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Dana Besaw

Updated: Jul 26, 2023


Photography has been important in my life since I was a young man. With a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in electrical technology, I became interested in the technical knowledge that contributes to shooting and processing good photos. An early career in computers taught me how this technology can contribute to creativity and enhance photography science. I work with various software, such as Lightroom, Photoshop, and specialized noise reduction software to bring out the best in my photos.


Traveling through the US, and attending many workshops in different regions, has given me much opportunity for shooting images. I have participated in many workshops and photos trips in the Northwest, Southwest, National Parks, Cape Cod, Adirondacks, and of course our Finger Lakes, such as the Canandaigua Lake photo to the left.



There are so many opportunities to explore the intersection of light and photographic technology. Light and shadow affect scenes and objects, bringing out contrasts, creating a mood, or an emotional reaction. The photo of the Arrowhead plant to the right, exhibits the reflected sunrise light in the lake and shadows in the plants.


Although I am interested in pushing technology to obtain sharpness, I also experiment with different camera techniques such as “intentional camera movement” (ICM) to interpret what

I see. Some years ago in Cape Cod I saw the work of photographer Alison Shaw and become interested in this concept. I have always worked to create the sharpest images I could, and here was something entirely different. I began to research and experiment with this new technique, and soon realized it was not so easy to accomplish a photo using ICM that was not totally blurry or out of focus. The Adirondack sunset on the left, is an example of subtle camera movement which creates a painterly mood.

When I use this technique, I am intentionally moving the camera during exposure to create a more abstract rendition of the landscape or subject. Instead of recording a sharp, lifelike image, I am essentially painting with my camera.


Creating these images requires just enough movement to produce an image that is pleasing without being totally out of focus. The photo of the waving grasses on the right, gives a sense of movement and color with a bit of mystery.


I enjoy sharing my perceptions with others, giving them the opportunity to react to the images I have created. The Ontario County Arts Council provides a great opportunity to share my photography in different locations in the community.

You can experience my images at danabesaw.com.

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