Infrared Photography Portraiture

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I recently completed an infrared photography workshop led by Nevada Wier.  During the workshop I was inspired to try photographing people in infrared, and instead of converting directly to black and white, using the colors that were already present in my infrared capture.  I had many “ah-ha’s” the most fascinating is …. make up doesn’t really matter in infrared.  A woman can look great without an ounce of make-up on. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creative Abstracts with Flowers


Continuing from last week, in this post are close-up images of a sunflower and daisy bouquet focusing on line, color, and shape.  I am always surprised at how different a subject looks through an extreme macro lens…..who knew that the edge of a sunflower petal could have such grace and movement?

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The LA Zoo in Infrared

1407_MFA_zoo infrared_0091In July, Mary and I attended an infrared workshop at the Los Angeles Center of Photography led by Nevada Weir.  One of our excursions was to the Los Angeles Zoo.  I would not of thought to photograph the zoo in infrared, but it turned out to be really rewarding for both learning and capturing a few great photos.  Here is what we saw: Continue reading

Photography Project: Creative Abstracts from Flower Close-ups


This week I did an exercise from David du Chemin’s Visual Imagery book.  The exercise was to buy a bouquet of flowers and create abstracts focused on line and color.  In this post I highlight how color can shift the entire nature of an image and abstract it to the point where the subject is unrecognizable.  Anyone want to take a guess what the cover image on this post is? Continue reading

Photography Project: One Subject, Multiple Interpretations

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After a year’s hiatus I decided to pick up David du Chemin’s Visual Toolkit and start where I had left off.  This week’s project was to find one subject and create 6-8 interpretations by changing your perspective.  I decided to take it a little further……. Continue reading

Look. See. Imagine. Create. Creede Church Remodel

Summer of 2010

Summer of 2010

Mary and I have photographed the church in Creede Colorado several times.  The last time we where there, it was obvious that it had been renovated.  Obviously, this was great for the community.  However, as a photographer it was terribly disappointing.  The remodel removed, replaced, and repaired things that gave the old church character, but also made it dangerous and unusable.  I am glad we saw it before and after. Continue reading

The Best (and Worst) of California’s Missions

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Mary and I have now seen and photographed every California Mission, some of them more than once.  We have many blogs on this site about individual missions and two popular blogs about how to photograph the missions, in general.  Herewith, is our summary of the very best (and not so good) of these sites (please discuss): Continue reading

Creative Photography: Sample techniques for processing flowers



I thought I would continue Peter’s thoughts from last week, by using different techniques to process a similar subject.  All of these flowers were taken on a Lightpad.  It was a challenge to take a step back and ask myself, “What do I want this image to look like when I finish?”, and then find the software that would give me the capability to create it.  It was a lot of trial and error (and time), but I am please with the results.

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Photographing Trains at the Orange Empire Railway Museum Part 2

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Color capture converted to black and white with red painted back in

Last week, we introduced you to the Orange Empire Railway Museum (see last week’s blog).  It is a bit out of the way in Perris, CA, but well worth a day trip for photographers, families, and train enthusiasts.  This week we concentrate on processing these terrific subjects.  Here is how: Continue reading