Monday Missive – January 9, 2017


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


– 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 — October 31, 2016


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


– 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 contest
– 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
– 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


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


– 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


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


– 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 — June 27, 2016


The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

I often think of my work as visual haiku. It is an attempt to evoke and suggest through as few elements as possible rather than to describe with tremendous detail.” – Michael Kenna

When you are completely caught up in something, you become oblivious to things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imagination.” – Rollo May

– Making Long Exposures
– For the Dog Lovers Among Us I really enjoyed this one.
– Shadow and Light as a Composition Tool
– Curves and Levels with Masks for local adjustments
– Up and Coming Minimalist Israeli Photographer
– Long Exposure Workflow

Hoen Lithograph building, with a bit of atmosphere added.

Hoen Lithograph building, with a bit of atmosphere added.

Monday Missive – June 20, 2016

The member’s show at the Baltimore County Arts Guild at 1101 Maiden Choice Lane, second floor above the bank begins this week.
I will be there with refreshments from 11 – 2 on Sunday, June 26. Please stop by and say Hi! Suzanne Morgan, a jeweler will also be there.


We are each the average of the people we hang out with and the experiences we choose.
The best way to end up mediocre is via tiny compromises
.” — Seth Godin, 6/13/16

Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.” – Denis Waitley

Art is what you can get away with.— Andy Warhol

Success is when the checks don’t bounce.” – Andy Warhol


– Website Design
– Using Lines to Improve Composition
– Perfect Panoramas Panoramas are a great tool to get the best out of some scenes that just don’t compose well in the standard aspect ratio.
– Copyright Infringement
– Tips for Better Waterfall Images


Monday Missive – May 30, 2016


‘…photography is a craft that requires experimentation, risk and growth, and that getting better at photography is a journey that never ends.” – Chris Orwig, Photography Issue 5

In general, I have found that people who pour their energy into thinking about an approach and insisting that it is too early to act are wrong just as often as people who dive in and work quickly. The over-planners just take longer to be wrong (and, when things inevitably go awry, are more crushed by the feeling that they have failed). There’s a corollary to this, as well: The more time you spend mapping out an approach, the more likely you are to get attached to it. The nonworking idea gets worn into your brain, like a rut in the mud. It can be difficult to get free of it and head in a different direction. Which, more often than not, is exactly what you must do.” –- Ed Catmull, Pixar


– Balance – A Better Approach than Rule of Thirds
– Risking Death to Get the Shot
– Six tips on Wildlife Photography
– Really Good Article on 500-600 mm Super Telephoto Lenses
– Conceptual Photography

Cemetery Angel series

Cemetery Angel series

Monday Missive May 9, 2016

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
Imogen Cunningham
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.
Irving Penn
I went into photography because it seemed like the perfect vehicle for commenting on the madness of today’s existence.” – Robert Mapplethorpe


Improving Landscapes with LR HSL
Steve McCurry’s Sidewalk Vignettes
Animals in the Environment
Blend adjustments in Photoshop
Break the Rules

Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive – March 28, 2016


When I had my first solo exhibition of my paintings and photographs, I felt that the act of working as an artist is not complete until the works have been given for viewing.  They are not given as a need for affirmation, but a need for connection. … It simply should not remain in a closet, lifeless and unchallenged.  f11, Feb. 2016, Issue 51, p. 106 — Paula Chamlee.

I’ll take acclaim if it’s forthcoming, but I wager no self-esteem on audience endorsement. – Maris Rusis in f/11, Issue 46, August 2015, p. 66

Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.– Helen Levitt


Not Always On
Worthwhile set of Photoshop Techniques and Keystrokes
Better Nature Shots
Night Photography
Composition This video is about cinematic composition but is applicable to stills as well. I thought it was well done.
Iphone Lifestyle Photography
Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Why You Shouldn’t Date a Photographer I couldn’t resist including this one!


The cargo cranes and the industrial chimney speak to me of Baltimore’s industrial past and future.

Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive March 14, 2016


Don’t ask yourself what the world needs – ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Harold Thurman Whitman

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Anonymous


Ethics of Wildlife Photography
Accidents Happen…Fortunately
Better Dog & Cat Pix
What Not to Do When Imaging Birds
Best Wedding Photography
Interesting Portrait Experiment
Reduce Noise in Photoshop
Noise Comparison of RAW and JPG
11 Women Photographers Who Shaped Photography


Glass blower.

Glass blower.

Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive March 7, 2016

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.” – Paul Strand

You already have permission
Just saying.
You have permission to create, to speak up, and stand up.
You have permission to be generous, to fail, and to be vulnerable.
You have permission to own your words, to matter and to help.
No need to wait.
— Seth Godin 3/1/13


Macro Backgrounds
Shooting In Low Light
Portfolios of Blind Photographers – Pete Eckert’s story is particularly poignant and inspiring.
From Harry: Dreamscape
Layer Masks
Making Prints in the Digital Age
Better Editing of Your BW Images
25 Great Unknown Photographers
Best Advanced Composition Explanation I Have Ever Seen

Boats in the morning.

This was taken in Nova Scotia. The area was a pleasant mix of countryside and small towns.

Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive Feb. 29, 2016


“My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it.” – Sam Abell

“All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.” – Chuck Close

“If I already have a vision, my work is almost done. The rest is a technical problem.” – Hiroshi Sugimoto

“Sometimes you don’t know why you’re doing something. You’re intuitively following, to see where it leads.” – Edward Burtynsky


Birds In Flight

The Workshop Experience

Great Street Photos

Don’t Be Intimidated

Understanding Histograms

Texture Photography

Healing vs Cloning

Interesting Historical Perspective on Ansel

Think Before You Shoot

More Photography at the BMA

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” – James Whistler

The BMA currently has on display more photographs than I have ever seen at one time, all under the heading of “New Arrivals.”  There are three themed exhibits:

  1. The O’Neil collection from Baltimore collectors Tom and Nancy O’Neil.  Approximately 20 images with broad themes that embody the interactions of humans and the environment (e.g., Misrach, Schutmaat, Kirkeby, Tice, Burtynsky), and portraits that reveal people’s struggles and achievement (Chao, Bey, Anderson & Low), and a few that don’t really fit in either category.  On exhibit until March 27, 2016.
  2. Late 20th Century Photographs from Russia and Belarus.
  3. Several other New Arrivals exhibits include single prints from Stephen Shore and William Eggleston, three large prints from Burtynsky, four images from Dorothea Lange’s FSA work in Oregon, and two small works by Edward Stieglitz.

The O’Neil Collection

The O’Neil Collection exhibit in the contemporary wing is interesting for the breadth of the collection.  There seemed to me be three sub-themes:

  • The first, as described above of human and environment interactions, included Misrach’s Holy Rosary Cemetery, Schutmaat’s Abandoned Homestead, Hatakeyama’s Blast (stop action limestone blast), Kirekby’s To and From (transmission lines reminiscent of Callahan’s minimalist work), Tice’s Water Tower and White Castle, probably Matthew Pillsbury’s Jane’s Carousel, Ulrich’s Kenosha Wisconsin big box store and Burtynsky’s Oxford Tire Pile could have been grouped together.  All have representations of ecological consequences of human activities on the environment. This would certainly be more a grouping of theme and intent rather style or technique, because both varied widely. The contrast for example of Kireby’s almost delicate image of transmission lines with Burtynsky’s massive tire pile filled with detail is an extreme contrast. Hatekeyama’s Blast ties the environmental destruction of exploding limestone with implied construction of roads and buildings using the limestone.  Tice’s contemporary architecture combines well with Ulrich’s image of the interior of the big and the implications for consumption, waste and banal architecture.
  • The second grouping are the portraits of which two really stood out to me:  Dey’s large format portrait of Shalanta and Chao’s of a Buddhist monk Taken with a large format camera, Shalanta was accompanied by statement from the subject. The image truly reflected her positive approach to life. Schutmaat’s portrait of a Wyoming man also works well with this group.  Anderson and Low had a diptych of a star Naval Academy lacrosse star in protective gear and in dress uniform, connecting or contrasting the athlete and the warrior.
  • The third group seemed to be more of technique and and style than of theme, without any real connection other than disparate approaches.  Abelardo Morell converted a room into a camera obscura to capture street scenes. The image was displayed inverted as it was taken, and with the softness and lack of sharpness resulting from imaging without a lens, seemed surrealistic. Thomas Kellner took individual 35 mm color negatives of sections of the Lincoln Memorial and then assembled the negative strips to create a fragmented, disjointed image of the memorial; very interesting approach of dis-assembly and re-assembly. Welling’s abstract of draped velvet  and Lyons use of the flag “After 9/11” were interesting images more as an examples of contemporary work than of any coherent theme.

Late 20th Century Photographs from Russia and Belarus

Approximately 22 photographs including photographs from Lithuania and Ukraine as well Russia and Belarus from 1959-2000. In general, the images were not exceptional except for being images of a time and place in the Soviet Union where things were controlled by the State and these were unofficial pictures. I thought the two images by Galina Moskaleva were the best of the group, although extremely different.  The first was from a series of young people who had been exposed to radiation and had to have their thyroid removed.  The second was of two children repeated and colored.  I didn’t understand the curator’s placement of these images by the same photographer, separated by a grouping of four images by a different photographer.  It would have been easier to compare the evolution of Moskaleva’s work if they were adjacent.

Other New Arrivals

These were scattered though the museum.  The most arresting were three large prints by Burtynsky (Silver Lake Operations, Rock of Ages and Shipbreaking).  The two by Shore (Holden St., North Adams, MA) and Eggleston (Untitled, from Troubled Waters) were also a well-considered comparison of mid-20th century urban scenes transformed by light. The four small images by Dorothea Lange, taken during her time with the Farm Security Administration were all of dwellings during the depression in Oregon; one of an exterior and three interior, and provided some interesting insight into life at that time.  Finally two small images by Edward Stieglitz; one of his wife George O’Keefe and of another artist, Marsden Hartley.

If you are interested in photography these current exhibits at the BMA shouldn’t be missed.


Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive Quotes and Links Feb. 8, 2016


“I fell in love with the process of taking pictures, with wandering around finding things. To me it feels like a kind of performance. The picture is a document of that performance.” – Alec Soth

“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.” – John Berger

“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

Wildlife From Your Car

Using Gradients in Portraits

Developing Your Own Style


Shooting Action in Low Light

Best Explanation of Blend-If Sliders I Have Ever Seen

Nova Scotia, Canada

Mary Ann Falls, Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, Canada

Baltimore Camera Club Monday Missive February 1, 2016


“The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience.” – Alfred Stieglitz

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

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



Beginner Friendly Photoshop Tutorials

What Makes A Lasting Image – Sam Abel – This is 1 hour 50 minutes

DIY Lighting Projects


Wedding Composites

Horizontal AND Vertical

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