Monday Missive — September 27, 2021


“We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.” — Fred Rogers

“. . . being an artist means you’ll always be a little insecure and a little unsure because you don’t know where you’re going a lot of the time — every act of creation is new.” — Etal Adnan

“They thought I was a surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” -– Frida Kahlo

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Vanishing Cuba
– Osamu James Nakagawa: the Cycle of Life

– More ways to crop than you probably know

– Tom Heaton: Fog, mist and inspiration in the Lake Country
– Nature photography

Images from the Charles Steet Promenade this Saturday

It isn’t everyday that you can stand in the middle of Charles St. to take a picture.

The weather was very pleasant, but a seat in the shade while waiting for friends was also very nice.

There was some great music.

A geat day to see the sights of Mount Vernon.

After a while your feet could get tired and it was nice to just sit and watch.

To keep us all safe, some areas were off limits to cars.

A great day in Baltimore with some friends.

Monday Missive — September 20, 2021


The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.” — Sylvia Plath

In art as in love, instinct is enough.” — Anatole France

The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.” — The Divinity College Address, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Lora Webb Nichols worked in the first part of the 20th Century in Encampment, Wyoming documenting small town/frontier life in a mining community as part of that community. Interesting work.
– New York City in the rain
– Gorgeous Pt-Pd portraits in the context of preserving indigenous cultures
– Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary
– Portraits of farmers

– All about curves Curves are one of the most powerful tools for image editing and can be used to control overall luminosity, contrast and color, and with masks you have local control of those aspects of your image.

– About Lenses: Visual Signature
– Customizing your signature, watermark or a font in PS
– NFTs (Non-fungible Tokens)
– Nikon’s Small World Competition These images are always incredible.

Stopped by Patterson Park on Sunday morning. I had never been there so I thought to check it out. I hadn’t realized what a huge park it is. It seemed like half the dogs in Baltimore were being walked. Any way, I saw this soccer game in progress and gave it try. I liked the symmetry of the legs on this one and call it “soccer two step.”

Amateur soccer at Patterson Park, Baltimore.

Poised for the kick. Light was awful at 9:45 AM on a bright sunny day. Unfortunately the second player from the left over lapped the kicker, but I liked the kicker’s pose.

Monday Missive — September 13, 2021


You find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” -– Winnie the Pooh, “The House at Pooh Corner” (A.A. Milne)

Originality thrives in seclusion, free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone — that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.” -– Nikola Tesla

“… procrastination is simply fear of failure in disguise.” — Anon.

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Quinn A very interesting project approach
– Fisherwomen Another interesting, multi-faceted study with deep preparation. I particularly liked the hand portraits.
– Someone’s daughter About women in the criminal justice system.
– Ellen Jantzen: Midwest Dreaming Interesting images and use of color
– Judith Joy Ross: Portrait photographer

– Simplify time blending with the Lighten blend mode
– Creating a powerful highlight mask

– Protest photography

– The Life Work of George Tice
– Empathy in documentary photography As usual, Sean Tucker has a thoughtful topic to make you think.

Morning in Washington Square Park, NY

Monday Missive — September 6, 2021


“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” — Mary Oliver

Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. -– Terry Pratchett

“The things that make me different are the things that make me me.” –- Piglet’s song, You’re the One and Only One, “Welcome to Pooh Corner” (A.A. Milne)

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Ana Casas Broda

– Simple way to remove halos and selection fringes in PS
– Cropping in PS
– Separating tone and color for LUTS for better control.
– 21 New features of PS in 21 minutes
– Add light with the reflected gradient

– 3 tips for long-exposure photography
– Finding images in the forest in the summer

– Stephen King on writing Much of this also applies to photography
– How to finish a body of work

Two Clematis flowers in their final stages from a book I am working on called “Senescence.”