“You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” ~ Michael Slevens

Via elephant journal
on Apr 4, 2012
get elephant's newsletter
(Photo: Michael Slevens)

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.”

~Author Unknown

In photography, I have always enjoyed landscape HDR (High Dynamic Range Imaging). The process involves both pre and post production manipulation of the images. This method boosts the natural range of colors reflecting the way the eye sees the actual scene.

The basics of the process involve taking five pictures of the same subject, each at different exposures (a tripod is a must).  Images are then merged on top of one another using special software. The photos are not created; they are only enhanced. Using technology to assist in creating photos is one of my favorite ways of making a captivating image.

Most of my photographs are produced using this method, which takes the art of photography to a different level. More often than not, after taking hundreds of pictures only several will “work” and give the painting-like appearance that is desired.

(Photo: Michael Slevens)
(Photo: Michael Slevens)

I didn’t want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something, and through me, express its meaning in nature.

~ Wynn Bullock

(Photo: Michael Slevens)
(Photo: Michael Slevens)

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,

~ Lord Byron

(Photo: Michael Slevens)



Growing up in Green Brook NJ, Michael J. Slevens had an early start in photography. His father had a dark-room in their garage and helping him develop black and white pictures is one of Michael’s earliest and fondest memories. In high school, Michael took every photography class that was offered. However, just as it is today, it’s always remained just a hobby. Five years ago, Michael re-located to Houston (Texas) with his wife, Lisa, and he takes every opportunity he can to create landscape photographs.


Editor: Andrea B.


~ Like elephant culture & elephant green on Facebook. ~


About elephant journal

elephant journal is dedicated to "bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society." We're about anything that helps us to live a good life that's also good for others, and our planet. >>> Founded as a print magazine in 2002, we went national in 2005 and then (because mainstream magazine distribution is wildly inefficient from an eco-responsible point of view) transitioned online in 2009. >>> elephant's been named to 30 top new media lists, and was voted #1 in the US on twitter's Shorty Awards for #green content...two years running. >>> Get involved: > Subscribe to our free Best of the Week e-newsletter. > Follow us on Twitter Fan us on Facebook. > Write: send article or query. > Advertise. > Pay for what you read, help indie journalism survive and thrive.


6 Responses to ““You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” ~ Michael Slevens”

  1. Robert says:

    I love this post.

  2. Joyce Ehlich says:

    You photos are beautiful works of art that capture scenery better than the mind's eye. Great job!

  3. Andréa Balt says:

    Beautiful. Makes me want to take a deep breath.

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on elephant culture.

    Andréa Balt, editor elephant culture.
    "Like" elephant culture on Facebook.
    Heart ele culture on Pinterest
    Follow @MindfulCulture on Twitter.

  4. Patrick says:

    What’s the software program you use to generate these photos?

  5. Patrick says:

    What’s the program you use to generate these photos?