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Due North Leather Camera Straps

July 24, 2021 - I’ve reached the point where I kind of have all of the camera stuff that I really *need*. There’s always another lens or...
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Cuchara Valley Landscapes 2022 Photography Wall Calendar

July 19, 2021 - I'm excited to announce the Cuchara Valley Landscapes 2022 Photography Wall Calendar featuring 12 images of the beautifu...
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Minolta XD: The Camera I Wanted to Love

June 12, 2021 - f/1.4 is apparently really hard to focus Minolta XD11 with 50mm f/1.4, Fujicolor 200 This winter I went on a bit of a f...
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Infrared Photography with Ilford SFX 200 Film

April 24, 2021 - Palo Duro Canyon Yashica-Mat 80mm, 1/8 sec, f/22, Ilford SFX 200 with R72 filter. Before I had my a6000 converted for i...
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Review of Yashica Electro 35 GSN

April 21, 2021 - My Electro 35 GSN with original strap and case. My camera also came with the auxiliary wide-angle and telephoto lens ada...
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A Film to Digital Comparison

April 20, 2021 - For the most part, comparison of film to digital for image quality is a pointless exercise. I would say that any digital...
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Thoughts on 35mm Film

April 17, 2021 - Portrait of Jackson E. Hounddog Kodak Portra 400, Yashica Electro 35 GSN, processed with Negative Lab Pro There was a t...
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Minolta AF

April 01, 2021 - Or Thoughts on Buying an Autofocus Film SLR in 2021 Minolta Alpha Sweet II from Japan. The seller included a very though...
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First Roll with the Minolta SR-T 101

March 23, 2021 - La Plazuela Dining Room inside the La Fonda, Santa Fe, March 2021 MC Rokkor 58mm, 1/250 sec, f/1.4, Yellow #2 filter I...
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Infrared Processing with the B&W Artisan Pro X Panel

February 14, 2021 - Tharps Rock and Alta Peak, Sequoia National Park, May 2019 105mm, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO 100, 590 nm (Sony a6000 with 18-1...
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Attempting Fine Art in Black and White

February 07, 2021 - 80mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Sony a6500 with Zeiss 16-80 mm lens) HDR bracketed exposure, processed in Photoshop wit...
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Practical Example of ETTR

January 22, 2021 - 80mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 HDR bracketed exposure processed in Lightroom As I was reviewing images for my last post...
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A Bit of Luck, Moonrise Over the West Spanish Peak

January 22, 2021 - 80mm, 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 HDR bracketed exposure, processed in Lightroom (no Photoshop!) This image was not planne...
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Developing Black and White With Df96 Monobath

January 09, 2021 - Yashica-Mat 80mm, 1/125 sec, f/8, Ilford Delta 400 After a slight delay caused by receiving a spoiled bottle of liquid d...
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Yosemite on Portra

January 06, 2021 - Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yashica-Mat 80mm, Kodak Portra 400 (still needs work in Photoshop) I visited Yosemite for...
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C-41 Developing is Easy

January 04, 2021 - Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Fuji Superia 400 It turns out that developing color negative film with C-41 is really simple. Af...
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First Time Film Developing with Expired Film

January 03, 2021 - Half Dome, October 2019. Chinon Genesis with expired Kodak UltraMax400. My experimentation with film photography started...
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Paris, Place du Panthéon, Black and White Images

December 29, 2020 - 41mm, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (Sony a6500 with 16-50 kit lens) Processed with Jim Welninski’s Ilford Delta 100 profile...
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Paris, Place du Panthéon, Color Images

December 23, 2020 - Central Domes of the Panthéon. The four pendentives are decorated with paintings by François Gérard depicting Glory, Dea...
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The Christmas Star Great Conjunction of 2020

December 22, 2020 - “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem,...
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Moonrise Composite Edited on the iPad Pro

December 17, 2020 - 30 mm, 1/50 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (Moon shot at 50mm, 1/160 sec) This image is a composite: the scene was captured at 30mm...
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Sync Original Raw Files from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom on IPad

December 17, 2020 - The Image in Question-the original raw file is needed so that I can use Photoshop to replace the moon with another image...
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The Old Truck

September 27, 2020 - 29 mm, 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 100, 470 nm Infrared We spotted this old truck parked in a little meadow alongside a county r...
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Milky Way Panorama Processing

