Monday Missive — February 22, 2021


It takes the passage of time before an image of a commonplace subject can be assessed. The great difficulty in what I attempt is seeing beyond the moment. The “every dayness” of life gets in the way of the eternal. . . . Taking a picture is indeed stopping the world.” — George Tice

Look, I’m not an intellectual – I just take pictures.” — Helmut Newton

“It is light that reveals, light that obscures, light that communicates. It is light I “listen” to. The light late in the day has a distinct quality, as it fades toward the darkness of evening. After sunset there is a gentle leaving of the light, the air begins to still, and a quiet descends. I see magic in the quiet light of dusk. I feel quiet, yet intense energy in the natural elements of our habitat. A sense of magic prevails. A sense of mystery. It is a time for contemplation, for listening—a time for making photographs. – John Sexton

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Roll and tube collective This one is definitely fun and creative.
– Covid LA in infrared

– Painting with light to improve your landscapes
– How to focus stack in Photoshop Really good, very straighforward explanation and directions for focus stacking landscapes.

– Exploring a medieval woodland
– David DuChemin: Make more interesting images Includes a link to a free monograph on Hokkaido
– How to plan when photographing a new location
– The Scottish Highlands: Expressive decisions
– How high can you raise your ISO before seeing noticable noise

– Tom Heaton: How did I end up with so many cameras?

Tide Point industrial.

Monday Missive — February 15, 2021


A work of art is not to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion.” — George Innes

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams via Sean Tucker

A great photograph is a distillation, a reduction of the chaos of our wider experience to a visually satisfying essence where what is excluded is as important as what is included.” – David Ward

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Covid pictures

– Extraordinary color with the linear light blending mode I particularly liked the way he moderated the blue snow with a bit of yellow at about 3:40. Includes link to video on making brushes and for a free brush pack of “blender brushes.”
– How to add more space in PS

– Telephoto lenses for landscape photography
– Scouting ancient woodlands
– Minimalist photography

– Tonalism Although about a painting style, this should appeal to those who use textures.
– Sean Tucker: Escaping your creative rut
– Saul Leiter
– George Tice Thanks Steve O. Never really liked Tice’s work, but this greatly increased my appreciation for what he has done.

Winter Marsh, from the Black Marsh Trail at North Point State Park.
Harsh winter sunlight can be difficult to work with. So I used a crisp-warm color lookup to add bit of warmth in the sky and the reflection and a crisp winter lookup to maintain coolness in the shadows in the foreground. What do you think?

Monday Missive — February 8, 2021


“Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own.” — Oprah Winfrey

“At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light, and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough, and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to ‘hear through the eyes’.” — Paul Caponigro

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” — Bob Marley

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Britland Tracy: Focus on appropriation Interesting concept and execution.
– Spaceborne: Astronaut/artist Donald Pettit

– Paint with light to transform your photo Make the light you wish you saw.

– Nigel Danson: Critiquing my own images: Why the composition didn’t work
– Fog and the Zen of Art
– Abstract winter nature on your doorstep
– Ultrawide landscapes Great Scottish landscape

– Clyde Butcher
– Japanese ghost photos

Snow patterns. This image won 2nd place in last week’s Baltimore Camera Club competition. Unfortunately I could’t stay for the Unlimited category judging. If anyone remembers the judge’s comments, please pass them on. Independent thoughts welcome as well.

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis).

Monday Missive — February 1, 2021


” . . . grizzly bears in northern British Columbia, and curious, gentle giant Pacific octopus in the emerald waters of the Salish Sea, and the Kermode (or spirit) bear in the Great Bear Rainforest—all encounters so intimate that it now shocks me to think I ever lived so disconnected from the wild, green, mossy world outside my door.” — David DuChemin

“Passion is the log that keeps the fire of purpose blazing.” — Oprah Winfrey

“If it makes you laugh,
if it makes you cry,
if it rips out your heart,
that’s a good picture.” – Eddie Adams

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Lindsey Ross: 24 x 36 collodion plates
– Salon studies

– Gradients
– Better Vignettes
– Simple solution to avoid corruption on export
– A better way to blur backgrounds

– National notice for the Black Marsh Trail and North Point State Park one of my favorite “go to” places for a half day trip.

– The camera as witness Narrated by Joel Myerowitz.
– Understanding how diffraction reduces resolution
– Takeaways from Alec Soth’s storytelling course For me, one of the more interesting aspects was how the project evolved. There was a clear thread, but you would never independently connect the initial idea to the final project.

A female cardinal at a backyard feeder. In surburban areas where so much land has been planted in grass and ornamentals in place of native plants that provide seeds and winter berries, providing a consistent food source can be critical for local bird populations. In winter those food sources help the birds maintain body temperature in cold weather.

White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).