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Iconic Photos – Why They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Any More

November 4, 2012


The Million Monkey Problem My boss is quite a photographer, and even has a degree in graphic design.  So at lunch the other day, where I consider it bad form to discuss work, I asked him about photography. He said some thing very interesting. He said “digital photography has allowed the average person to take […]

The Sky Was Falling; And I Didn’t Catch It

May 16, 2012


Wow, it’s been so long since I posted, I don’t even recognize the UI. I could give the litany of excuses: medium format camera and lens bit the dust, ebay replacement arrived broken, new job (5 in the last year), and started two new companies. Maybe more about those some other time, but they are […]

Introducing B&W Film Photography Class

February 9, 2012


First, with my crazy 2 job schedule, I’m just not getting into the darkroom. Second, so many people have said they want to come over and work in the darkroom, but nobody ever does. Therefore, I decided I would teach a class. It would be 1x/week for 4 weeks. Then you can use the darkroom […]

HDR B&W, Digital vs. Film

October 22, 2011


Author’s note: This post did everything I hoped, in that it covers a subject I haven’t seen elsewhere; it’s the most popular subject on my blog: despite it’s age it gets regular hits so people must be coming to it from search engines. It took me a long time to come to these realizations and […]

Color…A Most Curious Thing

October 8, 2011


Best Laid Plans Last week I finally completed my Quixotic adventure into the Elwha river valley. On my first trip up the valley, a pre-trip to sort out the route, gear, fishing, and logistics, I had envisioned capturing the trip in gritty B&W. Even though the valley is rich in subtle color and the weather […]

Uniqueness in Ubiquity

August 26, 2011


With the advent of digital photography, photographers have not only much readier access to recording images, but also to tools to manipulate them. The things you can do between a cell phone and Photoshop once required expensive gear and technical mastery in the darkroom that amateurs couldn’t hope to achieve. As a result, the amount […]

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Input Method

August 18, 2011


People still talk a lot of about digital “versus” film photography.  I think they are missing the point. It’s kind of like arguing if a book written on a computer is different than one written long-hand. It’s not the tool that capture the data, it’s the tool that outputs it. So while I read a […]

It’s a Fine Line; But a Mile Wide

July 31, 2011


First, I have to credit Rhonda Kelly with that line. Definitely the word-wittiest person I ever met. She also once said “Honesty, it’s the next best policy.” Since that girl won’t write, it’s my lifelong mission to steal all of her good lines and use them to make people think I’m as clever as she […]

What Is Luminous?

July 28, 2011


With special thanks to Rob Howard from Creative Splurges who helped me muddle through posting a gallery and slide show. Normally I post images on Facebook and just link them to here, but now I am freed from that. So, what is luminous? My friend Peter Moon asked that and I set out to take […]

Photography, 13 Books

July 6, 2011


Recently my friend Kat asked me to recommend some photography books. As mentioned before, for me photography is about the realization of the print. Images on the screen may be a step in that process, but are generally not an end in themselves. I shoot film, mostly B&W. I print my shots in the dark […]