RickBuddy

RickBuddy

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
don't.

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

RickBuddy's recent activity

  • 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...

  • 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)...

  • Commented on Hunting season challenge

    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...

  • Submitted a challenge entry Hoarfrost Maple Leaves
    A collection of frosted leaves against a black background.
    Placed 5th in the challenge. A collection of frosted leaves against a black background.
  • Submitted a challenge entry Stripes
    This took legwork more than anything else, so I could get the geometry of the barn and silo where I wanted it. As for exposure, old barns are pretty much their own grey card. Weathered wood has such little contrast the post-processing was tricky though. I used Aperture, SilverFX Pro and ColorFX Pro to get the exposure levels and contrast where I wanted it.
    Placed 28th in the challenge. This took legwork more than anything else, so I could get the geometry of the barn and silo where I wanted it. As for exposure, old barns are pretty much their own grey card. Weathered wood has such little contrast the post-processing was tricky though. I used Aperture, SilverFX Pro and ColorFX Pro to get the exposure levels and contrast where I wanted it.
  • Commented on Hunting season challenge

    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...

  • Submitted a challenge entry M-22
    2013 Netscum Color Tour
    Placed 1st in the challenge. 2013 Netscum Color Tour
  • 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...

  • Commented on Butter flies challenge

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

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