Lives in United States Benton Harbor USA, MI, United States
Works as a Writer
Joined on Dec 27, 2009
About me:

I've worked in advertising agencies for over 30 years, as a writer, art director and
creative director.

I enjoyed photography as a child. After a prostate cancer dx this fall, I made a
commitment to enjoy life more. I quit putting off what I enjoy, and I am here to learn
how to improve so I can enjoy photography more.

I have a very good design sense -- at least the awards in the books and on the walls
seem to confirm it. But I am very poor technically as a photographer.

I learned a lot with my companion Argus C-3 and a darkroom as a kid. Light, density
and that kind of stuff. But forgot a lot, too. Digital cameras baffle me. I put mine on
'M' and don't bother much with the tomfoolery. BUT, I love manual white balance.

I have friends who help me learn stuff. I read a lot. And I'm dedicated to working hard
to improve. I supervise shoots (studio and field) and sometimes I model, so I know
how hard photographers work.

I own a Nikon D90 and I'm learning and purchasing equipment.

I approach the challenges as class assignments. I don't have a big portfolio of photos
to rely on. I had a lifetime of photos, along with a few thousand taken from a year's
sabbatical on the road, stolen from me.

That is OK. I am here to learn. I always take constructive criticism well. Except when I

I hope to make a lot of friends here and share information and some good shots.


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On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (256 comments in total)

No D810? Really?

More a reflection of DP review and its silly readers, than the camera itself.

Not surprising. The credibility of this site has been dropping steadily.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 16:22 UTC as 4th comment
In reply to:

RickBuddy: Pretty sad day when a photographer attempts to convert a photo taken by a monkey to his own copyright.

"No! I'm really as good as that monkey!'

Right about there, the guy's lost.

@ locke_fc, No, what is moronic, is an individual who is in business of creating intellectual property and doesn't know what the intellectual property laws are — and then advertises his ignorance all over the internet.

I spent 40 years in the advertising business buying a lot of creative services, including dozens of six-figure shoots. I knew the laws; it was part of my job as a professional. This clown's whining is not professional.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 13:20 UTC

Pretty sad day when a photographer attempts to convert a photo taken by a monkey to his own copyright.

"No! I'm really as good as that monkey!'

Right about there, the guy's lost.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 01:52 UTC as 123rd comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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mcshan: For the select few that believe there really is a shortage and Nikon just can't meet the demand there is great news: you can go to a car dealership and buy a new car for just one dollar over invoice! Again this "deal" applies to a select few true believers.

It makes no sense that a publicly traded company would do this. First it advertises to the shareholders that the company messed up with forecasts and production. Second it advertises to consumers that the product is not available, which in turn suppresses demand.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 14:34 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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JJMacks: Why would one buy one of these when for less you can get a 24MP Nikon DSLR with a real viewfinder and grip the D5300 or D3300

Better build. Size of kit -- not just the body, but the lenses are tiny, too. I keep my D90 (D400/9300 where art thou?) packed away tight while traveling on my motorcycle. With this (I have the V1) I have a body and a couple of lenses that easily fit onto my belt without getting in my way. The removable EVF is attractive because I can remove it and eliminate the body getting hung up when removing it from my belly bag, then when I need it I have it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 21:03 UTC
On Hunting season challenge (30 comments in total)

Hey, Joe,

Where you going without that gun in your hand?

You realize that displacement of habitat and exploitation of natural resources for your pleasure and convenience is a killer? For you to exist, you must displace wildlife from its homes and leave it to die.

The steel in the plows, combines and vehicles that bring your food took a harvest of resources that kills animals. It has also taken petroleum to grow and deliver your food. And that petroleum generates disasters like BP/Gulf of Mexico and Exxon Valdez.

Need we mention the greenhouse gases generated? Even the ones expended to make that computer you are using, and to generate the electricity that speeds your posts?

The hunter understands that every carbon atom in his body was once a part of another life. He honors that life. There is reverence in the hunt.

