01-09-14 Altered States (HDR)

This photo is demonstrably “unreal.” As I’ve said before, humans don’t see out of focus light as soft, overlapping balls. And we certainly don’t see the world upside down, as it is shown here in a crystal ball I inherited from my grandma Ida. But wait a minute. . . Our eyes are lenses somewhat…

01-01-14 Circle of Light

I had mentioned yesterday that I had another photo that showed a drastic difference between what the human eye sees and what the camera “sees.” Yesterday, the difference had to do with focus, depth of field and bokeh. What today’s photo demonstrates may not be so obvious unless you understand the concept of “dynamic range.”…

01-01-14 What We Never See

My title for this post isn’t so much about the fact that we don’t see rain, or rain-drenched leaves in our normal experiences. Though most people rarely stop to study a leaf as closely as I’m asking you to do it here. What I mean is that the camera “sees” things very differently than humans…

12-12-13 Countless Unseen Details

Someone once suggested that “Countless unseen details are often the difference between the mediocre and the magnificent.” When I teach photography, this is one of my many mantras: what helps our work rise above all of the billions of photos being taken is our close attention to details and our true understanding of what those…

12-10-13 Late Fall

It occurs to me that in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where this photo was taken, the ponderosa pine is visual white noise in that there are so many of them and, unless they are fallen or bug infested or on fire, they are rarely seen. Good photography often involves being in the right…