Lives in United States Benton Harbor, MI, United States
Works as a Creative Director, Product Planner
Joined on Dec 27, 2009
About me:

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

I enjoyed photography as a child. After a prostate cancer dx, 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 want to improve 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. Recently I upgraded to a D810, mostly for professional build, pro control layout, and mirror up function. Needless to say, I'm dumbfounded by the step up. What this camera can do is quite remarkable.

When I enter challenges, I approach them 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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Descriptions of the girl say she was tall and tan and young and lovely.


Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 18:13 UTC as 178th comment | 5 replies
On challenge Runners face (3 comments in total)

It's funny. I shot a sprint omnium over at the velodrome the other day. The athletes were all having fun because I was shooting "pain faces." Too bad this challenge is limited to runners.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 03:08 UTC as 1st comment
In reply to:

RickBuddy: 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.

"The quality of the products is not related to the buying habits of the buyers."

You wrote that, and it is pretty stupid. I tried. Bye.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 13:55 UTC
In reply to:

RickBuddy: 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.


This has nothing to do with my camera. It is not my favorite sports team. I do not root for it. I use it. No, I coming from over 30 years in marketing, the last 15 planning and predicting consumer behavior, and the very last 7 deeply involved with the relationship between online and b&m shopping/purchase behaviors within the consumer electronics and appliance industry.

I'm describing two recognized behaviors.

1.) People shop reviews and forums and dismiss showroom interaction with the product. These people, we say, are shopping reviews. Reviews tend to commoditize products, reducing the profits that pay for innovation.

2.) People use a retail showroom to examine a product. They either "webroom," shopping the web and buying on a showroom; or "showroom," examining the product in person and buying on the web. These people, we say, are buying product.

People buying reviews congregate at review sites, promote group think, and blossom into a toxic algae bloom for brands.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 19:30 UTC
In reply to:

RickBuddy: 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.

Think what you want.

People are no longer buying cameras, they are buying reviews.

They read the reviews, mingle in the fanbois forums, click through to B&H, Adorama, Amazon, etc., pay their money — and five days later they finally get their camera, bought sight unseen. Pretty crappy products when people are no longer inspecting the actual product before they buy.

Look at the "I want it" numbers in the voting. And then the links at the bottom inviting you to "Shop Now" at Amazon. People are buying reviews.

Bricks and mortar stores are dying if not dead.

The D810 votes are more the result of DP Review, Thom Hogan, etc. not publishing their reviews than any true personal experience comparing actual products.

The idea of a "People's Choice" awards for cameras, with links to purchase sight is pretty shameless pandering and profiteering on the part of DP Review.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 22:22 UTC

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.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 16:22 UTC as 37th comment | 10 replies
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.

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.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 01:52 UTC as 126th comment | 3 replies
On Challenge:8784 (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.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:40 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Challenge:8784 (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.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 21:44 UTC as 16th comment
On article Adobe hack affects 38 million users, not 2.9 million (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.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 00:15 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Challenge:8799 (15 comments in total)

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

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

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

Link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 01:52 UTC as 65th 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.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2013 at 00:22 UTC as 16th comment
On Challenge:7424 (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. ;)

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 00:24 UTC as 2nd comment
In reply to:

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.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2012 at 03:17 UTC
In reply to:

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.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2012 at 17:18 UTC
On Challenge:6041 (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!


Posted on Jan 21, 2012 at 21:58 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo 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?


Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 02:59 UTC as 1st comment
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