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In Front of the Labyrinth

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My sister Kate Rhyolite, Nevada (October 2016)Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

My sister Kate
Rhyolite, Nevada (October 2016)
Contax T + Zeiss Sonnar 38/2.8
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

Tiny 35mm film cameras can seriously rock, as revealed by the image above.

I’ve always been a fan of little cameras — and have previously said so here, and here.  So just how “little” is a little camera?  Not much bigger than the palm of your hand.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the image below. Continue Reading →

Imagecraft Bootcamp — Electric Blue

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Holiday window displays -- Washington, DC (December 2015) Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

Holiday window displays
Washington, DC (December 2015)
Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

Happy holidays to you and yours!  This is Mitch, your host for the series.

One of the things that has kept me frantically busy this year during the lead up to Christmas was six long days of computer training down in Washington, DC last week.  I was out of the hotel room everyday by 6:30 am, and back about 12-hours later; however, I had my camera with me the entire time and was able to grab some images during the meal breaks.  As a result, I have a lot of pre-sunrise and post-sunset urban images that I don’t normally get an opportunity to take.  And — as always — I was on the prowl for color, texture, and composition opportunities that happen to catch my eye. Continue Reading →

Imagecraft Bootcamp — On Hiatus Until the New Year

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C&O Canal towpath -- Central Maryland (January 2015)Leica M3 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

C&O Canal towpath — Central Maryland (January 2015)
Leica M3 + Kodak Portra 400 + Leica Summilux 21/1.4 ASPH

Hi, this is Mitch, your host for this series again. I am remiss. It is rapidly approaching the holiday season and I have bitten off more than I can chew. My apologies to everyone, but I am going to have to pick up the lessons again after the New Year, as the video recordings are going much slower than I expected and I have too many other tasks to complete in the same time frame.

In the meantime, I’ll post images here once a week on Wednesdays. See you soon!

Imagecraft Bootcamp — Cold Fog

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Winter crops coming up -- Central Maryland (December 2015)Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

Winter crops coming up — Central Maryland (December 2015)
Sony RX1R II + Zeiss 2.0/35mm

Hi — this is your host for the series, Mitch.  We took our kitty to her final vet visit (last night, as I’m writing this post early Tuesday morning) and I’m just not ready yet with a new lesson.  I do have the gear and software for the videos that I have previously promised, but that will have to wait until next week.

Au revoir until next Wednesday.

Imagecraft Bootcamp — Taking a Break

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Nala in her better days -- Central Maryland (April 2015) iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

Nala in her better days — Central Maryland (April 2015)
iPhone 6 Plus + 29/2.2

This is Mitch.  Sorry, folks!  There is no photo tip or exercise for today.  Our 16-year-old rescue cat is fading away and her only solace is my lap, which makes it difficult to put together one of these posts for you.  I sincerely apologize, but her needs come first right now.

Imagecraft Bootcamp will resume next week.

Imagecraft Bootcamp — Thankful

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Our early Thanksgiving dinner -- Central Florida (November 2015) Sony RX100 IV + Zeiss 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Our early Thanksgiving dinner — Central Florida (November 2015)
Sony RX100 IV + Zeiss 1.8-2.8/24-70mm

Hi, this is your host, Mitch.  I have none of the usual photo tips or post-processing tricks today, for tomorrow is Thanksgiving in my country, a national holiday that is open to all… regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, level of wealth, political persuasion, or religious beliefs.  And rather than setting aside the time to put together another in-depth post on photography, I’ve been doing all the necessary support work (errand running, food shopping, and bottle washing) for the occasion.

The photo above is of our early Thanksgiving meal, and was taken last week as we visited some of my family down in Florida.  The Cornish game hen was the only thing purchased, though they smoked the birds with peach wood themselves; everything else that was served on the table was grown in their own garden.  It was a simple meal, but quite delicious. Continue Reading →

Imagecraft Bootcamp — Developing Vision

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Hi!  Mitch here, with the latest installment of the Imagecraft Bootcamp series.

What is “vision”?

We hear other photographers speak of it; it’s become something of a mantra on photo media web sites (develop your vision, develop your vision, develop your vision, ad nauseam.); and it’s so oft-repeated that we just become numb to the concept.  But what is it really? Continue Reading →

Imagecraft Bootcamp — Your First Image

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Hi!  This is Mitch, your host for this series.

The challenge for today should be a fun one for people of all ages — what is the very first image you ever shot and what has photography come to represent to you?  And by first image, I mean the very first photograph you ever captured that has managed to make it to today. Continue Reading →

Imagecraft Bootcamp — Making Lemonade

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Hi!  Mitch again, your host for this series.  For those of you that remember the bad old days of film…

Ugh.  This is just what you don’t want to see when you get your precious negatives back from the commercial film processor.  You sputter and nearly scream loud enough to move the continental plates, “whiskeytangoFOXTROT HAPPENED???  GAHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh.” Continue Reading →

Imagecraft Bootcamp — Save the Throw-away!

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The city at sunset -- Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 2015) Nikon D700 + Nikon 50/1.4 (Photo credit: Andy Townend)

The city at sunset — Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 2015)
Nikon D700 + Nikon 50/1.4 (Photo credit: Andy Townend)

Hi, this is Mitch — your host for this series.  Today I’m introducing a new feature of Imagecraft Bootcamp… Save the Throw-away!

This is a once-per-month opportunity for readers to submit an image to me for post-processing help, for an image that they are on the brink of tossing into the digital trash because they have reached the limit of what they can do with it.  Will I be able to solve every problem?  Likely not — especially if the photo is out-of-focus, the data file is corrupted, the resolution is too low, or some other unforeseen issue that I can’t overcome.  However, I’ll give it my best shot and see what can be done to save the photo.

Conditions?  The image must be shared here, with both the original untouched image straight out of the camera (RAW format is preferred, if available), and the best effort of the reader to fix it.  Both images will be featured, then I’ll present the steps I took to fix it from my standpoint, complete with a before-and-after comparison at the end. Continue Reading →