The Diamond Ring with solar flares from eclipse 2017 by Kevin Ames

Eclipse photography

Yup. I know. Everyone has heard of it. A lot of people viewed it. Some of us gathered to photograph it. I joined other photographer friends on a just built deck of a not-yet-finished house in Marble, North Carolina to shoot the moon as it passed in front of the sun. This one was made

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Planning a musician's portrait shoot

Planning for photography

Successful photographic sessions are built on planning. Pre-production solves problems before they become problems. That’s why it’s so important. It  can include location scouting, meetings with prop & wardrobe stylists, model casting, set drawings, background selection and of course the lighting design that sets the photographic mood. Here’s a look at the planning involved in

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The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO with dramatic, threatening clouds

Arch Portraits

My last post showed views inside and from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis made with a fisheye lens. This one is all portraits of the soaring stainless steel structure itself. I carry a camera practically everywhere I go. I set times to study a subject. Then I photograph it in many ways. I walk

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