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Inspiration Close to Home

The weather here in the Northeast USA has been bleak to say the least these past few months.  I write this while snowbound in a county that gave up the night before and just said, “Nope, not going to even … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Photograph

One of the marks of people who are good at something is that they make what they do seem so easy.  Good photographers make it not only seem effortless but also entirely automatic within the equipment.    A few weeks … Continue reading

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Let it Snow! Let it Glow!

As I write today, the yo-yo winter we’ve been having is giving me warm, blue skies and sunshine.  Perfect day for shooting?  Last week I had an even better photo day.  Pea-soup fog over a snowy landscape gave me a … Continue reading

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Anticipating the Moment

Whether you are taking pictures of sporting events, family celebrations or on assignment, you find that often times actions happen so fast you can’t get the camera swung around fast enough to catch it — if you aren’t prepared. You … Continue reading

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Understanding ISO Ratings

The level of sensitivity to light as determined by the International Organization on Standards.  With film cameras, the ISO rating is used for a particular film type to tell how sensitive it is.  Ratings generally range from 50 (not very … Continue reading

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A Matter of Perspective

One of the more common mistakes made by novice photographers – and occasionally the seasoned ones as well- is not watching the background and finding after the picture is taken that there appears to be a lamp post growing out … Continue reading

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Shadow Pupperty

In the late evening and early morning hours, when many photographers find the light the most magical, there is often the issue of avoiding the photographer’s own shadow. Some opt to shoot past the shadow when the sun is to … Continue reading

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Season of Imagination

Halloween is now upon us.  The leaves are colorful. The jack-o-lanterns are bright.  Kids and adults are dressing in their wildest ways.  It’s a time ripe with photo ops for those inclined toward the documentary and a fuel for the … Continue reading

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Lucky Shot?

I showed a friend a recent shot one time of a dragonfly sitting on a cattail leaf.  Her reply was, “Wow! Lucky shot!” It takes a lot of hard work and patience to make it look that easy.  Anticipating the … Continue reading

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Of Vision and Perception

When I do close-up photography, my preference is for using a focus so shallow that only a few details stand out in sharp relief from a softly flowing foreground and background, making it very abstract.  When I show them, I … Continue reading

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