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And now for an art diversion

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I have to plug my sister-in-law's art. She has such an incredible color palate for her art pieces, they make me smile every time I see some of them. She's just getting online now, watch for regular updates on her site, including both archival pieces and her new digital media self-portraiture. Take a look, comment if you like it, and by all means buy it if you really like it. I have about 20 pieces hanging in our home, from large pieces to small, and they are exquisite. is her site.


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I'm spending some time post-processing various photos I've made. One of my favorite subjects is doors. I need to work on some technique as I often find later that I've cut off a corner, or been at an awkward angle. But I think I made this one well.

El Moro door

It's in El Morro in Puerto Rico.

Lightroom information

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Just wanted to share one of the better Lightroom information sources that I use. O'Reilly Media has a regularly updated site with great tips on how to use Lightroom. The site is Inside Lightroom. In addition to helpful tips, it has information on how to use Lightroom for creative imagery. Terrific site, useful information. 

Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams is of course the best known photographer in the world. His Murals project was incredible, and was perhaps responsible for much of his fame.

There is a great retrospective of his work from 2001 available, Ansel Adams at 100.

I'm also a big fan of Stieglitz, and of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Stieglitz worked in New York quite a lot, and had great galleries, such as An American Place. His Lake George photos, particularly Equivalents, were works that I enjoyed a lot. When I vacationed in Lake George in late Summer of 2008 I had a chance to take some photos on the lake, of the clouds and of the landscapes. He inspired me to take the time to take the photos in that setting, and I'm quite happy with them.

Lake George Cloudscape

Clouds - Lake George

Photography sites I like

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There are quite a few photo sites that I read on a regular basis. Some of them are about technique, others about equipment, and still others just for the photos that they share. There are some really good photography sites out there!

Of the ones I've been reading recently, I think I like The Luminous Landscape best. They have had fantastic columns (The Sunday Morning Photographer, which ended some time ago), and Briot's View. I particularly enjoyed his essay about audiences. Their essays are terrific, from discussion on Ansel Adams to photographing racing. Their essays teach me a lot about things I'm interested in, processing, pixels in cameras, and the blend of photographer and camera to get the results for instance.

More photos from the Med

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Sunset on the Mediterranean

Sailboat on the Mediterranean

Sailboat on the Med from the Hilton Tel Aviv

These are three more of my favorite photos - all taken from the Hilton, Tel Aviv, and all of sailboats on the Med. I really enjoy photographing oceans and boats, and traveling is always terrific.

Tel Aviv sailboat

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This photo of a sailboat on the Mediterranean just off of the coast of Tel Aviv, Israel, is probably one of my favorite photos. The Med is amazing to watch, and staying at the Hilton Tel Aviv probably improves the view a bit.


I had the opportunity to take a lot of photos when I visited Israel, and see a lot of historical sites. But, this one remains one of my favorite pics.

Lightroom 2

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OK, I admit, I think that sliced bread is pretty good. But Lightroom 2 is better. Way better. (Truth be told I like whole French bread better, breaking it off in hunks is much more satisfying than a slice of bread. grin.)

Anyway, back to Lightroom 2. I think it's terrific, but it's also got a ton of new features that I don't even know exist. The newest ones that I do know about have enhanced a lot of my photos - particularly the graduated filter tool and the spot filter. I found out more about how to use them from a terrific book though - The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter) by Scott Kelby. Scott is a Photoshop and photography expert, and his Lightroom books have been awesome in giving instructions to photographers to get the best from their photos. I used to think that modifying photos was antithetical to photography - you show what comes out of the camera. But then I read a lot about the photographers that I admire, and how they developed. Ansel Adams in particular I suspect would have fully embraced RAW and the tools to develop digitally. And so I wanted to learn to use the tools to get the photo I wanted to display.

I highly recommend the book.

Photo printers

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I've been printing on Canon photo printers for several years now. First a Canon i960 (still in use) that uses six Canon BCI-6 dye-based ink cartridges, black, photo cyan, photo magenta, cyan, magenta, yellow.. According to Outdoor Photographer,

Dye-based printers produce slightly brighter colors than their pigment-based counterparts. The output from many of these printers displays a wider range of colors than digital prints on conventional photographic paper. Subjects that are naturally vibrant, like flower close-ups, really blaze on dye-based inkjet prints.
I'll agree that I was impressed with the color output with this printer - the prints rivaled anything I printed at a commercial photo lab. I don't know about the longevity of the prints, but I'm not too worried - I save ALL of my photos so I can just reprint them if they do fade. Steve's Digicams had a good review of the printer, and it's actually one that I based my purchase on almost 5 years ago.

I've now transitioned primarily to a Canon MP830 for prints. It uses only four dye-based inks, a new cartridge - CLI-8, with cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, but adds one pigment-based ink, black, to improve the blacks. I can't tell much of a difference between the two printers. The photo cyan and photo magenta in the i960 should make a difference, but I don't usually do side-by-side comparisons.

Now I want to move to a larger format printer. I'd like to stick with Canon as I like the prints. There are a few choices to be made though - Pixma Pro 9500? Pro 9000? i9900? I want to be able to print 13 x 19 prints.

Of course I suppose I need to start thinking about how to frame them too...another day!

Canon BCI-6 Black/Color Ink Tank 6-Pack Set (4705A018)
Canon CLI-8 4-Color Multipack Ink Tanks


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I really like this photo:

Fire Island

It took some post-processing, but I liked the final output. It was taken with an old manual focus zoom lens attached to my Pentax k100d.

Pentax K100D 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Mexico City Museum

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I fell in love with the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. This item really represents the collection that was most of interest. Amazing - go see it if you can. Go see it even if you have to skip some other great opportunity!


Photographs from Long Island

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I spent last weekend on Long Island and went walking on an Atlantic beach on Fire Island. Had a great walk, though it was a bit chilly it wasn't too cold. My wife and I both took quite a few photos, and I thought I'd share a few here.

Fire Island

Long Island


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Digital photography, like all photography of course, requires understanding exposure. With most automatic modes in most cameras you can get a quality photo, but not necessarily one that captures the full range of light that you see. I confess the histogram on many of my photos, especially before post-processing, tends to be bunched up, left, center, or right! So I've been reading and working on it. The book Exposure Photo Workshop: Develop Your Digital Photography Talent is terrific. It shares examples, explains settings that were used, and reasons for the settings. It's a good resource.

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