August 31, 2016

Keeneland #12

Keeneland #12
Lexington, Kentucky

Regardless of racing season, morning workouts always go on. So I was fortunate to be able to photograph these at the final turn heading into the home stretch.

August 30, 2016

Keeneland #11

Keeneland #11
Lexington, Kentucky

August 29, 2016

Insights to Black & White Photography

If you are interested in the legacy of black and white photography, check out the video interviews with John Sexton and Kim Weston on Epson's website. These two photographers continue the heritage established by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, founding members of Group F/64.


In addition to these interviews are videos on creating and printing black and white images with today's digital tools. Highly recommended!

Keeneland #10

Keeneland #10
Lexington, Kentucky

August 28, 2016

Keeneland #9

Keeneland #9
Lexington, Kentucky

August 27, 2016

Keeneland #8

Keeneland #8
Lexington, Kentucky

August 26, 2016

Keeneland #7

Keeneland #7
Lexington, Kentucky

August 25, 2016

Keeneland #6

Keeneland #6
Lexington, Kentucky

August 24, 2016

Keeneland #5

Keeneland #5
Lexington, Kentucky

August 23, 2016

Keeneland #4

Keeneland #4
Lexington, Kentucky

August 22, 2016

Keeneland #3

Keeneland #3
Lexington, Kentucky

August 21, 2016

Keeneland #2

Keeneland #2
Lexington, Kentucky

August 20, 2016

Keeneland #1

Keeneland #1
Lexington, Kentucky 

While I was in Kentucky for the Derby last May, I spent some time at Keeneland racetrack. Though racing season was not in session at that track, I was able to wander through the grounds and stables as well as photograph the morning workouts.

August 19, 2016

Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery #5

Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery #5
Versailles, Kentucky

August 18, 2016

Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery #4

Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery #4
Versailles, Kentucky

August 17, 2016

Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery #3

Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery #3
Versailles, Kentucky 

All the green grass, leaves and moss on the headstones made me break out my converted camera that records infrared light in black and white. This helped give an appropriately "ghostly" look to the graveyard. See yesterday's post for comparison.

August 16, 2016

Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery #2

Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery #2
Versailles, Kentucky

August 15, 2016

Night Photography Quick Start

If you've never done night photography before and you want to give it a try, here is a quick start method based on Jon Beard's suggestions in his e-book Seeing in the Dark: A Guide to Night Photography. These steps work best with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, but if all you have is a point and shoot model, still give it a try. (Not recommended for cell phone cameras.)

The Big Dipper
17-40mm lens at 17mm
ISO 1600, F/4, 30 seconds

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Pisgah Presbyterian Church #1

Pisgah Presbyterian Church #1
Versailles, Kentucky 

Pisgah Presbyterian Church was founded in 1784 and the accompanying cemetery has many old gravestones. It was not open when I visited, but I did photograph around the grounds.

August 14, 2016

Downtown Lexington #12

Downtown Lexington #12
21C Museum Hotel
Lexington, Kentucky

An entire flock stood at attention on a shelf.

August 13, 2016

Downtown Lexington #11

Downtown Lexington #11
21C Museum Hotel
Lexington, Kentucky

"Your table is ready. Right this way."

August 12, 2016

Downtown Lexington #10

Downtown Lexington #10
21C Museum Hotel
Lexington, Kentucky

This 21C Museum Hotel's mascot is a blue penguin. It showed up in many places.

August 11, 2016

Downtown Lexington #9

Downtown Lexington #9
"Totally in Love"
21C Museum Hotel
Lexington, Kentucky

 This sculpture stands outside the hotel on the corner.

August 10, 2016

Downtown Lexington #8

Downtown Lexington #8
21C Museum Hotel
Lexington, Kentucky

The modern buildings create interesting reflections in their colored glass.

August 9, 2016

Downtown Lexington #7

Downtown Lexington #7
Lexington, Kentucky

August 8, 2016

Understanding the Exposure Mode Dial

Gentling the gelding

I just posted a list of my upcoming digital photography classes at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. The course for beginners called "Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera" usually generates at least a couple phone calls from people wondering if their camera is the kind mentioned in the title. In order to benefit the most from this beginning class, your camera needs to provide you with the ability to change the shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings. Even if you don't know what these terms mean yet, you can still figure out if your camera will work for the class. Here's how.

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Downtown Lexington #6

Downtown Lexington #6
Lexington, Kentucky

This is a detail of the fountain from yesterday's photo.

August 7, 2016

Downtown Lexington #5

Downtown Lexington #5
Lexington, Kentucky

August 6, 2016

Downtown Lexington #4

Downtown Lexington #4
Lexington, Kentucky

August 5, 2016

Downtown Lexington #3

Downtown Lexington #3
Lexington, Kentucky

August 4, 2016

Downtown Lexington #2

Downtown Lexington #2
Lexington, Kentucky 

August 3, 2016

Downtown Lexington #1

Downtown Lexington #1
Lexington, Kentucky 

On our Kentucky Derby tour, my sister and I stayed at the newly opened 21C Museum Hotel in central Lexington. Our room on the 11th floor offered a great view at different times of day. This happens to be sunrise.

August 2, 2016

Red River Gorge #4

Red River Gorge #4
 Kentucky

August 1, 2016

DSLR, Mirrorless or Compact Camera: What's the difference?

I just announced my upcoming camera and photography classes at The Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana. One of these is an introduction to DSLR cameras, but students are frequently uncertain what kind of camera the class is about and whether theirs is appropriate for the course. Let me try to clarify this.

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Red River Gorge #3

Red River Gorge #3
Kentucky

This is my favorite shot from the soggy day.