September 20, 2020 - Milky Way Over the Spanish Peaks, March 2018 I recently reworked my first Milky Way image from the original raw files (s...
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Cuchara Valley Landscapes 2021 Photography Wall Calendar

September 17, 2020 - I'm excited to announce the Cuchara Valley Landscapes 2021 Photography Wall Calendar featuring 12 images of the beautifu...
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A Week in Provence

May 13, 2020 - For Mother's Day this year I gave my wife a photo book to commemorate our trip to Provence last summer (I highly recomme...
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Eiffel Tower Panorama

May 03, 2020 - Eiffel Tower Panorama 46-megapixel crop of a 20-shot panorama, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (Sony a6500 with 16-50 mm lens...
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Luberon Landscapes

May 02, 2020 - Gordes 23 mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, ISO 100 (Sony a6500 with 16-50 mm kit lens) There's some often-repeated advice on intern...
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Bracketed Drone Panoramas

April 30, 2020 - Final Stitched Two-shot Vertical Panorama 26 mm, 1/100 sec and 1/500 sec, f/2.2, ISO 100 One of the "fundamental" rules...
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Mysterious, Unimaginable Tule Canyon

April 20, 2020 - "Mysterious, Unimaginable Tule Canyon" -Dan Flores, Caprock Canyonlands 25 megapixel crop of a 21-shot panorama, 1/640...
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Les Basses Combes, Provence

April 17, 2020 - Gîte Marronnier 18 mm, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 400 As part of summer trip to Spain and France in 2019, we spent a week in P...
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My Travel Photography Kit

April 13, 2020 - Roissillon, Provence. 36 mm, 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400. (Sony a6500 with 16-50 mm kit lens) Last summer (2019) my fami...
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Cathedral HDR Processing and Color Correction

April 13, 2020 - HDR composite of 4 raw images, 12 mm, f/5.6, ISO 400 One of the issues I encountered processing my photos from the Avila...
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Chimney Rock at Ghost Ranch

November 03, 2019 - 81 mm, 1/80 sec, f/9, ISO 100, 590 nm Infrared While on a spring weekend getaway to New Mexico, we ventured over to Ghos...
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Cuchara Valley Landscapes 2020 Photography Wall Calendar

October 21, 2019 - I'm excited to announce the Cuchara Valley Landscapes 2020 Photography Wall Calendar featuring 12 images of the beautifu...
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Interior Panorama of the Cathedral of the Savior, Avila, Spain

September 09, 2019 - Catedral de Cristo Salvador, the Cathedral of the Savior, the oldest Gothic cathedral in Spain. Construction began in 10...
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Milky Way Panorama Stacking with Sequator

August 21, 2019 - Final stacked and processed image: 8-frame panorama from 32 exposures stacked in Sequator. Sony a6500, 12 mm, f/2.0, 2...
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Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park

August 18, 2019 - Alta Peak, Sequoia National Park 590 nm Infrared, 105 mm, 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 100 About 15 years ago (in ~2004), I had...
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ISO Invariance, Dual Gain, and the Sony a6500

June 06, 2019 - Key Points (TL;DR) Noise is not created by using higher ISO, it is created by a lack of light. The tradeoff of increasin...
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Better Negative Scans Using Flat Field Correction in Lightroom

May 19, 2019 - 36-Megapixel Stitched Composite of Scanned Negative Using Flat-Field Correction I've written a few posts about camera-sc...
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Re-creating the Aerochrome Film Look in Lightroom

April 25, 2019 - Rio Grande Gorge Bridge 590 nm filter, 18 mm, 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 (Processed in Lightroom using Aerochrome Profil...
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Processing a Monochrome Infrared Image in Photoshop

April 13, 2019 - 590 nm filter, 105 mm, 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100 After I had my camera converted for infrared photography, I knew I woul...
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(Not Quite) Foolproof Backup

April 10, 2019 - I had a scary near-data-loss experience yesterday. I use an external SSD drive as my disk storage for recent photos and...
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Options for Processing Infrared Raw Files for Sony Cameras

March 26, 2019 - Preliminary Edit for Instagram Lightroom/Adobe Camera Raw vs. Capture One vs. Sony Imaging Edge The conversion of a raw...
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Improving My Best Photo

March 17, 2019 - Final Blended Image of 3 Exposures A few days after Thanksgiving in 2017, I went out before sunrise to one of my favorit...
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Enhancing a Color Image with Black and White

