Category Archives: Photo

The ONE Filter Every Outdoor Photographer Needs

We need polarizing filters and I am not going to explain why.  Many other photographer-authors have already done that and I see no need to put my own spin on it.   But there may be differences between two polarizing filters, … Continue reading

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Tall Ships

. The phrase “tall ships” means tall-mast rigged sailing ships.  Historically important … modernly fascinating … and just plain fun.  These ships remind us of the golden age of sail, before the rise of motor power. The largest tall ships … Continue reading

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Sand Sculpting Competition

Among dozens of annual sand-sculpting competitions across the United States, some are open to amateurs, some are limited to proven master sculptors, and some include both.  Of the master competitions, two occur within New England.  By invitation only, master sculptors … Continue reading

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The Next Phantom Quadcopter Drone – Phantom 3

Last October, I listed Drones for Under $2000.  A week later, DJI announced a new quadcopter drone, Inspire 1, which was notable, but far above the $2000 price point. This week, DJI announced the third incarnation of it’s original Phantom, … Continue reading

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Bread Art (Photographing Bread)

For the purpose of illustrating a theme, I was recently offered the task of photographing bread. Here are the steps in making this image. Although I originally thought this shoot might require actually baking my own bread, I quickly discarded … Continue reading

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Photography promo card

Here’s a marketing/promotional item I created recently.   This accordion card has 5 pages front & back, for a total of 10 faces.  The five images you can see on this side are scenic photos.  The other side has four … Continue reading

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Winter Light (photography)

The grey season.  In the northeast, wintertime without snow is a drag, particularly for outdoor photographers.  I need some snow here.  Not just on the ground – we need snow sticking to tree branches. This winter has brought a fair … Continue reading

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Giant Pumpkin – world record

As recently as 1983,  the world record for largest pumpkin was still less than 500 lbs. Just twenty-nine years later, 2012, the world record had increased four fold … 2009 lbs, established at the Topsfield Fair.  The first pumpkin ever … Continue reading

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Drones for Aerial Photography, under $2000

The term “drone” is commonly used in pop media, more common than alternative terminology UAS (unmanned aircraft system) or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).   To my mind, a drone implies an automated military device – I prefer the term quadcopter. As far … Continue reading

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Forest Service fee for any photography in national parks ?

  The National Forest Service wants to charge you a large fee to make photographs on national lands (national forests or national parks).    The proposal covers “still photography and commercial filming” … without any further clarification, that seems to include … Continue reading

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