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October 2005


  • It's Showtime!

    Share your images the 21st-century way

    The night my father pulled out the slide projector was always a special event for me as a young boy. As the eldest, I had the responsibility of retrieving the carousel from the closet and setting it up on the dining room table while he hung a white sheet on the wall. The whir of the fan and the sharp click of the projector were accompanied by my brothers’ voices as they jostled for a good position on the couch. With the lights turned off, I’d hold the remote control, counting out the seconds in my head, as each image was projected on the makeshift screen. The photographs, large and vibrant with color, made the power of photography seem all the more magical.
  • Out With The New, In With The Old

    Why reports of the death of film may have been exaggerated in this digital age

    It's time to face facts. Everybody who's anybody is shooting digitally these days. Nobody is talking about film anymore. Do they even still sell film? It's all about the digital workflow. What was once called "taking pictures" is now known as "digital capture." Prints have been replaced by "output." Apertures and shutter speeds are passe‚—practically unnecessary. Fix it in post! A $10,000 camera? No problem; everybody has one. If you don't, you're behind the times. You must be a geezer. Must be afraid of change. If you want to be successful, you must shoot digital. Right?


  • Scoping The World

    Use a spotting scope and a digital camera for wildlife photography

    When photographing wildlife, especially small, elusive animals, one of the biggest challenges is having enough magnification to fill the frame with your subject. Most of us have taken a photograph of a bird or a deer where the animal is so small in the frame that it’s difficult to tell what it is. Although a super-telephoto lens of 600mm or longer would help, the price tag for one of these focal lengths can be prohibitive for many.


  • The Lost World Of Glen Canyon

    Dry years in the West have lowered the level of Lake Powell and revealed long-submerged canyons

    I feel as though I'm traveling back through time as I round yet another bend in Davis Gulch, a tributary of the Escalante River in southern Utah. I'm descending deeper and deeper into a red-rock labyrinth, which hasn't seen the light of day for more than 30 years. Each new twist in the canyon walls reveals a succession of plant communities quickly reclaiming the newly exposed ground. Submerged beneath 60 feet of Lake Powell water just five years ago, the small clear stream at my feet now gurgles beneath a profusion of willows and eight-foot-tall cottonwood trees swaying in the breeze. Before making this trip, I had visions of a muddy slog through silt-clogged, tamarisk-choked canyon bottoms.


  • The Connecticut Highlands, Connecticut

    Connecticut is primarily known for its seaports, exclusive New York suburbs and big insurance companies, but tucked away in the northwestern corner of the Nutmeg State is a mountainous region offering a landscape full of diverse photographic opportunities. Here, the Litchfield Hills rise up from the banks of the Housatonic River to create the Connecticut Highlands, which feature rolling farmlands, covered bridges, frothy white-water and 50-plus miles of the Appalachian Trail.
  • Watch Out For Unintended Noise

    Noise is an important issue that's often overlooked in discussions about digital image processing

    Noise in photos seems a little like plaque on teeth. Nobody wants to have it, the dental hygienist will say you have too much, and no one talks about it in polite company. While noise is a common problem in digital photography, you almost never see anything about it in the books on Photoshop or other digital subjects. About the only reference to it is the software that can minimize it.

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