To truly live your beliefs, go naked into the word and find your jungle. If you cannot survive, at least you will have washed the lies from your soul.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:40 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Hunting season challenge (30 comments in total)

Seems like a lot of entries you are allowing. I think that is hard on voters and on entrants. It's easy for good photos to end up getting overlooked and thereby not fairly scored.

Have you ever considered how much of a burden you create by asking voters to review 250 photos fairly? It seems like this number invites voters to only scan thumbnails, and invites sandbaggers to have a field day.

Just a small suggestion to cut the size of entries down a bit. I have some nice hunting shots, but I'm afraid they'd get lost.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 21:44 UTC as 16th comment
On Adobe hack affects 38 million users, not 2.9 million article (156 comments in total)

I've received both email and snail mail notices. The snail mail version offered me free credit checks through Experian.

Not happy. They are just passing the buck. I thought a digital pioneer like Adobe would treat security more seriously.

I'm hoping Apple can develop a Photoshop killer soon.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 00:15 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Butter flies challenge (15 comments in total)

I think the host means flies on butter. It's kind of like stink on ... well, you get it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2013 at 19:07 UTC as 8th comment

I"m sure she was only talking about wedding photographers.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 01:52 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply

We can put a quarter inch of pancake on her face, brush on some darker shades to highlight her jawbones, decorate her eyes like she's an Egyptian pharaoh, squeeze her into a corset, add a push-up bra, fit her into 8-inch stilettos -- but oh my god, NO! don't touch that photoshop dial.

This is an exercise in the absurd.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 00:22 UTC as 16th comment
On Roses challenge (2 comments in total)

"Please abide by dpr rules re nudity, etc."

Sheesh, now we have to dress up our roses like they were plaster geese in an old lady's garden. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 00:24 UTC as 2nd comment
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calmwaters: I like Stone Roses and Ian Brown as a solo artist. I find that all the criticism in these comments come from people who have never listened to the band. Well maybe you should listen to yourselves, you sound like idiots. It's their venue that they paid to play in and they should have the rights to photographs of themselves. If you don't like those stipulations then don't take pictures of them. If you think boycotting them is going to hurt them in the least you are very misinformed. Their fans don't say, "That's a band whose photos I really like"! They like the band for their music! If you really want to get even with them then become a paparazzo and hang outside of clubs or restaurants they frequent where they don't own the rights to a "venue".

Good for you. But I am an artist, too and deserve to be paid for my work, as for the other photographers they should be as well.

The band appears as a group of jerks. Can't say much about it's fan base.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2012 at 03:17 UTC
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Michael J Davis: It seems to me that there are two principles involved:-

1. The infringement occurs because the photographer *set out* to produce a similar image, i.e. effectively to copy the first. In that the judgement is fair.

2. The judge referred to the similarities quoting Schindler's List as a prior example of spot colour. Now copyright is NOT Patent Law, but in the latter, it is possible to quote 'prior art' as an example to object to a patent. Well, many of us were doing 'spot colour' before Schindler's List; and I would have thought that was a contra-argument against the infringement in this case.

I have to say that I'm in agreement with Jane Lambert in her analysis. And we need to be. Ideas are great and I'm happy to credit those who inspire me for their prior art; but I'm still wanting to follow them until I can produce my own original stuff!

Will there be an appeal, I wonder?

I'd agree with Vlad here.

First and foremost I see an attempt by the mimic to profit from the other individual's commercial interests in the photograph.

There is an an idea that is most assuredly copied, plus evidence of a past conflict between the two parties regarding a previous infringement . In short, the mimic stole a successful concept; I see it, and if you don't, then there is something lacking in your understanding of creative work for profit.

Coming from my background in the advertising profession, the second photo is most certainly a hack of the original — and a very bad hack at that. A bad hack can be very damaging to the original artist.

