James Vedder Imaging

See deeply in order to better photograph; photograph in order to see more deeply. -JNV dates are upload dates
  • Patagonia, Torres del Paine

    "Torres del Paine" in Spanish is the nam e of the National Park and also of mountain towers within this range of the Andes.
    American West

Dawn spotlights the massif

One of my favorite photos.

A view of the Torres del Paine

Meaning "Towers of Blue"

Torres del Paine in a mirror pond

Driving by to our left, we spotted this calm pond and knew a reflection would be available. Sometimes you don't see the scene at the outset, but your imagination tells you it is there. I used a 35mm lens and set the aperture for maximum depth of field [the close-by grasses and rocks as well as the mountains are in sharp focus)

Another view of the same range

If we change our vantage or the sun moves a bit or the clouds shift, or it's another day.... then the light. changes and the shadows change and... it becomes a different place!

Black-necked swan

The newborns are all tan. [Cynus melancorypha)

The Paine Massif

Another vantage, time, cloud formation, lake/pond surface. Mountains are like people... at first glance it's "just' another person, another mountain scene, until you observe the details that make the scene distinct: color, shape, form, texture,... When we can do that, we are learning to really see.

Grazing Guanaco Gobbles Grass, Gulping

The Paine Massif at sunrise

We left in our van in total darkness (and without breakfast), again set-up in the dark (some of us wore weak-beamed headlamps, which are turned off before shooting begins)

Guanaco (Lama) below the Massif


Turned 180 degrees to form an abstract image,

Another time....another. view

View from my room on Lago Grey

At the far end, Grey Glacier, at the near end a beached iceberg broken off (calved) from the glacier. Occasionally, one sees an iceberg broken off from the bottom, formed during the ice age. [My Arctic album has photos of one of these ice-age "sculptures")

Tree and statue in Punta Arenas

Dawn greets the mist of a waterfall

Better here than sleeping in!

Statue #1

in Puntas Arenas, the southernmost city

Statue #2

Statue #3

The photo is, like the real display, dar and moody.

Tough subject to track

We were photographing Flamingos in a pond when this guy flew by; gotta be ready!

Andean Condors

(Vulture Gryphus) captured overhead in pattern. Quite a rare shot. Birds in flight are most difficult- to track, to focus, to expose correctly against the sky. I practiced at home on... moving car headlights. This shot: a 450mm lens [300 on crop-sensor camera], 1/1600 sec @f/9

Posing for us

This shot was easier! the bird was close by the trail, and visited us for 3-4 minutes; 145mmx1.5 = 207mm, 1/400 @f/10

Posing on a pole

300mmx1.5=450mm, 1/1250 @ f/6.3

Subtle ice patterns

almost like lace

Calved iceberg in Lago (Lake) Grey

This 'berg drifted from the glacier at north end of Grey Lake, and "beached" here at south end.

Marked for shearing

Gaucho with flock

Shepherd and flock

Drive a group of horses to another

Where animals are kept, there's work from dawn to dusk. this is pre-dusk work, followed by feeding and brushing down... Photo taken on iPhone as I walked to dinner.

What would be your title?

Nooks and Crannies

What ARE nooks and crannies? We often photograph in black and white because then we see better texture, form, ...

View from my room on Lago Grey

[Lago Grey = Grey Lake]


When a male Guanacos is rejected or otherwise unsuccessful n breeding, he is an outcast, a 'loner" who acts as a lookout for the herd. I am not saying that this particular animal plays such a role, but it is common sight, and our guides explained.... 450mm, 1/1000s

Andean Condor

Wingspan 10 feet; a little scary; 187mm, 1/2500 @f/4.8

Let's go over there.

Do they appreciate the beauty of the Massif? I think only the grasses, Appreciation of beauty is one thing that makes us human.


...and ducks; did you spot them? Pay attention.

Sun and atmosphere color the snow

Caracara in a tree

a study in gold; lens = 450mm hand-held, 1/400 sec

I think this is a Fiandu

photo through window

at island hotel's restaurant

A Caracara

Can't stop recording their antics.

Clouds. steam, smoke or snow?

Clouds and snow

footbridge to our island hotel

unusual cloud

a paira Caracara

These two joined our roadside/ lakeside/ woods/ side picnic

Follow the leader

Or lead the follower

A habit with iPhone in rerstaurant

a fox, just as he saw me

70x1.5= 105mm lens, 1/400 sec.


My 6 million dollar camera auto focussed on the flowers!

We eye one another


Talk about texture!

A kiss of light

Goodbye. ...Or hello.

Patagonia, Torres del Paine

"Torres del Paine" in Spanish is the nam e of the National Park and also of mountain towers within this range of the Andes.


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

Images for Essays

images, slides to insert into essays

Fine Art, Doges Palace, Venice

I arose early on a November morning to be first in line; I wanted the forms and textures of he arches and columns without tourists in the frame. Doges were nominated by the City Council to govern Venice.

Artwork by Hand Helps us See

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


Selected photos from Philippines, Thailand, Japan, etc.


Mostly flowers and small animals


Light and Lighting

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

Black and White

Images that emphasize texture, form etc.


Images of Africa, Asia, and Europe


The Shared Beauty of Nature


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