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 #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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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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The Shadows Know
Nov17

The Shadows Know

For many photographers it’s really the shadows that make or break a photograph but sometimes the results may be a bit more shadowy than we might prefer. Lamont Cranston used mind control taught to him by monks in Lhasa, but we have lots of options starting with the highlight and shadow that’s available in the Olympus E-M1 mirrorless cameras. If there is no shadow control in your SLR, as with the Canon EOS 5D shows, but you can use the...

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Wordless Wednesday #85 “Touch of Albuquerque”
Nov20

Wordless Wednesday #85 “Touch of Albuquerque”

Sometime when Mary does a road trip to Albuquerque for her company I tag along and stroll about making photos while she makes sales calls. I made this image when I was testing Olympus’ E5 Four Thirds (not Micro) camera with Digital Zuiko  12-60mm lens (at 49mm) using the camera’s built-in Dramatic Tones filter.

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