Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive – March 28, 2016


When I had my first solo exhibition of my paintings and photographs, I felt that the act of working as an artist is not complete until the works have been given for viewing.  They are not given as a need for affirmation, but a need for connection. … It simply should not remain in a closet, lifeless and unchallenged.  f11, Feb. 2016, Issue 51, p. 106 — Paula Chamlee.

I’ll take acclaim if it’s forthcoming, but I wager no self-esteem on audience endorsement. – Maris Rusis in f/11, Issue 46, August 2015, p. 66

Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.– Helen Levitt


Not Always On
Worthwhile set of Photoshop Techniques and Keystrokes
Better Nature Shots
Night Photography
Composition This video is about cinematic composition but is applicable to stills as well. I thought it was well done.
Iphone Lifestyle Photography
Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Why You Shouldn’t Date a Photographer I couldn’t resist including this one!


The cargo cranes and the industrial chimney speak to me of Baltimore’s industrial past and future.

Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive – March 21, 2016


I do what I feel, that’s all. I am an ordinary photographer working for his own pleasure. That’s all I’ve ever done.” – Andre Kertesz

My pictures are never pre-visualized or planned. I feel strongly that pictures must come from contact with things at the time and place of taking. At such times, I rely on intuitive, perceptual responses to guide me, using reason only after the final print is made to accept or reject the results of my work.” – Wynn Bullock

A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B. F. Skinner


Keep Your Website Fresh
Shark Shepherd
Designing Your Business Cards
Does It Have to Be Tack Sharp?
Spectacular Black & White Images
Read The Light
More Ansel
Cool picture, but also cool technique — Never heard of starry landscape stacker before.
Film romance

Treeman. These arches in NY City seemed so perfect except for the confusion behind them. So I put a wooden carving into a nearby knothole and used that to fill in the arch.

Treeman. These arches in NY City seemed so perfect except for the confusion behind them. So I put a wooden carving into a nearby knothole and used that to fill in the arch.

Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive March 14, 2016


Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Harold Thurman Whitman

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Anonymous


Ethics of Wildlife Photography
Accidents Happen…Fortunately
Better Dog & Cat Pix
What Not to Do When Imaging Birds
Best Wedding Photography
Interesting Portrait Experiment
Reduce Noise in Photoshop
Noise Comparison of RAW and JPG
11 Women Photographers Who Shaped Photography


Glass blower.

Glass blower.

Photo Locations Maryland: Loch Raven Beach


To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. — Elliott Erwitt

With this blog I am starting an occasional series of locations in Maryland that I go to to make images.

Loch Raven Reservoir is a drinking water source for Baltimore located north of the City in Baltimore County. You can canoe or kayak in the lake with a permit, but the craft can be used only on the lake to prevent introduction of invasive species like zebra mussels. David Simpson has a fantastic book on Loch Raven if you want to see what is possible from a small craft.  There are hiking trails like this one from Backpacker magazine, or these from a hiker but I am getting older and tend to forego the more physical opportunities. It is less than 100 yards from where you can park your car on Loch Raven Drive (at least on weekdays) to walk down to the beach. Unless the weather has been especially dry, it is often somewhat muddy so be prepared.  During weekends, the section of lake opposite the beach is closed to vehicular traffic but is open to pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles. You can park on weekends at Morgan Mill Road, about 0.4 miles away as described below.

Heavy traffic heads south on Dulaney Valley Road in the mornings to access interstate highways and north in the afternoon as folks head home.

Ducks and geese are common, with gulls frequenting a little island a few hundred yards out in the lake. The geese are relatively habituated to human contact and you can fairly close.  Early morning light is at your back as you face the light, and the sun sets behind the island.

The lake is not about awesome scenery, but more about quiet light and serenity.


N 39.44983°
W 076.55119°
Elevation 276 feet


Take Dulaney Valley Rd turn north from Towson, MD. At the fork at the north end of the bridge stay right on Dulaney Valley Rd (don’t take Jarretsville Pike). At the next fork (Pearce’s Landing Restaurant) bear right on to Loch Raven Drive. Several miles further there will be an unmarked intersection on the left that is Morgan Mill Rd. You will also see a sign on the right saying that vehicles cannot pass, between 10 am and 5 pm on weekends and a yellow gate that is closed on weekends.  On the left there is also a little roofed bulletin board with various notifications. On weekends, you can park on Morgan Mill Rd immediately on the left.  On week days, you can continue another 0.4 miles and park on the road right opposite the beach.  Just before the beach on the right you will see a sign on the right that says “NO” and lists prohibited activities.

An island off Loch Raven Beach

An island off Loch Raven Beach

Canada goose

Canada goose


A composite image of the island described in the text with light on the trees in the surrounding watershed.

Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive March 7, 2016

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” – Paul Strand

You already have permission
Just saying.
You have permission to create, to speak up, and stand up.
You have permission to be generous, to fail, and to be vulnerable.
You have permission to own your words, to matter and to help.
No need to wait.
— Seth Godin 3/1/13


Macro Backgrounds
Shooting In Low Light
Portfolios of Blind Photographers – Pete Eckert’s story is particularly poignant and inspiring.
From Harry: Dreamscape
Layer Masks
Making Prints in the Digital Age
Better Editing of Your BW Images
25 Great Unknown Photographers
Best Advanced Composition Explanation I Have Ever Seen

Boats in the morning.

This was taken in Nova Scotia. The area was a pleasant mix of countryside and small towns.