A digression on linear systems thinking

You probably don’t have to read this if you read my blog at all; but just in case… Skip this if you are familiar with linear systems. I’ve sometimes been asked to make my blog posts simpler to understand for the typical photographer. All this mathematics on diffraction and photons and such is not within the backgrounds of most practicing photographers,...

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L’arbre de la mort

On a walk about the neighborhood lately, I came across a rather macabre sight. Someone had placed the skull of a young deer in the branches of a tree. I decided to go ahead and grab some images. I shot the following as HDRs, did the RAW conversion with Capture One, the HDR with Photoshop CS5.1’s Merge to HDR Pro, the B&W conversion with TrueGrain, and the...

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Preaching from Hui Neng’s platform

In looking over some of my latest results, I find that I’ve been preaching from Hui Neng’s platform. Here is another sermon: Afternoon light Afternoon light II Weeds Grass Thistles Branches and branching Thistles II Aspen and storm Aspen branch Aspen stand Branch & fence Aspen and evergreen Lone aspen Aspen stand in the high country Leaves Berries...

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Cat-tails, pussywillows, an exercise in texture

I went over to the local stream a few days ago and took some shots of the cat-tails, pussy willows, and what-not. Of course, it’s not season for either of these, being early January in Colorado as I write this post. This little stream has some history, being the site of the short-lived Russellville gold strike. In 1858, the William Green Russell party found small...

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Garden of the Gods & Pike’s Peak Panorama

Under the general heading of what have I been up to lately, I’ve been working on a panorama of Pike’s Peak with the Garden of the Gods in the foreground. I shot this with my D80 a couple of years ago. It’s made up of around 18 image captures which I stitched together in Photoshop. After doing some color correction, I took the result into Corel Painter...

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Musings on professional photography

For an odd set of reasons, I was reading some material on David Ziser’s excellent blog a while ago. I was looking to cross-reference some material I’d seen there a while back for someone looking for information on on-camera flash on Nikonians web site. In the course of doing this search, I came across a heading there for Ziser’s top 10 posts of 2010. At...

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