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Ansel Adams was a photographer and environmentalist. His photographic work spanned 60 years from the 1920s until the 1980s. Ansel Adams strove for a realistic approach to photography relying on focus, contrast, exposure, and darkroom technique to create incrediable landscape images. Ansel Adams and Fred Archer developed the zone system used to determine proper exposure and development of a photographic image. His work is showcased to this day as pioneering examples of photography as an art medium, historical record, and a powerful and influencial tool to shape opinion.

Dora and I were at Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer for the Sunfish World Championship. Located in Arapahoe, NC, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer is host the youth worlds and the adult world championship regatta. We have been fortunate enough to be invited to help with the race committee. Links to photo galleries are posted below. 

Sunfish Worlds

Camp Sea Gull

Videos of the regattas, produced by Camp Sea Gull, can be found here:

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.

There are several ways and advantages to creating your own backgrounds in Photoshop. I will demonstrate two techniques in this tutorial. The first takes a blank canvas and creates a textured background suitable for portraits or textures. The second technique takes an existing photo and turns it into an abstract background. The techniques demonstrated here are easy to do and will allow you to create backgrounds unique to you.

In the mid ‘60s and early ‘70s I remember my Nikon F having shutter speeds and apertures ranging in full stop increments. A single click one way or the other of shutter speed might change the camera from 1/60 of a second to 1/125 of a second. An f/stop would change from 2.8 to 4.0. We didn’t have ISO. We used different films that at the time were rated in ASA. If we had a tripod and were doing landscape we might grab a roll of Kodachrome 25 out of our bag. The 25 was the ASA value and represented a very slow film that yielded rich colors and could be enlarged for print significantly. For sport action we might grab a roll of Tri-X 400 out of our bag. The 400 was the ASA value and represented a relative fast, but grainy film. Doubling an ASA number meant doubling the speed of the film. 35mm film improved significantly over the years preserving detail in enlargements.

Update: We were able to make a return trip to Black Forest Equestrian Center on November 8. On this trip we were treated to gorgeous sunrises. We have added more photos to the gallery. To view these photos follow the links at the end of the article.

Sometimes when photographing a backlit subject or where there are strong sources of light in the scene we can get light bouncing around in our lens and camera that can be distracting to the final image. Better lenses may not exhibit this as much but it can be a problem for any photographer. Sometimes the light reflections can be fixed with either a clone or healing brush in Photoshop. It is better if we can deal with them in the field. In this example I was shooting a church with the sun directly behind the steeple. This caused a couple of light reflections that would be hard to get rid with a clone or healing brush. This article will examine how to control the reflections during the photo shoot.

This blog post addresses neutral density filters, which are used in photography to reduce the amount of light entering a lens thereby extending the exposure time. They are useful for creating motion blur, such as those soft fluffy cascading waterfall photos, smooth oceans, extended clouds, and any other number of photographic effects a photographer can imagine. They are also used whenever the light source for a photograph is too bright for a camera to render and it must be reduced.

Dora and I just returned from our annual Northern Gulf Coast Cruise. This is an annual event hosted by C22 Fleet 77 in Fort Walton Beach, FL. The event this year was organized by Floyd and Carole Ann McKenzie. There were 25 Catalina 22s participating. We launched at Fort Walton Yacht Club on Friday May 10, 2013 and spent the night there. The cruise started on Saturday May 11. It was a little cool Saturday and we had some rain. We motor sailed to Brook's Bridge where we hung out and took pictures of fellow Catalina 22 sailors on their way to Specter Island. By the time we arrived at Specter Island the weather had cleared up leaving us with a beautiful evening.

Dora and I just got back from the 2013 C22 National Regatta heldd at Ft. Walton Yacht Club in Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

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