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Jay McCabe Sep 28, 2011 1 comments

In July Jody Dole and his sons Sam and Brandon spent three days immersed in photography's past at John Coffer's Camp Tintype in upstate New York where wetplate photography rules and fans gather to learn techniques, exchange information, show their work and talk about what they've invented, modified or improved. Digital cameras are allowed, and Jody used his to document the experience; that's Brandon in the photo above. "We started as witnesses and became creators," Jody says of the workshop.

John Coffer lives a 19th-century life on a working farm where light comes from oil lamps and heat from fireplaces; there's no running water and the only electricity is generated by a horse on a treadmill.
"People attending the workshop generally camp out," Jody says, "but Sam, Brandon and I stayed at a nearby B&B."

Everything you need to know is at www.johncoffer.com.

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Jay McCabe Sep 01, 2011 1 comments

On the July day nature and outdoor photographer Carol Freeman went to shoot at a favorite location—a retention basin near her home in suburban Chicago—she ended up cutting short her visit as the heat index rose toward triple digits. "After a few minutes shooting, I was done," she says.

With the AC going full blast, she started to pull out of the nearby parking lot when she saw butterflies and dragonflies in the tall grasses of the lot's dividers. "I drove slowly, and when I saw something interesting, stopped, rolled down the window and took a few shots." One of the cool things she saw, and photographed with her 200mm lens, was this damselfly.

Cue the Who: "I'm an air conditioned gypsy; that's my solution."

For more cool images, visit Carol's website, www.carolfreemanphotography.com.

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Jay McCabe Aug 24, 2011 2 comments

About six months ago I was talking with natural history photographer Rod Planck, and he said something extraordinary: "I just took the best photo I've ever taken." Pro shooters never say that. They tell you their best photo is the one they'll make tomorrow.

Of course I had to see the picture, and I had to know why it was his best.

Rod shot the photo of layers of snow and ice formed by snowfall, snow melt, rain and alternate days of freeze and thaw on a January morning at a stream on his property.

Why does he consider it his best? "Because it's all about vision," Rod says, "not about gear or technology. I could have used any camera, any lens. This was discovery, contemplation, seeing creatively and taking time. This photo exemplifies my career—it's what I've strived to do no matter what I photograph."

To see what else Rod photographs, check his website, www.rodplanck.com.

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Jay McCabe Aug 19, 2011 Published: Jul 01, 2011 0 comments

Sam and Brandon are the sons of commercial, advertising, and fine art photographer Jody Dole, so it’s not surprising that photography would be of abiding interest.

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Jay McCabe Aug 03, 2011 Published: Jun 01, 2011 0 comments

Chris Fulcher
Newtown High School
Sandy Hook, Connecticut

At 17, Chris Fulcher’s already been in the photography business for over three years. And we do mean business.

He began taking photos at 14 because of his interest in paintball. “It became too expensive to play,” Chris says, “and I thought [photography] might be a way to still be part of the sport.” He borrowed his father’s camera and started shooting. A year later he had his own camera and his own business when an online magazine hired him to shoot at professional paintball events. “My parents would fly with me to some of the matches, and sometimes I’d travel with a paintball team.”

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Jay McCabe Dec 01, 2010 2 comments

Monée Fly
The Art Institute
Houston, Texas

Second Thoughts
The photos tell you pretty much everything about Monée’s choice of a second career. Photography was a passion—“definitely what I wanted to spend my second career doing,” she says—but food photography in particular…well, that kind...

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Jay McCabe Oct 01, 2010 0 comments

Deanna Washington
Gwinnett Technical College
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Selective Focus
At Gwinnett, from which she graduated last month, Deanna majored in commercial photography, but she’s currently hoping to make photojournalism the focus of her career. “I’ve planned a trip to Uganda in November,” she says. “I...

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Jay McCabe Oct 01, 2010 0 comments

I’ve shamelessly borrowed the title of E.B. White’s classic 1949 essay, and I’ve done it because my first views of Lindsay Silverman’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos of New York made me think of White, wandering the city, constantly re-examining its continuing spectacle in the hope that he could put it on paper.


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Jay McCabe Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

Trevor Hart
Cosby High School
Midlothian, Virginia

The Roots
Photography courses at Cosby High mean film photography, from image capture to developing and printing. If digital files are needed, prints are scanned. Which doesn’t bother Trevor, who is going into his senior year and third year of photo instruction. The look of film...

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Jay McCabe Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

Emily Morgan
Merrimack College
North Andover, Massachusetts

Stage Craft
When we spoke in mid-May, Emily was just finishing her freshman year at Merrimack.

Her work for the college’s Media Center gave her access to the campus production of Rent and the assignment to produce photos for promotion and publicity.