Essays Table of Contents

Essays are generalized as relating to the philosophy of photography and commentary about current issues.  

  • Telling it like it is– Whom Do You Trust to give accurate and reliable information? How do you decipher their biases?

Essays onUnderstanding LightandSelecting Focal Lengths

Focal Length Comparison— Six photographs showing the coverage of different focal length lenses

On Photography ‚ Why We Pursue Our Passions 

The Cost of a Photographic Adventure— How to plan a major photographic trip for under $1000 

What Photography Isn’t ‚An essay on the art ofexclusionin photography

Same Old Shot, Different Day ‚Revisiting familiar locations for better photography

A Parable ‚ Some thoughts on the importance of high-end equipment

Veracity ‚ A rebuttal to an anti-digital-image-processing debate

Epson as Art ‚ A commentary onThe New York Timesreview of Epson’s traveling exhibit of inkjet prints

Practice Makes Perfect ‚ A essay of the issue of practicing our art and craft

On Location ‚ Thoughts on the dangers and rewards of wilderness photography, along with some suggestions

The Project ‚ Some suggestions on how to motivate your photography, along with two linked Projects

Where & When ‚ An essay on Photographic Control

Leica Lens Compendium ‚ A review of a major new (2001) book on lens design in general and the history of Leica lenses in particular. 

Country Fairs and Midways ‚ A photo essay from theCanadian National Exhibition

A Midway Portfolio ‚ A photo essay by John Brownlow done at the same time as the above.

Variations ‚ Looking at how photographic variations of different sorts change the outcome

B&W Revival ‚ an exploration of the effect that digital image processing has had on B&W photography

Selling Your Photographs ‚ an insightful article by Alain Briot on selling ones photographs

Is Large Format Really‚ Best? ‚ A controversial look at the issues involved with large format photography

Handmade ‚ An examination of the status of inkjet prints as Objet D’art 

Image Security ‚ Protecting your negatives and slides from disaster

In MemoriamMy first photograph taken after the World Trade Center tragedy‚ one that attempts to summarize my feelings

Ansel Adams At 100 ‚ A review of a significant new book about America’s foremost landscape photographer 

Dream Street ‚ A review of a book and exhibition of work by W. Eugene Smith

Backpacking Photography ‚ how to reach remote destinations with all your gear, by Jim Chow

Trekking Photography ‚ shooting in the Himalayas, by Dave Thompson

The Three P’s and L’s of Photography ‚ six rules for producing quality images

Parade photography ‚ a street shooting portfolio and how-to

Twin Sons of Different Mothers ‚ a look at both the conscious and unconscious elements that contribute to how photographers create images

Digital Camera Resolution Demystified ‚ by JR Geoffrion

Procession ‚ A street photography opportunity

Making Mega-Prints ‚ how one photographer makes 15 foot-wide prints, by Nick Rains

Been There, Done That ‚ an exploration of the weltschmertz occasionally felt by all photographers

Pervasive Photography ‚ cameras are now built into almost everything. What are the uses and implications?

Self Critiquing ‚ The making of a photograph

Racing Photography ‚ photographing professional auto races, byLee Carney

Night Landscape Photography ‚ using the digital Canon D60 to photograph moonlit and starlit scenes

Enigma Variations ‚ Analyzing a critical factor in successful street photography

Why Don’t They Get It? ‚ thoughts on the foibles of the photographic industry

The Art of Photography— Why we do it