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Sunday Street: Showtime in Jamestown

July 21, 2018 - One of the more creative and productive events for a photographer can be preparing for an exhibit. The creative decision...
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Sunday Street: Making Relationships

June 30, 2018 - I am thrilled to have two of my photographs grace Dan Moretti's newly released CD "Invoke", including a multi-exposure i...
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Sunday Street: The Journey

May 05, 2018 - Enjoy the journey. Don't concern yourself about the destination. Above all else, Do the work. See ya a...
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Sunday Street: Barthes' Punctum

March 03, 2018 - In his book Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes identifies two main factors in a photographic image: studium and punctum. Stud...
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Sunday Street: Less is More

February 03, 2018 - It is easy to get lost in the digital world of photography. Things move quickly and like the magic broom in Fantasia, be...
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Presets; blessing, curse, or both?

November 18, 2017 - Presets that can speed up your workflow with a simple 'click' of a mouse or tap on a touchpad or screen. Lightroom comes...
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Good in Color, Powerful in Black & White

October 28, 2017 - Different images resonate with different people. Powerful images resonate deeper. The best music and magical moments...
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Come for the Snacks, Stay for the Art...

September 30, 2017 - The Courthouse Center for the Arts in Kingstown, RI is a stones throw away from the Kingston Train Station where this im...
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Beautiful Evidence

September 23, 2017 - "Science and art have in common intense seeing, the wide-eyed observing that generates empirical information. Beautiful...
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Three legged stool

September 16, 2017 - Picture a three legged stool... Great photographs that start with visualization deserve great execution with a camera,...
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Broken Glass

September 09, 2017 - Ben Aronson, a talented and accomplished portrait artist, told me that success only comes after crawling on broken glass...
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The Road to Success...

September 02, 2017 - The road to success is littered with failure. “The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium...
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Adventures in Printing

July 11, 2017 - A lucky photograph - I had not planned to make it, but there it was and I Got Lucky - and the process used to print it....
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Embrace the Possibilities

July 04, 2017 - It comes down to this... Respect the elders. Embrace the new. Encourage the impractical and improbable, without bia...
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Back to the Future

June 17, 2017 - I have traveled with a laptop computer since before it was a big deal to bring one onboard an airline. Over time, I got...
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ISO Invariance

May 14, 2017 - ISO originally rated the light sensitivity of film and was related to the size of silver halide gain in the film. The la...
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Lightroom Learning Curb

May 06, 2017 - Since I started teaching Lightroom *, I have frequently observed the occurrence of 30-day, 90-day and 6-month learning c...
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Creativity is Not Tidy

April 09, 2017 - There are those of us who see finished works and just enjoy the execution of their design. The photographs on my web sit...
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Vision -> Print

April 02, 2017 - When I first saw the old guitar cases stacked against the wall, I felt like I had just discovered a fantastic attic full...
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Gamut, dammit

March 19, 2017 - In photography, Gamut generally refers to color space or, more accurately put, a range of colors. This would be a simple...
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California Dreamin'

March 11, 2017 - All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray. I've been for a walk on a winter's day. I'd be safe and warm if I was in...
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Gestalt Revisited

February 11, 2017 - I woke up thinking about "Gestalt" theory, a philosophy of mind in the Berlin School of experimental psychology. (I real...
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Vision to Print

January 28, 2017 - This is an absolute truth - printing your photographs will help you become a better photographer - especially when it is...
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"Best"

January 21, 2017 - Being the best at something is an integral component of American society and culture. Like winning first place, being th...
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2017 Cyclocross National Championships

January 14, 2017 - The 2017 USA Cyclocross National Championships spanned an epic week of racing in weather ranging from a drizzly mud fest...
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Purpose. Relationships. Meaning.

January 07, 2017 - During the first week of January of 2017, USA Cyclocross Nationals are being held in Hartford, Connecticut. (If the timi...
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The Perils of Serious Photography...