March 10, 2019 - Monochrome Image Blended with Color 35 mm, 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 200 I've been working on black and white processing qui...
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Exploring Infrared

February 26, 2019 - Capitol Peak at Palo Duro Canyon, 590 nm Infrared 24 mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 I recently had my older camera, a So...
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Reworking an Old Image

February 23, 2019 - A good friend of mine recently purchased some framed prints to hang in his office, and one of the images he selected was...
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Sunset at Griffith Park

February 05, 2019 - I recently made a trip to Los Angeles for some meetings as part of my job as a water resources engineer. This was my fir...
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Review of Negative Lab Pro

January 08, 2019 - In a previous blog post, I presented a Lightroom-based method to invert and color-correct digitized film negatives using...
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Spring Fire Benefit

July 08, 2018 - The Spring Fire of 2018 has devastated much of this beautiful area, yet many of the most scenic places including the Cuc...
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Light Source Color Compensation for Film Negatives

June 04, 2018 - One of the most important lessons I learned from Peter Krogh's excellent multimedia book, Digitizing Your Photos With Yo...
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Simple Guide to Digitizing Film Negatives

May 29, 2018 - In this post, I present a simple and inexpensive solution for digitizing and inverting/color correcting film negatives....
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One Click Inversion of Color Film Negatives in Lightroom

May 24, 2018 - Update (November 2018) There is a new plug-in available for Lightroom called Negative Lab Pro that hands-down produces f...
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Auto ETTR on a6500

May 15, 2018 - I read about a method over on the FredMiranda.com forum for " Auto ETTR " for the Sony A7RIII using the new Highlight me...
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A Missed Composition

April 22, 2018 - This photo, captured a couple of days after Thanksgiving and edited a couple of days before New Years, is easily one of...
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My Photography Gear: Sony a6000

April 13, 2018 - Occasionally when I share a photo I get the photographer's favorite question, "What kind of camera do you use?" I'm sure...
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Sand Dunes Panorama

November 29, 2017 - One of my favorite photographers always says that you should make an image black and white when there is no color in the...
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Sleeklens Workflow Review

March 10, 2017 - I don't use many presets in my photo editing workflow. Specifically, I use 2 presets: one for landscapes and one for por...
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Exposure Bracketing with the DJI Mavic Pro

February 15, 2017 - The DJI Mavic Pro is impressive, but there's no getting around the fact that the tiny camera has some serious limitation...
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DJI Mavic Pro AEB Testing

February 08, 2017 - I recently bought the DJI Mavic Pro aerial camera (AKA, drone) to step up my landscape photography and try some aerial v...
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Best Photos of 2016

December 31, 2016 - Over the last 10 days I've showcased my picks for my Best Photos of 2016. Here they are in descending order: Number 1 N...
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Serge Ramelli

December 06, 2016 - This photo of Paris was captured by one of my favorite photographers and virtual mentor Serge Ramelli. I have learned mo...
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Aspen Cathedral

November 03, 2016 - This image is my second attempt to realize an artistic vision to mimic a "cathedral vertorama" in a forest of aspens. My...
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The Old Truck

August 29, 2016 - My photography buddy Scot Mangold had the idea to capture the Milky Way above this old abandoned truck at Cordova Pass....
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Moonrise Over Wahatoya

June 21, 2016 - Last weekend I was reading about how to photograph a moonrise and came across an interview with Ansel Adams sharing the...
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Continually Learning and Improving

April 28, 2016 - Some of the best advice I've taken to improve my photography was to ask another photographer to critique my portfolio an...
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Photo Essay: A Winter's Walk

March 21, 2016 - A walk through Cuchara and up to CK rocks on a cold and foggy day. All images captured with 35 mm prime at f/1.8, minima...
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Wahatoya Trail Waterfall

February 12, 2016 - March 2017 Update If you found this photo because you read that Forrest Fenn's treasure was buried beneath the rocks at...
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Cuchara by Moonlight

November 24, 2015 - I have been wanting to try capturing some images under moonlight, and last night was the perfect opportunity. It was the...
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Saved by Black and White

November 09, 2015 - Sometimes photography is a game of chance. You scope out a good location, load up your equipment, head out for sunset, a...
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Making a Dramatic Photo

November 01, 2015 - City Girl posted one of my sunset pictures from last weekend on the Cuchara Foundation page today, and someone asked abo...
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