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THE WESTERN SADDLE: Form Following Function

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com   Before there was the American cowboy, there was the Mexican vaquero, who did essentially the same job. | Source: http://bit.ly/2LkrEGi The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider or other load, fastened to an animal’s back by...

ANCIENT CAVE ART: The Origin of Painting

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Altamira Cave Date: 35,600 years ago Location: Spain Subject: Ochre and charcoal images of handprints, bison, and horses Discovered By: Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola | Source: http://bit.ly/2OeG1Op The most ancient cave paintings we are...

WHAT DID VAN GOGH ACTUALLY SEE?

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsophotography.com Starry Night is one of the most famous paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. Notice the intense color. Particularly the use of brilliant yellow. | Source: http://bit.ly/2O5Yywk We often hear artists talking about the...

DOMESTIC CATS: THE MOST POPULAR PET (Except for Fish)

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com My three cats – sitting on the bed in the morning waiting for me to get up and feed them. Photo by Bill Dobbins  The cat (Felis catus) is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae, which includes all...

HAROLD EDGERTON: MASTER OF STROBE PHOTOGRAPHY

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com Harold E. Edgerton – bullet hitting an apple | Source: http://bit.ly/2NKhI9L The human eye and brain have evolved to give us visual information about those aspects of reality that help us to function and...

HUBBLE: PHOTOGRAPHING THE UNIVERSE

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com The launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 ushered in a new era of visual observations of the universe. | Source: http://bit.ly/36eyS7O The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990. Samy’s Camera carries most...

SWORDS, HISTORY – AND THE MOVIES

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com From the silent day on, swords have often played a major role in motion pictures.  And of course, they have been highly significant in history as well.  Give somebody a blade some...

MARLENE DIETRICH And Invention of Butterfly Lighting

By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com This photo by George Hurrell shows a good example of butterfly lighting – the key light is located above and to the front, leaving a small shadow under the nose. | Source: http://bit.ly/2MczCSP Moviegoers...

MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE: The Significance of The Horse in Human History

MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE The Significance of The Horse in Human History By Bill Dobbins www.billdobbinsphotography.com King Richard: A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse! Catesby: Withdraw, my lord; I’ll help you to a horse. King Richard: Slave! I have...

PICTURES IN SECRET: The Spy Camera

By Bill Dobbins http://www.billdobbinsphotography.com A spy camera disguised as a watch. | Source: http://bit.ly/2nIjtuM In the beginning, cameras were large and bulky.  Usually, view cameras were as large as 16X20. Frames on which a lens was attached on...