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Chromatic Aberration

Sometimes, weird things happen to light when it travels through glass. Just look at the cover of Pink Floyd’s <i>Dark Side of the Moon</i> for an example. …

Weird

Porches in Perspective

For this blog post, I had plans to write a long discussion on the use of "perspective" in photographs. Particularly, the use of near vs. far objects, …

Penn State

Pink Flower #2

Since we're still in the heart of summer, I thought I would post a summer flower shot.<p><i>And</i>, since we're still in the heart of summer, I think a summer</i> …

Painting

Alexandria Reflections

Alexandria, Virginia is a great little town just outside of Washington, DC. It's <i>Old Town</i> area is steeped in history - not to mention lots of quaint …

City Halls

Sepia, What Is It Good For? (Part 3 of 3)

So far, in this 3-part series of blog posts, we've seen a couple of photos that, in my humble opinion, clearly look better with a sepia treatment.In …

Stained Glass

Sepia, What Is It Good For? (Part 2 of 3)

So what, in fact, <i>is</i> sepia good for? "Absolutely NOTHING" might be your knee-jerk response to the title of this post (if you know the song). But in …

Tutorials

Sepia, What Is It Good For? (Part 1 of 3)

Simon & Garfunkel once said "Everything looks worse in black and white".<p>The song was "<i>Kodachrome</i>", a tune that every photographer is familiar with. …

A Clear Shot

As a history buff, I like to visit places with historical significance. Since I'm specifically an <i>American</i> history buff, those places are often …

A Thorny Subject

Skim through my portfolio and you'll see lots of leaves and flowers. It's hard to avoid when you're a nature photographer and other nature subjects - …

A Duck, A Horse, and a Rabbit Walk In To a Bar...

I thought of a lot of interesting titles for this blog post. I liked the one I settled on because it pulls you in, maybe thinking that there's a joke …

Zenfolio | mark ali | photographs | A Wing and a Prayer

Not much to discuss with this week's photo. It's an image I grabbed, like many people do, through the window of an airplane.While on the way to San …

Zenfolio | mark ali | photographs | Foregrounds and Backgrounds

I've mentioned several times on this blog that "foreground interest" is important for any landscape image. By that I mean that a landscape photo …

Cacti Reconsidered

I've never been a big fan of cacti. (I could also have said "cactuses", but that doesn't sound as academic. Besides, I like saying "cacti".)Cacti …

Spring Rolls Into Summer

Memorial Day weekend marks the <i>unofficial</i> start of summer here in the U.S. But it's technically still spring, and with spring comes rain and storms.I …

Flowers Reaching for the Sky

It wasn't too long ago that I was posting flower shots on this blog on a regular basis. Some might say it was a little too often.So, I moved away …

Nature Always Finds a Way

I've photographed many-a-tree over the years, as a self-proclaimed nature photographer. I've seen lots of evergreens, oaks, birches, and elms in the …

This Old Fort

The wife and I are big fans of <i>This Old House</i>. We never miss an episode (our DVR is always full of them), and we enjoy each project. Right now, the …

Chapel Sunburst in Silhouette

I don't have a lot to say about this week's image. It's just a quick shot I took while in Sedona, AZ recently. The sun was setting, sunlight was …

Landscape Photography

Red Rock Country

The terrain around Sedona, AZ is something you have to see to believe. The geological forces at work in that area (over a gazilion years, right up …

Framing

Decisive Moment Photography

As we approach vacation season here in the U.S., I thought I'd look back at some of my travel shots from years past.One shot that I was somewhat …

Photography

What Affects Your Depth of Field?

Years ago, on this very blog, I wrote an article about depth-of-field - what it is, and what things affect it.Yeah, well, I'm going to do that …

Depth Of Field

Stained Glass

There's definitely something "heavenly" about light steaming through a stained glass window.I thought it would be appropriate this week to post an …

Stained Glass

Woodstock Inn

During the cold winter months, I often spend time looking through old photographs for hidden gems that I may have overlooked before. Usually they're …

New England

Seasons of the Dogwood

I've mentioned before that our dogwood is a good-looking tree. And I've certainly featured it on this blog plenty of times.Here I go again.Sometime …

Lightroom

Christmas All Over Again

It's that time of year. In the words of the late, great Tom Petty, it's Christmas all over again.This blog has been quiet for a while, and has …

Depth Of Field

Jackson Falls

While in New Hampshire recently (for the wedding of my amazing niece), I was able to get some shots of one of my favorite nature photo subjects - a …

Shutter Speed

Backyard Bokeh

As I've discussed in the past on this blog, the photography term "bokeh" refers to an out-of-focus area of an image. A photo is often considered to …

Depth Of Field

Steel Ford

I'm a photography fan, obviously. But I'm also a fan of writing. I enjoy "wordsmithing" a message, in an effort to express an opinion or convey a …

Stainless Steel

Flowers in Vibrant Black and White

Flowers are all about color. But I recently saw some flower shots by other photographers that were rendered in monochrome (black and white), and that …

Monochrome

Greenery

I shoot a lot of flower images. I know it. I can't help it. They're colorful, they stand still, and let's face it, people love flower shots.Still, I …

Wildflowers