James Vedder Imaging

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

A canal "street" in Venice

Early sunlight beginning to touch this canal. I have software, The Photographer's Ephemeris, that shows on a satellite map the direction of the sun and length of shadows for any place and time on earth (including future dates). It cost about $12 in the apps store.

A Main Alley in Venice

A Main Alley in Venice

Abstract....what? What IS it?

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

Along the Grand Canal

In Venice, serves as "Main Street".

Architecture in Budapest

Better Use The Back Door.

Classy Gondolas

Gondola 'taxis' outside my hote in Venice..

Gondolas waiting for you to hire them.

Loneliness Together

If they had met one another on a lonely trek across desert or mountain, they'd be hugging!

Mansion on Isle of Wite

Off the coast of southern England

More Gondolas

This shot taken from in front of my Venitian hotel.

Mysterious Spires

Koblenz, Germany. Admission: I added the light in the window afterwards in Photoshop. Shhhh.

A different view of Paris

Captured on film.

Man Under Stair

Man Under Stair was taken in Honfleur, France, on film, in 1984

Melk Srpiral

My wife and I were on a guided tour of the Benedictine Abby in Melk, Austiria. As the group passed a spiral stairway, I looked up and saw this design. quick snap, 1/8 sec, hand held. Very Lucky.

Pigeon in Courtyard

Budapest, 2006. Today's lesson: If you hold the camera level, the vertical lines of the building will not converge.

Tunnel to Stairway


Schonbuhel Castle

Schonbuhel Castle is at Wauchau Valley (actually on the Danube River), Austria. At that moment, the lit-up castle contrasted against the dark clouds.

St Mark's Bascilica

View from the courtyard of the Doge's Palace

St Mark's, Venice, at dawn in the rain

I left my hotel almost an hour before sunrise, expecting to see no one. Instead, there were photographers and their tripods scattered all around.

The Campanile in St Mark's Square, Venice

View of the Campanile (Tower) from St Mark's Square [Pigeon Capital of the World]

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!

Under a bridge on a water taxi.

Taken from the back of a water taxi going from Venice airport to near my hotel.

Viefw from the Bridge

Near the Cavalletto Hotel

Water Taxi in Venice

From the airport to the pier closest to my hotel. More fun than a subway (which Venice does not have).


Venice, 2016

Converging Spires

Venice, 2016

Woman trying to take a Selfie While feeding Pigeons

Not her best Idea,... we hope. Is that a Martian to her right?

Cathedral of Abby in Melk, Austria

Schattenberg Castle

Austria; What's around the corner?

Canal Near San Marcos, Venice

A different view of Paris

Captured on film in 1978

Mysterious Castle on Rhine

Actually a not too mysterious hotel, near Koblenz, Germany

The Base of the Mountain, the Edge of the river.

Hardly any space at the base of these mountains, yet a town is built along the edge of the river, and more structures on any semi-level spots and still more on top. Be glad you're not the Mailman!

Patagonia, Torres del Paine

"Torres del Paine" in Spanish is the name 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.