I am a forensic psychologist primarily based in Kansas City, MO. Because of some family obligations, I have scaled back my professional activities. I have more time for photography, these days, and I am very much re-engaged with this old love of mine.

Back in the late 1960’s, when I was in high school, I had a Yashica 35mm SLR, and access to a darkroom. It was heaven! And, even then (way before Photoshop was ever dreamed of), I had a blast, messing around with images, using different films, papers, and darkroom techniques. Now I am really excited about, and engaged in, catching up with basic techniques.

Here’s a lovely quote that well expresses my thoughts and feelings about photography:

“[The camera is] the technical means in photography of communicating what the world looks like in a state of heightened awareness. And it’s that awareness of really looking at the everyday world with clear and focused attention that I’m interested in” (emphasis added). – Stephen Shore

Stuff I work with:

Canon EOS 50D (just upgraded from the 10D)
Canon 50mm 1:1.2 L
Canon 70-200mm 1:4 L
Canon 24-105mm 1:4 L

and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18.

On my wish list: a macro lens!

I am passionately concerned about the welfare of this planet, and the animals who live here and whose lives are negatively impacted by our human species. I am donating any profits from the sale of my work here at RedBubble to the Wildlife Appeal which is involved in helping the wildlife and livestock victims of the Victorian Bushfires in February 2009, in Australia.

My FLICKR

And my blog is: Mind.Expressions

  • Joined: May 2009

Journal

Single Image HDR

Some friends here have asked about doing tone-mapping (HDR) with a single image. I found a tutorial online about how to do it, and now I often use it when I haven’t gotten two or more bracketed exposures. / The only way I know how to do it is with the Photomatix Pro software (there are other ways to do HDR, but I don’t know anything about how they work). / For this method, the first s…
Posted about 8 years – 12 comments

Taking Stock, Becoming an Artist

I think I’ve been here at RB for 6 weeks or so, but I haven’t written anything since I frightened those shopkeepers, a while back. I don’t want to neglect the process of keeping an eye on where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I hope to go as a photographer… and as an artist (?). / I love the fact that at RB everyone is referred to as an “artist,” in …
Posted about 8 years – 2 comments

Frightening the Shopkeepers

I am having a blast, learning and practicing with layers. Have begun creating my own texture images for layering, because I want my images to be “my own” from start to finish. I’d like to have a group of effective images; it’s been a project of forcing my mind to think way outside the box. I see the great texture layers others have created and scratch my head in dismay; ho…
Posted about 8 years – 16 comments

Learning By Bits and Pieces

I have been taking a scattergun approach (some tutorials, a book, and just poking around) to learning about post-processing, and especially about using textures; and at the same time, I’m taking a lot of photographs, and trying to figure out what works, and what doesn’t. I think that a significant portion of what I am learning is not really the sort of thing that can be articulated, o…
Posted over 8 years – 7 comments
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