Photography Project: Adding Texture to Photographs

Bike with basket

Texturing an image is something that requires not only time, but heavy creative mental space.  Its not easy to do, especially with hundreds of interesting textures, and a lot of “what-if” thoughts running through your mind. Continue reading

Photography Processing: Creative effects with Flypaper CEP recipes

Woman on bike with street lamp

I can easily get distracted by the next new thing – a new set of Lightroom presets, a fun Photoshop action, a new plug-in…..that I forget about the great stuff I fell in love with before.  As I started processing my Oxford photos, I rediscovered Flypaper’s recipes/presets for Google’s NIK product (and also managed to rationalize buying a couple of new sets of recipes). Continue reading

He Saw…She Saw…Lower Cataract Lake, CO

As you all know, one of the great joys of being a photography couple is seeing the world through each other’s eyes.  Usually, Mary is tight and telephoto, and I am wide-angle.  Here, we got crossed. Continue reading

Photographing with one lens

Flowers and old building in Oxford England

If you’ve been following us here long enough, you know that I love my toys.  I get excited about using different lenses, filters (yes Jack I still use my blue/gold filter), and gizmos (like a child’s prism).  You can probably imagine how I felt, when I found myself only being able to take one camera and one lens for a week in Oxford, England.  I was there for work, and had to limit my photography to the transition time to walk between buildings.  So here is what I learned, when I pushed out of my comfort zone of nature photography…..one camera, one lens, and the street.

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People ask me all of the time…what camera should I buy? Here’s the answer.

Mary with her Fuji XT2 and a Fujinon 50-140mm lens

Friends, family, and co-workers ask me often what camera they should buy.  It’s not an easy answer and involves a conversation and thoughtfulness on the part of the asker.  Here is how you might want to decide. Continue reading

Another weekend in Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park

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Our trusty red Jeep in front of the Parker Group

Mary and I spent the long July 4th weekend in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.  We were looking for bears and flowers in Sequoia and we made our first trip through Kings Canyon to see the waterfalls.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Am I a Fujifilm shooter now? Thoughts on the X-T2 and X-T1.

Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

I bought a Fujifilm camera so that I could attend a Jack Graham and Bill Fortney Fuji X Workshop with Mary for Fujifilm camera owners in Mount Rainier National Park last year.  I have had my Fujifilm X-T1 now for well over a year and my X-T2 for almost a year.  Here are my thoughts and a short review: Continue reading

He saw/She saw – Los Angeles Graffiti Art Walk

Mary and I went on a guided tour of graffiti/street art with Athen and Arden last month.  We both walked around with our Fuji XT-2s and zoom lenses.  As is the usual outcome, we came back with different points of view on what we saw.  Not sure one is better than the other, but show the range of perspectives between us.  Here is what we saw.

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Another Weekend in San Francisco

The last time we were in San Francisco, we had a great sunset, and the next day we did one of our favorite walks – through Chinatown, along the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Warf, up to Lombard Street and back through Little Italy.  Here are some of our favorite photos. Continue reading