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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Scouting Report: Mexico

Baja and the Sea of Cortez is a haven for photographers

Because of its close proximity to heavily populated stretches of California and Mexico, you wouldn’t expect the Sea of Cortez and Baja peninsula to be one of the world’s most pristine natural paradises and a major breeding ground for marine mammals. Yet, that’s precisely what it is.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Simplicity

Make the effort to create a meaningful body of work

“What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.”
—William Albert Allard

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

My Go-To Gurus

With so much to learn about new technology, it's helpful to have a troupe of experts on whom you can rely

When it comes to polishing your craft, there’s nothing more helpful than acquiring a mentor. In the Middle Ages, nearly every craftsman and artist spent some time as a journeyman under the tutelage of an elder master with a raft of experience and credentials.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Port Lavaca, Texas

Port Lavaca is located near the center of the 275-mile Gulf Coast region between Galveston and Corpus Christi, just south of Victoria, Texas. Port Lavaca and Calhoun County are surrounded by Lavaca and Matagorda Bay on the east, San Antonio Bay on the west, and Espiritu Santo Bay in the South

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Slicing Up Depth Of Field

Formulas And Focus • Size, Weight And Will it Float? • From JPEG To RAW • Charging Overseas Without A Charger • Bifocal Focus

Formulas And Focus
I shoot a lot of wildflowers and have tinkered a bit with Helicon Focus Software. The main objective is, of course, the soft background with a sharp subject. Do you have any formulas for the number of slices at various magnifications? I use a Really Right Stuff focusing rail and a Canon 90mm tilt/shift with and without extension tubes.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Keeping Sensitive To IR's Needs

Tripping With Infrared Film • Running Out Of Walls • How To Go Pro • Waiting For Long Exposures

I’m traveling to Patagonia, and I want to carry 35mm infrared film. What suggestions do you have regarding how to get it through international (Argentinean) security? Will they absolutely insist that the film be removed from the canister?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Digging Deep

Make the effort to create a meaningful body of work

I can’t stop taking pictures these days. I see images everywhere, and the world is truly a beautiful place. While I live near Yosemite, I needn’t go far beyond my door to be inspired. There’s a wonderful spreading oak tree in my front yard. My backyard is a hillside forest of ponderosa pine, oak and manzanita. Seeking the beauty around me is my ballast, my counterbalance to the craziness out there in the world! The process reaffirms the goodness and beauty that prevails.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Memories From Down Under

Inspired by a blast from the past

A long, long time ago, back in April 1985, a talented German rock climber by the name of Wolfgang Gllich succeeded in making the first ascent of the climb Punks in the Gym. Gllich rated the difficulty of the route the staggering grade of 32, or 5.14. The ascent occurred in the small and at the time little-known climbing area of Mount Arapiles, located in the most unlikely of locations‚ the flat, wheat-farming region of southeastern Australia. The local climbing guide reads: For awhile, Punks was the hardest route in the known universe.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Digital Formats

Find the "right" format for you

It’s interesting to me as an observer of digital photography’s evolution that few people seem to discuss formats. I’m talking about digital formats based on the size of the sensor. In film, we used to talk about formats all the time: 35mm, 645, 6x6, 6x7, 4x5 and so on. Each of these formats has advantages and disadvantages for the nature photographer.


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