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


These are some of my photographs that are in the new music video Chief of the Santa Fe. To watch go to this link:

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I found this last week in Williams, CA.

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A stack of five images.

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I do not know what these are other than that they are pleasing to my eye.

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I seldom photograph flowers, but I had fun today and yesterday photographing in the yard.

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Near the Del Norte Street Pier, Humboldt Bay 1982

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Yosemite 1991

I hope that I have not posted this one here before. I took this from Glacier Point the night that the government shut down. No one was on duty at the gate, the restrooms were trashed, and I had Glacier … Continue reading

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