As for people attempting to replicate other's work in an effort to improve skills? One, I don't think you're improving your skills plagiarising others' work as you are only learning how to steal and limiting your ability to create. Two, should you attempt to seek financial gain, then you are truly a thief and should be punished.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2012 at 17:18 UTC
On Black & White: Silver Efx Pro™ Software Plug-In challenge (3 comments in total)


Looks like people put some good effort into these images. I hope some of you who hadn't used this software before had some fun — and maybe learned something.

I know I learn something every time I log on and see what you did.

It will be tough on the voters. Here's to plenty of 5.0s and none of those nasty .5s.

Have a great day!


Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2012 at 21:58 UTC as 2nd comment
On Winter Solace in the Black & White: Silver Efx Pro™ Software Plug-In challenge (1 comment in total)

I like this.

While this is a B&W series, this particular challenge is all about using the Silver Efx Pro plug in. And this look is definitely a part of that plug in.

Normally, you will see a rule from me that specifies no tints. I didn't use that rule this time because challenge is about exploring some options.

The more people who start going beyond simple color desaturation and begin to understand that B&W can be so much more, then the more fun this series is going to be.

I'm all about fun. Who's with me on this whole fun thing?


Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 02:59 UTC as 1st comment
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R Johns: Pt. 2) I'll list out a few missed opportunities I feel Canon has either intentionally or unintentionally left off of this otherwise great camera.

*No Remote Capture ability with EOS Utility (Rebel has this feature)
*No ability to control Wireless Flash Groups (Rebel has this feature)
*HDR Mode does not record to a RAW file
*AE Bracketing limited to only 3 Frames (Pan "G" and Oly E-"P" go up to 7)
*No Video 3-10x crop mode in 1080P HD (Rebel has this feature)
*No 1080p @ 30fpx, or 720p/480p @ 60fps (Rebel has this feature)
*No Stereo Audio Input for External Microphone (Rebel has this feature)
*No TTL Viewfinder
*No 100% (or close to 100%) Frame Coverage in Viewfinder
*No Viewfinder Info??? Seriously???
*No ability to use a Lens Filter and a Lens Hood together

I'd like to expand on this list:

* No Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus settings (Canon, who are you kidding?)
*No ability to go back in time in case a shot is missed
*No magic powers setting to allow user to fly
*No force shield to protect user from Romulan attack
*No mount to allow attachment of heat seeking missiles
*No option to turn lake effect snow into food to feed the world's starving children

And they charge, what, $800 American for this?

"Worst camera ever!"

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 22:46 UTC
On Ode To Spot : Please read ALL the rules before entering challenge (7 comments in total)

Oh! You fooled me, Patch. Yes you did.

You used the name of the most famous dog in the world to entice me to read a CAT challenge.

I'm soooooooo allergic. I think I'm going into anaphylactic shock now.


Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 02:47 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On sprint in the Action series.... Racing challenge (6 comments in total)
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bikinchris: Nice shot and good win. It is racing, but not sprinting by definition. Also, he shouldn't ride on the blue band like that. he's supposed to be riding on the black measurement line and there should be a series of sponges that are on the blue band.

Hmmm. Didn't know they had trackies in Louisiana.

Yes, the rider can descend below the black line, just can go there to pass. Trying a curve near the blue line is a test of bottom bracket height and crank length, with failure of the test a very messy affair.

Anybody attempting to stay as close as possible near the black line will go under from time to time. Sponges not there may simply be out of the picture.

We didn't have any Velos up the road where I grew up in Kalamazoo, but we did have some late nights back from Northbrook & Dorais. I trained with two fellows from there who are Velo Directors or close to it: Dr. Mike Murray in Portland and Kenny Nowakowski. Good guys. Later moved to Milwaukee and enjoyed Tuesday/Thursday -- Northbrook & Kenosha.

Have a great day!


Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 17:47 UTC
On Horse Race in the Action series.... Racing challenge (2 comments in total)

I liked this one a lot!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:37 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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