December 31, 2016 - Photographers can be a testy bunch. We bond with our magic machines and we love the photographs we make with them, much...
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Process Determines the Outcome

December 18, 2016 - Lower Manhattan - 16x24 print on Baryta paper The lower Manhattan skyline appears to rise out of the East River to touc...
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Before the Holidays

November 26, 2016 - Before the holidays are upon us, I have a few photographic thoughts to share. As always, your own results, opinions, and...
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Tempus fugit...

November 05, 2016 - Daylight Savings, the biggest myth of time ever concocted, ends on the first Sunday of November. That would be today and...
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Sheep Shearer

October 22, 2016 - The sign tells you everything you need to know. Donald Kading is a sheep shearer, the likes of which you may have never...
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Crossroads

October 16, 2016 - Crossroads According to legend, as a young man living on a plantation in rural Mississippi, Robert Johnson had a tremen...
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The Joy of Seeing...

September 24, 2016 - You probably make thousands of photographic images each year but how many do actually get printed? That's not many, is i...
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The Paper and the Ink

August 20, 2016 - One way to become a better photographer is to print your photographs. If you have ever been disappointed when viewing an...
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Language of Light - Backstory

May 01, 2016 - Two years ago, concerned and annoyed by the prevalence of data manipulation in contemporary portrait photography, I pond...
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Op Center Update

April 23, 2016 - Four years ago, Sunday Street moved into its new home. The event was so exciting that we posted a blog about it, which y...
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Tin Man Photography

April 17, 2016 - I find that there is no more privileged role I can play than that of a wedding photographer. For one very long day, I ha...
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Critique

April 02, 2016 - As Photographers, we are, by our very nature, compulsives. We literally cannot help ourselves. We must make photographs...
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Numbers Game

February 27, 2016 - More out of curiosity than anything else (and partly because I had more time on my hands than inspiration), I took a ret...
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The Last Photographers

February 13, 2016 - Living in a culture of instant gratification has its ups and downs, its very own yin and yang. Whether you perceive the...
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One Step Forward...

January 30, 2016 - Whenever I embark on a new personal adventure, I can't help but notice that things get worse before they get better. Tha...
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Light

January 16, 2016 - Light. Any Questions? The greatest factor in making a good photograph, other than the photographer, is light. Seeing th...
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Seeing the Light

January 09, 2016 - If it weren't for a man named Lester William Polsfuss (better known as Les Paul) and his dedication to making electric g...
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Four Things to Help Make You a Better Photographer

November 28, 2015 - Before you buy any new gear, invest in yourself and in what you already have: 1. Calibrate your monitor If you routi...
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Storage Solution

November 21, 2015 - I have been working with a long established photographer in New York who has has a large unscanned film collection spann...
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Lightroom for Photographers

November 08, 2015 - Twice a year, Mike Dolley and I team up to present our Adobe Photoshop Lightroom class to photographers who are eager to...
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Portait Lenses

September 19, 2015 - I have heard that the 105mm is the best portrait lens. I have heard that you cannot use a 50mm lens to make a good portr...
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A Case for Primes

September 06, 2015 - Photographers are by and large visual beings. When we see a large telephoto zoom lens, we tend to make the assumption th...
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Your Camera is Good Enough

August 23, 2015 - It isn't the arrow...it is the shooter. All photographs were made with smart phones (nexus 5 and iPhone 6+) Than...
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Test Report: Travel Photography Equipment

August 08, 2015 - Prior to our holiday in the Austrian mountains, I purchased a backpack to use while hiking. Before the trip, I tried it...
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Clearing My Head

July 26, 2015 - Just before we went on holiday, there were a few thoughts swirling in my head - not an uncommon occurrence. The origins...
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One model, many looks

June 13, 2015 - Many photographers are of the lone wolf type, preferring to work on their own in a non-collaborative work flow. They pro...
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One Photograph

June 06, 2015 - For any given event, I would rather have just one great photograph to print, frame, and hang than a large collection of...
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New Again

