Wordy Wednesday #195 “Snow on the Patio”
Feb03

Wordy Wednesday #195 “Snow on the Patio”

It seems to me we’ve had more than normal snowfall this season and in the last few weeks I’ve featured weather related posts on Wordy Wednesday. The Denver area gets 54 snow days a year but because Daisy Hill is at a higher altitude and south of Denver we will either get more snow than that or less—lots more or lots less. With yesterday’s storm producing snow accumulations of 18 to 24-inches in the  Denver area. It’s hard to...

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Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome
Oct02

Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome

When I find myself wondering, “what do I shoot next?” or starting the think (the unthinkable) “there’s nothing to photograph,” one thing I like to do is to shoot some photographs in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be all of the images made during a session; maybe just a few to see what happens. But what happens if you change your mind and really really want that original at some later date to be in color? These days most...

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Wordy Wednesday #173 “Homage to E.J. Bellocq”
Aug19

Wordy Wednesday #173 “Homage to E.J. Bellocq”

This image and pose above is a homage to the work of E.J. Bellocq, who photographed in the Storyville district of New Orleans during the early twentieth century. It was my intention to produice an homage and not a slavish copy. This shot was made in my 11×15-foot home studio. I placed a Smith Victor FLC300 monolight with 24×24-inch soft box at camera left. Fill was provided by another FLC300 with a 45-inch umbrella mounted and...

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Black & White: RAW, TIFF & JPEG
Aug06

Black & White: RAW, TIFF & JPEG

There are more ways to convert a color file into a monochrome photograph than “are dreamt about in your philosophy, Horatio.” In my Geared Up column in the October ’15 of Shutterbug (on newsstands September 10,) I’ll be doing a comprehensive (as possible) look at all of the different ways to convert a color file into monochrome but here are a few early tips to get you in the mood: I am a big believer that there are lots of photo...

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The Challenge of Black & White
Dec16

The Challenge of Black & White

I recently completed the Facebook 5-day Black & White Challenge presented to me by Shirley R. Kleppe. My friend Mark Toal wrote a blog post about his experience with the challenge; You can read it here. It got me think that shooting black  & white is a great way to get out of a photographic rut… One of the things  I like to do to get out of a rut is to shoot  photographs in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be...

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Simultaneous Monochrome & Color Capture
Sep29

Simultaneous Monochrome & Color Capture

Many digital SLRs have built-in black & white modes and some even offer 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. You can always make these kinds of adjustments after the fact using Adobe Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software but shooting directly in black & white impacts how you see...

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Infrared Photography in HDR
May15

Infrared Photography in HDR

I’ve been interested in infrared photography for more than thirty years and have really embraced the concept of digital infrared photography as being both practical and fun. And the motto of my blog is to Have Fun with Your Photography! There have been two kinds of digital IR capture I’ve wanted to experiment with. First was the idea of infrared panoramas made by sticking multiple infrared images together but have been...

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