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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Parking Operations has confirmed that parking will be free and no citations will be issued after 6:00 p.m Friday in the following places: 
• Fine Arts circle *
• Visitor and Handicapped spots north of the Art Museum **
• "A" spots on the south side of the IU Auditorium
• and the Jordan Avenue Parking Garage.

* The Fine Arts circle is directly east of the Fine Arts building. Turn west on 7th Street from Jordan Avenue, and turn right, uphill, at the stop sign and follow the construction fences a bit till you see the circle on your left.

** The Art Museum is next to the Fine Arts building on the west side.

Monday, July 7, 2014


Friends, this year I have three juried images in the exhibit at the IU School of Fine Arts. 
Join me in the Grunwald Gallery for the opening reception of the exhibit, Friday, July 18, from 6:00  8:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

This year my titles are: Stillwater Marsh, Sarah & Jasper and Niagara.
Stillwater Marsh was chosen as one of the judges favorites.

PARKING IS FREE DURING THE RECEPTION. More details on parking will be provided next week.
Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
1201 E. Seventh St., Room 123
Bloomington, IN 47405-7509 812 855-8490
Gallery HoursTuesday to Saturday
12 noon – 4pm

Closed Sundays and Mondays

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Awesomeness and a Beercan (lens)

Shootin' the Rapids with a Beercan
Recently we made our first ever visit to Niagara Falls, a truly awesome site. But equally amazing were the rapids of the Niagara River leading right into the Falls. I wanted to capture this incredible sight with an image that deserved to be something more than a touristy looking point-n-shoot photo. That's where my trusty Beercan came in. :-)

What's a Beercan? That is the affectionate name of a classic Minolta zoom lens. (it's appearance is similar to a tall beercan) This lens is quite old now. A legacy lens to be sure, that harkens to the old 35mm film camera days. But it still produces stellar images. The sharpness, the color and the continuous f4 aperture across the zoom is what made this lens a legend. And it still works with Minolta and Sony-Alpha digital bodies!

But another feature of this lens that enabled me to produce this image is that you can stop down the aperture to an impressive f32! This super small aperture, together with a polarizing lens filter is how I was able to capture the unique look of the rapids themselves.
Too see other Niagara Falls images, type NIAGARA in the "search my photos" box.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sarah's Zinnia
Never put images of a butterfly or flowers in your Portfolio. More on that later . . . . 

So why am I featuring them on my blog? They're gorgeous! But wait, there's another reason also. These beautiful Zinnia's are from the gardens of Sarah McGee. Sarah has raised an awesome floral garden in Lawrence County Indiana and shares them at the Farmers Market in Bloomington Indiana each Saturday. Yes, you can buy fresh cut bouquets of flowers from Sarah on most Saturdays, as well as fresh produce.

But why no flowers or butterflies in your portfolio? Because both are naturally beautiful no matter who the photographer is. So it doesn't really showcase your talent.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Swirly the Kitten

Professional advisors say, "Do not put cats and dogs in your portfolio". Well this isn't my portfolio. :-)
Kittens and puppies are so adorable it's hard to resist, but they do make good subjects for stock images. A feral cat brought this little kitten to our back door, so it made a good photo opportunity for my stock photography file. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Ferguson Farm, Lawrence County Indiana

Ferguson Farm
[ click to enlarge ]

Barns will always be a favorite subject for artists. I often photograph them for an artist friend of mine. I was drawn to this particular barn by the prospect of colorful blooming fields of chicory in the foreground. Unfortunately the cows found the chicory tasty and ate it this year, but a picturesque sunset saved the day.

There's also a little history connected to this farm. According to one website, "The farm, located west of Springville in Lawrence County Indiana, is one of the oldest farms in the state. Since it was homesteaded in 1816, it has continuously been owned by the Ferguson family."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Super-moon Sunday
Almost Super-Moon Monday
Photographing a full moon is a very tricky proposition.
To get the detail in the top image, you risk turning your landscape black.
Or in the second image, over-exposing the moon.
Choosing a landscape closer to the actual horizon and moon-rise time might have given me a better chance at capturing a better combination of the two.
Practice, practice, practice.