A quick note on my posts…

Most of these posts are in a state of creation and/or repair. Just as I’ll tweak images over time, so too, with my blog posts – with one important difference: while I’m not likely to post an image I think ‘deserving’, it’s a different story with most of my posts. Some of them barely deserve … Read more

Great Photography Quotes

Sage words from some of the best. Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 Photograph by Diane Arbus   “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” — Ansel Adams “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson “The world is falling to pieces and all Adams and … Read more

Forget the rule of thirds…

Against rigidity in composition. “To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.” – Edward Weston The rule of thirds suggests that a well-composed photograph has a key point of interest at one intersection of an imaginary tic-tac-toe grid superimposed … Read more

“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Decisive Moment. “He had his little Leica,” [fashion photographer Helmut] Newton remembers, “and he simply would point and shoot.” Since Cartier-Bresson’s hand isn’t as steady as it used to be, some of the pictures were a bit fuzzy. “Sharpness,” he told Newton, “is a bourgeois concept.” Newton sits back and laughs: … Read more

Camera Tricks are magic!

In the YouTube video Camera Tricks are not Magic, magician Penn Jilette aims a broadside at fake magicians who substitute camera trickery for skilled slight-of-hand. That question, what is magic? dovetails with an oft-quoted dictum of science-fiction writer/futurist Arthur C. Clarke. His “Third Law“ regarding the future of scientific development states: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is … Read more