The Chapel On Ridge Road


Over the years this small church has provided  many great images
to visual artists.  Both photographers and painters have been regularly seen
creating images of this local landmark.  For a long time it was an active
church but more recently has fallen upon hard times.
It is still beautiful in all of its faded glory and will continue to provide
images for at least a few more years.   It is really sad to see it go. 

Cabin Cameo


Not ten feet from the intersection of a state  highway and a very busy county road.
We pulled up to the stop sign looked and immediately parked the car
off the road to get out the cameras.
Walked around the area, found the best view,  set up the tripods, measured the light, added some 600ws of judicious fill flash and started to work.
As I tell the students: “a good subject is always available, you just need  to look”.
I found it interesting that as we were working a local stopped
and asked what we were photographing.
They drive past  it every day and have become used to the view….
“I wonder why anyone would stop to take a picture of that old house?”
We know though, don’t we?

Languid Leaf

The classes have started, the leaves are falling,  a chill is in the air,  sweaters have been brought out of the closets, and my driveway crunches with dry remnants of summer as I walk out to get the mail.  But, most important is the beauty that surrounds us, at this time of year, here in the mid-west. The light is different in the autumn and there is a stillness in the dappled sunlight that encourages introspection and an appreciation of life itself.  Nature, all spruced up to show us her best.

Fall Color Workshop

                                            ” I WOULD HAVE PICKED THAT ONE”

“How do you decide what to photograph?”
I was asked this question by a friend who was looking over my shoulder the
other day as I was making some fall flower images.  I thought of how to respond.
I could talk about color harmony, rule of thirds, dynamic symmetry,
depth of field vs focal length, or the Fibonacci sequence ……………
all these went through my head.
In the end, I said, “Well, it just looks right”  and the reply was,
“Wow, that is just what I would have taken!”
Sometimes, just looking and seeing is the right answer.

Would you like to learn how to “see” more effective images?
Get the “right” exposure for dynamic color this fall?
Select the “best” focal length for a great photo?
Learn to tell a visual story about what you are seeing and experiencing?
If you answered YES to any of these questions……
Then, you should check out the Fall Color Workshop.
Held at beautiful Hocking Hills State Park on
Saturday, October 8th from 10 AM to 5 PM for only $75.00.
I have limited it to 10 students in order to insure that you receive
the level of personal  attention you need to learn.
So, if this is something that you would like to do,
SIGN UP NOW !!    Use the friendly Paypal link.
You MUST be pre registered…due to the preparation of teaching materials.
After you sign up, I will send you the details of:
where to meet, what to bring, subjects to be covered,
and suggestions for gear, and course materials.
Time is short, and space is limited. Act Now!

Graffiti Tree

This, from yesterdays road trip to Hocking Hills in Ohio. Have you ever wondered why seemingly normal, civilized folks will carve up perfectly good trees or spray paint perfectly good rocks? Most landscape and nature photographers can tell stories about finding trash out in the middle of an otherwise pristine wilderness. We really need to stop spoiling out woodlands and wilderness areas.  Some day it will come back to haunt us.

Blue On Blue

A day trip with a friend to Hocking Hills resulted  in this abstract reflection.  The sky in the water, reflected in yet more water, with a small touch of sky for reality. Yeah right!And, yes Charles, I was in the same place as you…….


To purchase a print of this image



Wood Detail

—Wood Waves—

Have you ever noticed how a close up of wood detail looks like water waves?  At least this one does. I was working with a scan from one of my 4×5 negatives (yes, film!),  the next file I selected was a water abstract (digital) and I was struck by the similarities.
The 4×5 is a detail of a old barn. Taken many years ago when I still worked with large format cameras. I have been scanning some of these original negatives and printing from the scans. They do seem to have a rather unique quality about them even in this digital age. I do not think that one is better than the other, they are simply different ways to the expression of the artists vision. Each has its own unique look, but I am not about to revert to using a view camera and a wet darkroom. Been there….done that…not again.