Art-a-Whirl

Last May I participated (without being there physically, since I was in France during the show), in Northeast Minneapolis Art Association’s spring Art-a-Whirl as a member of the Twin Cities Photography Group. Apparently continual downpours and road construction outside the venue kept most people away. With little traffic, it wasn’t a very successful show for Read More …

Learning to photograph action: bicycle racing

I’ve never been a sports photographer. I’m not particularly interested in sports, so there has never been an incentive to learn how to photograph sports. Sure, I shot a few basketball and football games when I was in high school and college, but mostly because I was there anyway to chat with friends. But sometimes Read More …

April Saint Paul Camera Club Salon

April brought another competition for the Saint Paul Camera Club. Print Competition: Monochrome I had a horrible time choosing prints for this month’s monochrome competition. Well, that’s not exactly true. I had no trouble choosing prints; it was the printing that gave me problems. Both of the prints I wanted to use looked best with Read More …

January Camera Club salon

After having a break from competition in December, the Saint Paul Camera Club held its next salon in January. Digital competition: Animals With “animals” as the theme for the month’s competition, I went back to my 2005 safari in Botswana. The judge liked my cheetah family, but didn’t think I had sharpened it enough, so Read More …

October salon enteries

Somehow the new year has rolled around without my actually publishing anything here. Time to change that. First up: October’s Saint Paul Camera Club salon. This year started off with a change. Last year, each monthly salon had both an open print (rotating between mono and color) and a themed digital component. with members allowed Read More …

Under the Stars Lightroom preset and Nerstrand Big Woods

As is probably obvious, I tend to be very literal and way too serious, traits that carry over into my photography. Generally my goal as a photographer is to recreate exactly what I saw. That’s a necessity for a photojournalist, but not exactly the recipe for inspired art. This doesn’t mean I don’t edit my Read More …

St. Paul Camera Club: April 2015 Salon

I was out of town when the deadline came around for submitting images for the April Salon, so I only competed in the digital competition. (Unlike prints, you can submit digital images without actually being present.) I was pretty excited about this competition because the theme for the month was Minnesota and Wisconsin Architecture. I Read More …

A black and white afternoon at the Seven Mile Bridges

Intense backlighting from the late afternoon sun made shooting a challenge at the Seven Mile Bridges (there are two bridges, a modern highway bridge and the remains of a historic bridge) in the Florida Keys, but I also loved the way the light both illuminated and obscured the bridges. I think black and white enhances Read More …

Processing Zoom Burst Images: How much Clarity?

In my last couple posts on my zoom burst experiments , I was focused on what I could do in the field to create interesting effects. But once I started editing my shots in Lightroom, I realized how much of a difference post-processing could make. Even simple, relatively minor changes, have an impact. For example, Read More …