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This image if the Seine and the Conciergerie in Paris has generated a fair amount of interest and a few questions on how I handled the post processing.  The video tutorial below explains the process but first a little background might be helpful.

When you see the original raw image, straight out of the camera, it was so markedly different from the finished image.  So I thought it might help to articulate my philosophy on the matter of post processing right out of the gate.

Photojournalism is, by necessity, an unadulterated record of events. Media outlets have very strict rules around how much post processing can be done to an image.  This protects the media’s credibility and ensures honest reporting.

Art, however, is not photojournalism.  In the context of travel images art is an impression of a memory…perhaps how you want to remember the scene…perhaps because atmospheric conditions at the time of capture were not ideal…perhaps, as in the case of this image, both.

I’d like to say I staked out this location for days, chose my position on the bridge carefully and waited hours for the light to be right.  But the reality is that the image was a simple click while on a family walk after dinner. We were headed over to Notre Dame on the Pont Notre Dame as the sun was setting.  The light was OK but not great, I largely shot from the hip and I knew then and there I would have to find a way to make the image “pop” in post.

So the good news is that nice land and cityscapes don’t always require methodical planning and tech…often we can capture them on the fly…and that’s great news ‘cuz life doesn’t stop while we play with the camera.


Nikon D800

ISO 100

Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5 – 5.6, at f8.0

ThinkTank Retrospective 10

A little free time can be both a blessed and dangerous thing.

It’s a complete luxury to hang out and do nothing on a completely guilt free basis.  My web hosting company recently released new layout architecture  and its capabilities seem pretty slick.  On the other hand, monkeying with its new functional goodies has been an exercise in watching large chunks of precious time vaporize into the ether.

Hope you like the new layout.  It seems cleaner and more engaging, but feel free to let me know what you think….yes I know it needs more content. Workin’ on that.  No wine before its time, as it were.

Click here or on the Portfolio link at the top of the page to get there.

Time to get out from behind this computer and go make some images.


This is a personal story and visual rememberance…of hot sweaty tried kids grown into young men….from boogie boards to skim boards…from best friends to girl friends.  Often we used to visit friends in Gloucester on the beach.  It’s been too long and was great to go back.  Such temporal whiplash to see our kids there again.  Sometimes life feels like driving down the road with one eye looking through the windshield and the other fixed on the rear view mirror.  Never stop taking pictures…


Caught up in the moment and nostalgia,  I neglected to ensure my shutter speed was 4 time 1/ focal length.  Many were only shot at 1/250th -1/320th sec…should have been 1/1000 – 1/1250 and 300mm, so sharpness suffers a bit, even with reasonable panning skills.  Ah well…


Nikon D800

Nikkor 28-300mm, f3.5 – 5.5

…and you cant check into your apartment until 3PM?   What to do for a few jet-lagged hours?

Have the cab driver drop you off at the Louvre and stroll the Tuileries Garden.  Check your bags at the Louvre or just roll them through the garden like we did.   It’s like Central Park, but nicer.  It’s like Boston Common, but better.  Mais oui, c’est Paris!

Stroll down to Cafe Renard (a family owned business depuis 1909…) start with espresso and rissoto, gradually moving on to the Nutella crepes and wine.  It just doesnt get any better people!

Stroll the Sculpture garden at the Louvre.  Catch some rays at Le Grand Bassin, and feed what look to be big honkin’ carp.  We got there on a sunday morning and the people watching was outstanding.  Before you know it it’s time to catch a cab to your apartment and settle in at your neighborhood cafe!