What a difference a day makes

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
What a difference a day makes

Same place, same phone, same pano, pretty close the same composition. Notice any difference? No matter how sophisticated our cameras are (or aren’t) and no matter how clever our processing there is nothing more important to photography than the quality of the light. Nothing. Not talent, not equipment, not location, not reputation, not blah, blah, […]

My Favorite Photos of 2015

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
My Favorite Photos of 2015

It’s that time of the year when I look back and review and evaluate that past twelve months of my photographic year. I do this by taking a look at all the pictures I have kept and picking those that are my favorites. I define ‘favorite’ by those images that I like the most and […]

Phone Photography

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
Phone Photography

There was a time not so long ago that I pooh-poohed a smart phone as a tool for photography. Boy, what an idiotic thing to say! As many of you all already know, the beauty of phone photography is that the phone/camera is always with you! And with today’s newer phones the image quality and size […]

The 4 Essential Traits

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
The 4 Essential Traits

About 25 years ago I got my last great photographic teaching idea- to do your best photography you must have the proper subject, background, light and conditions. I have been harping on these 4 essential qualities of a successful photograph for so long that now I have heard it echo back to me by former students who are now […]

The Pail and the Funnel

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Articles | 2 Comments
The Pail and the Funnel

I go to Abbott’s General Store every day on my way home from doing my chores at the farm. It is where I get my newspaper, my news of Danby and my daily affirmation that being part of a community is good. A week ago, as I was paying for my paper Cindy who manages the […]

Magic in the Trash dump

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
Magic in the Trash dump

It has been ridiculously warm in Vermont this November and December- 15 to 20 degrees warmer than normal- and so with afternoons in the upper 40’s and low 50’s I haven’t been spending much time with my computer. Part of the reason I have spent so much time in my woods is that I magically acquired […]

Good bye, Old Friends

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Articles | 2 Comments
Good bye, Old Friends

It is time to say good-bye to several old photography friends who have been solidly with me for many years- my trusty 70-200 f2.8, my indulgent 300 f4 and my rock solid, pound nails with it Nikon D4. Bye-bye, see you later, hasta la vista, so long bucko, ta-ta, adios. The criteria for me to […]

How I did it- People

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Articles | One Comment
How I did it- People

I have been actively photographing people now for 10 years. Odd for me to think about when I remember actively avoiding people for the first 10 years of my professional career. I’ve gotten pretty good at getting nice portraits of all kinds of rural people and if the light and the person and the background and […]

How I did it- Eye level

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
How I did it- Eye level

Those of you who have had the misfortune of suffering through one of my workshops have heard me say numerous times- “The most compelling wildlife photography is that which allows you to enter the animals world. You do this by shooting at your subject’s eye level.” Sounds pretty simple but sometimes it is not quite […]

How I did It- chimps in trees

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Articles | No Comments
How I did It- chimps in trees

I thought I would do a bit of teaching for the next few blogs since I have been preening and strutting the last few blogs- time to get back to what I do best. I am going to pick a few of my favorite pics from my Tanzania trip and talk about how I got […]