Monday Missive — March 29, 2021


“…I’m here to tell you making money off your pictures is not a good reason to be here.
Neither is fame, nor acclaim.
All three goals are elusive, unlikely, and fleeting. Rather, art practice is about self-improvement and self-expression.
And those things are priceless.
” — Jonathan Blaustein

“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” — Michele Ruiz

“There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Jason Langer: NY vision
– Jacques Lowe: Pictures of JFK and that era Thanks Steve O.
– JM Giordano: Resistance photos Thanks Steve O.
– Cool approach to street photography Thanks Steve O. This week it is almost your blog.
– Kate Powell: Composite surf image

– Sky replacement AND reflecting the sky in water
– Frequency separation for landscapes Frequency separation is usually used in portraits and fashion to remove blemishes and make skin look perfect. It separates texture from color. This shows how it can also be used in landscapes.

– Reviews from PhotoNOLA Multiple portfolios
– Sean Tucker on Edward S. Curtis This is quite good.
– Irving Penn Very good analysis. Thanks Steve O.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Roots and stem have a red-orange juice that was used as a dye by Native Americans.

Boat graveyard at Curtis Bay.

Find out more about the Curtis Creek Ship Graveyard

Monday Missive — March 22, 2021

So today we got our first Covid vaccination at M & T Bank Stadium. Here is what I learned. (1) Don’t be more than 30 minutes early, you won’t be allowed in. (2) If you are with someone who has an appointment at a different time, the later appointment applies. (3) There was a rumor that they only provided the J & J vaccine at this location — NOT True. We got the Pfizer. (4) The later appointment was for 11:30, we were done at 12:40. (5) There was good oversight and communication; everyone was orderly and polite. (6) Because we were early we waited in front of Gate A at the stadium, until they lined us up. It was a nice sunny day so we weren’t cold. Once we got into line in the shade of the stadium it felt at least 10 degrees colder. (7) The line moved steadily but not quickly. (8) Your first stop is at the check-in tent. We did the e-check-in with Univ. of Maryland (UMMS runs this site), in advance, highly recommended. (9) We were able to stay together. (10) They scheduled our second shot while we were waiting the 15 minutes to assure there was no bad reaction to the vaccine. (11) We treated ourselves to celebrate and stopped at Vaccaro’s to pick up some outrageous desserts.


I’ve always been shy, and I’ve always been trying to ignore the people I was photographing so that they ignore me.” – Marc Riboud

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

l want my children and children’s children to be able to look at my pictures and know what my world was like. Even if it only helps a little bit toward this understanding, then I’ve done my job and done it well.” — Gordon Parks

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Bike Messengers
– Cig Harvey’s latest work: Blue Violet
– Stephen Marc: American/True Colors
– Maura Sullivan: Things we remember

– New “Enhance Details” in latest PS update
– Using Blend-If and curves for ultrasmooth dodging and burning

– 10 working photographers you should follow
– Graciela Iturdibe
– Stereoscopy
– Selling prints

Was heading out to Stoney Demonstration Forest in Harford county when I passed this old barn. The forest parking lot was closed, but I stopped on the way back for this, so the trip wasn’t a total loss.

Monday Missive — March 15, 2021


When you are dedicated to a 35mm camera with a 35mm lens, you’ve got to move around a lot. You have to get down, get dirt all over your butt, be there in the traffic. You’ve got to let the dogs come up and sniff you and growl at you – and you just keep taking those pictures. A camera just puts you in a whole other atmosphere. None of us photographers are like flies on the wall. We’re not. It’s really obvious when a camera is in the room.” — Donna Ferrato

Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.” — W. Eugene Smith

“Photographic technique is no secret and – provided the interest is there – easily assimilated. But inspiration comes from the soul and when the Muse isn’t around even the best exposure meter is very little help. In their biographies, artists like Michelangelo, da Vinci and Bach said that their most valuable technique was their ability to inspire themselves. This is true of all artists; the moment there is something to say, there becomes a way to say it.” — Ralph Gibson

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– The bright lights of Tokyo
– Swiss mountain passes
– Osamu Kanemura’s Urban Chaos
– Donna Ferrato: 50 years of photographing women

– Tablets, pens, presssure sensitivity: what you should know
– Flow vs opacity for brushes Also what those three little symbols in the options bar mean.
– Making difficult selections easy Thanks Steve O.

– In astrophotography the NPF rule is better than the 600 rule

– The greatest female street photographer ever?
– Surreal, minimalist, BW: Contest winners Thanks Steve O.

First daffodil to bloom this spring. So welcome!

Sedum is starting as well.

Monday Missive — March 8, 2021


Here, then, was a paradox of picture taking that appeared from the start. Despite its promise of the ultimate document, of a picture more realistic than art could achieve, the camera was also an instrument of artifice and posing, even fakery and deceit. The invention that enabled people to write with the sun would blur the distinction between appearance and reality, between the image and the event.” — Kiku Adatto

The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.” — Anne Geddes

I just love to work on something until I get it right. To me, what’s important and what I enjoy is not the finished photograph but the process. The photograph is a record of that process.” — Kim Weston

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Bremerton, WA
– Multi-media landscapes I don’t usually include multi-media bodies of work, but this is particularly interesting.
– Jan Bell Impressive monochrome landscapes

– How to make your images more expressive with color grading
– Julianne Kost on color grading
– Jesus Ramirez’ view on color grading This one is shorter.
– Julilanne on Applying lens blur Applying lens blur can be more flexible than you might expect

– Comparison of Tamron 28- 200 vs SONY 24-105 and 70-200 I don’t generally do lens reviews but this video gives an excellent explanation and demonstration of lens defects, shows what to look for and how to correct them, as well as reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of less expensive lenses.
– Ultrawide macro

– A balanced discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of DSLRs vs Mirrorless cameras

Field sparrow (Spizella pusilla). Tentative.

Baltimore Cemetery-
Life Askew: Alone for a long time.

Monday Missive — March 1, 2021


Every good war picture becomes an anti-war picture.” — Tim Page

In my images I am attempting to make fantasies visible.” — Bea Nettles

Philologically, the word “Kodak” is as meaningless as a child’s first “goo.” Terse, abrupt to the point of rudeness, literally bitten off by firm and unyielding consonants at both ends, it snaps like a camera shutter in your face. What more would one ask.” – George Eastman

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– A visual history of black civil war soldiers
– Without words Interesting creative process and self-portraits

– .tif or .psd? Best explanation I have seen for which format to use and for what purpose.
– Processing for fine art images
– Increasing your photos impact with LR Julianne Kost is always worth watching

– Expressive landscape photography

– Controlling color in photography
– Why a photography project is important As usual, Simon is very thoughtful, and Meg is a blast.

Fantasy or. . . (Right click and select “open image in new tab”, then select the new tab to see larger).