May 25, 2015 - Ages ago, before back in the day, a wedding photographer told me that it didn't matter who shot a wedding because the cr...
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Inspiration

May 16, 2015 - You never know when or from where inspiration will appear. You have to just be ready for it and let it come to you. I re...
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Kelly & Heather

May 09, 2015 - The first wedding of the year is like Opening Day of baseball season for me - it is both exciting and untried and you ho...
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Teach Your Children Well

April 25, 2015 - Thanks to Laura Paton and the Girl Scouts of Troop 852, I spent a wonderful evening teaching portraiture to a group of t...
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Spring Break

April 18, 2015 - Your gear, for now, is good enough. You don’t need a better camera. You need to go make photographs. After a long but...
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Myths & Realities

April 11, 2015 - The next camera or lens you buy will make you a better photographer It is the job of a camera salesperson to sell you n...
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Light, Gesture & Color

April 04, 2015 - When Jay Maisel 's book Light Gesture & Color was published, I eagerly awaited my copy. I was not disappointed. It is a...
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Fair Trade

March 28, 2015 - Many talented photographers, models, and hair- and makeup artists provide their services by using work for trade. The ol...
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The Right Tool

March 21, 2015 - A few weeks ago The Photographers' Connection hosted a Gear is Good program for local photographers were I presented a f...
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Shoot What You Can't Help But Shoot

March 14, 2015 - You enjoy photography and all of your social media friends tell you that your photographs are great. After a while, you...
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15 More Minutes

March 07, 2015 - I n the last two years I have had the distinct pleasure to get to know Mike Dooley and to conduct numerous photography p...
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The Eye Sees Reality

February 22, 2015 - The Eye Sees Reality. The Lens Sees Beyond Reality to Capture the Truth. Because I am a photojournalist at heart, fid...
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Craft & Art

February 15, 2015 - Without craft there is no art. Want to be a better photographer? You will need to put in the time and effort necessary...
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Be a Better Photographer

February 07, 2015 - This week finally brought a headline with good news about Kodak: Kodak struck a deal with movie studios that ensures the...
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Evolution

February 01, 2015 - This week's post began as an accumulation of a few random thoughts and really hasn't progressed much further; with a lin...
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Simplicity & Control

January 17, 2015 - As fabulous as photography is in the digital age, there are two elements I find lacking: simplicity and control. While y...
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More Stories

January 11, 2015 - Yesterday was the grand opening reception of Glimpse, a photographic exhibit I shared with Ashley Richer at the Bill Kru...
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Every Picture Tells a Story

January 03, 2015 - I was standing at the intersection of Opportunity and Preparedness w hen Ashley Richer invited me to participate in Glim...
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Holiday Break

November 29, 2014 - With Thanksgiving barely behind us and Christmas about to be upon us like the Acelea roaring through a station where it...
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Unstuck in Time

November 22, 2014 - Billy Pilgrim is a fictional character and the protagonist in Kurt Vonnegut's 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five. For those...
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Wait for it...

November 15, 2014 - I am, by and large, not a patient person. While I like to think of myself as thoughtful and planned, I am frequently cha...
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Country Mouse in the City: Part 2

November 08, 2014 - The day I spent at the Tribeca Skyline Studios with Joe McNally & Company was fabulous from start to finish. In the intr...
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Country Mouse in the City: Part 1

November 01, 2014 - New York is home. And by New York, I mean The City. I worked in midtown in the 70s and it was a significant part of my i...
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The Road Not Traveled

October 18, 2014 - True story... I waited a long time to begin my career as a photographer. The opportunity finally arrived when the very...
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Be a Better Photographer: Lightroom 5

September 20, 2014 - Like many photographers, I have used an assortment of photo editing applications: Picasa, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop,...
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Be a Better Photographer: Portaiture

September 13, 2014 - It hit me as I was composing a tweet about the success of our portraiture class: my purpose is not to make better photog...
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Disaster Recovery

September 06, 2014 - What would you call the sudden loss of all of your photographs stored as digital image files? How about digital Armaged...
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5 Things

August 30, 2014 - True confession: I used to over think and over pack photography gear every time I left the house. I worried needlessly a...
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On Holiday

August 16, 2014 - This summer, I had the opportunity to take a family holiday with one faction of our family. We did what families have to...
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words and music

August 02, 2014 - Photography enlarges my world in unexpected ways. It started, of course with making photographs that pleased me, but tha...
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Vacation Starts Now...

