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 sprint in the Action series.... Racing challenge (6 comments in total)

Nice shot. Doesn't look like a sprint, though. Looks more like individual pursuit.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:34 UTC as 2nd comment
On Gale Force in the Coast Guard Vessels challenge (4 comments in total)
In reply to:

FMPhoto: Nice shot, I was looking for one just like this in my archives but went with the Mackinaw Cutter instead! It is cool watching them practice. Where is this?


This is the cutter based in Saint Joseph, Michigan. They were practicing off shore. At first I thought it was a fishing boat and I thought they were crazy. Then I saw it was a cutter and I knew they were crazy -- for a living. After taking this shot, I went out bought a Sigma 150-500 so next time I can catch the looks on their faces.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:18 UTC
On Winter 3 challenge (4 comments in total)
In reply to:

Nick_Brisbane: How do you enter for this if you live in the Southern Hemisphere?

I'd go for a beach babe in a bikini.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:24 UTC
On Ride to Live challenge (1 comment in total)

I spent a year on my motorcycle.

I shot over 5,000 images. All were stolen.

My favorite, I had a ranger take of me crossing Donner Pass. The snow on each side of the road was over 30 feet deep. It was starting to snow heavily when he told me to get off the mountain. I asked him to snap the photo before I left.

It might not have been the best photo. But it was the best day of my life. I'd gone from Death Valley to San Franciso that day -- actually a bit more than a day. But life was so rich that day I had a hard time turning it off.

It's snowing today, maybe I'll try to recreate it.


Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:54 UTC as 1st comment
On A strong-eye dog holds a flock in the Dogs at Work challenge (1 comment in total)

My, oh my, this should have won. If I could have voted for mine, this would have gotten a star higher.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2012 at 01:06 UTC as 1st comment
On - I'm Blue- challenge (3 comments in total)

Your title is written like a pro. Very good edit.

I'm proud.


Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 00:29 UTC as 2nd comment
On Cheap, but effective: Your Consumer Kit Lens challenge (19 comments in total)

Very poorly written challenge rules.

The writer is requesting entrants know the very cheapest lens offered in kits — then he should do the research beforehand and list the lenses, rather than require entrants to do so. Certainly he does that afterward.

If he listed the qualifiers, then I could do a key-word search.

So the cheapest kit lens that comes on the Nikon D90, the 18-105 at $359, doesn't qualify?

Poorly written rules are very rude to the individuals who take time to enter.

Very rude. Very poor communications.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:34 UTC as 4th comment
On Dogs at Work challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice topic.

Probably need to show what the dog is working at. Like, I have some wonderful photos of hunting dog trials -- the owners love them -- but without a bird or a hunter they don't look much different than Fido chasing a stick.


Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 22:39 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Macro photography: Understanding magnification article (116 comments in total)

I've read similar articles before and came away understanding a portion of what was written.

This article is written so clearly and succinctly that I understand the subject a lot more clearly.

Very well conceived and written.

Thank You

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2011 at 17:41 UTC as 21st comment
On First Impressions: Using the Nikon V1 article (131 comments in total)

I'm most interested in this camera for its video capabilities. I'm continually frustrated by reviews that overlook or simply give lip service to those issues.

So far, I'm not impressed with the DPreview approach.

On a consumer video camera in this price range, I think fast focus is important, and throw in small, interchangeable lenses for under a grand and that's a nice thing. Oh, and it can capture some nice photos, too? Cool.

1" chip is fine for video, and the crop factor works very well compared to an 3/4. A 200mm zoom lens has more reach in video mode than it does on a 3/4.

I think this is Nikon's first serious venture into video. I want to know more about it. V=Video?


Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:25 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database article (220 comments in total)

Is there such a word as super-dupercilious? After reading all the Jeff Albertson wanna-be posts I think we need that one.

Looks like a neat little pocket camera. It could be a consumer video camera masquerading as a Nikon still camera. I'm not going to rely on the videographer too much; I'd prefer to see what it can do on its own. Right now it looks like a 1" single-CMOS sensor video camera with interchangeable lenses. And, small, too. Good for bug pornos I imagine.

Hey, if you're an artist, then it's a tool. If you're whining, then you probably are a tool. And if you're whining about the price, well then you're a tool in a poor man's kit, aren't you?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2011 at 23:01 UTC as 14th comment

I like reading this. It is good to get a distinct point of view for shooting dogs.

It's not the approach I take necessarily, because I have clown dogs -- Dachshunds -- and when they are playing they go all Norma Desmond the moment the camera comes out.

Each breed has its own idiosyncrasy. And, of course, every dog has its day.


Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2011 at 02:23 UTC as 15th comment
In reply to:

obeythebeagle: This should be a no snark zone, even when the content concerns canine candids. My dog takes me to dog park daily, and I credit the Sony A33 for making me the Ace Ventura of dog photography. Specifically the seven shots per second setting. Add the 500mm autofocus mirror lens and blast away. Out of seventy shots in ten seconds, one usually approaches William Wegman status. Do not approach dog photography like Ansel Adams--waiting for the one perfect shot. Max out your frames per second, and erase the rest.

You've seen all his popular beagle calenders and posters on the wall of every 7th grade girl's wall haven't you?

