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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Wordy Wednesday #158 “Joe Cool’s VW Bus”
May06

Wordy Wednesday #158 “Joe Cool’s VW Bus”

  Mary and I are longtime VW enthusiasts and never miss the annual VW’s on the Green car show in Colorado. We plan on attending this year’s event, which is May 17—just before my birthday—and hope to see you there. (If there’s enough interest, use the Contact page, and we’ll make it an official PhotoWalk.) Location is the beautiful Robert F. Clement Park in Littleton on 7306 W. Bowles Ave. What did the picture I...

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May is National Photography Month
May01

May is National Photography Month

National Photography Month started by in 1984 as the weeklong American Photography Celebration but now runs the entire month of May. For a short time it was also the home of “Take Your Camera to Work day” that was funded out of my own pocket but faded after a few years because of the cost of creating a user-friendly site. If anybody’s interested in helping me relaunch the Web site, it could restart it next year with your help. May is...

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My Take on Cropping
Apr27

My Take on Cropping

As I’ve mentioned here many times, “this is not a my way or the highway” blog and what I write is just my opinion. You can ignore it or not—it’s your decision. “To Crop, or not to Crop, that is the question”—I think Shakespeare said that. Here is my take on cropping: I seldom do it. Maybe it’s because I grew up with film, especially shooting slides, and consider the 3:2 rectangle as sacred....

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