Monday Missive — April 26, 2021


Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” — Mae Jemison

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” -– Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day founder

Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.” -– Jane Goodall, primatologist

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Unfolding the pandemic in NYC
– The forest and the trees
– Suzanne Theordora White: Drawn to the land For Lynn.
– Richard Tuschman: Childhood Reassembled Fantastic story and representation

– Getting color right is critical to good BW conversions
– Reducing foreground noise in astrophotgraphy

– Making a long exposure without a ND filter
– Using flash to enhance your macro photography

– There’s more to color than meets the eye As a color blind male I found this really interesting
– Very thoughtful analysis of some famous images and the concept of photos telling stories

Hi Honey. How was your day? Dinner will be ready soon.

Kids, your Dad is home and dinner is almost ready.

Alice, will you set the table please?

Finally, they’re fed, in bed, and I have a little time to myself.

Monday Missive — April 19, 2021


Bread feeds the body indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.” — The Koran

You just do what you love, and then a style happens later on.” – David LaChapelle

Mysteries lie all around us, even in the most familiar things, waiting only to be perceived.” – Wynn Bullock

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Rambling through Eggleston’s Democratic Forest Alec Soth does a fairly extensive review of Eggleston’s work. Frankly, I still don’t get Eggleston. At about 36:28 minutes, Soth describes Eggleston as almost like Seinfeld: A show about nothing. Yet he considers the books important and finds that they have significantly affected him.
– Yoga
– “On My Block” Neighborhood photography with a 4 x 5
– Body Control The capabilities and strength of the human body is amazing
– Counter histories: Desegregating southern restaurants
– More from Lenscratch on the kitchen Some of these are fun, some bizarre and several are quite good.

– Sky replacement in PS … and some free skies. Really shows how sky replacement works and how to modify it.
– Time and Exposure blending in PS The time blending section is very good. The exposure blending uses the TK7 panel that you may not have, but you can do it directly in PS.

– The moon through a super sharp lens The video is brief but dramatic
– Boston, 1970s Thanks Steve O.

Tulip, Sherwood Gardens, Baltimore

Red tulip, Sherwood Garden.

Great blue heron, Black Marsh Trail, North Point State Park, MD. 150-600 @ 270 f/8, 1/640 EV +.3, ISO 800.

Monday Missive — April 12, 2021


You have to compose by the seat of your pants.” — Arnold Newman

I shutter to think how many people are underexposed and lacking depth in this field.” – Rick Steves

Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality.” – Mary Ellen Mark

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Tales of Heroines
– Sacramento
– The kitchen

– Comparing editing results from LR, Phase1 and Photoshop

– Shooting the Milky Way with a 50 mm rather than wide angle
– Shooting with collodion plates in the field
– Preparing for spring photos in the woodland Also analysis of woodland pictures

– Fill the frame: various street photographers
– Lens culture portrait award winners
– Tips for cleaning your lenses and sensor

It was drizzling when I left, but when I arrived at Cylburn Arboretum the rain had stopped. It was still overcast, but half an hour later, unfortunately, the sun came out. Still it was a good day to explore the Arboretum in spring for patterns and colors.

I don’t know what this is, but it reminded me of the fletching on arrows.

Spiky plant that looks a bit like agave.

The rain had just stopped and everything was dripping with silver balls.

Monday Missive — April 5, 2021


I remember in the past, I would get my pictures back thinking they were going to be great. And they’re not that great because you have one idea in your brain but the camera saw it differently. The more experience you have, the more you can close that gap between what you see and what the camera sees.” — Steve McCurry

Good photography is a conversation; it sparks curiosity and questions.” — Susan Barnett

I just think it’s important to be direct and honest with people about why you’re photographing them and what you’re doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul.” — Mary Ellen Mark

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Faces to remember
– John Sexton: Exploring light with polaroid film
– Tom Barnes: a hard life in Indonesia

– Bird photography
– RAW vs JPG
– Minimalist tree photography
– How to stay safe from angry people when photographing Alan is a macro photographer but this also applies to street photography. If nothing else watch starting at 26:43 for the statistics on photographers being attacked.
– David DuChemin: Make me feel the motion

– The story behind the image
– How to read a photograph

Curtis Bay Hawser (composite image)