Monday Missive — September 18, 2017

Quotes

We’re all capable of huge leaps of insight and empathy if we’re willing to go to work to learn how.” — Seth Godin on September 10, 2017

Don’t shoot the nouns . . . Shoot the adjectives.” — Arthur Ransome

The photograph is secondary to the experience.” — Arthur Ransome

Links

– Using Lab color
– Helpful one minute tip on how to be sure you know where your photos are in LR
– Super weird 2X macro lens
– Cheap super macro set up
– sRGB vs Adobe RGB I don’t agree with the conclusion, but he explains color space reasonably well.
From Steve Oney: – 40 camera hacks
– Finalists Wildlife Photographer of the Year
– Canyon Country
– Good ideas for fall foliage

Iris leaves, backlit.

Monday Missive — September 11, 2017

Quotes

Isn’t it amazing how photography has advanced without improving.” – Charles Sheeler

Spend enough time looking through the glass on your tablet and you’ll come to believe that you’re the only one with a less-than-perfect situation. With the right filter, the grass really is greener…
‘Compared to what?’ is not always a great question. It might be better to merely say, ‘this is pretty good.
‘” — Seth Godin, Sept. 7, 2017

Don’t be trapped into accepting shame from someone who is trying to keep you from doing something you have every right to do.

Ignore the mob that would like you to feel badly for not fitting in. Categories are rarely permanent, and most important work is done by people who don’t easily fit in.” — Seth Godin, September 8, 2017

Links

– Techniques for fall color
– FALL FOLIAGE PREDICTION MAP
– 10 National Parks for fall foliage
– Guide to Acadia National Park
– History of photography as fine art
– Focusing in macro photography
– Finicky focus
– Photo assignment: Sub-framing
– Think less literally to be more creative
– Start seeing in more compelling ways Another insightful video from David duChemim

My butterfly garden finally bore fruit. A nice sequence of a Monarch caterpillar feeding, ready to pupate, and a chrysalis.

Monarch ready to pupate.

Monarch ready to pupate.

Monarch chrysalis.

Monarch chrysalis.

Monday Missive — September 4, 2017

Quotes

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have faith and pursue an unknown end.” — Francis Bacon, as written in Robert F. Kennedy’s daybook

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.Helen Keller

Links

– Composition
– Why your prints are too dark
– How to make your images more compelling I recommend this 5:30 minute video for every novice.
– 10 predictions for the future of photography
– Composition conventions Part II
– Add sun flare
– Working with the Layers Panel and How to zoom in Photoshop
– Imogen Cunningham
– Breaking a creative block
– Cristina Mittermeier and sacred ecology

Covered bridge.

The re-build of the covered bridge near Jerusalem Mills Village has now been completed. Can be a good subject, but avoid really sunny days.

Covered bridge on Jericho Rd., near Jerusalem Mills Village.

Monday Missive — August 28, 2017

Quotes

When we look at our photographs and find not the slightest reflection of ourselves, it is a good sign that our images have lost their souls.” — David duChemin in “The Soul of the Camera”

Creativity is about two things: the way we think, and the way we turn those thoughts into reality.” — David duChemin in “The Soul of the Camera”

“The more curious we are, the more creative we become.” — David duChemin in “The Soul of the Camera”

Links

– An analysis of Bresson’s composition technique Includes 25 minutes of video
– Sharpening
– Think outside the box
– Photo assignment on negative space Some images are really good; worth watching the slideshow.
– Easily cut out trees in photoshop
– Rainy day images
– Photographing eagles in the Adirondacks
– Create a mist in photoshop
– Making compelling images
– Best eclipse pictures

Extra link:
– How to assemble an eclipse sequence

Single image HDR of Turtlehead flower.

Monday Missive — August 21, 2017

Quotes

You can find inspiration from others but determination is solely your responsibility.” – Dodinsky

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” – Ayn Rand

My job is not to make masterpieces; my job is to master my craft. Only then will I make the better photographs I long for.” — David duChemin

Links

– Seeing the world as a photographer
– The current White House photographer Interesting observations and insights.
– Coastal images
– Changing lighting in photoshop
– See through frame effect This looks like fun
– 12 photographs celebrated by Huntington Witherill and
– 12 by Witherill himself
– Point Reyes National Seashore
– 6 brief photo essays
– Four ways to use your solar filter AFTER the eclipse

Faye Pinkston, girl next door at Graffiti Warehouse August meet and greet.

Jehanne de Champvallon, glam at Graffiti Warehouse.

Sarah Bentman at August Graffiti Warehouse

Skilar Richardson at Graffiti Warehouse.

