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Nassau in July – 2004!

In 2004 I bought my first Canon Rebel 300D with 6mP with a 17-40mm f4 lens. It went on a cruise with us and performed well for the time. Based on today’s cameras, it had poor dynamic range; unable to record a bright sky and even mid-shadows at the same time. The original of this...

Indian Rocks Beach

In 2009 I was using a Canon Rebel 450D and had a Sony DSC-H7 as my pocket camera. We happened to have the Sony with us when we watched an amazing sunset from the beach on June 6th 2009 while in Florida for a High School reunion. The Sony did not do well in low...

Birds and Waves

This photo was taken 6 years ago today. On this trip I had another “pocket” camera, the Canon Power Shot S100. It had a nice range of 24 to 120 mm and was a fast f2 at wide angle, but a slow f5.9 at 120mm. It was challenging to get it to focus on moving...

The Ghost Town of Blowing Rock

In March I took a trip to Blowing Rock hoping to see some signs of spring. Did not work out that way. Because of the Shelter In Place orders, there were no businesses open, and nobody on the streets around noon. Bad enough, but a heavy fog made it feel like I was in some...

Santa Fe Tourist Shots

A unique American town made up of billionaires, artists, local indigenous people and more. Adobe, and fake adobe buildings predominate. The San Miguel Chapel is the oldest church building in the USA (circa 1610). The alter of the Loretto Chapel. The Miraculous Staircase. A sculpture outside of a very expensive art shop, and two guys...

First contest

Back in the days of darkrooms and development with chemicals, I entered my first contest. It was held by a radio station and the assignment was an album cover for a band famous at the time. I created an image of a devastated planet with a blackened and melted landscape, while an atomic bomb was...

60 minutes of work in 12 seconds!

Several years ago while in Guadalajara I took a couple quick shots of an amazing multi-piece sculpture named La Estampida – The Stampede. I spent a long time cleaning up the image, fixing the brightness, contrast, and color balance, then removing unwanted things from the background and making the sky look better. Since getting Luminar...

Charlotte Skyline

I continue to be impressed with the quality of images I can get with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. With a fast fixed lens giving me 24 to 400mm, it is extremely versatile, and the 1 inch sensor does an amazing job of capturing quality images. I was in Charlotte for a graduation ceremony. The day...

Banquet Room

This restaurant needed a new photo of their beautiful round high-ceiling banquet room. White floor, black tablecloths, and lots of glass looking outside. My wireless 400W Mono-light with TTL metering made it easier. I exposed for outside to be light, and let the mono-light determine the exposure for the inside. I adjusted the height and...

Home-made panoramic head

All of the components are Arca Swiss connectors. The camera panning base screws onto a 3/8 stud on the tripod, and holds the Hifine CL-90N Quick Release Clamp. The base has 360 degree markings for precise positioning of multiple shots in a panorama. The Neewer 200mm nodal slide rail is held by the Quick Release...

Restaurant advertising

A quick project to show an international firm that I have what it takes to provide the images they want for advertising their event space. I kept all the shots warm and inviting, and there is enough detail that those concerned with the details can see it is about time to replace the chairs!

Fall color – the hard way

This year the fall leaf color in the Blue Ridge Mountains has been a day to day guess to decide when to drive up there and deal with the traffic. My choice defied the weather forecast and was right and it was wrong. I took my dog Carly with me and she was wonderful –...

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