Monday Missive – January 9, 2017

Quotes

The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars,
life is your child, but there is in me
Older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye
that watched before there was an ocean.
— Robinson Jeffers, “Continent’s End” in Tamar and Other Poems (1924)

We get to the work we seek by passing through imperfection.— Seth Godin on December 16, 2016

When finding the right angle for a shot…’Move your ass.’” – Jay Maisel

Links

– Raw Workflow in Lightroom
– Triptychs
– Incredible use of light, shadow and color at a solar farm
– Two interesting approaches with legos Very creative
– DSLR basics
– Grand Teton
– IR Photography

Monday Missive – Jan. 2, 2017

Quotes

Wondering—Past and Future
Wondering about your past, about what might have happened, about bad decisions made and roads not taken… this is a recipe for not much more than regret.
But wondering about your future?
When we wonder about the future, we get a chance to begin again, to set new goals and envision bold plans.
No more chances to do yesterday over, sorry. But infinite chances for tomorrow. — Seth Godin

Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the ability to recover. — Ed Catmull, Pixar

The question is not, “Should I manipulate a photograph?” Since the invention of photography, all kinds of things have been done to photographs. The question is, “What happens when I do or don’t manipulate a photograph?”

Links

– Continuous lighting vs strobe
– Low-key portraits with a single light
– Cold weather photography tips
– 9 photography habits to quit this year I don’t necessarily agree with all of these, but they are worth considering.

Assateague Island National Seashore, New Year’s Day, 2017

Monday Missive – December 26, 2016

Quotes

Democracy’s worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents.” — Robert A. Heinlein

Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

My photographs are a picture of the chaos in the world, and of my relationship to that chaos. My prints show the world’s constant upsetting of man’s equilibrium, and his eternal battle to reestablish it.” – Alfred Stieglitz

Links

– Low key and High key lighting Excellent addition to Kenny’s program
– Advanced landscape techniques
– There is more in the crop tool than you probably knew
– Even more on the crop tool
– Content-aware crop
– Output module in Bridge
– Image sizes for social media
– Diane Arbus
– 52 Photo challenges for next year

A young woman stops to jot down some notes on the street in NY.

Monday Missive – December 19, 2016

Quotes

Nature has explained to me many things that books alone could not give me. Science and nature have given me the most interesting hours of my life.
Roman Vishniac

Logic will never change emotion or perception.” — Edward de Bono

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. … If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” — Goethe

Links

– Night time lapse
– Photographing meteor showers
– George Lepp Tech tips
– 60 excellent winter pictures
– Working your on-camera flash
– Low light landscapes
– Nat Geo Nature Photographers of the year
– Luminosity Masks and Blend-If Includes down loadable actions; explains how to use luminosity masks with Blend-If
– Getting prints made on different materials; getting your old photos bulk scanned

Lovely model at Grafitti Warehouse. Didn’t get her name but hope to see her again.

Monday Missive – December 12, 2016

Quotes

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh

When I looked at the resulting images, however, they felt distant, cold, and disconnected despite being technically sound (and sellable). I was taking pictures of the land; I was not making images about the land and about my connection with it.” — Colleen Miniuk-Sperry in an interview by Kyle McDougall on November 27, 2016 on Image and Rhythm website.

Photojournalists … are in search of moments that will connect us to our fellow man.” — Kathy Ryan

Links

– Super Telephotos
– Understand your subjects to take better wildlife pictures
– Raw Lightroom Workflow Part 2
– Instagram Terms of Service – What you agree to let them have
– Wide-angle close-ups
– Breaking the rule of thirds This is a good one with pretty good examples.
– Protecting your images on line
– Video followup to protecting your images Shows how to use action and script to automatically write copyright data to a file on opening.

Took  this in 2009 at Hopewell in Canada near the Bay of Fundy.  Didn't realize at the time that I had a photographer between the rocks.  It is good to go back and review old work every now and then, especially as your post-processing skills in improve.

Took this in 2009 at Hopewell in Canada near the Bay of Fundy. Didn’t realize at the time that I had a photographer between the rocks. It is good to go back and review old work every now and then, especially as your post-processing skills improve.

