Ocean Sunrise

The Photo of The Week is one of the more than 50 photos in by ""60  Years of Black & White Photography -and a Splash of Color exhibit at The Wright Place in Pensacola, FL on January 26th.  It was taken in the Florida Keys and called "Ocean Sunrise. A storm was...

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Bait Boat

This Photo of the Week is a scene of a bait boat at Dauphin Island, AL. Rather than having a land locked bait shop, this shop allows fishermen  to get their bait without getting out of their own boat. In some cases there are bait boats that go out in the gulf taking...

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Old Church or Country Store?

Going through some past files I came across this scene taken on a recent trip on the back roads of Nova Scotia. I noticed this building along the side of the road so I did not have to walk very  far for the photograph. (This is not always the case.) The texture of the...

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Merry Christmas

The Photo of the Week, Forest Snow,  is our holiday card to our readers this year. It was taken in 2002 after a very heavy snowfall. The snow stuck to everything and you can see the direction the snow came from by the black edges of the tree trunks. This scene was...

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Wedding in The Park

When you are traveling, you never know what gems may cross your path. This photograph, "Wedding in The Park" is one of those.  We were in Savanna, GA the week of November 11, 2012. We parked our car and started to walk towards the historic riverfront and passed...

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Ponce de Leon Light

Lighthouses are beautiful creations of man. They span the globe and have protected sailors for hundreds of years. While they are interesting to view, at times they are different subjects to photograph. This lighthouse...or "light" as it is called, is located on Ponce...

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Old Rice Mill

The photo of the week is a result of one of our “bucket Wishes” desires.....a trip to the Tobasco plant at Avery Island, LA. However we found somethings more interesting than Tobasco. For example the photo in this update was taken at the country’s oldest rice milling...

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Shrimp Boats

I would have to admit that shrimp are one my  most favorite seafoods. But, not only do I enjoy eating shrimp, I also enjoy taking photographs of shrimp boats. And, from time to time, I use shrimp for fishing bait. On some days I would have been better off eating the...

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River Sunrise

Rising early in the morning has its benefits, sometimes.  This Photo of the Week was captured along the  Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota. We were staying at my nieces house long the river and the sun was just coming up behind the bluffs on the Wisconsin...

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Three Views of a Bridge

This week's featured photos display  three views of the same bridge.  This is the Main Street Bridge in Jacksonville, FL. This scene was captured across the St.John's River just a short distance from downtown Jacksonville.  All three views were taken from the ground...

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Rocking Chair on Porch

While traveling the backroads you come across unexpected finds. This photo in this blog is one of these. We were traveling from Nachez to Memphis following the Mississippi River on highway 61. I had stopped at a county courthouse in Mississippi and asked about grist...

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Vicksburg Battlefield

This photo of the week was captured at Vicksburg, MS National  Military Park while we were following the Mississippi River from Natchez to Memhis. It was one of many I had taken in the battlefield and was unique because all of the statue was in the shade  so that I...

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The Wind Helps….

Some times we wait for the wind to die down before taking a photograph, but in this instance the wind helps the image. This is the Tybee Island GA lighthouse.  It was a chilly and blustery November day but the wind helped the images as it caught the flags at the...

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Driftwood #3

The photo of the week is some tree roots which were washed upon the beach. The texture and the natural lighting on the wood caught my eye.  If you look closely you will see some footprints in the sand around the wood. This view gave the most dimenson to the wood.  The...

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Walkway to The Beach

The fun of workiing with black and white digital photography is that you can take a so-so color scene and turn it into a dramatic black and white photo. The photograph, Walkway to The Beach is  a typical scene.  First you must be able to visualize what the photograph...

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Abandoned Boat

This week's website update contains the Photo of the Week taken in Nova Scotia in 2011, I think. It is a scene at Peggy’s Cove near the lighthouse. I also have a color photo of this scene, but it does not have the impact of the black & white. I used the zoom lens...

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Old Texas Barn

The photo of the week is an  Old Texas Barn which was captured in the Dallas/forth Worth area in 2002. I was spending the weekend in the area after attending a business meeting and specifically searching for old barns and wooden windmills. I captured several barns but...

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Lens Test

It is not very often that I have an opportunity to test a new lens. I have been looking for a new lens for my digital Nikon for nearly three years and finally settled on one. I had 30 days to test it out or return it. Here are two photos taken with the new lens. It is...

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Hair Stylist

This photo of the week takes us back to 1959 in New York City. It was a scene we spotted while walking the streets one weekend afternoon near The Village area. It was a cloudy day  so we could look right in through the window and see everything.  There was  no...

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Find the Right Camera Angle

  The right camera angle can turn a regular scene into a very good one! Here are two examples on this blog. The first photo is the Jacksonville, FL fishing pier. The angle of the pier on the right side with the railing going out of the scene draws you right into...

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Gulf Fisherman

This is a typical gulf fisherman which you might call "A lazy day of fishin."  Here he is equipped  with the  most essential ingredients, an umbrella to keep the hot summer sun at bay, two fishing poles, some sort of a seat that is not too uncomfortable, a cooler for...

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A Walk on The Beach

Frame your photograph, not only with a real frame, but frame it as you take the photograph as well. This scene taken at Tybee Island in Georgia illustrates the point. I used a small sitting area, along a walkway to the beach, to frame the lone walker on the beach....

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Poet for Hire

When you walk through the French Quarter of New Orleans you never quite know what you will see next. This scene was captured as we were heading back towards the bus (yes, the street car tracks on St. Charles were under construction) to return to our hotel. This scene...

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Add Depth to Your Photograph

I learned a long time ago that a wide angle lens, or a zoom lens zoomed into its widest angle will give you more depth in your photographs if used properly. There are also some other things you can do to give more depth to a scene; add a  subject in the foreground on...

