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Secret Were The Nights

Secret Were The Nights

Secret Were The Nights a recollection of my Berkeley gutterpunk days We haunted the boring suburban neighborhoods we grew up in like ghosts in Victorian attics rattling chains and moaning.  We probed the back streets restlessly, listless tongues poking a newly empty tooth socket.  We were bottle rockets that seared a sky washed with night, and we moved across the mute country and arrived in the Bay Area by any means…

The Story Of An Artist

The Story Of An Artist

The Story Of An Artist   Once upon a time, …a little boy with a magic eye was born in the land of moonshine and snake-shaking preachers. For reasons now uncertain, he was pulled into the maelstrom of new beginnings with his parents, moving across the great nation to a small trailer community in the desert of Anza, California. This trailer community wavered mirage-like in the desert like an old man…

Blotter Art And LSD-25

Blotter Art And LSD-25

Blotter Art And LSD-25     Lately I have taken an interest in blotter art…   …long after my interest in LSD has faded.     So what is blotter and how can it be art? Blotter refers to the type of paper. Blotting paper, sometimes called bibulous paper, is a highly absorbent type of paper or other material. It is used to absorb an excess of liquid substances (such as…

Why I Publish In Monochrome

Why I Publish In Monochrome

Why I Publish In Monochrome 99% of my images are published in black and white. Why? Well, I publish in monochrome because I feel that color is distracting and seldom adds to a scene. Often, it is the light or the absence of light that I am most interested in, not the colors. Color can have an unpredictable and sometimes unintended affect on mood as well. Squelch that! Look at…

Buah Berinjan Motif Documentation

Buah Berinjan Motif Documentation

Photographic documentation can be utilized for products, papers, artifacts and even people. While most documentation involves modern products for sale on a retail level, every now and then I get a request to document artifacts, antiques, or museum pieces. Recently, I was asked to document something I didn’t even know existed – I was asked to photograph a uniquely-carved, over 100-year-old orangutan skull. Upon first seeing the skull, I was struck by the craftsmanship of…

How Focus Stacking Widens Depth Of Field

How Focus Stacking Widens Depth Of Field

Recently, I was asked by a prospective client to provide an example of how focus stacking widens the depth-of-field of a given subject when shot with macro lenses like the Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM lens. First, let’s start with describing a typical macro lens. Macro lenses are basically miniature telephoto lenses that provide a detailed sharpness beyond what a normal prime lens of that particular focal length would provide….