Monday Missive – September 26, 2016


I’m fond of implied narratives, oblique angles, and leaving a little room for the viewer to finish a picture.” – Keith Carter

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

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.” – Anthony de Mello


– Minimize the size of your Photoshop working files without compromising editability Interesting comparison of PSD, PSB and TIF; helpful if you create large, multi-layered files.
– Telling people stories
– Photographing fall color
– Shoot the moon!
– Good tips for mobile photography With really excellent images to illustrate.
– Interesting BW from London
– Johansson makes incredible surreal composites
– Honoring Yellowstone
– Blooming Sunflowers and the Milky Way
– A photographer’s anxiety order shown through her self-portraits

Brooding one morning over tea, I looked down and saw an image.

Brooding one morning over tea, I looked down and saw an image. See the Paul Strand quote above

Monday Missive – September 19, 2016


While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.” – Dorothea Lange

Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.” – Hildegard Von Bingen

The notion of one photographer being better than another doesn’t interest me. You can’t win at art.” — David du Chemin

My gift to you is that I am different.” – Duane Michals


– Beyond IR: Go Full Spectrum
– Fog is cool
– How to make sky replacements look more realistic
– Composition Around the Edges
– Stay Inspired!
– Flowers
– Cleaning your lens and sensor
– The Art of Intuitive Photography A 43 minute video, but you can skip the first 13 minutes.
– Cool stories of photographers almost killing themselves


Cicada. 200 mm micro with extension tubes, two flashes in white reflecting box.

Monday Missive – September 12, 2016


It’s pretty simple, really. Be decent, friendly, curious and respectful. Works most of the time.” — Joe McNally interviewed by Tamara Lackey, Rangefinder, Feb. 2016, p. 24

…photography is a craft that requires experimentation, risk and growth, and that getting better at photography is a journey that never ends.” – Chris Orwig, Photography Issue 5

Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance.” – Lewis Hine


– Two-faced effect in Photoshop Not sure I would use this, but I thought it was cool. Clipping pixel layers was not something I had ever done.
– Using Content Aware Fill Phlearn is my favorite place for worthwhile, free Photoshop tutorial videos.
– Rules Don’t Apply Right on Ryan!
– Tips for Real Estate Photography
-Shallow depth of field in bright sun I never thought of this use for an ND filter.
– Tack sharp macro
– Using Apply Image to very accurately split tone
– Vertical panoramas
– How you know when you are a photographer
– Tips for newbies


Monday Missive – September 5, 2016


There’s a world of difference between focusing a lens and focusing attention.” — John Paul Caponigro, in “The Power of Abstraction” on Craft and Vision.

“The paradox of the flawless record

If your work has never been criticized, it’s unlikely you have any work.
Creating work is the point, though, which means that in order to do something that matters, you’re going to be criticized.
If your goal is to be universally liked and respected and understood, then, it must mean your goal is to not do something that matters.
Which requires hiding.
Hiding, of course, isn’t the point.
Hence the paradox. You don’t want to be criticized and you do want to matter.
The solution: Create work that gets criticized. AND, have the discernment to tell the difference between useful criticism (rare and precious) and the stuff worth ignoring (everything else).”
Seth Godin, Sept. 4, 2016


– Creating shadows for photoshop composites
– Long Exposure Photography
– Night Photography
– Adjusting contrast without changing saturation
– Personal Photography Projects
– Capturing emotions and moments
– 19 tips
– Adding background texture
– Trees
– Mushrooms


Visited the Liberty Ship John W Brown off of Keith Ave in south Baltimore. Played with my 14 mm lens