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Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2009 0 comments

On a recent cruise of the French Polynesia in the South Pacific, I caught this chance image of a powerful thunderstorm enveloping the island of Moorea. The shaft of light evoked a feeling of hope, safety, and refuge in a turbulent world. Within a minute of taking this photo, the entire island was caught in a tropical downpour.
—Chuck O’Donnell
Matthews, NC

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Soft Effects,” using various techniques to get an ethereal look that matches and enhances subject matter. While members of the f/64 club might wince at the thought, adding soft effects through filters (lens or computer) is part of a long-standing tradition among a certain romantic tradition of the craft. Readers sent in a wide variety of...

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While sitting under a shade tree in the backyard, I took a quick shot of some oak leaves against the evening sky (shown upper right). When I processed the images I discovered the pleasing effect of the silhouetted leaves and spent the next few days scouring the yard for interesting shapes. I employed my Third Hand tool, which has a rod with an alligator clip on each end, to hang the subjects so I...

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Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

Moored at the abandoned Alameda naval base is the USS Hornet aircraft carrier. I decided to explore this floating museum while my wife attended a nearby antiques fair.

Climbing down the steep ladders, I became fascinated by the chambers and hallways, each compartment separated by a sculptural door. As I wandered the empty halls and rooms on my own, with the smell of oil in the...

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Staff Posted: Oct 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was “Hey, Look at the Sky!” Readers sent in brilliant images from all around the world of sunset and dawn, of threatening storm clouds, and of fascinating configurations of clouds. In most cases the images included the ground as the anchor on which the sky was tied, and the interaction of reflections and color cast added to the amazing...

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Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Monochrome Tone,” images made with black-and-white film or converted into black and white using a variety of routes, from in camera digital conversion to software programs for creating everything from toned to neutral black-and-white images. While we sought monochrome with a bit of color tone, we did not limit submissions to just sepia...

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Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

A couple of years ago, I took my mother on a trip to Tokyo, Japan. I planned this trip as a way to give my family an opportunity to get out of their day-to-day routines and travel across the world to gain a new perspective on things. Our trip was full of fun and exciting excursions, and a few meaningful experiences. One of these experiences took place at the Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

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Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Macro World, and readers responded with a dazzling host of images that revealed a colorful, delightful, and often surprising look at a world most folks do not take the time to observe. Photography is a reminder of the moments we often pass by in the rush of daily events, and nowhere is that more evident than when viewing these looks at a close-up world.

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Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2009 0 comments

Meandering through Miami’s Brickell financial district, I expected to be taking pictures of the architecture rather than nature. However, I was nicely surprised when this small anole appeared. I was struck not only by his eye-catching bright green skin, but also by the way his pink tongue matched the flower. This happy scene reminds me of nature’s resiliency as it seems to affirm...

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Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments

This month’s Picture This! assignment was “Bokeh,” the character of out-of-focus parts of the frame. Bokeh, Japanese for “fuzzy,” has been interpreted photographically (and philosophically) in many ways, but our take is how circles of confusion can be an enhancement when used to highlight and reinforce the main subject. Some claim that lenses with more blades form a...

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