Plane Perspectives on Composition

In the aftermath of a recent still-life studio session, I experienced a mini-epiphany for me in regards to photo composition.  Please don’t run away now – this will not be another regurgitation of the classic rules of composition. No dissertation on the rule of thirds, the golden spiral or golden ratio, leading lines, framing, balancing elements, Fibonaci’s number, or whatever.  My point is is not … Continue reading Plane Perspectives on Composition

Portrait Workshops

In 2020, I tried something new, and a bit outside what I considered my comfort zone. In November of 2019, Scott Detweiler gave a presentation to the Lake County Camera Club, entitled Fine Art / Portraiture. I was immediately struck by Scott’s photographic perspective and artistic vision, and also by his approach to post-processing that distinguishes his images with a signature look and feel. You … Continue reading Portrait Workshops

Light Painting – Sculpting with Light

On September 5, 2019, I was invited by my local camera club, the Lake County Camera Club (affiliated with the CACCA, the Chicago Area Camera Club Association) to give a  presentation at the monthly meeting on light painting techniques.  I had been experimenting with the light painting methods espoused by Harold Ross, and had entered some images in club competition that evidently  attracted some attention. … Continue reading Light Painting – Sculpting with Light

Film Digitizing Gotcha!

As my earlier posts have noted, I have been exploring various options to digitize my film negatives and slides.  I have an Epson V700 flatbed scanner, a Plustek Opticfilm 120 scanner, and have also tried scanning using a Fuji XT-1 APS-C (16 MP) digital mirrorless camera with both a Leitz BEOON copy stand, and more recently, using a Minolta Copy Stand II.  The scan quality … Continue reading Film Digitizing Gotcha!

Ships and Trains at Night, and Film Reciprocity Failure

Tall Ships America’s Challenge Race Series returned to the Great Lakes, and Kenosha, Wisconsin acted as a host city for the weekend of 1-4 August 2019.  Seven sailing vessels participated in the events, which included the Parade of Sail on 1 August, with all seven ships arriving in port under sail. The headliner ship was the Niagara, an accurate reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s … Continue reading Ships and Trains at Night, and Film Reciprocity Failure

Butterflies and Macro

Back in mid-July, I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden with neighbor and fellow photographer, Laura Hedien.  Laura and I have frequently gone out on photo excursions to shoot a myriad of subjects, including lighthouses, a wolf sanctuary, downtown Chicago and Milwaukee, airplanes at Oshkosh, trains, and other things.  This latest excursion was focused primarily on doing macro photography of butterflies at the Botanic Garden’s “Butterflies … Continue reading Butterflies and Macro