James Vedder Imaging

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

Along the Seine near Vernon

There is much beauty along rivers between the towns.


Photo distorted by a technical problem;


Dawn spotlights the massif

One of my favorite photos.

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]

Goodbye. ...Or hello.

Last light or first?

Answer: Last.

Statue #3

These photos are presented here, like the real display, as dark and moody.

Statue #2

Statue #1

At a hotel in Puntas Arenas, the southernmost city

Drive a group of horses to another

Wherever animals are kept, there's usually 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.

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] Actually, 300mm lens and a stiff neck

Dawn greets the mist of a waterfall

Better here than sleeping in !

Calved iceberg in Lago (Lake) Grey

This 'berg drifted from the glacier at north end of Grey Lake, and "beached" here at south end. 300mm.

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.


Turned 180 degrees to form an abstract image,

Andean Condor

Wingspan 10 feet; a little scary; this Condor was fairly close to the ground; 277mm, 1/2500 sec @f/4.8

Clouds. steam, smoke or snow?

Blowing clouds and snow mixed together

Mountain 1583


A kiss of light

Black and white reveals texture and form best

Olde wagon Lajitas golf resort, TX

Glad they left it there for us to see.

Sunset 6,968; TX

Like fingerprints - no two alike. Might have been 6,969.

Olde Wagon - closer view

Needs some work.

Dawn's early light

Colors, shapes, placement of background shadows, color..., mood, all these change as dawn progresses. In a few minutes a different shot. Yet some visitors sleep in!"

A road less travelled

Pleasant Valley, Colorado

Nature as Sculptor

Mt. Sneffels- 14,000 ft

Photo taken across the valley at 8,500 ft.

A string of trees in Pleasant Valley, Colorado

Inside-out 2

Church at the ghost town in Terlingua, Texas

Jade Iceberg! : -)

An amazing sight!! This 'berg broke off from the bottom of the fjord. See our essay on the color of icebergs.

Jade Iceberg shot 3375

Once in a lifetime!

I think this is a cool shot

How many variations of blue?

Backlit surf at sunset

Waterfall Sculpture #11


Light on forest path... light light light

The symmetry of a former gold mine.

Waterfall Sculpture #10

At 1/500, the flowing waterfall was stopped and transformed into a gossamer sculpture. Photography again permitted us to view at leisure what we could not really capture with "live" viewing!

Watch it Tide is rising

Surf backlit by setting sun

Mood Indigo


Abstract 439

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

Abstract Treeline Silhouette

Layering of Tree Silhouette onto textured background.

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?"

Abstract 4950

The 1 second exposure of bushes blowing in the wind = an abstract.

The Blue Wall of Silence

Shjip's Wake Rorschak Horse

Our brains are programmed to see "meaningful" patterns - predator, prey, family member, food... so even in the wake of a ship we may discern images of things...

Spooky House

I took a photo of a house and "wrinkled it" in Photoshop.

Taughonnack Falls

This fall is about 30 minutes north of Ithaca, New York. Notice the contrast of hard rock and soft water. Yet, the soft water has carved a long channel through this rock.

Arches sequence 1

Courtyard Columns, Doges Palace, Venice

Detail, Arches sequence 1

Incredible what you see if you look. [Sounds like a Yogi Berra quote]. Fine and subtle detail within massive architecture.

Keeping Watch

Figure, as seen through arch in Doge's Palace, Venice


I painted this for my daughter, using no "model." often it is more fun not to copy a scene but to just make one.

Dock Scene, 1984

Sketch made in London, but subject was in a book, I think

Hand drawn copy of Maggiore Early Morning, Venice

I'm trying to get back into drawing ..

Christmas Cactus


Not A Color But Many Shades

How to Paint a Door

Cat on a Stair, Chiang Mai, Thailand

In northern Thailand; I rode a wood-burning train to get there. Look at those textures: stucco, fur, wood, metal, etc etc. AND the cat, cleaning her fir on the stair landing.

House in Chiang Mai, Thailand

In northern Thailand; I rode a wood-burning train to get there. Look at those textures: stucco, fur, wood, metal, etc etc.

Street Sweeper, Pey-Tou Taiwan

God is Watching Us!

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

Cute Kids, Philippines


So busy at task, never noticed the camera.

Lake Louise, Canada

Total quiet, total peace.

Ice Bells formed by Spray in Our Creek

Jellyfish 2944

Quebec City, 2014

Day Lily 1455

Opening up for the day.... for you and I to enjoy, to view in wonderment!

Black Locust Tree branch

This one shades our deck.

Rorschach Puzzle

What is it? It's a face... no, those whiskers look like trees...what it I turn it counter clockwise 90 degrees...?

Aspens 1 cropped

While hiking, Southwestern Colorado

Spooky scene, spooky feeling

iPhone 7, my backyard.

Translucent Flowers in Color

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

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?

Swimming in the Sky

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

Stairway to Light

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

Translucent Flowers

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

Ghost Branch

White on white in Winter... impossible!

Abstract Rock Face

Yosemite, NP 2011

Backlit Glass

NYC Hotel lobby, 2013

Through a Glass, Darkly

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

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?"

A different view of Paris

Captured on film.

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!

Quebec City Street in the Rain

Building Reflection, NYC

From hotel window, 2013.

Man Under Stair

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

Converging Spires

Venice, 2016

Tower with Detail

Campanile Tower, Venice

Lady Using Street Fountain in Rabat, Morocco

Rabat, Morocco

Fez Workman

Using the tools of 700 years ago.

View from the Citadelle

Cap Hatien, Haiti. One had to ride up a treacherous trail on a donkey's back to get here... as the rains approached.

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.