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The astute editors at WordPress selected one of my recent posts–“Defying Gravity” from August 10, 2012–to be one of today’s “Freshly Pressed” posts.  Thank  you Cheri and the rest of the WordPress staff.  This is indeed an honor, and I’m very proud to have been selected from a field of so many eloquent and creative bloggers (and talented photographers too).

For those of you non-Wordpress bloggers who are reading this and wondering what the heck I’m talking about, today’s 20 Freshly Pressed posts are “The best of 465,513 bloggers,1,185,909 new posts, 1,399,798comments, & 297,464,084 words posted today on”

So while not as rare as winning the lotto or getting struck by lightning, the odds of getting Freshly Pressed are still high enough that I’ve been glowing all day.  Kindof like the backlit sunflower I picked for today’s image.  (We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.)

One of the neatest things about today has been all the great comments and compliments I’ve received from old and new readers alike. It’s been a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I’m checking out EACH of your blogs (and subscribing to a great many of them) before I answer your comments.  I’m going chronologically, so if I haven’t gotten to yours yet, don’t fret.  My dreams of going viral are still just that–dreams–so I can still find out who each of you brilliant and discerning folks are.

The “Defying Gravity” post featured images of the Skeen School in the Palouse region of Washington state.  I had hoped to be able to write more about it, and thought there would be plenty of information online, but when I went to research it, I found precious little.  If anyone reading this knows more, please leave a comment.

The Skeen School is on most serious photographers’ Bucket List of Palouse images.  Like wheat-covered hills, dilapidated barns, grazing cows, and harvesting machinery, it’s an iconic image of this beautiful and unique region.  Which makes it all the more astonishing to me that there isn’t more information about it readily available.

One thing that surprised me as I was reading the comments on that post is that some people thought I had either played a trick with lenses and/or image editing software to deliberately create the leaning “look” of the building.  It honestly never occurred to me that people would think that, but I guess we’re all getting used to seeing manipulated images all around us and are taking it for granted that trippy-looking buildings aren’t real.

Folks, I assure you that the Skeen School is indeed twisting and leaning as depicted.  In fact, it twists and leans a bit more every year, which will unfortunately lead to its eventual collapse.  I did make what I consider to be “minor” adjustments to the images in that post, specifically things like color-correction and contrast, which I make to almost all my images since I shoot exclusively in RAW format.  But the distortion of the building is real.  That’s why the post is titled “Defying Gravity.”

One final comment about the comments.  It seems like there’s a disproportionate number of “grammar geeks” that liked that post.  I’ll take that as a compliment on the writing as well as the photography.  I’m also a grammar geek, so the term is NOT a put-down.  Grammar geeks of the world, I love you!  And I love reading your blogs.  Y’all writes real good!



  1. You’ve written a lot of things!
    I think it’s a choice just and deserved, you are very good and very fussy. Your photos made ​​me fall in love. I understood that the picture of the school was the natural and not manipulated.
    have your own style and I think it’s one of the most beautiful, without removing the merit of any photographer.
    Thanks for the beautiful images that you give me, for the love you have and impeccable style.
    kiss and a very nice day

  2. il “girasole” è meraviglioso!!!! 🙂

  3. Congratulations. I’ve been blogging for only a couple of months and I can honestly say that your blog is one of my favorites. Your photos and writing have always been top-notch and you have been willing to send me thoughtful responses to comments that I have made. The recognition as “Freshly Pressed” is well deserved.

  4. Hey, congratulations! That is so neat, and your picture is SO beautiful!!

  5. Congrats on being FPd! Those were beautiful, intriguing images…

  6. Congrats and I love your sunflower! Great use of light!

  7. You absolutely deserved to be Freshly Pressed! I’m excited to be following you, and grammar geeks unite!

  8. Congratulations to you!!! The sunflower is one of my favorites. I want to be photographed in a garden of them. Maybe next year. 🙂 Maybe this one will inspire me to write. I think it already has. May I use it?

    • Hi Renee,

      Yes, you may use the sunflower. Thank you for asking. I chose it because it’s such a happy flower, and I wanted an image to reflect my happiness. 🙂

      It would be great if you could give me a byline as follows:

      ©2012 RPRT Photo
      Used by permission.

      Thanks, and I’m looking forward to seeing your post (as well as your sunflower portrait next year!).

      RPRT Photo

  9. Wow, it happens! Congratulation!

  10. well the powerful composition and colour is why it was fresh pressed

  11. Many congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! Very much deserved 🙂

  12. I enjoyed your Defying Gravity post (but also liked sifting through many of your recent posts, too). I feel I got a glimpse of the region(s) you photograph, in your own style. So, thanks!

    • Thanks Cheri,

      I’m enjoying your blog as well! 🙂

      RPRT Photo

  13. Glad you’re enjoying the success. Well done.

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