Monday Missive — August 17, 2020


If you’ve worked hard for it, it’s a skill.
If it’s something that other people have that you believe you can’t possibly achieve, it’s a talent.
Of course, they think the same thing about your skill, don’t they?
Being jealous of talents that are actually skills is a great way to let yourself off the hook and make yourself miserable at the same time.
” — Seth Godin on December 10, 2016

That’s my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.” – Jock Sturges

Where the world is at once mysterious and completely ordinary.” — Keith Carter

Photoessays/Bodies of Work
– Water is life
– Ayanava Sil: India Not as cohesive a body as I prefer, but individually most of the images are interesting.
– BW in Tokyo
– Munich silenced by Covid

– 5 tricks in Photoshop
– 5 tricks in Lightroom
– Saturation vs Vibrance

– If sharpness truly mattered . . .
– Telephoto sunset minimalist photography from Denmark

– The Truth about becoming a professional photographer

Gulf Fritillary, Deweese Is., SC. October, 2017

Ghost crab, Deweese Is., SC.

Monday Missive — Nov. 7, 2016


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


– 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.


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