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14 03, 2017

720nm vs 830nm

2019-04-29T00:17:44-04:00March 14th, 2017|Infrared Capture, Infrared Gear|6 Comments

Since the beginning of the year, I have received several emails from shooters who want to convert older camera bodies to infrared. They all want to shoot only for black/white so the 590nm conversion is not of interest to them. I was honored they asked my opinion about which nanometer conversion they should choose, but the decision lies in the personal preference of the shooter.So here are my thoughts and experiences with the 720nm vs 830nm conundrum.

17 12, 2016

Red + Yellow = White

2019-04-29T00:18:55-04:00December 17th, 2016|Infrared Capture, Infrared Gear, Software|8 Comments

Winter has arrived early in these parts of northwest New Jersey. This week we had an Arctic cold front that kept me inside as much as possible and this morning it is snowing. In preparation for an upcoming juried exhibit, I was working hard at birthing new work: a still-life, non-infrared technique that I’ve been wanting to find time to bring to fruition. With the mission accomplished and the image emailed to be considered for a February photography exhibit, I still had fresh flowers in the house.

17 10, 2016

Always Turn Around

2019-04-29T00:19:34-04:00October 17th, 2016|Postcards from the Field|15 Comments

Continuing the images made from a recent trip to Grand Teton National Park (WY), the morning after I arrived did not offer the sunrise I had hoped for. Instead, a storm was brewing and by dawn it looked like snow. I shot a little in (gasp) color, but disappointed in the very dark skies overhead. I headed for coffee as the rain came down. Within a couple hours, the rain had moved across the Tetons and was working its way through the valley. I stopped at the Mount Moran turnout on Teton Park Road to practice creating a panorama image.

4 10, 2016

Piles and Piles of Potential

2019-04-29T00:20:22-04:00October 4th, 2016|Postcards from the Field|4 Comments

My demise has been greatly exaggerated! I’ve been very fortunate to visit seven states during August and September while on the road photographing for a total of five weeks. Here is an image I made late September in Grand Teton National Park. The aspens were golden, the elk bulls were calling and gathering their harems, the air had that fall early-morning edge requiring hat and gloves, and there was plenty of space for all the photography groups I saw lined up at the traditional spots.

23 08, 2016

Postcard from Coupeville

2019-04-29T00:21:08-04:00August 23rd, 2016|Postcards from the Field|2 Comments

It’s been a struggle getting back to the blog. Not writer’s or photographer’s block; very full days working on new projects and trying to keep all the balls in the air! So far, so good. Thanks for your patience. I am in the midst of a three-week trip through the coastal areas of northern California, Oregon and now up into the islands of Washington’s Puget Sound (Whidbey Island to be specific). It’s been a terrific trip so far. Connected with friends along the way, oddly enough those from the east coast who happen to be out here at the same time. Small world.

27 06, 2016

Stretch Your Wings

2019-04-29T00:22:33-04:00June 27th, 2016|Architecture|4 Comments

Change of scenery is good, or so they say. As a small child, I distinctly remember the day I interrupted my parents during a discussion they were having about something that now escapes me. Over and over I kept hearing sentences beginning with “They say”. So I finally interrupted with the question “who are they“? My father replied “The experts.” You can imagine my small, below-age ten mind conjuring up the scene of a large room with Experts sitting around a large table, handing missives to their staff to dispense to who knows who.

13 06, 2016

Give It a Rest

2019-04-29T00:23:38-04:00June 13th, 2016|Random Musings|7 Comments

More than thirty years ago, I was enjoying a walking tour of the Victorian homes in Cape May, New Jersey. I was dating a guy whose dream was to purchase an old Victorian home and restore it to its once splendorous condition. Once in town, we learned of a gentleman (probably a member of the historical society) who gave tours for free. One small statement that he made during this tour has always stuck with me: “Too much is never enough.”

8 06, 2016

The Rabbit Hole of Infrared

2019-04-29T00:25:02-04:00June 8th, 2016|Infrared Capture|1 Comment

When you start down the rabbit hole of IR, you will quickly discover a couple things: not all your lenses will work as you think they should (some create dead-center fuzzy Q-Tips called hot spots), your auto-focus may not be accurate, your exposures might need to be one, two or even three stops overexposed by your light meter reading to get a proper histogram, and visible light colors render differently than what you might expect from a color image that gets converted to a black and white.

20 05, 2016

Infatuation or Love?

2019-04-29T00:26:04-04:00May 20th, 2016|Random Musings|6 Comments

I am pretty sure that the vast majority of people have fallen madly in love at least once in their lives. In the beginning, it is both an emotional and physical roller coaster. Dopamine is doping, you could care less about food, and adrenaline flows like a river in the spring. Maybe it is not falling in love but the rampage of infatuation. I’ll bet that all creatives feel this way at some point in the process of their art. Seamlessly and unexpectedly, the moment arrives.

6 05, 2016

Don’t Throw Baby Out with the Bath Water

2019-04-29T00:27:08-04:00May 6th, 2016|Infrared Capture|3 Comments

I will admit it. I have shiny-pebble-on-the-beach syndrome. Not ashamed to currently admit that pebble is infrared photography. However, it does not mean that I have forsaken my visible light (color) camera.I was hoping that shooting in IR (infrared) would help me to "see" shape, lines, and texture better and perhaps improve my color work. Instead of simplifying my creative thought process, my mind is like a rodent on crack with choices: infrared, color, lens, macro...I set all my cameras to shoot in JPG and RAW (generating two files with every press of the shutter).

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