January 31, 2016

Calligraphy #2

Calligraphy #2
Frenchtown, Montana

January 30, 2016

Calligraphy #1

Calligraphy #1
Frenchtown, Montana

January 29, 2016

Ice Sculpture

Ice Sculpture
Frenchtown, Montana

As the snow melts and begins to slide off the metal roof of my house, interesting ice formations appear.

January 28, 2016

Recent Visitors

Recent Visitors
Frenchtown, Montana

A flock of wild turkeys, about 17 individuals, strolled through the yard recently, looking for seeds that weren't covered with snow. I heard them before I saw them.

January 27, 2016

Morning Ride

Morning Ride
Arlee, Montana

January 26, 2016

Rocky Headland

Rocky Headland
Acadia National Park, Maine

January 25, 2016

Correcting Multiple Images in Adobe Camera Raw

If you have a series of images all photographed under the same conditions, you can speed up your processing by applying the same set of corrections to a group of pictures in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). I've illustrated the steps using ACR version 9 in Photoshop CC. But the same steps work in earlier versions of Camera Raw. You can also do this in Photoshop Elements.

Bannack State Park
Dillon, Montana

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Blown

Blown
Frenchtown, Montana

January 24, 2016

Tracks

Tracks
Frenchtown, Montana

January 23, 2016

Long and Winding Road

Long and Winding Road
Frenchtown, Montana

January 22, 2016

Winter Barn #2

Winter Barn #2
Frenchtown, Montana

January 21, 2016

2016 Spring Classes in Missoula

I am offering five photography classes through the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, MT. Courses begin the first week of March and run into early May. Below is a list of courses along with brief descriptions. Click here to register. Let me know if you have any questions.

Pen & Ink
  • Getting to Know Your DSLR Camera
  • Mastering Manual Exposure
  • Better Photo Composition
  • Photos in a Series
  • Better Photos Using Live View
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Winter Barn

Winter Barn
Frenchtown, Montana

January 20, 2016

Winter Gate

Winter Gate
Frenchtown, Montana

January 19, 2016

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
Frenchtown, Montana

January 18, 2016

Gesture

Gesture
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

January 17, 2016

Companions

Companions
Frenchtown, Montana

January 16, 2016

Morning Mist

Morning Mist,
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana

January 15, 2016

Balance

Balance
Maine

January 14, 2016

Mountain of the Orient

Mountain of the Orient
Glacier National Park, Montana

The smoke from nearby forest fires in 2003 created the haze in this picture. It reminded me of a Chinese landscape painting.

January 13, 2016

Into the Wind

Into the Wind
Bandon, Oregon

January 12, 2016

Solitude

Solitude
Frenchtown Pond State Park, Montana

January 11, 2016

When White Skies in Photos Are Good

This time of year in western Montana, we experience a lot of inversions. This creates cloudy white skies, the kind of sky we've been told to avoid in our photographs. But white skies aren't always bad. Here are some ways to take advantage of blank, white skies, regardless of the time of year.


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Siuslaw River Bridge

Siuslaw River Bridge
Florence, Oregon

January 10, 2016

Ridgeline

Ridgeline
Frenchtown, Montana

The world outside is pretty colorless this time of year, so I'm sharing some black and white images, with or without snow.

January 9, 2016

Caught

Caught
Missoula, Montana

January 8, 2016

Gnarly Tree #2

Gnarly Tree #2
Missoula, Montana

January 7, 2016

Fairy Realm

Fairy Realm
Missoula, Montana

I photographed this stand of aspens with black and white film shortly after my arrival in Montana nearly 20 years ago. At the time there appeared to be a woodland fairy strolling through. But she's gone in this recent version.

Woodland Fairy

January 6, 2016

Misty Blue

Misty Blue
Frenchtown, Montana
 

January 5, 2016

Window Light #4

Window Light #4
Rockford, Illinois

January 4, 2016

Photography Checklist for 2016

Victoria Brampton, aka The Lightroom Queen, recently published an article in her free Lightroom e-newsletter that lists some helpful tasks to get the new year started on the right foot. You can find a link to the newsletter article here. Below is a version of her suggestions modified to work for Elements Organizer users.


Elements Organizer Checklist for 2016
  • Find missing files 
  • Create a catalog backup
  • Clear out fuzzy photos
  • Update your copyright template
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Window Light #3


Window Light #3
Rockford, Illinois

January 3, 2016

Window Light #2

Window Light #2
Rockford, Illinois

January 2, 2016

Window Light #1

Window Light #1
Rockford, Illinois

January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy 2016!

Fireworks are common on New Year's Eve here in Montana. No fire danger with all the snow on the ground! I borrowed these from a July 4th celebration, though.