Treasure Hunting & Provenance

Let us, for a while, examine all of the treasure legends in the United States and its territories. Now we're not talking about those obscure small discovers in someone's back yard, etc., but rather those treasure legends that still loom large. What do they all have in common? Hold this thought.... Now let's examine all…

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The Praying Mantis

The Praying Mantis, man what a strange looking creature. They're not exactly an attractive subject but they are, however, an interesting subject. These things look like something right out of a science fictional movie, something you'd expect to have a bad encounter with in movies like Alien, Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Skull…

Home Studio Studies – The Learning Process

Home studio studies, this is where you can really learn a lot about shadows and light, and all you need are a few props, a few simple light sources, a dark room and some imagination. This is where you can get creative, take whatever props you can get your hands on from around the house…

Treasure Tales – What Is Real?

Good lord, all one has to do is to jump online and conduct a basic search, the number of treasure tales being too vast to even fathom. But which ones are potentially real VS just fables? Actually, it's not all that difficult to sort these out with reasonable assurance. It's a word I use all…

“Migrations”

Did you know that Monarch butterflies migrate? Yep, it's true, and rather amazing when we observe their flight paths. How they could ever make any real progress is beyond me, one step forward and two steps back, if you will. They go forward, backwards, up, down, left, right, only to often come back so they…

Shooting Woodland “Portraits”

I've been asked to write an article on how I compose and process my woodland portraits, so here it is, how I personally do it. First, I try to find subjects that can be easily isolated from their surroundings. Contrast can help to isolate subjects, as can depth, space, and light. Sometimes subjects can be…

When Highlights Kill

I just finished hosting a Photo Challenge on Viewbug and let me tell you, picking the winners was no easy task, “a lot” of great images. But, I did run across something that's worth putting out here and it has to do with highlights, or in this case, blowouts. What is a blowout, for those…

Not This Year! Ain’t Happening!

Nope, it's not happening this year, I won't stand for it. It seems it happens to me every winter, sneaks up on me before I realize it, so I'm taking steps to insure that it doesn't happen to me again in 2017. In fact, I've been busy taking those steps this evening, game 6 of…

Photography – Finding Your Niche

When I first took up photography I had two mentors, Mike Miller and Mark Smith, in fact Mark now even has his own Youtube channel and I'll post that link at the bottom of this article for anyone wishing to check it out. Mike and I are very close friends and we still routinely go…