Celebrating Memorial Day 2017
May29

Celebrating Memorial Day 2017

Since many people who read this blog do not live in the United States, I wanted to give today’s post a brief introduction: Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and until 1882 it was known as Decoration Day. The holiday started after the Civil War as a way to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died in all wars. On Memorial Day the flag is...

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Let’s Photograph Cars in Castle Rock, CO
May26

Let’s Photograph Cars in Castle Rock, CO

One of my favorite car shows is the annual Classic Rock Cruise-In that’s being held on June 17 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The event is held on streets of Castle Rock, Colorado, which was founded in 1874. Castle Rock is just off Interstate 25 and is 28 miles south of Denver and 37 miles north of Colorado Springs, making it easy to get to from anywhere in Colorado’s front range. Space is available for 300 cars and while I didn’t...

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Best Subjects for Infrared Photography?
May25

Best Subjects for Infrared Photography?

“Every object in the Universe with a temperature above absolute zero radiates in the infrared, so this part of the spectrum contains a great deal of information.”—Frank J. Low Digital infrared photography has the power to transform mundane visual experiences into something that unforgettable. I think purchasing a used digital SLR and converting it to infrared capture is a great idea because used bodies are usually available at a...

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Wordy Wednesday #443: “Homage to Vincent”
May24

Wordy Wednesday #443: “Homage to Vincent”

“Now I understand, what you tried to say to me and how you suffered for your sanity“—Don McLean Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (Tournesols) are the subject of two series of still life paintings. The earlier series, executed in Paris in 1887, depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set, executed a year later in Arles, shows bouquets of sunflowers in a vase. In the artist’s mind both sets were linked by the...

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Shooting Portraits in Black & White
May23

Shooting Portraits in Black & White

Proving you can change your tune, Paul Simon revised the lyrics to Kodachrome from “everything looks worse in black and white.” When he performed the song in Central Park in 1991 everything looked “better” in black & white. Sometimes color confuses a viewer taking the focus away from the photograph’s subject, especially in a portrait. And some black and white images, such as landscapes, have more drama when seen as monochrome....

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The Format of the Medium is the Message
May22

The Format of the Medium is the Message

“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”— Marshall McLuhan I believe that the camera you use—and the way that you use it—determines the format, or shape, of the final image. Look no further than the hundreds of YouTube videos that are shot using a vertical format—the shape of the smartphone—despite every moving image that the maker has ever seen in their life is horizontal. I was having coffee with...

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Happy Birthday Charlie Brown
May19

Happy Birthday Charlie Brown

They say it’s your birthday It’s my birthday too, yeah They say it’s your birthday We’re gonna have a good time—McCartney & Lennon My birthday is on Sunday and I think that it’s interesting that I was born in National Photo Month, although I don’t think it was celebrated back when I was born. The headline has an obvious Peanuts theme. If you didn’t already know it, I’m a Peanuts fan,...

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