Monday Missive – December 5, 2016

Quotes

For the marketer, the freelancer and the entrepreneur, the challenge is to level set, to be comfortable with the undone, with the cycle of never-ending. We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we’re never finished, and that’s okay.
It’s a dance, not an endless grind.
” — Seth Godin

I feel that all you can do is give it your absolute best with whatever gifts the universe has given you. And if you make it in some way that other people can recognize, that’s fine. But even if you don’t quote-unquote make it, you’re fine, if you’ve given it your whole heart and soul. You’re totally in sync with your purpose and with the universe. And that’s fine.” – Alice Walker

If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” – Eve Arnold

Links

– Macro tips
– Select and Mask vs Refine Edge
– Camera resolution vs print resolution
– Printer resolution and settings
– Photoshop skills you need
– Grand Landscape Part II
– Resources for planning a photo trip
– Getting sharper images
– Lighting controls
– Perspective on photographing in Japan from a young Japanese photographer
– Environmental portraits with Flash with Joe McNally

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I find this to be a disturbing image, mostly because of the sculpture titled “The City Destroyed” by Ossip Badkine, supposedly representing anguish at the destruction of Rotterdam in WWII, but I think the strongly contrasting background and the broken windows add to the feeling. What do you think?

Monday Missive – Nov. 28, 2016

Quotes

[Laura] Henkin said, “I don’t think it gets talked about a lot, but I believe strongly that photographs should all be presented as interpretive prints—meaning, the artist is directing the viewer in what to see. In order to accomplish that, they need to have a strong idea of what the print should look like, and then an ability to lead their chosen tools to execute their idea for the print.” Cited by Jon Cone

In the arts there are many right answers.” – Jerry Uelsmann

If it doesn’t have ambiguity, don’t bother to take it. I love that, that aspect of photography—the mendacity of photography—it’s got to have some kind of peculiarity in it or it’s not interesting to me.” – Sally Mann

Links

– Changing Perspectives
– New Zealand
– Using the brush size to realistically cut out hair
– Using the Pen tool
– Adding a colored background to a photo Also how to use the refine edge brush in Select and Mask.
– Grand Landscape, Part I

I saw these possessions sitting on the street, all neatly folded and piled, with a note to an acquaintance and a begging sign.  It told one story, but I couldn't help but wonder, what the story would have been if I could talk to the owner.

I saw these possessions sitting on the street, all neatly folded and piled, with a note to an acquaintance and a begging sign. It told one story, but I couldn’t help but wonder, what the story would have been if I could talk to the owner… A life piled in 2 square feet.

Monday Missive – November 21, 2016

Quotes

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” — Marianne Williamson

Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind thru positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration’.”Minor White

Links

– Interview with Jack Dykinga
– Conservation Photography
– Lynsey Addario: Notes from the conflict zone
– More creative self portraits
– Create 3D textures in Photoshop
– Summit in the Smoky Mountains
– This one is fun
– Overcoming a fear of strangers
– Sketch effect in Photoshop
– Wildlife Photographer of the year

The Art of Photography Assignments
– Introduction to the whole assignment concept
– Assignment::Variations First assignment in case you lost the URL. In this episode he references a journal, which he explained here:
– Photographer’s sketch books Then he provided some follow up and additional explanation of what to expect and why you will benefit from doing the assignments.
– Follow up to Ted Forbes 1st assignment How to be a great photographer

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Monday Missive — November 14, 2016

Quotes

Let’s make things exist and then judge later. Don’t cancel the process of creativity too early: Let it flow.” – Ross Lovegrove

I wanted my vision to be just that, my personal vision. Photography is a great way to express your emotions and I think the best work comes from deep inside.” – Sarah Hadley

Logic will never change emotion or perception.” — Edward de Bono

Links

– 100 most influential images
– Raw workflow in Lightroom Take a look at this if you took my class and compare
– Great processing tips to emphasize your subject
– How to improve your street photography
– Learn to isolate
– Why bother? This blog by Bill Fortney has been around for a while now. Mike Moats reposted it and I am passing it on as well because it conveys such valuable insights.
– RTM: Read the Manual
– 40 Practical Photo Assignments Nice thing about these is that there is a stated purpose for each one.
– Travel safely with your camera gear

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Fun with models at Grafitti Warehouse. If you ever see her again….

Monday Missive — Nov. 7, 2016

Quotes

Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.” — Edward Abbey

“…in the end, creativity is a gift to the creator, not just a gift to the audience.Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic.

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — Picasso

Links

– Caribou and morning fog in the Kenai Peninsula, AK
– Extension tubes vs diopters, focus stacking and tilt-shift lenses
– Card wars: Cfast vs XQD for replacing the existing Compact Flash and SD cards. What the future holds.
– The exposure triangle Basic but a good read for beginners.
– A collation of blogs by some of the best. David du Chemin’s Craft and Vision site is really good and he has collected ongoing submissions by some of the best photographers. Worth visiting weekly.
– This Street Photography article is from the Craft and Vision blog
– Make stronger BW images in LR
– Photographing Native American People and Lands
– Getting Sharper Images
– Still life photography This looks like fun if you have a couple of flashes and an old fish tank.
– Sharper images
– Editing children’s portraits This uses a child as an example but illustrates some really critical controls that can be used on almost any subject to really make your subject pop.

