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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

In New Orleans, during happier times, I was walking around the French Quarter and noticed a group of street performers. This particular man was deep in concentration; eyes closed, he was obviously "feelin' jazzy." I felt that the audience related to him and realized that he loved what he was doing. I knelt down on my knee to shoot up and slowed the shutter to...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Road trips and photography are synonymous for fun. As photographers we learn quickly that the earth is overflowing with photographic gold waiting to be mined. Whether the prospects are manmade or God-made, we are the Lewis and Clarks of photography, exploring the unexplored and discovering the undiscovered.

Consider the miniature stone monument resting calmly amid the...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was "From Above," images made from a vantage point looking down onto a scene. Many times our best pictures come from making the effort to scale heights that allow us to consider the subject from a different point of view, one not ordinarily seen. Readers climbed stairs, looked over the railing of bridges or out windows...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Water's Edge. Interesting photographs often result from considering the edge, whether that be the edge of an idea, a territory, light and dark, or, our assignment, where land meets water. The potential for reflection, contrast, mirroring, and interplay of weather systems all come into play. Readers sent in pictures from...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

On vacation in Abaco, Bahamas, we were painting buoys we found to hang on the trees of my sister's vacation home. After just a few minutes I noticed my niece's hands and it became obvious the shot I needed to take. I had her hold her hands out so I could shoot a few frames at various apertures. The result, I felt, captured exactly what I intended. The photograph...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

We're seeing red. We received so many great entries for this month's Picture This! assignment that we have red images everywhere--on our desks and picture wall. Clearly red holds a great deal of attraction for photographers, and we received lots of images of nature, painted buildings and signs, uniforms, fire engines, cars, birds, and more. Honing down to our...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

My wife and I visited Prague, in the Czech Republic, in November 2006. It is a simply beautiful city, full of color, with sculptures around and at the top of a very large number of buildings. It is a great city to walk around and just look at the beauty--and the people. We went for walks every day for six days and nights, sometimes riding the tram to get farther out, and I...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

I had found an old wooden bridge I was interested in photographing in Queidersbach, Germany, this past fall. While trying to get just the right shot, I realized that if I could position myself against a tree that was overhanging the stream below I could get it. The only obstacle in my way was a small branch hanging down right in my line of sight. I broke the branch off and tossed...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Black and white has always been a very expressive photographic medium. When digital came along it was all RGB, all the time. But black and white was always there, although in some cases it took some skill in image editing to get it right. Increasingly, digital cameras feature a Monochrome mode, many including "filter" effects that emulate the tonal interpretation as if...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

This picture was taken near Tioga Pass, Yosemite, in early October. I was on a photo op trip with some buddies to capture the beautiful California fall foliage in the High Sierras. Peak colors were a couple of weeks behind schedule last year in much of the Sierras. Most of our trip was spent at lower elevations where the deciduous aspen thrive. We woke up each morning...

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