Photo of the Day: ‘Heaven’s Oak, Manresa, 2012’

Photo of the Day: ‘Heaven’s Oak, Manresa, 2012’

Here’s another photograph from my trip to Manresa, the Jesuit retreat center north of New Orleans along the Great River Road of the Mississippi River. One of my current artistic projects involves the majestic live oak trees that are indigenous to this area, huge creatures that can live several hundred years…

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How to Pack for a Photography Road Trip

How to Pack for a Photography Road Trip

I was just on a trip to Denver, CO., to shoot the NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos and while packing my gear it occurred to me that the art and science of photography road trip packing might make an interesting post…

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Flickr Group Critique: The sun as a photographic element

Flickr Group Critique: The sun as a photographic element

After an extended hiatus, the Flickr Group Critique is back, thanks to member Ana Matos, who assembled this month’s batch of images. Ana has chosen photographs in which the sun is a defining element for our critique, check it out!

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Moonflowers at last

Moonflowers at last

Keeping vigil with our moonflower vine finally paid off with some images. The flowers only last one night—and hopefully into the early morning hours, when I can photograph—and they’re incredibly fragile. Too much wind, some rain, maybe a preceeding day that’s too hot can all ruin the blossom…

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Photographing Manresa

Photographing Manresa

I had the incredible good fortune to spend this past weekend on a 3-day silent retreat at Manresa, the Jesuit retreat center along the Mississippi River north of New Orleans. Manresa is legend in these parts—a place of spirituality, beauty and tradition. This year, through the generosity of a couple of friends in my men’s cooking club in Covington, I was able to make the trek…

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The Moonflowers are Coming!
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The Moonflowers are Coming!

Yes, it’s moonflower time here in south Louisiana! For me as a photographer, this is a special time that I await each year: the moonflower is one of my very favorite flowers to photograph. Right up there with the calla lilly in terms of its beauty and mystery. Yes, mystery: they bloom in the late evening and stay open till the early morning, just my time of day for shooting.

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How to photograph a hurricane

How to photograph a hurricane

It’s been a long and exhausting week covering Hurricane Isaac here in New Orleans. As one of the photo editors for The Times-Picayune and its website, Nola.com, I’ve been involved in the planning and logistics of our team’s photo coverage and in trying to make sure the display on the site is as compelling as possible. This work has been made all the more difficult as we, like almost all of New Orleans, lost power as the storm blew in…

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Photography from a boat

Photography from a boat

Although my boat restoration project still has a good ways to go, I reserved a morning last week to take my flat boat out into the Techefuncte River at Lake Pontchartrain. I’ve been very excited about the photographic possibilities that working from my new ‘shooting platform’ would provide for my lake work, and I wasn’t disappointed…

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Slideshow from my Henry Hood Gallery opening

Slideshow from my Henry Hood Gallery opening

I’ve had several people ask me to post an online album of the images included in my Henry Hood Gallery show that’s been up this past month in Covington, Louisiana. So: here’s a slideshow of the opening…more or less. I’m missing a couple of images and decided not to wait to scrounge them up…

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Morning Thunder

Morning Thunder

It woke me long before dawn, a rumble and boom off in the distance. I wasn’t sure whether a car had crashed out on the road or it was weather-related; I turned my head to better hear what might be when the second boom and a flash filled the bedroom. It was 4:30 a.m. and all was still, but off to the east a storm was rolling in…

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Red Dots: Henry Hood Gallery show is a big success!

Red Dots: Henry Hood Gallery show is a big success!

My opening at the Henry Hood Gallery—two openings, actually—can now be termed a genuine success: between the initial opening on July 14 and a second ‘soft opening’ on July 21, I’ve sold 12 photographs out of the show, including one image that’s sold twice!…

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Photography exhibition at Henry Hood Gallery

Photography exhibition at Henry Hood Gallery

Well, the day is almost here: tomorrow evening I have my opening of Lake Pontchartrain photographs at the Henry Hood Gallery in Covington, Louisiana! It’s been an incredible learning experience, putting everything together for the show: it involves so much more than making images…

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Framing Photographs, Fast and Furious

Framing Photographs, Fast and Furious

It’s official: I’m having an opening at the Henry Hood Gallery in Covington, Louisiana, in 10 days—July 14th from 6 to 9 pm! My photographs of Lake Pontchartrain will be on view along with the glass sculpture of Wes Koon. It’s truly gratifying to have such a distinguished gallery interested in showing the work…

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This House of (Louisiana) Sky

This House of (Louisiana) Sky

Driving the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway yesterday I was struck once more by the beauty of the big cloud formations forming and billowing before me: it’s maybe my favorite sensation related to the drive…

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At the Ocean’s Edge: Shoreline Photography

At the Ocean’s Edge: Shoreline Photography

I’ve had the incredible good fortune to spend the last few days in a beach house right on the Atlantic Ocean, out on the Isle of Palms along South Carolina’s barrier island coast. It’s been fantastic for the photography that I do: wet and windy, nasty weather!…

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Photowalk: Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood

Photowalk: Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood

I had the chance to spend a few days in Washington, D. C. recently, up in the historic neighborhood east of the U.S. Capitol that’s known as Capitol Hill. It’s the oldest neighborhood in the city and home to 35,000 people. Perfect location for a photowalk…

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Photography and Light: the Magic and the Mystery

Photography and Light: the Magic and the Mystery

For a photographer, is there anything more magical or fundamental to our work than light? Light, in all its myriad forms: it’s at the heart of all that we do. Some thoughts about this most-essential ingredient to your success…

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Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere: A Review

Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere: A Review

I’ve always liked to keep lighting and lighting accessories as simple as possible. My current small strobe—the Canon 580EX—has a built-in wide angle diffuser AND a built-in bounce card, more than adequate for most situations. But then I was asked to review Gary Fong’s Collapsible Lightsphere. Curious about the device, I said okay…

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Photo(s) of the Day—A Tree Frog

Photo(s) of the Day—A Tree Frog

We have tree frogs out in the woods north of Lake Pontchartrain here in south Louisiana. Since I essentially live out in what used to be woods, I have tree frogs around my house…

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DSLR Photographers: How to set your camera’s ISO

DSLR Photographers: How to set your camera’s ISO

Picking your ISO – the relative ‘speed’ of your digital captures—can be a source of confusion for beginning photographers, as I was reminded recently by a newbie DSLR shooter. He wanted to know how I go about deciding what ISO to use, and whether I changed it frequently during the course of a shooting session…

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Photographic cropping and composition

Photographic cropping and composition

Composition is something we do on-the-fly, in-camera, as we photograph; cropping refers to after-the-fact decisions we make during the editing process. Here are some thoughts about both of these essential skills and how they impact your photography…

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Creative Focus in Your Photography

Creative Focus in Your Photography

When you think about what’s in focus and how to get it there, don’t think just about aperture and depth of field. Another factor that’s involved is focus plane, the subject of our post today.

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Framing Your Photography

Framing Your Photography

At some point you’ll probably have some photographs you’ve shot that you want to frame. How you go about the framing–the decisions you make–will have a big impact upon the impact that your images ultimately have. I’ve spent most of today framing and here are a few thoughts about the process…

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Camera ‘Feature Clutter’: How to Avoid the Confusion

Camera ‘Feature Clutter’: How to Avoid the Confusion

All of the features on modern DSLR’s can be confusing and overwhelming–so much so that it’s hard to discern what’s important from what’s not. This is a tale of just such a situation…

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