July 20, 2014 - See ya on Sunday, August 3, 2014 Bob
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For the Love of the Photograph

July 05, 2014 - Photographers are driven by their passion to make a great photograph. Once that is achieved, they want to go back, Jack,...
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Little League

June 28, 2014 - There are few activities as timeless as Little League. When my daughter told me that my grandson's last game of the seas...
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Looking Ahead

June 14, 2014 - A look ahead to learning opportunities that will improve your photography. Register with a friend and split a discount....
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Luck at the Intersection of Opportunity and Preparedness

June 07, 2014 - Consider, for a moment, the phrase Photography Contest. It sounds made-up to me. How could photography ever be a contest...
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Unsatisfied

May 17, 2014 - Unsatisfied is one word that could be used to describe how I feel about my photography. That doesn't mean that I don't l...
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Rewind: back to the beginning

May 10, 2014 - Sometimes, you need to look back to where you came from to figure out where you are. In my case, it was the experie...
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A Hard Obscure Language

March 29, 2014 - The other night, I went to a meeting of photographers hosted by a local art association. Before the meeting began, I loo...
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Boston at Night

March 22, 2014 - How cold do you think it is along the Charles River in Boston in the early days of March? After all, according to the ca...
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After the Shutter Clicks - Post Processing, Storage and Peace of Mind

March 01, 2014 - After I finished writing last week's post, I thought about how the digital darkroom has replaced the wet lab that once t...
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The Few

February 22, 2014 - "...the other night we were at a family gathering and I was talking with a fellow photographer, a commercial pro from De...
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The Center Cannot Hold

February 01, 2014 - Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hol...
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Photographers' Boot Camp

January 18, 2014 - Last year, Jan Armor and I created a workshop series called the Photographers' Boot Camp. It was developed over many mor...
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Then and Now

January 11, 2014 - When I graduated from high school, my parents gave me a 35mm camera. Every time I loaded a new roll of film into the bac...
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Soul of the Image

January 04, 2014 - Recently, I came across a video made by a group of young photographers who (like me) share a common and strong personal...
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Looking Back on 2013

December 28, 2013 - 2013 marks the third year of Sunday Street's publication, as we continue to share photographic inspiration with a dedica...
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Images of Christmas

December 21, 2013 - Everyone has favorite images of Christmas. These are mine. These photographs, taken by Fedor Lachnit, inspire...
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Mud, Sweat & Gears: a Close Look at Cyclocross in New England

December 14, 2013 - Portrait photography is as personal as it gets... a fter all, it is about people. Last weekend, I went to the NBX...
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Home Game

December 07, 2013 - A decade ago, I was trying use 35 mm film to preserve a period of time that was passing all too quickly. In Home...
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Fidelis

November 09, 2013 - Honest Photography - a rant I don't know about you, but I have seen enough jacked up, over the top HDR, and grung...
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The Journey to Better Images

October 12, 2013 - Recently, I had the opportunity to do some one-on-one teaching with Dana Kopec, a former colleague of mine. Dana told me...
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Better Images

October 06, 2013 - It only looks complicated... After showing motivated photographers in the Phot ographer's Boot Camp a n d in priv...
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Endless Summer

September 28, 2013 - After seeing the amazing cloud formations along the coast of Denmark, I was very happy to see equally beautiful skies wh...
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fall

September 14, 2013 - Technically, it is not fall...yet. It is still summer, but the geese are migrating, the nights are cool and there is no...
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Carrying Clogs to Denmark

September 07, 2013 - I learned three axioms while in Denmark: No one wears clogs Americans only visit Copenhagen Everyone rides a bicycle...
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Denmark Postcards

August 31, 2013 - We have been off the grid for a couple of weeks while we were exploring a particular charming island in Denmark. As a re...
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Pre-vacation

August 24, 2013 - For the last week, we have been on pre-vacation, preparing for our annual Sunday Street vacation shutdown. We have now...
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Wedding 2.0; a prequel

August 17, 2013 - Mamiya RZ67, Kodak TMAX 100 Before I photographed Amber & Scott's wedding, I shared my interest in using medium forma...
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So, you want to photograph a wedding?

