Monday Missive — December 28, 2020


Christmas marks the time when the light starts to come back.” — Heather Cox Richardson

I believe in wonder and look for it every day.” –- Keith Carter

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Night street photography from Norway
– France’s forgotten towns A fairly complete survey of architecture throughout France. Although only a few images are shown at this link, there is a link to many more. The images are documentary rather than creative, but still worthwhile.
– Forest Finns I found the explanation of the approach more interestng than the images, but some of the images are exceptional.

– Saturation and Vibrance: Which one to use and how to use them together

– Exposure bracket vs ETTR (expose to the right)
– Long-exposure landscape photography
– A poetic approach to woodland photography This can be really complimentary to the principles of composition.
– 6 things to photograph before you die

– Japanese Photographer Nobuyoshi Araki Warning: some nudity, but also tremendous creativity and variety. Also self-exploration.
– 30 new images from Hubble on its 30th birthday With commentary by NASA scientists

Frosted leaf

Domino Sugar from Tide Point.

Monday Missive — December 21, 2020


I think that every photographer should try lots of different kinds of photography, and then listen deep down to what feels right; what’s really resonating within them.” — Alec Soth

I found I could say things with colors that I couldn’t say in any other way – things that I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Nowhere to go but everywhere Ken Kesey family style.
– Japanese Torii These are really wonderful!
– Stephen Bierkman: Predicting the past Some really good fantasy/surreal composites.

– Pre-visualization and the editing process in Capture 1
– Using the Linear Light blend mode to bring out detail in your images
– Changing specific colors in PS This is largely about masks and selections.

– Shooting and processing winter landscapes

– Japanese photographer Moriyama Daido But also a good explanation of wabi-sabi and Ukiyo-e. Thank you Steve O.
– Roger the Rat Absolutely the most bizarre and surrealistic photography I have ever seen.
– Minimalism

Susquehanna River bridges from Port Deposit.

Outdoor dining, Port Deposit.

Susquehanna River bridges from Marina Park in Port Deposit.

Monday Missive — December 14, 2020


Sometimes imperfections make something even better – which is one of the reasons why I still enjoy shooting on film.” — Alec Soth

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

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” -— Robert Frank

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Alec Soth on learning from failure
– Landscapes on the edge
– Daido Moriyama Very distinctive noir work. Thanks Steve O.
– Portuguese photography: Catarina Osorio de Castro
– Burning Man

– Landscape photography: Success with repeat visits

– Short video on “focus breathing”
– Content Authenticity Initiative This developing technology adds information to your images’ metadata.
– Another analysis on the impact of AI in image processing software Key is really at about 13 minutes.
– Sean Tucker: Getting Good Feedback – Review, mentors and travel companions

Fuel storage at Tide Point.

Sitting on the dock of the Bay, watching the tide roll away.

Monday Missive — December 7, 2020


Pick a project. If you are feeling a little bit bereft, pick a project. Make it revolve around your own life; make it revolve around the three square blocks where you live. Pick a project. Go make 35, no let’s make it 36 photographs. See what it might do for you. After all, it’s your autobiography. It’s your work and it’s your life.” — Keith Carter, Optic 2020

Most of the old moles I know wish they had listened less to their fears and more to their dreams.” — John Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Collodion tintypes of front line health workers Excellent images, scary story. Thanks Steve O.
– Karen Miranda Rivadeneira
– Joel Meyerowitz waxes poetic over Melissa O’Shaughnessy

– Selective color adjustment: natural intense color boost
– 7 tips for more realistic composites

– Catadioptric?
– White background macro photography

– Jullia Fullerton-Batten: Creating a Photography Project of the River Thames

Unloading sugar at Tide Point. Notice the sugar falling from the bucket.

Large industrial building, Tide Point.