Ansel Adams (Me) at Work Atop Mount Tam

Steve took a picture of me today (right) while I was setting up to shoot a panorama. He published it to Facebook. A friend of his said I looked like Ansel Adams. (I’ll take that compliment though completely undeserved.) Another friend of his thought I was setting up to shoot (kill) some poor living creature (called a pano?). No, no,… Continue reading

Great Human Interest Story

On rare occasion I’ve pondered who creates what becomes “art” in a culture.  Who decides what “makes it” and what doesn’t?  Often I think it perhaps has less to do with the merits of the work and more to do with the marketing of that work and who stands to profit or lose money from it, their power, position, and… Continue reading

Photographers’ Rights

From Bert P. Krages II’s web site: As the flyer states, there are not very many legal restrictions on what can be photographed when in public view. Most attempts at restricting photography are done by lower-level security and law enforcement officials acting way beyond their authority. Note that neither the Patriot Act nor the Homeland Security Act have any provisions… Continue reading

Aperture 2.0 and Lightroom 2.0

Apple has some really great ideas in their Aperture software. I really like several of the implementations of the tools–very intuitive and natural. But when Apple’s own software can not run on Apple’s own state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line hardware without constant, serious, and totally annoying issues, it’s no good. I’ve posted before that I’ve abandoned Apple’s Aperture myself. For years now, Apple… Continue reading