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A Second Chance

How often do we see an opportunity to take a "great" photograph but do not take it. There are many reasons, "I don't have a camera with me," or "I can't stop the car in time," or "I will see this another time."  This has happened to everyone, myself included. At one...

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River Showboat Backstage

This featured photo week  captured in 1960 along the Mississippi River at Red Wing, MN. The University of Minnesota's Centennial Showboat was traveling up and down the river and stopping at different ports along the way producing shows on a small stage on the...

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Available Light Photography at Night

Night photography has always held special interests for me. First of all, with film cameras your exposure was not two critical. A two minute time exposure with your camera on a tripod with Tri X black and white film would usually do the trick. A two minute exposure in...

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Mail Boxes and Directions

How many times have we been driving to a certain destination and we think we might be lost...or we need to find a person’s residence where they don’t have street signs? This featured photo will help you find their way to a particular address.  If you have ever...

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One Photograph-Three Scenes

When you have a photograph that you want to frame and hang in your home, you have several decisions to make before you hang it. First: do you need to crop or reformat the photo?  Or is it great just the way its?  There may be some parts you don’t want to show or you...

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Pensacola Lighthouse

I have been known to travel 100's of miles to photograph a light house but we have one here in Pensacola  just 45 minutes from our house. and it took several years before I took some photographs of it.   I have never made a print of it until recently. So here is is....

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Musicians and Dogs

One of the many scenes you will see when walking New Orleans' French Quarter are the multitude of street musicians...all asking for a few coins.  Many of them have dogs with them. You have seen some of them  before in my  my “Doorways of the French Quarter” exhibit....

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Calories & Biegnets

It has been many weeks since I have added a Featured Photo but here goes.  This photo of Cafe Du Monde was taken in the French Quarter on a balmy day. Its “doors” are always open 24 hours a day. Actually I do not think there are any doors on the cafe, but just heavy...

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Black & White or Color?

Taking photographs in shade or under tent canopies  sometimes present problems even if you have cameras that set themselves automatically.  This scene of a basket weaver is a good point of reference. It was 10 a.m. and this basket weaver was one among several crafts...

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Harbor Sunset

This Featured Photo  is a bit different...it is black & white and color photograph of a  shrimp boat in harbor during a sunset on Florida's gulf coast.  With the brilliant sunset in the background the boat at harbor turns out in black and white because there is no...

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Street Person With Dog

I captured this young street person with a dog in Prague a couple years ago. We were walking towards the Charles Street Bridge when this individual appeared in the doorway with dog. The contrast of the cobblestone street and the wood doorway make an interesting scene....

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What Story Does Your Photograph Tell?

Every photograph, or piece of art for that sake, should tell a story, whether is is about history or why the artist likes the scene...it should tell a story. This photograph of an abandoned railroad passenger car sits on an unused siding in Prairie du Chien, WI. It...

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Merry Christmas

May The Peace of The Christmas Season be with with you throughout the year. Merry Christmas!   About the photograph: (Taken in March, 2009) St. Nicholas Cathedral (Chram sv. Mikulase) from the Lesser Quarter in Prague has put its name into Czech and European...

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Southern Plantation Home

Plantation homes in the south have always held a special interest for me. This “Featured Photo ,” I captured while taking photos along the Mississippi last year just before the oil spill at Venice, LA. This is actually the back side of the Nottoway Plantation House,...

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Don’t Be A “One Shot” Picture Taker

There are many times when I believe that photographers are “picture takers” rather than photographers.  However, you need to take more than just one snapshot of a subject as well. When we  use digital cameras we are not burning through film, and it is  not costly to...

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A Life’s Journey

As I sit here contemplating my 75 years of existence on earth,..a life’s journey (11-11-11), I look at all the changes that have happened in photography since I took my first photograph as a child. From taking snapshots and rushing the film to the rural community...

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Moon Light Tide

The early evening moon glimmers on the sea and it highlights the incoming tide on the beach and the rocks. You can even see some of the light reflecting off the moisture on the sand. A time to take a romantic walk along the beach with your special someone. You can...

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Autumn Leaves

This Photo of the Week is an autumn scene of a close up of multicolored eaves on a tree. The main sunlight is coming through the trees and gives almost a transparent look to the colorful leaves. The dark leaves in the background and the greenish berries on the tree...

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Capturing Autumn Colors

This week’s Creative Blog displays four photos taken along the  Smokey mountains in North Carolina. The  colors were not quite at their peak so there is a lot of green showing. It was a beautiful ride along the parkway for about 45 miles. The best way to capture the...

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Missing for 45 years

Photographers who make their own enlargements or  days those who crop and make their own digital prints, crop the photographs to meet specific frame sizes, for example, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 etc. Many times we have to crop out part of the photograph to make it fit the...

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Street Orchestra

The Featured Photo  is another example of the life in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Captured on our last visit there this winter, it provides an enthusiastic view of not only the musicians but also the visitors who gather around whenever a musical group springs...

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Doorways of The French Quarter

This Featured Photo  is one of many photographs I have taken in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the past 18 months.  It is typical of the scenes you see in this city that never sleeps....especially in the French Quarter.  There is music everywhere on the...

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Overcast Days

Overcast days are great days for taking photographs. There are no harsh shadows and the sky will take on a gray or sometimes almost a white appearance whether you are taking color black and white photographs. It is still best to have the sun, which you cannot see, at...

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Different Perspectives

What a difference a couple of minutes  make....or taking a few steps for a change of view of the same scene. I  always advocate not to take too many photos of the same scene, but certainly take more than one if you can. A different view may put a different prospective...

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