"Follow your own path and let it lead you where your heart wants you to go."

Recently our path took us above the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. February might seem a curious time to travel to the Arctic, however; this time of year provides excellent photographic opportunity. The sun stays low on the horizon throughout the day, making for extended sunrises and sunsets. The low angle of the sun also makes for excellent light all day. Views of the Northern Lights this time of year are spectacular. The climate in Lofoten is influenced by the Gulf Stream and it stays warmer than one might expect. Properly dressed in layers and temperatures ranging from 28 to 38 degrees F it was an enjoyable trip. Weather changed constantly. It is the Arctic so be prepared for cold temperature, high winds, rain, snow, and ice. We experienced 40 mph plus winds from time-to-time. One day it might rain and the next snow. It all depended on a degree or two of temperature change. 

I wrote this tutorial for Promote Systems, LLC and it appears on their website. Unfortunately, the Promote Control, a truly awesome product, is no longer being manufactured. I am keeping this tutorial simply because the information here can be applied to any wireless trigger and intervalometer combination.

We all know that the Promote Control takes over when a photographic need exceeds the capability of the camera. When a timed exposure exceeds 30 seconds, the maximum time most cameras’ internal intervalometer can count, the Promote Control fills the gap. The Promote Control adds more depth to the camera control with extended bracketing capability for HDR, greater control over time lapse photography, bulb ramping, focus stacking and video control.

There are situations where a photographer may need to integrate the Promote Control with a wireless system in order to control the camera remotely. This tutorial will demonstrate how to connect a wireless system, such as PocketWizard, to the Promote Control. 

Sometimes we might like to get a photo of a busy scenic location without the people. The busier the place the more difficult this can become. This tutorial will show you how I took a photo at a busy garden with a constant flow of people. There are a few things to keep in mind while reading through this tutorial.

  • Some amount of planning is required while on location. You will need to take multiple shots of the same scene in order to capture different areas where people are absent.
  • Some of amount of work must also be done in Photoshop or another layer capable photo software program.
  • In addition to using layers, you may also need to clone, heal, patch, or use content aware fill.

Taking and organizing the shot

I have Lightroom open and I am looking at three images taken of the same scene. My camera was tripod mounted. I enlarged the thumbnails so we could see the bridge more clearly. I was interested in capturing the bridge and path without anyone on it. It is difficult to tell from the small images here, but there are also people on the top of the ridge. There was seating setup there and folks were camped out. I was unable to get a shot with that area clear, so we will use one technique to remove the people in the foreground and another to remove those on the ridge. You can see in the first two images there is no one on the bridge, however there is either a person approaching the bridge or on the other side. The third shot has someone on the bridge who, once he arrived, stayed there for as long as my camera was set up. Between the three photos I have a clear bridge and a clear path.

This article deals with photographing and subsequently correcting an image subject to light flare. The technique requires a minimum of two images.

Sometimes when photographing a backlit subject or other strong sources of light visible in the scene light bouncing around in the lens and camera can result in flares that are distracting in the final image. In some instances the flare can be fixed with a simple clone or healing brush, but this is not always the case. It is better if we can deal with flares in the field. The more you can do to correct problems while taking a photograph the less there is to do in post production.

In the following image a church was backlit by the sun. The sun was shining through the steeple, which made for a compelling shot. We can see there are a couple of light flares that would be difficult to remove in post production. 

A Little Bit of Heaven

Sure a little bit of Heaven fell from out the sky one day
and it nestled in the ocean in a place so far away
and when the angels found it sure it looked so sweet and fair
they said suppose we leave it for it looks so peaceful there

So they sprinkled it with stardust just to make the shamrocks grow
it's the only place you'll find them no matter where you go
then they darted it with silver just to make the lakes look grand
and when they had it finsihed sure they called it Ireland

by J. Keirn Brennan and Ernest R. Ball

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth . . ."

The book of Genesis provides the basis for a beautiful story of when the earth was new. The Genesis Photographic Essay presented here is based on the King James version of the Bible, Genesis 1:1-2:3. This essay has been an ongoing project of Ted's since 1968. At that time Ted presented an essay consisting of 7 photographs as a high school project in a contemporary arts class. Sadly, that essay has long ago vanished. Photographs in this book are the result of years of photography, taken between 1972 and 2018.

We recently returned from Aiken, SC. One of the events we go to Aiken for is the Civil War reenactment of the Battle of Aiken. The war was essentially over, however; this was an important battle to the south. Sherman's forces had completed its march through Georgia and was turning their attention to South Carolina. Confederate soldiers engaged the Union army in Aiken and managed to score a minor victory, saving Aiken from destruction. 

Dora and I were stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for four years, beginning in 1973. Our daughter, Karen, was born there. Cuba was under an economic embargo by the United States and so we were restricted to the base. Diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in 1961 by President Eisenhower. The U.S. embassy in Havana was closed and Guantanamo Bay was isolated. We could take R&R trips to Haiti, Puerto Rico, San Juan, and other Caribbean locations but we never got to know any of Cuba, save what we experienced on the base. Over the years we would catch a glimpse through some story in a magazine or newspaper but we never thought the opportunity to return would present itself. Fast forward 54 years to August 14, 2015 when Secretary of State, John Kerry, travelled to Havana to reopen the embassy. Suddenly Americans could once again visit the beautiful island of Cuba. 

Friend and fellow photographer Steve Rich and I try to get together at least once a year for a great adventure of exploration, adventure, and photography. The past few years took us in to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park where we visited Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove, and Roaring Fork.

The Gone with the Wind Regatta is hosted by Catalina 22 Fleet 58 every year on the third weekend of September, falling on the 17th and 18th this year. Dora and I haven't been racing lately so we helped out with race committee. Dora was the timer and I worked on one of the chase boats. Chase boat duty also gives me opportunity to grab some photos between mark setting duty.

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