And the coffee table book that's been on the best seller list three years running?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2011 at 02:11 UTC
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petepictures: What I was expecting from Nikon was at least A full frame if not larger, mirorless system with a range of fast F 1,4 lenses. with a 30MP sensor maybe and combining those pixels by 2 and 3 to create a 10 MP image with great low light capabilities.
I was expecting of the shutter to be able to sync with flash up to 1/4000 for great daylight flash portraits.
Pity I was disappointed.
Lately I am enjoying film photography anyway.

No, with 3D, plus direct-to-video game recording, plus "Pulitzer Prize" mode for instant winning. And "I don't need talent with this camera" mode.

And for expert "Comic Book Guys" Diane Arbus, Annie Liebovitz, and Ansel Adams modes. Heck, Apple iMovie has Ken Burns mode, shouldn't every "Comic Book Guy" have these modes, too?

Oh yeah a money back guarantee for a "National Geographic" cover in your first 12 months of ownership!

Oh, and one more thing, free pixel upgrades any time another camera comes out and beats my camera's pixel count.

Sorry, missed the one essential extra: that vacuum pump that is guaranteed to make your ego 2 inches larger or your money back.

Make your ideas big and your budgets small.


Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2011 at 00:12 UTC
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MaxiMax: Just one of those impressive "completely new concept", and a strange large "1" and "V1" printed on the front of the camera - to impress the people with little technical knowledge: "Wow, if it is a V1, it must be really good, after all, a V6 car engine is very good...". Unfortunately, I just see a sales gimmick here. Nikon seems to be a bit desperate, so it is launching a new niche camera with a price tag that is probably much higher than what it is worth. Let's now wait for the real reviews.

The image quality on color images I've seen at ISO 6400 beats anything I ever saw on ISO 400 color or B&W 35mm film and somehow that whole format got published and popular.

Want a medium format camera? Wait a couple of years and they'll get cheap.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 23:58 UTC

The worst aspect of photography is the high percentage of camera enthusiasts who emulate "Comic Book Guy" on "The Simpsons". Never more has this been true as with this camera launch.

Idiots say, "It doesn't do what I expected it to do!" Creative people ask, "Wow, what can I do with this?" Interesting, polling shows enthusiast and pro sites like this camera two times more than the "Comic Book Guy" sites.

I was thumped by "Comic Book Guys" when I posted, "It's not just camera's that will get smaller with pixel-density increases, but lenses get smaller, too." The f 1.8 $200 50mm just became a 135 mm tele. How light are you packing that with larger format cameras?

My Sigma 150-500mm just became a 1,350mm equivalent lens on a 1" sensor $900 video camera. My 85mm f 1.4 just became a great 220mm tele. How much weight you packing with your Sony NEX to get that kind of video? Shoot HS football scholarship video?

There is a world outside of Mom's basement. Try shooting it.


Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 23:50 UTC as 116th comment | 2 replies
On Red Tail Hawk in the Birds Of Prey Part Two : Raptors At Rest [ *NO Owls ] challenge (4 comments in total)

Those .5 and 1. votes were from nasty people.

Yours is a lot better image than my Kestrel. I just want you to know how much I liked what you did.

Did you use fill flash for this image? And did the hawk take your head off for it?

I just love this shot. I'm in awe.


Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2011 at 00:05 UTC as 4th comment

I count three times so far just looking at your gallery. Got anything else special?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2011 at 02:01 UTC as 7th comment
On It's all over. in the Lithium challenge (7 comments in total)

> 2RickBuddy:
> Get real. Do not slip into over-moralistic levels. Anyway, your opinion is your opinion, thanks. And your judgement driven by prejudice and anger does not insult me, really. I wish you a good luck.

It is not over-moral to point out that an insensitive hack reveals a stereotypical stigma of the disease.

Nor is it over-moral to point out that these stigmas make life immensely more difficult for those who suffer from bi-polar condition, and serve as a barrier to treatment.

I lost a job because the stigma over my bi-polar condition. Your portrayal of the condition reflects a few of the nasty prejudices that people hold against manic-depressives. I know the consequences of your ignorance. No. No. No. I am not over-moralizing.

I'm just pointing out a prejudiced, ignorant lout who doesn't care what people who suffer feel.

I have a great job now in the creative arts, make really good money, have a great counselor, have a wonderful support network.

Try sometime to see the beauty and majesty of the impact of those who not only suffer — but also harness the power of the bi-polar condition: John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Florence Nightingale, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alexander the Great, (Here's a link: http://www.mdf.contactbox.co.uk/info_packs/org/genius.htm).

Will you ever match that greatness?

And what do you do? You put them at the end of a rope and call it art.

Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2010 at 17:39 UTC as 3rd comment
On It's all over. in the Lithium challenge (7 comments in total)

I find this image morbid, disgusting, stereotypical and staged for shock value.

Suicide is the fatal result of a medical condition.

One would not create a shot and win with with of a person who had died of cancer, alzhiemers, or heart disease.

Suicide is a failure of treatment, failure of support -- and the success of vicious, ignorant people -- people like the photographer who shot it.

I suffer from BP-II. I find this shot insulting. I have cancer, too. I would find a shot of me passed away from that disease as insulting.

This shot is more insulting and offensive than any spread-eagle porno shot that could ever be posted here.

The person who shot this is a mean, ignorant and vicious person.

This shot should be pulled and the photographer banned. This is not art. It is an insult to the ill. It is a reason people do not seek treatment.
Enjoying life one moment at a time.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2010 at 02:09 UTC as 6th comment
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