Monday Missive — August 14, 2017

Quotes

Making stuff is great.
Making connections is even better.
” — Posted by Seth Godin on August 06, 2017

I love being alive, and the art is evidence of that.” — Jim Carrey

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.
Diane Arbus

Links

– Strange but innovative work from a young Japanese photographer
– Dinner time in different households This is an interesting concept that piqued my curiosity
– Black and white photography
– Tips
– Phlearn Magazine: 5 Photo stories
– Using the histogram correctly
– Printing from Photoshop
– National Wildlife Refuges
– George Lepp Tips
– Street photography and the law

Sunflower, Hugg-Thomas Wildlife Management Area, Sykesville, MD

Monday Missive — August 7, 2017

Quotes

Inherently, we all know that an image isn’t measured by its resolution, dynamic range,or anything technical. It’s measured by the simple–sometimes profound, other times absurd or whimsical–effect that it can have upon us.” — Chase Jarvis

Exposure. . . should be evaluated by the ease by which the image can be exposed to the right people in the right way to maximize impact.” — C.J. Chilvers

Independent thought is the scarcest resource in photography today.C.J. Chilvers

Links

– Shoot in bad weather for good images
– Maine driving guide
– Android phone cameras years behind iPhones This was very interesting
– Good tutorial on very precise content aware fill Courtesy of Steve Oney
– Great Louisiana bird spot and neat image
– Lessons in wildlife photography Melissa Groo is a really making a name for herself as a wildlife photographer
– Macrophotography tips
– 3 tips for long-exposure photography
– Climate change north of north
– Are curved sensors coming soon to a camera near you?

Model Karen Amaya from Grafitti Warehouse last December.



Monday Missive — July 31, 2017

Quotes

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” — Dorothea Lange

The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.” — Susan Meiselas

Well, I try my best
To be just like I am
But everybody wants you
To be just like them
” — Bob Dylan (Maggie’s Farm)
Links

– Photography as therapy
– Motion Blur
– Marc Muench: Wildlife in the landscape Marc is always worth following
– Sensor cleaning
– The stages of becoming a photographer
– New York City from a German perspective
– TSA now checking cameras as well as devices larger than a cell phone
– Use flash to control the light
– Pet photography
– A landscape photographer’s bucket list

Sunday Farmer’s Market in Baltimore right off Pleasant Street exit from I-83. Two hours free parking nearby. Huge selection of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, live plants, flowers…..

Monday Missive – July 24, 2017

Quotes

Be unafraid of your imagination.” — Joe McNally

I just think it’s important to be direct and honest with people about why you’re photographing them and what you’re doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul.” – Mary Ellen Mark

I wanted my vision to be just that, my personal vision. Photography is a great way to express your emotions and I think the best work comes from deep inside.” – Sarah Hadley

Links

– 10 photographers who have defined fine art photography
– Lightroom camera calibration and import presets
– Tasmania This is a photo location you don’t hear much about. The pix are pretty good too.
– Possible customs complications for photographers
– PC vs Mac: The perennial question
– Seeing art in automobiles
– Upgrade monitor calibration
– Enjoy your time in the field
– Photographer shot and killed for his gear at sightseeing location on west coast
– Nomad photographers I can dream.

Young woman walking in the surf at Calvert Cliffs Beach in Maryland.

Monday Missive — July 17, 2017

Quotes

Every time you assume that others will be swayed by your logical argument, you’ve most likely made a significant, irrational mistake.
Your actions and your symbols and your tribe dwarf the words you use to make your argument.
” — Posted by Seth Godin on July 07, 2017 | Permalink

Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go.” — Peter McWilliams

Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid to not try.” – Michael Jordan

Links

– Let your creativity evolve Being a bit in the creative doldrums myself, this was helpful
– Keeping your passion fresh
– Fixing wide angle lens distortion
– Rafting the source of the Amazon
– Boudoir photography
– 12 photographs celebrated by Sean Kernan
– Red River Palo Duro Etching paper Very reasonably priced for a rag, fine art paper. Etching papers have more surface texture than regular matte papers.
– Storm chaser images
– Better pictures as simple as ABC
– Intro to Theodore Roosevelt NP in N. Dakota

Skipper on lavender.

Monday Missive — July 10, 2017

Quotes

Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil.” — Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Again and again, the cicada’s untiring cry pierced the sultry summer air like a needle at work on thick cotton cloth.” — Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses: The Sea of Fertility

The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last for ever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year – the days when summer is changing into autumn – the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change.” — E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Links

– How to photograph fireworks
– Eyes on the world: travel photography
– Settings for action and sports photography Courtesy of Gary Faulkner
– Working the Scene, learning to see
– Copyright
– Tilt-shift blur This could have general applicability to control depth of focus
– Mastering autofocus

Apocalypse Now: Diane Arbus with social outcasts in NYC parks, survival in Indian coal mines reminiscent of Selgado’s work and Burtynski with the beauty and devastation of man’s works on earth.
– Critical summary and exhibition video for Diane Arbus’ works “In the Park”
– Survival in an apocalyptic landscape
– Burtynski: Indian salt pans

Cicada from the 2004 brood.

Cicada from the 2004 brood.

