Tag Archive: technique

Aesthetic Emergency

If you spend enough time with me, sooner or later I’m going to interrupt you in mid-sentence (as politely as I can manage), beg your pardon, and dash off to photograph something I’ve just seen in the immediate vicinity. If I’ve known you a long time and/or we are particularly close, I may ask you…

Lighthouse Flag

On some level, this is cheating—pure and simple. I’m an utterly amateur draftsperson. I can’t paint with watercolors to save my life. But on a miracle of technology the size of a notepad, I can mutate an ordinary, decently composed photograph into this. It’s totally cheating. Would I like an image like this if I…

Gently

Sometimes the image right out of the camera is just fine, but it doesn’t say what you want it to say—at least today. This image is one such case. Much as I admired the vibrant colors and sparkling water-droplets, I felt the need for something a little less brash. Something softer and more forgiving. Something…

Golden Future

Today, rather than focus on my (as always) copious opinions on the topic “Always Be Learning,” I thought I’d give you another look at the before & after of a photograph. This is the facade of the Reuter Center, home of the University of North Carolina/Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—also known as the College for…

An Orchid for Easter

I know, it’s supposed to be lillies for Easter. I chose this image not only for its springlike delicacy and freshness, but also because it demonstrates that sometimes transformation is not about changing who we are, but about removing the distortions of perception to reveal a hidden and more beautiful truth. Sometimes it takes a…

Premonition

Half full or half empty? Is this dried clump of hydrangea a presage of withered old age or a harbinger of spring to come? Or is it simply something that is beautiful right here, right now, as it is today? I have been reunited with my marvelous, magical Lumix/Leica 45mm macro. I cannot overstate how…

Little Cloud

If you want to be a photographer, you have to be a bit of a stalker. You have to be willing to observe and then, well, hunt down your subject. Even when (especially when) you don’t have the right tools for your capture to hand.* It started with this picture: Why did I take that…

Camera Choice

I was hanging out on Abbie and Denis’s back porch when I spotted this somewhat collapsed mobile in the late afternoon light. After the annoyance with the airplane photo, I wanted to make sure I at least documented it for myself, so I whipped out the iPhone and made the photo above, which I think…

Color Choice

One of the best ways to learn from your own photography is to look at most of your images in both color and black-and-white. Even pictures that you took explicitly because of their color content can teach you something useful about relative light and dark values and abstract elements of composition when viewed in black-and-white….

Incidental Geometry

There was a significant amount of swearing involved in the creation of this image. I was walking along with Crystal on the pedestrian mall at Silver Spring, marveling at the blue sky and 80º weather. I spot a plane leaving a narrow white chalk-mark across the pristine sky in pleasing juxtaposition with the nearby architecture….