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Decaying barn on Route 209 in the Delaware River Water Gap. Taken at a John Barclay workshop, 2016.

Monday Missive — October 31, 2016

Quotes

It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.” – Timothy Allen

Anyone can shoot chaos. But the most perceptive photographers can make compelling pictures out of uninteresting moments.” – Alex Tehrani

Quit trying to find beautiful objects to photograph. Find the ordinary objects so you can transform it by photographing it.” – Morley Baer

Links

– Seeing in Black and White Article by William Neill who has been shooting in the west for a long time.
– More on Black and White
– No rules for a major photo context
– Created Star Wars scenes using action figures
– Crop sensor vs Full frame, advantages/disadvantages
– New thoughts on composition
– Common traits for great photos Part II
– Software tools for photographers
– How to restore old photos
– What to take on long photo vacations

Taken on a Saturday at Hunt Valley Mall at an informal gathering of sports car enthusiasts.

Taken on a Saturday at Hunt Valley Mall at an informal gathering of sports car enthusiasts.

Monday Missive — October 24. 2016

Quotes

Even stones under mountain waterfalls compose odes to plum blossoms.Onitsura in Harry Behn in Cricket Songs, Japanese Haiku translated by Harry Behn

“Knowledge is preferable to ignorance.. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable.” – Carl Sagan

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” — Joseph Chilton Pierce

Links

– Platinum-Palladium: Dick Arentz and
– Platinum-Palladium: Kerik Kouklis
– How to visualize sensor spots
– Coastal photography
– Posting to Instagram from a PC
– Untouched Nature
– Common traits of good photographs
– German Street Photography

Composite of a horizontal "swipe" of fall trees at a pond, and a tiny island at Hidden Lake on a foggy morning.

Composite of a horizontal “swipe” of fall trees at a pond, and a tiny island at Hidden Lake on a foggy morning.

Monday Missive — Oct. 17, 2016

Quotes

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” — Aaron Siskind

Quit trying to find beautiful objects to photograph. Find the ordinary objects so you can transform it by photographing it.” – Morley Baer

There will be times when you will be in the field without a camera. And, you will see the most glorious sunset or the most beautiful scene that you have ever witnessed. Don’t be bitter because you can’t record it. Sit down, drink it in, and enjoy it for what it is!” – DeGriff

Links

– Exploring Infrared photography
– Clyde Butcher photographs in the Delaware River Water Gap in PA Interesting because I was up there this weekend for a workshop with John Barclay.
– Flash photography
– Landscape photography in Scotland Some very nice images, but also nice to see an area not photographed as often. Scotland would seem to be a good place for a tour with small villages and exceptional landscapes
– Polarizer tips
– Do you still need physical filters?

At Child's Fall Park in the Delaware River Water Gap, PA, taken at a workshop with John Barclay.

At Child’s Fall Park in the Delaware River Water Gap, PA, taken at a workshop with John Barclay.

Monday Missive – October 10, 2016

Quotes

I was not part of the plot. I was on the outside looking in. A mere spectator peeking through the insulating and protective window of a lens.” – Chuck Kimmerle, The Unapologetic Photographer Blog 7/7/15

Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.” — Frank Herbert, Dune

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” — Imogen Cunningham

Links

– Black and white layer in Photoshop
– Three brief articles from George Lepp
The focus stacking one is helpful, but you might wish to skip the video and cart articles. He solved for me the focus or move focus-stacking question.
– How to approach wildlife
– Really, really good stories and life lessons of a photographer 6 minute video that I highly recommend.
– Adding color with Photo filters in PS
– Hi- and Low-key lighting for portraits
– Make your own golden hour light
– 21 tips for sharper photos
– Street photography with a twist

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Monday Missive – October 3, 2016

Quotes

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself.” – Berenice Abbott

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even if it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” – William Klein

Links

– Long exposures without filters This is really cool!
– Before and After Animated .gif
– 5 Really useful keyboard shortcuts for PS
– Advice from Sebatiao Salgado In my opinion Salgado is one the greatest photographers still actively shooting.
– Using printer color profiles
– Good review of the basics of depth of field
– Lighting
– Epson P600 (old 2880) vs P800 (old 3880): cost effectiveness
– Shooting Wide
– Lightroom Presets

Close-up of the edges of an orchid flower

Close-up of the edges of an orchid flower

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Plant stamen taken at Rawlings Conservatory.