Monday Missive — October 31, 2016

Quotes

It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.” – Timothy Allen

Anyone can shoot chaos. But the most perceptive photographers can make compelling pictures out of uninteresting moments.” – Alex Tehrani

Quit trying to find beautiful objects to photograph. Find the ordinary objects so you can transform it by photographing it.” – Morley Baer

Links

– Seeing in Black and White Article by William Neill who has been shooting in the west for a long time.
– More on Black and White
– No rules for a major photo context
– Created Star Wars scenes using action figures
– Crop sensor vs Full frame, advantages/disadvantages
– New thoughts on composition
– Common traits for great photos Part II
– Software tools for photographers
– How to restore old photos
– What to take on long photo vacations

Taken on a Saturday at Hunt Valley Mall at an informal gathering of sports car enthusiasts.

Taken on a Saturday at Hunt Valley Mall at an informal gathering of sports car enthusiasts.

Monday Missive — October 24. 2016

Quotes

Even stones under mountain waterfalls compose odes to plum blossoms.Onitsura in Harry Behn in Cricket Songs, Japanese Haiku translated by Harry Behn

“Knowledge is preferable to ignorance.. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable.” – Carl Sagan

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” — Joseph Chilton Pierce

Links

– Platinum-Palladium: Dick Arentz and
– Platinum-Palladium: Kerik Kouklis
– How to visualize sensor spots
– Coastal photography
– Posting to Instagram from a PC
– Untouched Nature
– Common traits of good photographs
– German Street Photography

Composite of a horizontal "swipe" of fall trees at a pond, and a tiny island at Hidden Lake on a foggy morning.

Composite of a horizontal “swipe” of fall trees at a pond, and a tiny island at Hidden Lake on a foggy morning.

Monday Missive — Oct. 17, 2016

Quotes

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind

Quit trying to find beautiful objects to photograph. Find the ordinary objects so you can transform it by photographing it.” – Morley Baer

There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don’t be bitter because you can’t record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!” – DeGriff

Links

– Exploring Infrared photography
– Clyde Butcher photographs in the Delaware River Water Gap in PA Interesting because I was up there this weekend for a workshop with John Barclay.
– Flash photography
– Landscape photography in Scotland Some very nice images, but also nice to see an area not photographed as often. Scotland would seem to be a good place for a tour with small villages and exceptional landscapes
– Polarizer tips
– Do you still need physical filters?

At Child's Fall Park in the Delaware River Water Gap, PA, taken at a workshop with John Barclay.

At Child’s Fall Park in the Delaware River Water Gap, PA, taken at a workshop with John Barclay.

Monday Missive – October 10, 2016

Quotes

I was not part of the plot. I was on the outside looking in. A mere spectator peeking through the insulating and protective window of a lens.” – Chuck Kimmerle, The Unapologetic Photographer Blog 7/7/15

Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.” — Frank Herbert, Dune

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” — Imogen Cunningham

Links

– Black and white layer in Photoshop
– Three brief articles from George Lepp
The focus stacking one is helpful, but you might wish to skip the video and cart articles. He solved for me the focus or move focus-stacking question.
– How to approach wildlife
– Really, really good stories and life lessons of a photographer 6 minute video that I highly recommend.
– Adding color with Photo filters in PS
– Hi- and Low-key lighting for portraits
– Make your own golden hour light
– 21 tips for sharper photos
– Street photography with a twist

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Monday Missive – October 3, 2016

Quotes

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.” – Berenice Abbott

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even if it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” – William Klein

Links

– Long exposures without filters This is really cool!
– Before and After Animated .gif
– 5 Really useful keyboard shortcuts for PS
– Advice from Sebatiao Salgado In my opinion Salgado is one the greatest photographers still actively shooting.
– Using printer color profiles
– Good review of the basics of depth of field
– Lighting
– Epson P600 (old 2880) vs P800 (old 3880): cost effectiveness
– Shooting Wide
– Lightroom Presets

Close-up of the edges of an orchid flower

Close-up of the edges of an orchid flower

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Plant stamen taken at Rawlings Conservatory.