A Trip That Proved My Point, Exactly! - Part 2

This continues an earlier post where I recounted how well my Fuji X-T2 served me in my diverse photographic pursuits.  Those being, landscape and street photography.  Most recently, the X-T2 worked out quite well for me in Iceland where the environment there put its weather-sealing to the test…it passed with flying colors.  But now we move on to the Continent, where my Fuji and I had to switch gears from wildness to artifice, from garden to city...

A Trip That Proved My Point, Exactly! - Part 1

My wife loves travel, and with round trip tickets to Europe, including a week-long layover in Iceland, being priced unusually low, it was on like Donkey Kong!  But I thought to myself that I may never make it back to this magical place and wanted a little more fire power, pixel-wise, than the X-T1 had.  I actually considered picking up a used Nikon D800E, which is truly a landscape wonder if used well.  But the thought of using that weighty, massive, ugly hunk of technological wonder on the dimly-lit, wet cobblestone streets of Lyon…I think not!  Well, it was just about that time that the Fuji X-T2 was being shipped and so I pre-ordered one, I got it about a week and half before our departure, and tried adjusting to the few differences so I was ready to hit the ground running...

A Crisis in Living Color

Everything was fine until about a month ago.  Up until then there were clearly defined categories, nice and neat, you see!  My landscape images were colorful and vibrant, hoping to inspire some to enjoy it for themselves.  So what happened a month ago.  I took a street photography workshop in L.A.  The ripple effects are like the wake of a warship!  Thus I have changes on the site.  It's been tough and very time consuming...

The Art of Humility

I'll start in the middle of the story... I felt like I wanted to throw in the towel for professional photography.  The reasons are manifold, if they can be called reasons, but I know that down deep they circle around the three strikes of self-pity, impatience, and doubt.  All of these are opposed to true humility, and thus, they are opposed to betterment and personal well-being.  In older terms, holiness...

"Look to the East"

It’s probably not customary to write a guest post about a dear love of mine.  It would seem incongruous with the technical jargon of the Bayer pattern, to speak of the affections, would it not?  Not to mention the fact that, as a Nikon aficionados and photography enthusiasts, many would spend their time elsewhere, rather than reading an autobiographical account of a loved one in my life.  I say this by way of introduction to prepare the reader for a mix of sorts: a mix of technology, of art, and as noted, of tender sentiments...

"What's in a Name?" An Excursus

As many might know, the title of this blog post is a quote from Shakespeare.  The full quote is, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."  It's from his famous work, Romeo and Juliet, and was spoken by Juliet.  She was in love with Romeo, but alas, he was a Montague and she was a Capulet.  Think Hatfields and McCoys here.  And so, upon reflection, she thinks about the mismatch between her lover's name, those despised three syllables, and what he truly is: her beloved boo.  This kind of reflection is wise for any two people considering the age old venture of becoming one flesh.  What matters is the person, not the pronunciation.  What matters is the thing, not the moniker.  Or more broadly, what's important is the concept, not the tag or label.

In Praise of Shadows

I noted before that I've seen several themes show up here and there in my image library: the wide use of doors, windows, shadows, and others.  Surely, loving the pursuit and writing with light, these are bound to show up once in a while, how could they not?  But they appear quite a bit in my images and I've wondered why?  If I were to recline on a couch and have a psychotherapist draw out my earliest memories would they find untold treasures or horrors pertaining to these themes?  Probably not...

Check Your Bandwidth... New Work City

Click the image strip below to see a relatively large New Work Gallery.  I'm quite backlogged with so much to purge and edit...not the worst place to be.  As many photographers might be able to attest to, the most difficult aspect can be gallery curation: which to show and which not to show.  Soon, some images will find their way into individual galleries within the ARTifice collection.  Those not of the narrow path will be lost forever!  Enjoy...

What a Difference a Second Makes

Can you hear it?  Dinah Washington's immortal and inimitable voice, "What a diff'rence a day makes, twenty-four little hours." The song is pretty self-explanatory, but what's the application here?  Well, this past Saturday was the first photography workshop that I've led.  It was street photography in particular.  It was a fun, and stressful at times, but definitely a learning experience as I move forward in the photo biz...

Shooting from the Hip... Murderous Taxidermy?

They say that, for good speaking or instruction to happen, you should "Tell 'em what you're gonna say, say it, and then tell 'em what you said."  There it is all laid out... your three point sermon; your intro, body, and conclusion; your magnum opus.  In keeping with such wisdom, this post is the first in a discontiguous series on street photography technique.  In particular, the sneaky tactic of taking pictures of people while appearing not to...