What Inspires Your Photography?
Mar28

What Inspires Your Photography?

Photographers get inspiration from many places. One friend finds it in old master’s paintings; I get the inspiration for many of my images from the movies. Recently I watched (for the umpteenth time) Frank Capra’s 1937 classic Lost Horizon and was struck not just by the cinematography but by all of the still images used to illustrate a “making-of” video on the DVD that were shot using 4×5 film. This was truly the golden age of...

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Wordless Wednesday #435: “Audubon House Garden, Key West”
Mar28

Wordless Wednesday #435: “Audubon House Garden, Key West”

The house now known as the Audubon House was built by Captain John Huling Geiger in the 1840s as a residence for his family, who lived there for more than a century. Originally slated for destruction in 1958, the Geiger mansion was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization. The home’s large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West and sparked Key West’s restoration movement....

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Shutter Speed vs Flash Sync Speed
Mar27

Shutter Speed vs Flash Sync Speed

A camera’s flash synchronizes the shutter so that light passes through to the film or image sensor. Cameras with mechanical shutters use an electrical contact within the shutter, which closes the circuit at the appropriate moment in the opening process. As someone who shot part of a job, back in the film days, with a blown sync switch this produces no photos. Most just call it Flash sync is different for every camera and that’s the...

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New Items Added in Garage Sale
Mar25

New Items Added in Garage Sale

We just added a some new items to the Garage Sale. Just as it’s name implies, this new section of the blog is a place where I will be selling unused or unneeded equipment. Instead of taking a chance on buying from strangers on eBay or Craig’s List. From time to time, I’ll be posting gear for sale at fair prices that will be available for purchase via shipping by USPS/FedEx for people outside Colorado or via face-to-face pickup for...

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Monochrome & Color Portraiture
Mar24

Monochrome & Color Portraiture

Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have a built-in monochrome capture mode with some  offering scene modes, Canon calls’em Picture Styles, that let you enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors less vibrant producing an old-fashioned hand-colored look. The reality is that you can always shoot in color and  make these kinds of adjustments after the fact using Adobe Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software but...

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Spring ’17 FotoWalks Planned
Mar23

Spring ’17 FotoWalks Planned

Plans are currently underway for a series of regularly scheduled FotoWalks beginning this Spring. The format for the walks will be simple: We will visit a location somewhere in the Metropolitan Denver area and make some photos together. FotoWalks are free and will be limited to a maximum of seven participants, so although free, preregistration is required. All the while, the topics of discussion will be in keeping to this How-To...

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Wordy Wednesday #434 “Black & White & IR All Over”
Mar22

Wordy Wednesday #434 “Black & White & IR All Over”

In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging. Wavelengths used for photography range from about 700 nm to about 900 nm. Proving that timing is everything, this shot was made in Barr Lake State Park last October, the day before a big snowstorm was due to blow...

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