About - Robert Blesse

Bob Blesse

Welcome to my photography website! I hope you enjoy my images and find many of them pleasing. If you have any comments please make them on my comments page. I love the natural world and having the opportunity to connect with nature through landscape photography. I am constantly learning and facing the challenges of creating pleasing and insightful images, which show nature in all its diverse moods and emotions. I enjoy the journey that leads to a satisfying image, the preliminary planning and research and the on-site search for pleasing light and a cohesive composition. Finally, I enjoy post-processing in Adobe Lightroom where can give my own interpretations to my images.

I have loved photography since I received my first camera I was given as a boy—a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. In the mid-1970s I received a good foundation when I took a course on black & white photography at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where we shot film and developed our prints in the darkroom. In mid-1970s, I acquired my first single lens reflex camera, a Canon camera, AE-1. Since then, I’ve owned many different cameras including my first digital, an Olympus C3000Z, purchased in 2002. I now use Canon equipment almost exclusively with the exception of a Sony DSC-RX10, which is my bridge camera. Living in Florence, Italy,

I feel very fortunate to have access to many places where I can pursue photography. Last year I participated in a workshop in the Dolomites with Hans Kruse. In May, I spent three days on the island of Elba, getting some good experience in coastal photography. This coming September, I’ll travel to Scotland for a workshop with Hans on the island of Skye, which will be preceded by a few days on the islands of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

I spent thirty-three years on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno as a professor of art and director of the library’s rare books and manuscripts department. I retired in 2014 and my wife Vicki and I moved to Florence. I’m a native Californian, born and raised in Oakland. I attended California State University, Chico for undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and UCLA for a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. My son, Matt, is a chef at a restaurant called Mishmash in Seoul, S. Korea.

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