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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...

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...

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...

Sometimes HDR is not enough

This shoot for an Interior Designer was a very challenging room. Off-white walls and white ceiling, with a deep navy blue cabinet, an even darker and less reflective navy blue sofa, and very bright lamps on either side. Incandescent lighting was mixed with a south facing wall of glass, on a sunny day. The high-end...

What You See is What You Get

What you don’t see is what the photographer started with! The final photo is what you send to the client.  You don’t want them to see what you started with!  In this case it was a three shot panorama using my finger as the estimated null point. And I had to be too close and...

Model Releases

You can not get away from legal issues – even when doing street photography.  This is my answer.  We were pleasantly surprised at the great food available at Au Bon Pain on L Street in Washington DC. A nobody taking pictures will probably never have a problem.  But as you get more recognized, it becomes...

Isolating the subject

In Guadalajara there is an artist village area called Tlaquepaque. Here you can find little trinkets for a few pesos or fine antique furnishings priced over 10,000 US dollars. The Sergio Bustamante Gallery is here. Along the main street, which is reserved for foot traffic only, one of his sculptures – La Reflexion –  sits...

Pier 39 Inside and Out

Pier 39 on San Francisco Bay is always noisy and full of activity.  To convey that in one photo requires some creative tricks! Here I have combined two shots, one of the docks covered with seals, and the other of the main dock full of people.  You look at both as one opens inside the...

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