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Blooming Cherry Blossom Tree Branches. Washington, DC. #2

Flowering cherry blossom tree branches during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Tidal Basin, Washington DC. The photograph was created by sandwiching two frames of 35 mm color transparency film together in one slide mount. (Sam D'Amico)

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Use The White Balance Settings On Your Camera To Make Better Photographs

While using the auto white balance settings is fine for making an average picture, learning to use the various white balance settings on your camera allows you to use color on a more creative level.


Blooming Cherry Blossom Tree Branches. Washington, DC

Flowering cherry blossom tree branches during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Tidal Basin, Washington DC. The photograph was created by sandwiching two frames of 35 mm color transparency film together in one slide mount. (Sam D'Amico)
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Using Color Creatively

Light has color. We describe the color of light by the color temperature.
The  white balance setting on your camera determines how the color temperature of a light source records.
One option when picking a white balance setting on your camera is to get “color correctness”. Auto white balance will probably get you in the ballpark.
The other option is to [...]


Landscape And Fence Reflected In Windows, Pullman, Washington

A sunlit landscape and fence reflected in a series of windows on a home , Pullman, Washington. (Sam D’Amico)
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Steaks On Plates With Utensils On A Table, East Bangor, Pennsylvania.

Whole steaks and a partial steak on plates with utensils on a table. East Bangor, Pennsylvania. According to a New York Times article, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/weekinreview/27bittman.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0, “an estimated 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land is directly or indirectly involved in livestock production, according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which also estimates that livestock [...]


Child Inside Of A Car Reacts To People Outside Of The Car. Lehigh Valley Region, Pennsylvania

A child looking through a window from inside of a car reacts to seeing people that are outside of the car. The Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. (Sam D’Amico)
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I’m Not Alone in My Struggle With Art

I don’t like to use the word art when describing my work or the word artist when describing me.
The use of those words, to me, seem to be an attempt to artificially elevate something, or someone, to more than it, or they, are.
Here’s a blog post that resonates with my thoughts about art.
In a nutshell, some things [...]


View East While Traveling South On The Amtrak Northeast Regional Rail Line

View East while traveling South on the Amtrak Northeast Regional rail line. Somewhere between Iselin, New Jersey and Washington, DC. (Sam D’Amico)
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Your Camera…

Is a tool, for recording light. Your camera is a machine.
Your mind is what you use to create your photograph. Your mind is used in the creative process.
If you use your camera in an automatic exposure mode you are relying on a machine instead of your mind for the creative process.
A machine is not creative.
Use [...]


Hanging, Closed, Red Hibiscus Flower, Boy Scout Woods, High Island, Texas

A closed, red , hibiscus flower hanging near a walking trail. Boy Scout Woods (Louis B. Smith Bird Sanctuary), High Island, Texas. Before being purchased by the Houston Audubon Society, the 60 acres of wetlands, woods and coastal prairies was known as Boy Scout Woods because of the scout camp on the property. In 1982 [...]


Losing Your (White) Balance

Light has color.
We describe the color of light in as having a specific color temperature. Color temperature is measured on the kelvin (K) scale and temperatures on this scale are called kelvins.
The white balance setting on your camera deals with the color of light and each of the icons that represent your white balance settings [...]


Water Flowing Over A Terraced Structure, Bethesda, Maryland

Water flowing over a terraced structure, the Bethesda Metro Station, Bethesda, Maryland. (Sam D’Amico)
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Business Of Photography – Where Is Your Market?

I tend to think of the photography marketplace in two large general categories, the consumer marketplace or the business to business marketplace…


Brightly painted buildings, Seattle, Washington

The exteriors of buildings with windows and brightly painted walls, the Fremont area of Seattle, Washington. (Sam D’Amico)
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Rooms 75 Cents, Pioneer Square Area Of Seattle Washington

An antique, landmark, neon sign hanging over an entrance to a building reads “State Hotel Rooms 75 Cents”, First Avenue , the Pioneer Square area of Seattle, Washington. The building on which the sign hangs is located between Yessler Street and South Main Street and was a former hotel and Gold Rush days brothel. (Sam [...]


Main Street, Pullman, Washington

Automotive and pedestrian signals and traffic signs on a traffic signal pole, Main Street,Pullman, Washington (Sam D’Amico)
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A Photographer’s Raw Material, Continued

This is a follow up post to last weeks entry titled A Photographers Raw Material .
A photographer’s raw material is light. You can’t touch it with your hands. You can’t smell it with your nose. You can’t taste it with your tongue, You can’t hear it with your ears.
You can see light with your eyes and [...]


Gravesites Viewed From A Tour Tram, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Gravesites in a small area of Arlington National Cemetery viewed from a tour tram, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. James Parks, a former Arlington Estate slave, dug the first graves in Arlington National Cemetery. James Parks is buried in Section 15 of the cemetery and is the only person buried in Arlington National Cemetery who [...]


The Worth of Your Work, aka “Content”, In The Digital Age.

The hypocrisy and greed of these corporations is astounding.


Mojito

An out of focus, close-up of a Mojito, at an outdoor patio bar, Washington, DC. Originating in Cuba, the Mojito is a cocktail made with sugar, mint leaves, carbonated water, rum and limes. (Sam D’Amico)
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Wet, Decaying Leaf On Moss, Matawan, New Jersey

A fallen, brown, decaying leaf on moss covered with drops of water, Cheesequake State Park, Matawan, New Jersey. The uniqueness of Cheesequake State Park is not only that it is geographically located in in the middle of the urban areas of northern Jersey and the suburban areas of southern New Jersey, but also that it [...]


The Color Of Light

We describe the color of  light in degrees Kelvin.
Take a look at the white balance settings on your camera.
Those white balance settings represent the Kelvin temperatures of  different light sources.
The settings probably look like icons but those icons are associated with a type of light and that type of light is associated with a Kelvin [...]


Santa Claus Decoration, Hopelawn, New Jersey.

A Santa Claus decoration on the front door of a home, Hopelawn, New Jersey. (Sam D’Amico)
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