Archive for March, 2011

Photoshop Basics: Two Ways to Dodge and Burn

Photoshop Basics: Two Ways to Dodge and Burn

Becoming proficient at dodging and burning ranks high on the list of basic Photoshop skills that all beginning PS users need to master. Today I’ll show you the time-honored ‘traditional’ method to dodge and burn in Photoshop…

Life Cycle

Life Cycle

Death and rebirth: a photo diptych. Things ending; other new, fragile things just beginning. Somehow the thought of this, the cyclic nature of all life, is a hard, thin comfort right now…

An Embarrassment of Riches

An Embarrassment of Riches

If Spring is still nothing more than a hope and a prayer where you live, here’s a small gift from south Louisiana for you to enjoy: a dozen blossoms, all photographed in the space of about 20 minutes. The air is so fragrant it’s almost overpowering…

Getting ‘Out the Door’

Getting ‘Out the Door’

Woulda, coulda, shoulda….don’t let these cliches become the trademarks of your ‘missed opportunities.’ Turn chicken sh*%t into chicken soup. Make a ‘silk purse’ out of that ‘sow’s ear’ you thought you had. Learn to kick yourself ‘out the door,’ even when conditions don’t seem to be ideal…

Micro Four Thirds Camera Review: Olympus Pen E-PL2

Micro Four Thirds Camera Review: Olympus Pen E-PL2

Have you been bitten by the Micro Four Thirds camera format bug? Been wondering if this might just be the perfect compromise between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR? I got to ‘test drive’ the new Olympus Pen E-PL2 and here’s what I discovered…

Getting Up Early in the Morning

Getting Up Early in the Morning

I had done a bit of scouting the day before and checked to see when sunrise would be. I knew it would be important to hit this area early, before the sunlight really got up enough to illuminate things…

Death and Rebirth

Death and Rebirth

A quiet revolution is taking place outside here in south Louisiana. It’s the end of Winter and the beginning of our Spring and everywhere I find death and rebirth: the end for some living things and new birth for others…

Quiet Photographs

Quiet Photographs

Are you ever attracted to ‘quiet photographs’? Photographs that slow you down and seem to make time stand still? I know that I am. I had seen this piling before but the light had never been interesting…

February 2011 Flickr Group Critique

February 2011 Flickr Group Critique

Here are my picks from The Discerning Photographer’s February 2011 Flickr group pool. Check it out and then let me know what you think about the images…

Why I Love Lake Pontchartrain

Why I Love Lake Pontchartrain

I’ve always been fascinated by water and trying to capture its mystery and essence with a camera. Lake Pontchartrain is easily my most constant ‘watery’ source of inspiration. Here’s why…