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)