Month: May 2020

  • How to Improve Your Photography – Moving Off Auto

    How to Improve Your Photography – Moving Off Auto

    Reading Time Approx: 5 minutes Modern cameras are remarkably good at taking photos. Point it at the target, hold the shutter button half-way down to focus then click to take the photo, and 9 times out of 10 you’ll get an acceptable image, assuming you remembered to take the lens cap off. But, Bu won’t…

  • Cat be Catting

    Cat be Catting

    Reading Time Approx: 2 minutes This is Jaws. Jaws likes to come and sit on my computer, regardless of whether it open or closed and then just stare. Sometimes she stares at me, sometimes she stares at the window. Most of the time she has what I can only describe as a confused look on…

  • How to Create the Orton Effect in Photoshop

    How to Create the Orton Effect in Photoshop

    Reading Time Approx: 3 minutes What is the Orton Effect The Orton Effect is named after a process used by photographer Michael Orton in the 1980s which is particularly popular among landscape photographers because of the dreamlike glow that it gives to images. When Orton created the process he was using film so the effect…

  • An Introduction to the Exposure Triangle

    An Introduction to the Exposure Triangle

    Reading Time Approx: 5 minutes If we’re talking about the mechanics of taking a good photograph, and putting aside for now artistic merits, then the thing that everyone needs to learn about is exposure. Inside the camera there are three settings you can adjust that will control exposure and they are commonly referred to as…

  • One White Tree

    One White Tree

    Reading Time Approx: 3 minutes Full Size Digital Download (suitable for printing at up to 9″ x 12″) Available for $6.00 These two trees in Harpers Ferry near the Virginius Island bridge have become favorite targets for my photography lately. It’s the contrast of the white against it’s surroundings that I love. Particularly if I…

  • The History of Science Fiction and Fantasy Part 1: Origins

    The History of Science Fiction and Fantasy Part 1: Origins

    Reading Time Approx: 4 minutes Where better to start than at the very beginning with the origins of these intertwined genres. What we now consider fantasy and science fiction started in the 19th century but it did not spring fully formed from these writers’ imaginations. Rather, they built on centuries of traditions to create their…

  • How to Improve Your Photography – Where to Start?

    How to Improve Your Photography – Where to Start?

    Reading Time Approx: 4 minutes If you are reading this article then I’m going to make a couple of assumptions. First that you want to learn how to improve your photography skills and second that you are comparatively new to photography and are still learning the basics. If either or both of these things apply…

  • Find Beauty In The Little Things

    Find Beauty In The Little Things

    Reading Time Approx: 2 minutes I’ve been trying to do more macro photography lately, but I am somewhat limited by not having an actual macro lens because they can be a little pricey. Perhaps I should invest in some extension tubes. However with a bit of effort it is still possible to get some decent…

  • Jefferson Rock

    Jefferson Rock

    Reading Time Approx: < 1 minute Named after Thomas Jefferson who stood on this spot in Harpers Ferry and was inspired to write about it, the rock itself now has to be supported by those stone pillars which were added at some point in the mid-1800s. I’ve taken plenty of shots of this scene in…

  • Still Standing

    Still Standing

    Reading Time Approx: 2 minutes Full Size Digital Download (suitable for printing at up to 9″ x 12″) Available for $6.00 I’ve been walking past this tree for a few weeks now and it catches my eye every time. It stands apart from most of the other trees an has clearly been through some battles.…