Monday Missive – August 29, 2016


The best plans evolve.” – John Paul Caponigro

There’s no correlation between creativity and equipment ownership.” — Hugh MacLeod

Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” — Kahlil Gibran

– Layer masks in Photoshop Really good video on layer masks.
– Removing people from you image Healing brushes, clone stamp, patch tool and content aware fill.
– Photographing motion, part 1
– Photographing motion, part 2
– New upcoming National Geographic series New episodes of wild_life With Bertie Gregory will launch every Wednesday through October on NatGeo Wild’s Youtube Page and at
– Multiple videos from the B & H Optic Conference earlier this summer
– Night Photography week on Creative Live September 12 – 16 First show at noon local time and repeat at about 7 are free.
– Good tips and pics on Night Photography
– More night photography
– Split toning


Monday Missive – August 22, 2016


Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar things, waiting only to be perceived.” – Wynn Bullock

Experience has shown that the more fascinating the subject, the less observant the photographer.” – Andreas Feininger

When finding the right angle for a shot…’Move your ass.’” – Jay Maisel

– Long lenses for scenic photography Contrary to common knowledge, I usually use long lenses for scenic photography. If I have a wide scene I am more likely to create a panorama than use a wide angle.
– Adjusting skin tones in LR and ACR
– New River Gorge National River, WV Another WV location to consider in the spring.
– Gorgeous time lapse and video of Grand Teton
– The art of posing and interpreting body language
– 96 years old and still learning
– Undeveloped film from the WWII era – Film Rescue This was an interesting story.
– A route to hit 47 National Parks Cool!
– Interview with Jennifer King Jennifer spoke at the club last year.
– Processing a fall landscape Matt K is an excellent instructor


Monday Missive – August 15, 2016


Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

It happens a lot. The first frame is the winner.— Gregory Heisler

I wish my artwork could persuade millions of people to join a global conversation about sustainability.” – Edward Burtynsky


– Three filters you should have in your kit
– Night Photography
– Optimizing photos in LR This video is almost an hour and half, but has a lot of good stuff. It is equally about what to do and how. Tim goes through everything in the LR Develop module, most of which is also available in Camera Raw in PS. Will definitely help some in competitions.
– David DuChemin’s new blog Looks good. He is a thoughtful photographer who communicates well.
– Great travel checklist both for before you and enroll and before you leave
– Do you know about your diopter?
– Black and White Conversions Introduces some adjustments I hadn’t heard of before including equalize and selective color.
– Shooting Shooting Stars
– Choosing a Tripod

Dance to the Music. At the Sowebo Festival 2016

Dance to the Music. At the Sowebo Festival 2016

Monday Missive — August 8, 2016


Cicadas buzzing in stillness…listen! Drilling in the summer sun…” — Basho

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher

An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” — Edward de Bono


– Free Adobe Phone Ap for vector images
– Avoiding Boring Mountain Pictures
– Different approach to composition: Visual Rhetoric Interesting stuff although many new concepts and terms presented.
– Is photography story-telling?
– Ultra-wide angle lenses
– Monochrome Therapy
– Your images could be illegally available for sale on Amazon
– Better Autofocus
– A brief but interesting history of photoshop

In-camera spin, using a lens with a foot attached to a tripod, so the spin is even and centered.

In-camera spin, using a lens with a foot attached to a tripod, so the spin is even and centered. f/22, 0.5 sec.

Using spin blur (Filter>Spin Gallery>Spin Blur) and moving the center of the spin off to the lower left.

Using spin blur (Filter>Spin Gallery>Spin Blur) and moving the center of the spin off to the lower left. f/16, 1/6 sec.

Which do you like better and why? Comments are welcome.