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That headline is a pretty famous quote by Ansel Adams.

Adams was a great photographer known for his black-and-white landscape photography. He was a master of his craft.

I can take a good photo -- if I get lucky. Most people, I'm guessing, like to consider themselves photographers, too.

Current technology -- like smart phones -- puts pretty decent cameras in a lot of people's hands at any moment. If not good photographers, we've become instant photographers, able to capture a snapshot of daily life with a tap of a finger.

Which brings me to this: We've had the ability here at the Victoria Advocate to take your photos from your phone and put them on our website -- and cross publish them in our print edition. It's a pretty cool advancement.

And that's what I like about working for smaller newspapers -- we can have a major impact on our community, and our community can have helping hand in what we do.

Here are two great examples this week alone of photos our readers emailed to our website. Both ended up being used in our print edition, too.

The first is from a breaking news fire near Port O'Connor, submitted by Lisa Knipling at breaking news fire

The second, a baseball photo, was submitted by Harry Reese to

baseball photo

We encourage you, too, to submit your photos of sports and other news events. Our news team can't be at all places at all times, but with your help, our coverage sure can be. Again, those email addresses to share photos are, for news events:; and for sports:

I'll leave you with one final quote by Adams: "When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."