Monday Missive — May 17, 2021


“I would look at those images and think of the possibilities. “What would it take to make photographs like that?”, I wondered.” — David DuChemin

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.” -– Diane Arbus

“Originality is neither a matter of inventiveness nor method, it is the essence of personality.” -– Edward Hopper

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– A photograph a day
– Another Western Interesting historical perspective.
– Michelle Moy Interesting use of color
– Ukraine Interesting take on street vs documentary photogaphy.

– Recompose any image in PS using content aware fill

– Understanding “Visual weight” can help to create more compelling compositions
– Motion blur photography

– How photography became art

Leopard frog. This handsome prince confronted me on a trail at Gunpowder State Park/Masemore Rd. We parted amically.

Bleeding hearts from the backyard.

Monday Missive — May 10, 2021


“Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.” — Jane Austen

“Learn to trust your photographic intuition.” — Sean Tucker

“In a strange kind of sense [writing[photography]] frees me to believe in myself, to be able to speak, to have voice, because I have to; it is my survival.” — Joy Harjo

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Sentenced to debt for life in Washington Never heard of Legal Financial Obligations before, but this seems pretty awful for people who usually are lucky if they can get minimum wage.
– Visionary Project
– Bolivian women mountain guides
– Seeing Silicon Valley Really interesting story

– Three landscape tips
– Sean Tucker: Thinking beyond the rules of composition Probably the best lesson on composition I have seen.

– Why black and white?

Monday Missive — May 3, 2021


Don’t try to lessen yourself for the world; let the world catch up to you.” — Beyonce Knowles

As it also turns out, knowing where best to point your camera requires a skill set whose precepts appear to be instinctively derived, rather than intellectually prescribed. What might work in one situation can often prove disastrous in another. As such, employing a formulaic approach to composition will, more often than not, prove ineffectual.Huntington Witherill

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Interesting approach to flower photography
– Incarcerated women
– Starling murmurations Really neat images. Sort of like clouds, you can see images in the random patterns.

– Make sure you get your colors right before converting to BW
– Quick tip for loading multiple files into 1 document
– How to make clouds and smoke in PS

– How to improve your compositions
– Composition

– Alec Soth: I Photograph to Remember Alec discusses this work by Pedro Meyer, but also illustrates the impact of constantly changing technology. Alec speaks slowly and I usually run his videos at 1.25 or 1.5 speed.
– How to see the photos you are missing

Quiet sunrise over the marsh at Chincoteage NWR.

Great egret with lunch at Chincoteague NWR.

Reddish egret with lunch at Chincoteague NWR.