August 11, 2013 - Be careful what you wish for (and then go for it). I had made arrangements with my friend Eric Wertheimer to co-shoot a...
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One for the Road

July 20, 2013 - Over the course of last week, I was given the opportunity to photograph two weddings, once as the primary photographer a...
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Independence Day

July 06, 2013 - Portrait of the author and his daughter created by Janice Sullivan during Boot Camp II Boot Camp II wrapped up last w...
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Along the Seawall

June 15, 2013 - Dylan & Tyler - Along the Seawall A few weeks ago, I had an idea for a project. The more I thought about it, the more...
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Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

May 25, 2013 - It is the season for weddings...and good wishes! Unpluged Wedding For over a decade, weddings have been profession...
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The Third Meaning

May 11, 2013 - A Long Time Ago, 1973 (Kodak Tri-X images photo credit: Linda Kidd) Back in the day, photographers who could not afford...
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Women in Photography

May 04, 2013 - Zwei Mädchen in Osttirol "The most popular subject for a magazine cover is a beautiful woman, the second most popula...
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sha-ZAM: digital workflow

March 23, 2013 - I have just gone crazy-clever with digital images using an ASUS Transformer tablet and snapseed. Snapseed on an A...
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Franke & Heidecke: the men behind the lens

March 16, 2013 - Paul Franke and Reinhold Heidecke, founders of the Rollei camera company, came from very different family backgrounds. P...
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Technology Paradox

March 02, 2013 - Once upon a time, photographs were taken with film cameras. The film was sent out and developed in the lab and then prin...
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Help the Children Learn

February 23, 2013 - Fill the Frame One of my favorite scenes in Good Will Hunting comes fairly early in the movie, in which Will (Matt Da...
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Sunrise ~ Sunset

February 02, 2013 - On Saturday, February 16, 2013, I will be displaying two images at the Sunrise-Sunset Show at the Bill Krull Gallery in...
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Showdown at the Farm

January 19, 2013 - As a child, I loved walking in the snow right after a storm passed, before others had made their tracks or plows and sho...
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Introducing Zenfolio

January 05, 2013 - I thought that I should share a little information, a peak behind the curtains if you will, about bob kidd photography....
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2012 Backwards & Forwards

December 29, 2012 - Sunday Street broke some new ground in 2012, its second year of publication, while continuing to cover already familiar...
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Photography in the Digital Age - Image Capture & Storage

December 08, 2012 - Ashton Mill (Nikon F5, Fujifilm Pro 400H film) - click on photo to view in gallery This week, Sunday Street embarks o...
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Happy Trails...

December 02, 2012 - L ast month, my editor made a simple request, "Could you take a sunrise photograph of the red barns." Of course, simple...
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Her Name was Sandy

November 04, 2012 - This should have been our first clue... In the week before the hurricane actually hit, it had already been dubbed a "...
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Film and Digital

October 28, 2012 - Like dog people and cat people (or hockey players and figure skaters), photographers appear to be divided between lovers...
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Size Matters...

October 20, 2012 - "The most popular subject for a magazine cover is a beautiful woman, the second most popular a kid, and the third a do...
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The Gestalt of it All

June 10, 2012 - Point Judith Winter Sunset (Nikon F6, Kodak Ektachrome 100VS A fter I finished r eading Mountain Light, I was intereste...
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See America First

May 20, 2012 - “Walking Tours: Glacier National Park, cover.,” Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, http...
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