Mono Lake and Musings on Travel Photography

So I’ve been thinking about this blog post and putting it off because I didn’t have an angle, a theme or a cohesive idea to pull it together.  As with a lot of my writing it just needed time to brew, like a good pot of French Press coffee.  (Four minutes with 200 degree water... Continue Reading →

Smoke On the Water

Often when I post photos of moving water looking all smooth, silky or smoky I get comments asking how I achieve that result.  So I decided to write this post using my latest batch of images to illustrate things (and give you a couple of Lightroom tips in the bargain).  Don't say I never gave... Continue Reading →

Photography Field Tips #1

One of the earliest lessons I learned in photography was to cultivate good field habits.  That is to establish habits and routines that not only help you stay organized, but keep you from going crazy if you have a lot of gear.  Accessories are the kiss of death sometimes and unless you have a way... Continue Reading →

Black and White Photography 201

The next step along the monochrome brick road is manipulating images once you've converted them and done the basics like cropping, white balance and sharpening.  Sometimes the color palette we're presented with isn't as dynamic in monochrome as we want it to be.  I mean that the gray values of the colors aren't separated, they're... Continue Reading →

Black and White Photography 101

The other day someone asked what made a good black and white photograph.  He went on to say that he only uses black and white processing when he’s trying to achieve an old photo look, but noticed when someone converted one of his color images to black and white it looked better because the distracting... Continue Reading →

Goals for 2011

For 2010 I had a few specific goals in mind for my photography.  Here they are - 1. Be more methodical and deliberate; be a more thoughtful photographer 2. Organize digital files better 3. Purge digital files 1 - partial win.  I did envision specific photographs ahead of time and go into the field to... Continue Reading →

Organization Resolution

Recently a thread about 2010 photography resolutions was resurrected on a board I post to on occasion.  Scrolling through the replies I found mine.  One of the 3 points on my list was to have better organization when it came to my picture files.  While it wasn't a complete fail, it also wasn't a complete... Continue Reading →

Answers from photographers

Thanks to everyone for their considered comments on my last post. I got together with my friend the other day and even though she knew I'd be bringing mine, she didn't bring her camera.  This tells me pretty much all I need to know about her stage with it right now - snapshots only, nothing... Continue Reading →

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