Field cricket

Monday Missive — July 3, 2017

Quotes

You’re better than you think you are.” — Seth Godin on June 30, 2017

I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.” — Anais Nin

Links

– Great wildlife photographer Nick Nichols at the Phila. Museum of Art Courtesy of Steve Oney
– Photo essay: The apple pickers of Yakima County
– Zoom vs prime: a detailed assessment of considerations
– Art of photography assignment on “still life”
– Adding a magical glow in PS Uses some aspects of color select that I never noticed before
– Places to photograph in NYC
– Gradients
– Full frame vs crop sensor
– A dog is his muse Short piece, neat story with Instragram link if you want more. Click on the “Nikita” link if you need a happy dog story.
– Sources of creative inspiration

Several Tibetan monks came to Baltimore in early May. They were hosted at the yoga studio on Falls Road behind the Ivy bookstore. Public was welcome to watch and shoot for a small donation. I went twice, but did not make it back for the destruction of the mandala. Amazing skill and patience, beautiful colors.

Tibetan Monk making a sand mandala.

Making a sand mandala

Monday Missive — June 26, 2017

Quotes

I don’t figure out my vision and my direction so I can make photographs, I make photographs so I can figure out my vision and direction.” — David DuChemin, Vision is Better, Episode 61

That’s how you discover your vision. By doing, by trying and letting the resulting work speak to you. The stuff you love, that points to an aspect of your vision, your opinion, your taste. The stuff that doesn’t light you up — that points to where your vision isn’t. Go the other way.” — David DuChemin, Vision is Better, Episode 61

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” — John Maynard Keynes

Links

– MacPhun luminar Soon available for PC. Provides layers, non-destructive editing, numerous presets for $69.
– Cuba
– Star trails in Minnesota
– Histograms
– David duChemin on Vision Episode 61
– 7 tips for street photography
– History of photojournalism From Steve Oney
– Window light
– 7 people who changed photography forever Some names I didn’t recognize. A good opportunity to follow up and learn something.
– Useful ways to view masks in Photoshop

Playing in the Garden

Monday Missive – June 19, 2017

Quotes

The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.” — Susan Meiselas

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley

What I have learnt and what I teach now is all about experimentation and learning to pick yourself up and try again when you fall down.” – Lara Jade

Links

– The new Apple file system
– Photoshop techniques you should know
– Field macro studio
– Color Lookup tables in Photoshop
– Removing tattoos
– Personal Projects
– Photography in Yucatan Mexico: ruins and wildlife
– Retouching hair in Photoshop
– How to Geo-tag your photos
– Social media

Young woman walking at Sandy Point State Park.

Bug Shot Delaware June 8 – 11, 2017

Several years ago I became aware of this specialty workshop that is all about photographing insects. It is run by three entomologists who are also fantastic photographers: John Abbott, Alex Wild and Piotr Naskrecki. Last year I went to Austin, TX for the workshop and learned several new approaches to insect photography, and especially learned about using flash in different ways to photograph small subjects, both in the field and in the studio. I even got to bring back a free, home made studio “white box” that provides even illumination for flash. The instructors are all extremely knowledgeable and approachable about insects and photography and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals.

This year, with Bug Shot practically in my neighborhood (2 hours away) at the St. Jones Reserve near Dover, Delaware, it was too close not to go. The workshop includes dinner the first day, three meals Friday and Saturday, and breakfast and boxed lunch on Sunday. Participants ranged from young adults accompanied by parents to retirees, with many professional or academic entomologists in the enthusiastic group. Some folks stayed on site, but had to bring bedding; others stayed at nearby hotels.

This year’s specialty was horseshoe crabs and the workshop was arranged to encompass the full moon and tides when the crabs come up on the beach. While horseshoe crabs are common in this area, Delaware Bay is a hotspot, to much of the country horseshoe crabs are a novelty. This is not typical and the usual focus is on terrestrial or aquatic insects. There were two night sessions and a day session at Ted Harvey Beach to shoot the crabs, but the beach area was available at any time.

One of the more helpful aspects of the workshop is that interesting specimens are kept in the meeting room/studio in a temporary “zoo” for participants to practice their studio techniques on. The June bug, Bess Beetle and trogid (hide) beetle were made in the white box with two flashes. I am also increasingly using Piotr’s approach of getting close-up with a wide angle lens with extension tubes. The lighter lens is easy to hand hold and the depth of field allows me to keep the focus without needing a tripod, something that I can no longer do with a telephoto.

The only negative about the workshop was the low abundance and diversity of insects at this time and location, for no apparent reason. Last year in Austin, there was tremendous diversity, including both male and female 6 inch long dobson flies. If you have any interest in nature macro photography or insects, I highly recommend this workshop. It travels across the country in successive years from west coast, to mid-country to the east.

BugShot participants at Ted Harvey Beach ready for horseshoe crabs.

Horseshoe crabs at night, Ted Harvey Beach, Dover, DE. 14 mm Rokinon, light painting with a flash light.

Horseshoe Crab, Ted Harvey Beach, Dover, DE,. 14 mm Rokinon. Light painting with a flashlight.

BugShot Delaware, St. Jones Preserve. 200 micro with 1.4X tele-extender.

June beetle taken at BugShot Delaware held at the St. Jones Reserve and Ted Harvey Beach using the white box.

Bess beetle, St. Jones Reserve, Dover, DE.

Hide Beetle, St. Jones Reserve, Dover, DE.