Archive for ‘nature’

December 7, 2010

Its COLD here

Winter has arrived for sure.  I’m already longing for the warmer weather.

This is from one of my many hikes last summer.

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November 25, 2010

NOT a Thanksgiving bird!

More from my birding pictures.  Thanksgiving pictures to come later today.  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

November 23, 2010

More birds!

I’m having fun with this.  I am working out an idea to light the birds so I can freeze their action when they are flying.  More to come.

November 22, 2010

The bird feeder is out!

What makes a bird happy?  Free food!

October 4, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I did a little reading this morning.  A couple of blog posts by some photographers I like to follow.  I’m not going to bother adding links to their blogs or even typing their names.  It just seems to me that a lot of photographers like to spend a lot of time whining.  No whining!

I’m waiting on my new fog machine to arrive in the mail today.  I’ve been looking to get one for a couple of years now and finally found one for a reasonable price.  I have big plans on using it for some “illustration” photography I have been wanting to do.

The picture above is just a picture, nothing to do with today’s post other than to adorn the page.  I love the random shapes I find in the natural world.

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks doing everything but photography.  I think I’ll make some pictures this week.

October 1, 2010

Film Friday

I’m starting a new long term project.  Film only.  Just because.

September 20, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I have only been practicing photography full time for a few years now.  Before this I worked in construction.  And I took pictures with my film cameras and eventually digitals only as a hobby.  I like what I do now more even though I make much less money.  Photographs have always been fascinating to me both from a technical aspect and an artistic one.  I can geek out on equipment with the best of them but I have learned to keep that at bay, knowing that the newest and best gear will not by necessity make me a better photographer.  In fact, I am coming to the conclusion that the digital age in photography is ruining the craft.  Yes, with histograms and little screens on the backs of our cameras it is easier to make technically better pictures but at the same time photography is becoming more and more homogenized.  Everyone is doing the same thing.  Me included.  Yuck!  I am not swearing off digital as the devil.  I just think film is better for a lot of reasons.

I am going to spend more time with my old Nikon FE film camera and perhaps the N80.  Why?  Because it isn’t easy.  Because it makes me think about exposure.  Because film costs money so I won’t be as tempted to shoot a bunch of crap that will later be deleted.  Film is where its at.  So starting this week I am going to have a blog post on Fridays titled Film Fridays.  I plan on posting a scan from a negative, color or black and white, and discussing it.  Don’t know how far this will go but I intend to at least make the film photography part a long term project.  I invite comments on this.  It is my intent to learn and become a better photographer.  And I want to share what I learn along the way.  Perhaps someone else will get something out of this as well.  And maybe I will start to make better pictures instead of the digital garbage I pollute the world with now.

And just because this is a photography blog, here is the included picture for this post.  Taken with a Nikon N80 on TMax 400 B&W film.

This is Tuckerman Ravine with Mt. Washington in the clouds on the right.  My wife and children have explicit instructions to leave my ashes here when I die.  My favorite spot on the planet.

September 13, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I did an overnight trip last week to Assateague Island National Park.  Sometimes its nice to just be somewhere alone with my cameras and nobody in my ear as I shoot.  I like these little getaways because they really help me to clear my head and enjoy the reasons why I got involved in photography in the first place.  All alone, I shoot and think about my craft and I make plans for the future of my business.  It’s kind of getting to be like a retreat for the board of the company, in this case me.

Enjoy.

August 16, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee.

Another picture from our recent trip to the Catskills.  We miss it already.  I’m gonna try to get back in the fall.

  • “There is nothing–absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
    – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
August 11, 2010

Abstract

Working out an idea.