Archive for July, 2015

Channeling Artistes

Posted: July 16, 2015 in Art photography, Photography

_JRM8852 Strolling along Dundas West I was struck by the stark colors of this (to me, boring) street scene, but I thought to myself, “haven’t I seen boring stark scenes by renowned photographers in galleries?”  So I took the snap.  Funny, I don’t think I could ever come up with an “artist statement” to justify this.  And on top of that, it made me realize that many of the pics I have seen in galleries and museums really were outstanding and that making the mundane meaningful is hard —  or as I said to myself, “D’oh!” Coincidently I saw this article in PDN, “Is The Art World Biased Against Commercial Photographers?”

PASM Quandary

Posted: July 12, 2015 in Cameras, Photo equipment, Photography


Riding the subway, I was asked by a newbie Nikon user how to adjust the aperture of his lens. I was very impressed that the photographer knew that he had an aperture and I showed him the “A” setting and had to jump off at my subway destination leaving the fledgling with an abbreviated lesson.  I feel compelled to continue the discussion (and needed an excuse to post this cute “chimping pic”). ASPM, MSAP, MASP, PMSA, PSMA (just don’t call it SPAM) is simply a designation for setting your camera to the following:

  • A  Aperture  — you designate the lens opening and the camera will set the shutter
  • S Shutter — you designate the shutter speed and the camera will set the aperture
  • P Program — the camera makes an “educated” guess on the proper setting
  • M Manual — you make all the decisions

So which to use?  I have my cameras set to A 95% of the time. Most often I am concerned with either isolating the subject (lens wide open –  f1.4, f2.0, f2.8) or garnering complete focus from up-close to infinity (lens “stopped” down to f11, f16, f22). Naturally there are a great many other reasons and variables to consider, such as camera movement, optimum f-stop for image quality, etc.  Can’t wait for the next subway question!

Battle Ready

Posted: July 12, 2015 in Cameras, Photography

Lake Michigan

On a jaunt to Toronto and stopped for the night in Anywhere Michigan where we were billeted across from the local VFW. Had to share this preliminary edit. HDR is overdone, but in this case it just seemed like the patriotic thing to do.