Picnic in the Park
Oct24

Picnic in the Park

“Well! That sure takes the berry off the bush”—from the 1959 movie The Gazebo Located on Mainstreet near downtown Parker, Colorado, O’Brien Park includes a softball field, multipurpose field, basketball court, two playgrounds, outdoor pool and a gazebo that serves as the backdrop for many events, including concerts and the annual holiday lighting ceremony. As I’ve mentioned her before, whenever I get a new camera I...

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Wordy Wednesday #452 “ Clearing Your Mind with a Walk”
Aug02

Wordy Wednesday #452 “ Clearing Your Mind with a Walk”

As I’ve written about before, I like to take walks during the day to get a bit of exercise, clear my head and sometime try out  new equipment, which was the case on this particular day. I had just purchased a new-to-me black Panasonic Lumix GX1 camera body from a camera store in Japan (via eBay) and wanted to make sure that it worked. I stuck on an Olympus M. Zuiko 17mm f/2.8 lens (34mm equivalent) which produced a  compact and...

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Wordy Wednesday #441: “ Palm after Seven Mile Bridge”
May10

Wordy Wednesday #441: “ Palm after Seven Mile Bridge”

The Seven Mile Bridge is a famous bridge in the Florida Keys, located in Monroe County. It connects Knight’s Key, part of the city of Marathon, Florida. in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. Among the longest bridges in existence when it was built, it is part of the Overseas Highway in the Keys, which is part of the 2,369-mile U.S. Route 1. There are really two bridges in this location. The modern bridge is...

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Making Noise and Grain Work for You
Jan24

Making Noise and Grain Work for You

Grain is the Brush Stroke of Photography.—Constantine Manos Like most photographers I love to  to tinker with my images. If there’s too much grain in a photograph, I’ll use all kinds of digital methods to eliminate it. If there’s no grain in our digital images, I’ll want to add some. Note: In the small JPEG files you see here, the grain may be too subtle to appreciate. The best way is to see how the grain really looks is...

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LEDs in the Round
Jul21

LEDs in the Round

The trend of using continuous light sources, such as LED, plays well with photographers integrating video into the services they offer clients. But there’s also a convenience factor. A continuous source lets you see the how light falls on a portrait subject exactly as it will appear in the final image and can use your in-camera meter to arrive at an exposure, if only approximate, before checking against a histogram. I’ve tested...

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Choosing Gear for Glamour Photography
Jul05

Choosing Gear for Glamour Photography

A while ago, I featured a post called “Glamour Photography with Entry Level SLRs” featuring a video clip from an outside source that used some of my material to explain that the cameras you bring to a glamour or boudoir session are not as important as the attitude and talent you bring. Solely as a point of information, the cameras I currently own and use for glamour photography are mostly Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless camera and...

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Wordy Wednesday #138 “Snow in the Park ”
Dec10

Wordy Wednesday #138 “Snow in the Park ”

One of my favorite subjects to photograph is the gazebo in O’Brien Park in Parker, Colorado. This one was made during a recent snow and shot using an Olympus OM-D EM-10 that was a gift from my wife, Mary. (I know I have the greatest wife of all time.) Lens was the inexpensive but eminently useful Olympus 17mm f/2.8 and the exposure was 1/640 sec at f/9 and ISO 200. Image was shot in camera using the 16:9 image ratio and was...

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