Chimping, Batteries and Battery Life
Sep26

Chimping, Batteries and Battery Life

“Chimps that are insecure may read lots of things into harmless situations. “—Steve Peters It’s no secret that using Live View or chimping puts extra drain on your digital DSLR’s batteries and while OEM batteries do a good job that has not always been my experience with third-party replacement batteries. At least until I tested Hahnel’s Extreme Li-Ion Batteries. These battery’s rugged and precision construction are...

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Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela
Sep20

Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela

“Look, I’m not an intellectual – I just take pictures.”—Helmut Newton With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wednesdays I’ll be showcasing a different image of her...

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Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Faces of Pamela
Sep06

Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Faces of Pamela

In 1988, photographer Gary Bernstein, along with Bernie Taupin, published his first book called Burning Cold. The only model whose photographs appeared in the book’s pages was Bernstein’s wife, Kay Sutton York. I’ve been flogging Wordless then Wordy Wednes-days for many years and thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednes-days I could publish a different portrait of the same...

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Book Review: NY in the Snow
Sep04

Book Review: NY in the Snow

“I love the surreality of snowstorms in NY.”—Vivienne Gucwa To me the best kind of photo book is not a how-to book telling you how to use your camera or explain Photoshop techniques; While these books can be useful in helping you lean the vocabulary and craft of photography, my preference is for books that make you think about your photography and inspire you to make better photographs. Vivienne Gucwa’s NY in the Snow is...

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Wordy Wednesday #456: The Final Chapter
Aug30

Wordy Wednesday #456: The Final Chapter

I’ve been flogging Wordless Wednesdays then Wordy Wednesdays for many years. In fact, the first Wordless Wednesday appeared on March 14, 2012 and I thought it was time for a change. Next week, Inspired by the photography of Gary Bernstein, I’m starting a new series I hope will run for a year. In the meantime, I leave you with this.   “Mary and Joe At the Psycho House” Normally you can’t get out of the cars...

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Wordy Wednesday #445 “On the Road to Key West”
Jun07

Wordy Wednesday #445 “On the Road to Key West”

“Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.”— Ernest Hemingway Cayo Hueso is the original Spanish name for the island of Key West. It literally means “bone cay” or a low island or reef. It is said that the island was littered with the remains of prior native inhabitants, who used the isle as a communal graveyard. Key West is on the dividing line between the Atlantic...

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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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