Red Marbles

Red Marbles

I was listening to an podcast this week about how some people seem really lucky, but in reality people make their luck happen. The analogy used was a bag of marbles with red marbles being the great opportunities that come along…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

This week I had the opportunity to do a bit of photo journalism. I’m not a photo journalist, but I need some of the same skills when I’m traveling and photographing people and events. Photographing local events helps keep me in practice. This week, the challenge is to go out and Photograph Gatherings.

Website Spring Clean Complete!

Website Spring Clean Complete!

Let’s talk websites this week. I spent the last week updating my website. For me, updating my website is like cleaning my bathrooms. You know, the really deep down scrubbing where you use an old toothbrush and try to get into those deep down corners, some of them very awkward to reach and easy to forget about.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Feathered Friends

Weekly Photo Challenge: Feathered Friends

I’ve just come in from the cold. It’s winter here and I live near the Mississippi River – prime time and place to photograph Bald Eagles. This week, the challenge is to go out and…Photograph our Feathered Friends

Webpage Blues

I didn’t put up my usual Monday post and I thought I’d put up an explanation. I was working in my webpage. I’m still in the process of renovating so please mind the dust! On the advise from a friend, I use Wix for my webpage. I know I have WordPress for this blog but […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Something that Doesn’t Belong

Weekly Photo Challenge: Something that Doesn’t Belong

This week is one of those odd-ball challenges: Photograph Something that Doesn’t Belong

I think I’m tapping back into my childhood and remembering a bit from the children’s show Sesame Street where they show a series of objects and challenges the children to find the thing that doesn’t belong. I can even hear the song in my head “One of this things doesn’t belong..

Exhibit in Black and White

Exhibit in Black and White

This week, I’m prepping the show so my brain is full of black and white images. I thought I’d write a bit about my B&W post-processing that is a large part of the preparation.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bright Colors

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bright Colors

We’re still in the throws of winter here in the American mid-west. Lots of gray, cold days for us! The weather’s getting me down so I’m looking for a bit of a pick-me-up this week. Let’s make the colors the story of the photo. This week….
Photograph Bright Colors

India Travelogue: Kochi and Alleppey

India Travelogue: Kochi and Alleppey

This is the final installment of my travelogue to India. The final leg of our journey in India took us south to Kerala for a bit of a beach holiday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

This week’s photo challenge is a motion etude — Photograph Motion.
Freezing motion – making a moving subject stand still – is one thing modern cameras do well. We can freeze the motion of anything from raindrops to race cars to birds in flight. Sports are perfect subjects for freezing motion.

India Travelogue: Varanasi

India Travelogue: Varanasi

For the next few weeks, I’m posting a travelogue about my recent trip to India – my first on the sub-continent. We arrived in Varanasi as the sun was setting – not that one can tell in the ever-present haze. A car took us from the train to the nearest ghat (steps leading to the river) where the hotel’s boat picked us up. A boat ride at sunset was a great introduction to Varanasi!…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eyes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eyes

This week’s photo challenge is a focus etude — Photograph Eyes. One exercise in the Focus section of my book 32 Photo Etudes is to focus on eyes. Whether you like to photograph people or animals, capturing the eyes are key. Our eyes go directly to any eyes in a photo, so it’s important to practice getting a sharp focus where it counts.