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Showing posts from March, 2011

Flash Bus Tour comes to Dallas

Sorry if you tried to reach me yesterday and I wasn't my usual pretty responsive self. I spent the whole day attending the Flash Bus Tour seminar at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

There are lots of working photographers who do terrific things with flash. But there are a few guys who stand out not just for their work but for their teaching. If you're a working photographer, you probably know these names: David Hobby, a.k.a. The Strobist; Joe McNally, the renowned photographer for SI, National Geographic, Life and other mags and also the author of some great books, including The Hot Shoe Diaries; and I would add as a third, Neil van Niekerk, photographer, author and blogger. Hobby and McNally teamed up this spring to run the Flash Bus Tour, a series of one-day seminars on flash use, focused at intermediate and advanced photographers. It was terrific.

The seminar was great because both Hobby and McNally are enthusiastic, energetic and effective speakers, but also because they …

Groundbreaking at the Arboretum

Bruce Felps, editor of the East Dallas Times, asked me to take a camera over to the Arboretum yesterday to cover the groundbreaking for the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill. I took the pics and passed them to Bruce with a few simple notes about the event. He wrote the article and you can read it (and see a few of my photos) here:

Note that the East Dallas Times is a wonderful and active news resource. If, like me, you live on the east side of town, you should consider ticking the box there to support this venture in independent local journalism.

I have a few more photos of the event, starting here.

F/8 and be there...

This is cool, very cool:

I understand it's a Tumblr blog devoted to interesting photos taken by Google's street view camera. The photos aren't works of art but some of them really are interesting. And the collection makes a point. There's interesting stuff to photograph just about everywhere.

There's an old saying in photography: "F/8 and be there." Or "F/11..." Whatever. F/8 (and f/11) are aperture settings that provide for good depth of field, making precise focus less important; the idea here is, "Be ready to shoot without hesitation" But the important part of the saying is "be there." To take a photo, you have to be there.

And where is "there"? Very often, it isn't "here." Often "there" is a destination I have to travel to — the Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone National Park, or Rome. But it doesn't have to be far away. There can be here, or close to here. That's why I…