Author Archives: Thomas Bethune

About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA

A LITTLE MEDICINE FOR THE COVID BLUES

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A COUPLE MORE AT TILLAMOOK

I cannot tell you why it is that I like this composition – I did enough to take it, and it still is appealing to me.

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A CHECKERED PAST

The old aircraft were nice to see at the Tillamook Air Museum, but this drew my aesthetic attention. Big mouth jet. Big gulp.

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HORIZONTAL OCTOPUS TREE

Most “octopus” trees that I encountered, are Sitka Spruce trees that are growing atop a stump of a logged tree. Here in the coastal environs of northern California and southern Oregon the stumps are usually redwood or spruce. In my … Continue reading

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SUNRISE AT THE MARSH

Took these the other day with my phone.

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HUMBOLDT MACHINE WORKS, 2010

When I took this photograph the business had already closed its doors, and soon it was to receive a makeover. I have not gone back to photograph it as it is now. I think the morning light (or is it … Continue reading

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MAD RIVER FERRY HOUSE

I do not recall where I got the information that this place was known as the “Mad River Ferry House”, but I think it was a good source. This is a good example of the work that I was doing … Continue reading

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SATURDAY MUSINGS

Moving up to 2012 I want to share three interpretations of the same image. By this time, I was becoming more competent with my photo editing skills. I was fortunate to have access to work with the local Photoshop Users … Continue reading

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OTHER THEMES AND PROJECTS

I initiated a self-directed project to document the business districts of both Arcata and Eureka. I often photographed in the early morning pre dawn light. I started this in 2010, and have worked on it through to the present time. … Continue reading

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HOW ABOUT A CHANGE IN STYLE AND IN TIME

I made this image a few hours ago. I decided to give “intentional-camera-movement (ICM)” a try. A couple of friends recently had some success with the process, and they convinced me to give it a go. This is an eleven … Continue reading

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