The Art of Cropping
Aug17

The Art of Cropping

I seldom crop images after capturing them, preferring to do so in-camera in order to extract the maximum image quality from the maximum number of pixels—especially with the smaller sensors in Micro Four-thirds cameras— but I make an exception to this rule for some of my drag racing photographs. One thing that you’ll notice at the track is that there are lots of people—spectators, crew, and safety staff—who inevitably walk into the...

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Wordy Wednesday #172 “Shooting a Rat Rod”
Aug12

Wordy Wednesday #172 “Shooting a Rat Rod”

To Rat Rod aficionados this old Chevrolet may not be a classic “rat rod” but, to me, has the proper vibe. This car was photographed in the city of Prospect, Colorado that has always been one of my favorite places to photograph because of the unique architecture. To get high angle “Hail Mary” shots in the past I would hold the camera over my head and make a guess at where it was pointing, then make a lot of shots until I got something...

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Wordy Wednesday #170 “Nash Metropolitan Police Car”
Jul29

Wordy Wednesday #170 “Nash Metropolitan Police Car”

I’ve always loved the Nash Metropolitan. Mary and I saw this one when we were driving back from Evergreen, Colorado where we had gone to friend’s house to look at an MG B he was selling. (No, we didn’t buy it.) When I saw this Metropolitan with a police bubble on top, I had to stop and photograph it. At the time, my favorite point-and-shoot at the time was the Konica-Minolta (pre-Sony) X1 one of the coolest little...

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Let’s Photograph Cars in Castle Rock, CO
Jun19

Let’s Photograph Cars in Castle Rock, CO

One of my favorite car shows is the annual Classic Rock Cruise-In that’s held on the streets of Castle Rock, Colorado from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It’s called “Classic Rock” because of all the live bands performing on a stage in the middle of the show. Great tunes and great cars. Founded in 1874, Castle Rock is located just off Interstate 25 and is 28 miles south of Denver and 37 miles  north of Colorado Springs, making it easy to...

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Summer Means it’s Racing Season
Jun02

Summer Means it’s Racing Season

I often get questions about photographing racecars and while most of those questions are about capturing on-track action, that’s only part of the deal. The part we don’t often talk about is safety when around fast cars. Some of this advice may seem obvious but if you follow these tips, I’ll guarantee it will result in better images because there won’t be any distractions. Park your vehicle in a designated parking spot in a designated...

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Differences Between Blur & Soft Focus
Jun01

Differences Between Blur & Soft Focus

Let me tell you a secret: You don’t always need tack sharp images. Sometimes a soft focus image is just what the doctor—or photographer—ordered and blur or selective blur can add a film noir touch to an otherwise ordinary photograph. The distinction between soft focus and creative blur are often confused, so let’s look at the differences. When all or part of a photograph lacks sharpness, it’s blurry. Blur can be caused by camera or...

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Wordy Wednesday #159 “Photographing a Classic Buick”
May13

Wordy Wednesday #159 “Photographing a Classic Buick”

Many digital SLRs have built-in monochrome modes and some even have modes (Canon calls’em Picture Styles” that enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors look less vibrant producing and old-fashioned even hand-colored look in camera. I have an affection for classic Buick automobiles. This beautiful old Buick was custom built for the former Shah of Iran—that ain’t chrome, it’s silver—and is now in a...

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