It seems hard to believe, but it was exactly one year ago this week that I spent a couple of days in America’s most visited national park. I don’t live that far from The Great Smoky Mountains, but I rarely seem to be able to find the time to get there. I had a couple of open days last February, so I thought I would head over and see if I could be lucky enough to get some snow-filled landscape photography. That was not to be. In fact, heavy rains and flooding cut my trip a bit short. Particularly after […]
How (Why) Did I Do That?
Believe it or not, the second decade of the 21st century is about to come to a close. But before I can attack the ’20’s, I need to take a minute to reflect back over the past year. Part of the process, as it has been for a number of years, is to choose my Top Ten Images of the Year. To be clear, this is an exercise that benefits no one other than me. In fact, in past years as I have asked others to participate in the process I came to realize that all of us have our […]
The first photograph in history was taken in 1826 or 1827. Obviously, there was no “time stamp” embedded into the image to help us be more specific. A dozen years passed before the first photograph to include a person was made, and that was largely an accident. About a year later, in 1839, the first intentional portrait (which happened to be a “selfie”) was made. The first war photo was shot in 1847, during the Mexican-American war. Matthew Brady became famous during America’s civil war for the thousands of images he took during that conflict. Brady followed on the earlier […]
When I picked up a camera again a few years ago, my chief interest was landscape photography. My wife and I were spending more time hiking and backpacking, and I wanted to find a way to record the sights that we were seeing along the way. So, if you look at my earlier work, you will see a lot of scenery, waterfalls, leaf color and skies. About the time my grandchildren came along, I figured out that cameras took pictures of people, too! So I’ve been trying to improve as a portrait photographer. There is broad agreement in the photographic […]
I got my first chance to shoot ice hockey a few days ago. A friend of mine has a son who plays and I finally pestered him enough that he told me that I could come and shoot at a regional tournament being held at the rink where his son plays. Before going, I knew 3 things: Rinks are dark. Yes, it’s light enough to see, but our eyes are much better than camera sensors, so relatively speaking rinks are dark. Hockey moves fast. It’s not Nascar, and I wasn’t shooting pros, but even at this level kids skate faster […]