk behind the falls here; if you look closely you can see them.


No, abstract of lights in Water. A composite of two photos of harbor lights shining in water (taken from a ship). Camera Nikon D750, 80mm, ISO 1600, f/6.3, 1/4 sa

Ghost Branch

White on white in Winter... impossible!

Ghost ship?

God is Watching Us!

This cloud formation made me think of the song...

Jellyfish 2944

Quebec City, 2014

Kids on the Steps 2

Rabat, Morocco

Lady in the Spotlight

Metropolitan Museum, NYC; notice the shadow next to her... no one else did.

Lighting at 2 O'Clock

"Lighting at 2 O'Clock." No, not the time 2 o'clock, but the direction 2 o'clock (with 12 meaning light coming from straight ahead). So the foliage is slighlty back-lit. Beautiful, yet few people seem to notice.

Lighting just after dawn in Pleasant Valley

Moonrise? Headlight?

None of these. It is the seat and back of a wood-grained bench at night. Mayne I shouldn.'t have told you; sometimes we like puzzles.

One of the Planets?

No, a 1" rubber ball. I chanced upon a sunbeam in the kitchen window, "Don't walk right by," I said "What would shine in that light?"

Path through rain forest #1, New Zealand

You're in another world. This shows that the photographer, in the end, captures light. [And, that light is constantly changing

Philodendron getting some sun

Notice the pattern of the window screen? I did not.

Reading About Dinosauers

One of my favorite favorites! She is so fascinated by what she is learning, he is just as intent on teaching her... wow, what more could you ask?

Reflections on Night Stand at Dawn

Taken with iPad Mini at 5 AM

Reflections on St Peter & Paul

Road to Hurricane Hill

It was foggy and overcast in Olympic NP. I wanted to drive up Hurrfcane Hill. Another visitor at the Park Office discouraged me: "I was just up there and did not take one photo. It is foggy!”

But as a photographer, I know that fog and mist can produce dramatic lighting opportunities, so I drove on. As I began my drive, a "spotlight' of sun shone through, revealing fascinating colors and textures. All along the drive, I took many photos (I guess I did not notice that “it was foggy.” :-}

Rock & Tree in Central Park

Black and white and not much in between!

Snow Drift 2048

A snow Drift outside our kitchen window, a snowy January, 2009

Solstace Sunset

June 20, 2016, San Juan Mts. Colorado

Souk in Rabat, Morocco

St Basil & Kremlin

Scenes in Moscow - Red Square

Stairway to Light

Newport, RI, 2003. End of a passageway under oceanfront properties.

Sunset Color 9:27 Getting Better

Two and one half minutes before peak sunset color, but we did not know it at the time. You cannot "predict" a sunset's color! What you can do is wait and watch and,take what Nature gives. June 20, 2016, Juan Mts. Colorad

Sunset Over The San Juans, CO 9:29

Two minutes before and two minutes later, the color was almost gone, as the setting sun shown under the clouds from our right onto rain sheets over the San Juan Range. That's Mt Sneffels in the middle. Timing is everything. A stunning scene I was lucky to witness !!!

Swimming in the Sky

Above the surface... all calm and floating; beneath the surface, all churning and agitation...like some people.

Table Top 512

Table Top photos are good not only for showing details and “local” shapes of objects, but their convenience for photographers. When the weather is not good or especially after nightfall, you can take still take photos like this on your table top. Practicing lighting. Someday...

Table Top Lighting

Trying to get the lighting right.

Table Top Photography

Here, Flowers, Containers, Lighting

Through a Glass, Darkly

Like several others: Something to do at a restaurant while waiting for dinner: take iPad photos!

Time Machine

I was walking on the street in Regensberg, Germany, looked down this passageway and saw the costumed man walking right to left. I readied my camera, & as luck would have it, just seconds later he moved left to right and I captured this image. Lucky, yes, but you've got to be ready!

Translucent Flowers

Setup for photo: flowers suspended on water in a baking dish placed on top of a light table. See also color version.

Translucent Flowers in Color

Floating on water in a dish which was set on a light table. It's all about the light.

Twisted Tree

Twisted Tree best viewed within a short time after sunrise... the only time of day that the lighting is perfect.


Wineglass Captures the World Around


Images from Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia and other African countries.


The Shared Beauty of Nature


Images of Africa, Asia, and Europe

Black and White

Images that emphasize texture, form etc.

Guest Artists

The woman’s eyes blend into the dark around her. The artist is “photographer Sebastion Unrau,... Deutschland.” He started in 2015! Nicole S is a young woman not afraid to experimebnt and


Light and Lighting


Mostly flowers and small animals


Selected photos from Philippines, Thailand, Japan, etc.

Artwork by Hand Helps us See

A few sketches, drawings, paintings to help us see for photography

Images for Essays

images, slides to insert into essays


Arctic photos from Svalbard, Norway and north to 82 degrees, Aug-Sep 2018