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Talking Pictures
Staff May 01, 2009 0 comments

On a visit to see my daughter’s family in southern Alabama, I took along my photo gear, as usual. My son-in-law knows I have a particular affinity for places and things that people just walk away from. He knows the scrap dealer who now owns the old Uniontown High School that was abandoned in the late 1990s when the new consolidated county high school was opened.

When...

Picture This
Staff Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Interiors.” We asked readers to submit images that show the unique ways in which we arrange the space between four walls. The response brought all sorts of images, ranging from the grandiose to the humble, from a painter’s studio to the grand churches and temples of the world. What is perhaps most interesting about these shots is the...

Talking Pictures
Staff Apr 01, 2009 0 comments

On a morning walk/shoot through Loch Raven Reservoir in Loch Raven, Maryland, I came upon a gaggle of geese. The morning mist was lifting off of the lake and there were fishermen in the water. Fortunately, the geese didn’t need me to be around them, so I turned to head back to the road for some distance shots and waited for the sun to rise a little more. This is the scene that I was blessed...

Picture This
Staff Mar 01, 2009 2 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Trees,” and readers responded with an amazing variety of those marvelous life forms from all points of the globe. It’s clear that trees remain a fascinating subject for photographers in their form, the way they catch light, and in how they adapt to the often harsh and many times beautiful places in which they exist. The photographs...

Talking Pictures
Staff Mar 01, 2009 0 comments

I awoke at 4:30am with plans to climb a mountain to photograph the sunrise. We were at a bed and breakfast in the Catskill Mountains for a three-day photography course. The fog was dense that summer morning, so the majority of the photographers went back to bed. I borrowed a Nikkor VR 70-200mm f/2.8G and walked down to the edge of the river, where I quietly sat for the sunrise. One deer, then...

Picture This
Staff Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

Photographers have a keen eye, and part of that is noticing moments when people, places, and things converge in extraordinary fashion. Our Picture This! assignment this month asked readers to submit images that caught those “comings together” that held those odd coincidences in a single image. Readers used long lenses to compress space and bring disparate subjects closer, and wide...

Talking Pictures
Staff Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

During December of 2006 we spent two days in London en route to Israel. Although the weather was cold and gray, we spent much of our time outdoors. My 17-year-old daughter brought along an old film Canon Rebel she borrowed from a friend. Being an artist, she spent much of her time trying to capture interesting shots she could later paint. After a few years of urging her to try photography as...

Picture This
Staff Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Just Black and White (No Grays),” and readers have responded with a wide range of high-contrast black and white images, from architecture to portraits to dreamlike scenes that add a heightened sense of mystery to an already abstract form. Many of the images resemble pen and ink drawings, with others playing into the line and form potential...

Talking Pictures
Staff Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

One of my favorite art galleries is the Jellies Gallery in California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. The “art” is constantly moving and endlessly fascinating. On my last visit I stood mesmerized in front of the giant sea nettle exhibit for about 20 minutes, trying to capture the sinuous grace of these incredible creatures with my D-SLR. It wasn’t until I stepped back that I...

Picture This
Staff Dec 01, 2008 1 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Sacred Spaces, places that inspire us to consider the less material and more spiritual side of life. Readers responded with many images of awe-inspiring landscapes with special meaning, places of worship, of pure light and color, and, in some cases, of places that have special meaning for the photographer. All this could go to prove that the divine can...