Monday Missive — January 25, 2021


When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
. . .
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace
. . .
But while democracy can be periodically delayed
it can never be permanently defeated
In this truth
in this faith we trust
For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
. . .
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be
A country that is bruised but whole,
benevolent but bold,
fierce and free
We will not be turned around
or interrupted by intimidation
because we know our inaction and inertia
will be the inheritance of the next generation
Our blunders become their burdens
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might,
and might with right,
then love becomes our legacy
and change our children’s birthright
So let us leave behind a country
better than the one we were left with
. . .
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it
” — Amanda Gorman, 2021 inaugural poem


– Cyber punk style
– For beginners: How to remove a background
– Everything you can do in Levels you can do in Curves, and more More creative possibilities than I ever knew.

– Shoot a surreal flower scene
– Hiking for better photography
– Moody telephoto foggy landscape photography
– Expressive Photography: Scottish Rain Forests

– When the passion dies
– Meaningful photography

European starling (Sturnis vulgaris), nonbreeding adult.

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

House finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)

Monday Missive — January 18, 2021


I photograph things for people to look at 100 years from now. But we’re such a mediated society that things become historical the next day.” – Catherine Sue Opie

I try to photograph people’s spirits and thoughts. As to the soul-taking by the photographer, I don’t feel I take away, but rather that the sitter and I give to each other. It becomes an act of mutual participation.” – Yousuf Karsh

Getting photographs is not the most important thing. For me it’s the act of photographing. It’s enlightening, therapeutic and satisfying, because the very process forces me to connect with the world. When you make four-hour exposures in the middle of the night, you inevitably slow down and begin to observe and appreciate more what’s going on around you. In our fast-paced, modern world, it’s a luxury to be able to watch the stars move across the sky.” – Michael Kenna – in “Photographer’s Forum Interview”

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Misty Roads

– Tom Heaton takes a step back from epic landscape photography Includes a bit of philosophy, post-processing and printing.

– 20 landscape photographers
– Analog people in a digital world Thanks Steve D. Excellent survey of several analog techniques.
– Film manufacture
– Looking to art for inspiration Rather clever images and a lot of problem solving and thinking about colors and lighting. 1 hour video with lots of examples. Thank you George S.
– Sean Tucker: How to self-publish your work.

Tufted titmouse.

Carolina wren.

Monday Missive — January 11, 2021


Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” — Jonathan Swift

I believe one has to escape oneself to discover oneself.” — Rabih Alameddine

I’m not a nice girl; I’m a photographer.” — Berenice Abbott – On being told by a Federal Art Project official, after she photographed the Bowery, that “a nice girl should not go into such neighborhoods”

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Art & Science: Combine insects with degraded artifacts
– Art and Science Includes several images from Norm Barker, JHU scientist.

– Duotone for “insane” color
– Get better BW images by adjusting your colors

– Learning to “see” Follow up from David’s video last week.
– Improve your seascape photography
– Winter photography in an ancient woodland

– Small claims copyright infringement now in effect

House sparrow, male.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Downy woodpecker.

Monday Missive — January 4, 2021


For more than a century, certain extraordinary men and women have worked in photography with the unmistakable authority of genius. Each of them has produced unforgettable images, and not once or twice, but again and again, and often throughout the change and evolution of a lifetime. Each is like an eye which, once opened on the universe, cannot be closed again. One after another, they tell us of the curious, intense and vital experience of working in photography, of its challenges, of the stages of growth it demands, the sudden revelations it presents. From their testimony there emerges a concept of photography as a medium that is very different from the casual and rather stereotyped impressions most of us have held till now.” — Nancy Newhall

The greatest challenge to the photographer is to express the inner significance through the outward form.” — Beaumont Newhall

I beleive in self explanatory pictures…” — Moses Oliver

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Kat Bawden: Perceptual Isolation The theme is certainly apropos, and several images perfectly reflect the title.
– The best of 2020 from the Lenscratch staff This is not all photogaphy, there is music (von Bingen with a gorgeous voice for 12th century music, Louis Armstrong with the Ballad of Davey Crockett, and Johnny Cash, Lizzo, and Laura Pausini singing a gorgeous anthem that ended a movie with Sophia Loren), music videos, an hour long movie, books (even a book on fungi), Lenscratch posts). Widen your horizons on some really good art of different types. You can easily spend a morning exploring all of this.
– Madhur Dhingra: Very distinctive street photography processing Thanks Steve O.
– The moon, creatively

– 3 ways to improve your compositions David DuChemin is always worth listening to.

– How to finish a body of work
– Two exceptional books One pairs birds eggs with their habitat and the story of reduced populations and the other on Karakoram and mountain photography. The underlying story is following your muse.
– Covid restrictions and photographic mood
– Lenscratch collection of favorite 2020 images Multiple photographers, many genres. If you scroll all the way down there are links to more chapters.
– Best photography of 2020

Curious alligator wondering if photographer tastes like chicken. Taken during my artist residency at Big Cypress Preserve in 2013.

Black and white #55: Black vultures and great egret, Big Cypress Preserve 2013.