Cormorants at Niagara Falls

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Cormorants at Niagara Falls

Sometimes the challenge in creating impactful travel photography is to isolate the photo from the environment. Originally I was taken by many cormorants occupying bare trees along the Niagara River. Try as I might, I could not compose a decent photo as the background and the subject matter were much too busy. Finally, I decided …

Kingston, on the Hudson

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Kingston, on the Hudson

Sometimes life throws you fog. When that happens it’s best to get out your camera. For this image, I used the old, trustworthy Nikon N90, Kodak Portra 400 Film, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens. The camera did a great job of metering a fairly tough image despite the fact that it is more than 30 years …

Foggy Landscape at Harriton House

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Foggy Landscape at Harriton House

The Nikon Z7ii is an astounding camera, and is probably the most capable camera body that I have ever used. It produces a 48MP image with image stabilization and very good low light capability. For this shot, I got up early on a foggy morning and ran out to a 18th century mansion, Harriton House, …

Boost Drama with Rim Lighting

Boost Drama with Rim Lighting

Rim Lighting creates drama in a photo – more so than with most lighting techniques – and in the right situation it can be just the creativity you need. This shot turned a photo a session from typical and blah into something that really pops. To do rim lighting you really need off-camera lighting.  Your …

Exotic Portraiture: Split Light, Clarity and Vibrance

Exotic Portraiture: Split Light, Clarity and Vibrance

Sitar John Protopapas is primarily a World Music instructor at York College in York, PA. A study in diversity, John has a Greek background but grew up in South Africa and studied music in India.  He lives in the USA where he teaches World Music,  sitar, tabla and of course, Yoga, because, why not? The …

Vive le Etrange: Wide Angle Portaiture

Vive le Etrange: Wide Angle Portaiture

When you have an interesting, unique or just plain weird fashion to shoot, nothing brings out the odd like a wide angle lens.  Indeed, Tim Burton uses wide angle shots to great affect in all his movies. This shot was taken at 11mm on the underrated Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ATX Pro lens for crop format …

Salad Days: Storytelling With Fuji XT2 Color Rendition

Salad Days:  Storytelling With Fuji XT2 Color Rendition

Doing a photoshoot in a supermarket was never high on my list, but there I was on vacation, three thousand miles from home, with only a travel camera and a kit lens. Luckily the camera was a Fuji XT2, and lens was Fuji’s XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4, the most capable kit lens I’ve ever used.   …

The Three Tenors

The Three Tenors

‘Even a fish would not get in trouble if it kept its’ mouth shut.’ – My Dad (Who once worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency.) At the docks in Garibaldi, Oregon, after the fishing boats come in, I used a Fuji XT2 – the perfect travel system – to capture these stunning, back lit, dinner-to-be’s. …

Just a Hint of Light, Kissing the Shoulder

Just a Hint of Light, Kissing the Shoulder

Does a nude have to be nude?  Can you show someones beauty with showing them?  Every communication today seems overt and over done.  I argue that subtlety still has a place in this world.  

Cubist Photography

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Cubist Photography

There’s no such genre, but now it’s a thing.  Multiple images of one pose, rendered on fabric with four light sources.  Because a guy has to do something with his creative energy.