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


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Over the coming days and perhaps weeks I will be posting images from my archives. I spent time photographing the areas around Humboldt Bay and the nearby cities of Eureka and Arcata. The imagary from 1980 through 2004 were either … Continue reading

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Virginia Creek 2016.

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Here is a sample of my images that are part of the exhibit at the F Street Foto Gallery (upstairs at Swanlund’s Photography in Eureka). Most of my images are scanned negatives and color slides from the nineteen eighties and … Continue reading

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Here is an example of the images that I will exhibit next month. I took most of them in the nineteen-eighties. Some were color slides, and others were large format black and white. These locomotives were parked at Simpson’s Korbel … Continue reading

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This image came in third place in the Redwood Art Association’s Fall Exhibit.

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Stary Night in the Redwoods

I took this a  few minutes ago with the Sony RX100mIV.

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