The value of experimentation (Get out and play!)

I spent much of the past few days in the woods in West Branch Michigan with the Mud Chuggers 4×4 club at their Annual Sno Blind event. I have been attending and photographing the event for several years. The main attraction to off-roading for me is the opportunity to get out the woods and experience the… Continue Reading

271 Seconds – Streaking Clouds

I have been experimenting with extreme time exposures. This image was shot in early October while driving to Drummond Island. I used a 10 stop neutral density filter and the resulting exposure worked out to be 271 seconds. The extremely long duration allowed time for the clouds to “streak” across the image. The tree also… Continue Reading

Want to improve? Get out there and play.

I teach numerous people in a variety of different ways. I often hear “there is so much to remember…how do you do it”? The same way you manage to drive your car everyday without incident (hopefully). You do it repeatedly until muscle memory takes over. Have you ever rented a different car when you travel? The… Continue Reading

Shawshank Redemption Movie Site

I had the opportunity to visit Mansfield, Ohio and spend 5 hours inside the Mansfield Reformatory. The reformatory was the site of the 1994 film “The Shawshank Redmption”. You also see remnants of studio props from “Air Force One”. I had so much fun wandering around this incredible facility. I walked away with a camera… Continue Reading

How to buy a tripod

Tripods come is a dizzying array of colors, sizes, materials, and price points. This is the first in a series of articles intended to aid in the process of choosing the right tripod for you. How do you begin to wade through all the choices? I would start by giving consideration to your budget. A good tripod will… Continue Reading

Buying and using a Tripod

I bought my first tripod in 1979, and I sold it a few months later. Why? Simple it was poorly designed and made my life harder not easier. I have since bought numerous tripods for different purposes. This is the first in what will be several posts regarding tripods. The image above is made possible… Continue Reading

Raw vs. JPEG…my take on the situation

As I sit watching it rain, I found myself wishing for a nicer day. I decided to find a fun image of better times. Thus the picture above, from a wonderful day in Savannah, Georgia. So what does this have to do with my topic RAW vs. JPEG? Well let’s see. Let me take a moment… Continue Reading