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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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
In reply to:

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!"

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 22:46 UTC
On Challenge:6105 (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.


Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 02:47 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On photo 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!


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

I liked this one a lot!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:37 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo sprint in the Action series.... Racing challenge (6 comments in total)
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barb_s: a close race here... Many very good entries! Congratulations on a very interesting submission that took the lead!!


Very nice challenge, Barb. Yay!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:35 UTC
On photo 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.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:34 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo 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.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 02:18 UTC
On Challenge:5877 (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.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:24 UTC
On Challenge:5857 (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.


Posted on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:54 UTC as 1st comment
On photo 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.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2012 at 01:06 UTC as 1st comment
On Challenge:5995 (3 comments in total)

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

I'm proud.


Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 00:29 UTC as 2nd comment
On Challenge:5787 (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.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:34 UTC as 4th comment
On Challenge:5872 (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.


Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 22:39 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Macro photography: Understanding magnification (126 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

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2011 at 17:41 UTC as 27th comment
On article First Impressions: Using the Nikon V1 (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?


Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2011 at 04:25 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database (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?

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.


Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2011 at 02:23 UTC as 15th comment
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