The Meaning of Light

There are a thousand blog postings, books, podcasts... about the importance of light in photographs. This will be a thousand and one. There's a reason this theme is so important -- Light changes everything.  Light changes colors. Light changes shadow. Light changes what is seen and not seen in a photograph.  Light changes snapshots into … Continue reading The Meaning of Light

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Improving Portrait Post-Processing: Part 2

Though I tend to be more of a travel photographer, I still feel that I need to be able to take portraits. Portraits are the bread-and-butter of many photographers' businesses and having more photographic skills and techniques can never be a drawback.  In this post, I'll talk about a few tips that improved my portrait post-processing. Tip … Continue reading Improving Portrait Post-Processing: Part 2

Improving Portrait Post-Processing: Part 1

Though I tend to be more of a travel photographer, I still feel that I need to be able to take portraits. Portraits are the bread-and-butter of many photographers' businesses and having more photographic skills and techniques can never be a drawback.  In this post, I'll talk about a few tips that improved my portrait post-processing. Tip … Continue reading Improving Portrait Post-Processing: Part 1

Portfolio-ing

  As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm just coming to the end of a 365 Project and it was about time that I sat down and thought about my photographic portfolio - really thought about it. There are lots of blog postings, articles, and podcasts on the subject. Photographers seem to vary in specific recommendations: how many … Continue reading Portfolio-ing

365 Photos: Top 10 Things I Learned

I'm just coming to the end of the 365 Project that I started July, 2015. One photo a day for a year! I started with no real expectation that I'd finish, but here I am, nearly a year later with the finish line in sight. I learned quite a lot along the way: about photography, about … Continue reading 365 Photos: Top 10 Things I Learned

Light, Light, Light

I tried to take this photo a couple of times, but it just never seemed to come out right (see similar photo below). I'm a bit obsessed with this bridge, so I've visited quite a few times. This photo was taken after sunrise, as I was leaving the park - a park that I'd only just … Continue reading Light, Light, Light

Art is Where You Find It

The other day, I found where the Art Department puts its trash. One artist's trash is another artist's treasure! Many things caught my eye, broken pottery, discarded metal sculptures, and two 2x3' sheets of metal splattered with paint and chemicals. Unlikely art, but to my eye - beautiful! I photographed every inch of of these metallic wonders. … Continue reading Art is Where You Find It

One Lucky Shot

On the day I created this photo, I took more than 400 photos, but only one single photograph of this bridge. One shot was all it took. I was moving from one location to another to catch the setting sun behind the St. Louis Arch. The conditions weren't ideal. I was moving east over the bridge and driving (it … Continue reading One Lucky Shot

Making the Real, Surreal

I recently noticed that one of my photos could very easily tip from the real to the surreal with just a few clicks in Photoshop. The scene was already almost unbelieveable in the original - the sky was too blue, the reflection too perfect. The landscape along the horizon was the only thing rooting this photo … Continue reading Making the Real, Surreal

Simply Tree

I loved this photo even before I took it. What caught my eye were the strong lines in the mown grass and the minimalism of the lone tree on a hillside. But this photo is all about framing the shot. The photo hasn't been overly photoshopped, and yet the photo doesn't reflect reality. From this angle, the massive … Continue reading Simply Tree