Wordy Wednesday #167 “ The Artist Within”
Jul08

Wordy Wednesday #167 “ The Artist Within”

While they might not want to admit it, photographers have always envied artists. When we drive 300 miles over back roads to find the perfect sunset and the weather doesn’t cooperate, we can only reach into our backpack and try various filter combinations to approximate what that sunset might have looked liked look. An artist can make that same trek and stay inside their car making black and white sketches before finishing the painting...

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Traveling with a Mirrorless Camera
Jan16

Traveling with a Mirrorless Camera

Sigma’s ART lens category includes the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN and 19mm f/2.8 DN lenses designed for mirrorless lens cameras. Priced at $199, both lenses incorporate telecentric optical designs and a linear auto focusing motor for accurate and quiet focusing for video. They have metal exteriors and a simple focus ring with varying textures to distinguish each part of the lens. The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN is a relatively wide-angle lens...

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Wordy Wednesday #131 “Back to Balboa Park”
Oct22

Wordy Wednesday #131 “Back to Balboa Park”

This photo was one of my earliest attempts at HDR photography. The image a combination of a series of five bracketed exposures made at San Diego’s Balboa Park in the morning. It was made with a Canon EOS 5D Mark I with a EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 41mm) and a nominal exposure of 1/25 sec at f/22 and ISO 200. After some cropping tweaks, this is my first iteration of the Balboa Park image after processing in HDR Efex Pro that...

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Travel Thursday: The Key to Key West
Aug21

Travel Thursday: The Key to Key West

Key West is an island in the Straits of Florida at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. The island is about 90 miles from Cuba so you know that somebody would put up a monument to that and  people who line up for blocks to have their photograph made there. Mary and I were no exception and this photo of us was made by, my cousin, Mike Kutrik. A local told me that this was not the closest point to Cuba and that a solitary pier...

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Wordless Wednesday #117 “Castillo Serrallés”
Jul16

Wordless Wednesday #117 “Castillo Serrallés”

Castillo Serrallés overlooks the city of Ponce and was former residence of he owners of the Puerto Rico’s oldest rum producing families and has been restored with a mix of original furnishings and antiques to recall of the era of the sugar barons. Admission is only two bucks so don’t miss it if you find yourself in Puerto Rico.

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Travel Tuesday: Correcting Perspective
Apr22

Travel Tuesday: Correcting Perspective

Wide angle lenses are great for architectural photography but can create the “falling over” building effect that doesn’t always recreate the look produced by a view camera or a Tilt-Shift lens or Perspective Control lenses. These lenses can eliminate the “falling over” building look and can, depending on building being photographed, duplicate what you can do with a view camera. But it doesn’t come cheap. A Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L...

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Memory Cards for Travel Photography
Jan09

Memory Cards for Travel Photography

It’s Travel Thursday and if you only learn one new thing from this series of posts, this is it: Don’t buy a new camera on Thursday before leaving for a trek to Macho Picchu the following weekend. If there is any secret about travel photography it’s that using your equipment has to be instinctive so when an opportunity presents itself you may only have a few seconds to get a shot. There’s no time to think about what menu to use or how...

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