Category Archives: inspiration

Emmon’s Preserve: Learning to Expose for Post!

Emmon’s Preserve, managed by the Kennebunk Land Trust, is one of my favorite places to photograph. It is also one of the most difficult. A river runs through it 😉 under a solid canopy of maples and pines, and depending … Continue reading

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To Blur or Not to Blur: moving water?

Classic shot. Rushing stream singing around rocks between deeply shaded, moss covered, banks with rugged tree trunks framing. The photographer set his tripod mounted camera to the slowest speed possible so that the water appears in the image as a silky … Continue reading

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Lupine Lesson: Point of View

I first noticed that the lupine were in bloom on a rainy day drive from Kennebunk to Bar Harbor Maine. On both sides of I95 going north there were particularly lush stands of lupine. Of course, even if it had … Continue reading

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Crocus Fixation Disorder :)

A funny story about these crocuses (croci?). When producing the previous post (a comparison of the Sony Webbie HD and a compact HD camcorder from Sanyo) I took two still shots of blooming crocuses in our yard and posted them … Continue reading

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Lightroom’s Graduated Filter Effects

For some years now landscape photographers have relied on graduated neutral density filters to control exposure where bright skies would otherwise dominate an image…or where the sky would go white because of overexposure when the image was properly exposed for … Continue reading

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Shopping for Color in Old Town Albuquerque

I am in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the North American Nature Photographers Association Summit a day early, it turns out, so I spent my first afternoon shopping for a New Mexico speciality: color! It is part of the culture. It … Continue reading

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Rainy Day at Jack London State Park

Jack London State Park is in Glen Elen California, in the Valley of the Moon area of the Sonoma valley. Wine country. It is, as you might suspect, the former residence / homestead of the great American writer, Jack London. … Continue reading

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Kingfisher Encounter: back to the basics of digiscoping

Every once in a while it is good to return to our roots. Digiscoping roots that is. Last week, while attending the Space Coast Birding and Nature Festival in Titusville Florida I decided to dig out my Sony DSC N1 … Continue reading

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

I’ve got Snow Scene Programed Mode! It always amazes me how much resistance there is among advanced amature photographers to automation. The assumption seems to be that real photographers shoot manual (and RAW of course), figuring out every parameter of … Continue reading

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Learning to see…

There has been some renewed discussion of the ethics of post-processing, or at least the place of post-processing in the photographer’s art, over on one of the digital photography list-serves I belong to. (see The Ethics of Post-processing.) However, it … Continue reading

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