Monday Missive — October 25, 2021


Art without content is like sex without intimacy: technically sufficient, but emotionally empty.” -– Judy Chicago

You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.” — Abraham Maslow

I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” -— Sylvia Plath

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
-Hannah Kozak: He threw the last punch too hard Tragic story

-Searching for the British red squirrel Good example of photo project. Also some good views of British countryside. Interesting note that if you put down whole nuts the squirrels immediately leave to cache them, but if you leave pieces, they stay and eat them and you have more time for pictures.

-The first of a multi-part article on building a photo-editing PC Eventually you will need to replace your current computer. This will help you understand what factors may be important, even if you don’t want to build your own computer, if photo-editing is something you spend time on.
-Alec Soth reviews two books in an ongoing series on “Pictures and Words” Soth does a really good job on these and shows the images very effectively; his reviews always go back to basic photographic philosophy
-Sean Tucker: Get small and tell the truth

Saw this old timey gas pump; liked the blue against the red.

Mohawk Trail in a light rain.

The Flower Bridge, Shelburne Falls, MA

Monday Missive — October 18, 2021


The herculean task of a photographer is to capture a momentary frame as beautiful in reality, as it would be in a dream.” -– Ansel Adams

A creator needs only one enthusiast to justify him.” -– Man Ray

Great art is if you can’t stop thinking about it, then it becomes a memory.” -– Damien Hirst

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Interesting photoessay on the Inuit peoples
– Sharing indigenous culture through photography
– If you go all the plants will die I included this, in part, because it is reminiscent of my current book project on “Senescence.”

– MattK: Getting the best fall colors

– Tom Heaton: How does the scene look three months later?
– Great bird shots with amusing dialog
– Simon Baxter: Photography with one man and his dog Simon has a great eye for woodland compositions and his images seem to come from a fantasy time. It is also fun to watch Meg.

– BW street photography award winners For my camera club friends who participate in competitions, I suggest you view the work of Australian Sam Ferris who took 2nd place. Camera club judges would almost certainly throw his work out as being too busy and with blocked up shadows. But it is great work if you approach it from an artistic rather than technical point of view. If a judge doesn’t like your submission, remember it is only one person’s opinion.
– Daido Moriyama on vision and motivation, context and information
– Street photography tips

Hibiscus and Coneflower from my “n progress book “Senescence.”

Monday Missive — October 11, 2021


The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” — Neil Gaiman

I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” — Mia Hamm, American soccer player

The monographs I make give me a focus. I think too often as a younger photographer I missed telling a bigger story by focusing on single images and not bodies of work. Bodies of work and thinking in terms of a series forces us to go deeper, to mine the possibilities, to create unexpected themes or connections between images. And pragmatically, they help me sort through my edits.” — David DuChemin

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
-Photos can save the world


-Greater precision in masking using B(brightness) in the color picker rather than opacity or flow
-How to sharpen by blurring
-Simon Booth processes a forest floor shot I agree with the order and approach Simon uses for this image. My processing is similar except I use camera raw and PS. The order is critical, including lens profile correction. One difference: I nearly always add a bit of contrast with the texture, clarity and/or dehaze sliders.

-Using direct sunlight for creative results with portraits
-Sean Tucker: Setting up portrait studio lighting
-Forest macro basics
-Nigel Danson explains how he plans his photo trips to get the best images

Recently did my fall mulching and look what popped up overnight. Tentatively identified as Coprinus sylvaticus. It is apparently pretty common, but I like its delicate appearanc.e.

These guys came up the same morning. Probably also Coprinus. It is amazing how ephemeral they are — they had basically fallen apart by mid-morning. Might be worth considering a time lapse.

Monday Missive — October 4, 2021


“Novice photographers . . . who react to a photograph with ‘I would have done it differently’ miss the chance to learn from this more useful question: ‘I wonder why that much more seasoned photographer made that particular choice?'” — David DuChemin

“He captures light by painting its slow diminishment…” — Linda Pastan

“No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you — just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.” — Shel Silverstein

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Albarran Cabrera Interesting images done with alternative techniques.


– Photographic toning with gradient maps
– Adobe is adding masking to Camera Raw and Lightroom in an October 26 upgrade

– Ted Forbes: Composition
– Shooting black and white from Moscow to Beijing
– Seascapes and the importance of shutter speed Also a bit about the “Giant’s Causeway;” fabulous seascapes.

– Comedy wildlife photo awards Make time for this one just because it’s fun.
– Eve Arnold, Berenice Abbott and Robert Adams
– The very beginning of photography Really well done, and explains the egos, financial stakes and convergence of methods.
– Two landscape photographers who transport their viewers with their images

Joe Pye Weed. Pollinators love it.