One frame in the mystery roll … do not EIR with these shots …

So I was cleaning up around my apartment and I found this one canister of Kodak EIR 35mm infrared film. Woah. Do you know what this is?  It’s Kodak’s ultra-rare color infrared film.  This stuff is like finding a Black Lotus card in a Magic: The Gathering pack. But here’s the problem.  I don’t know…

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It’s not just an XTC song…

All right.  I want to use some of my experimental film for this project.  A quick check of my archives revealed I had four packs of Revolog boutique film – Revolog is an Austrian company who makes small batches of distressed 35mm film, that when processed provides striking colors or scratches or stripes or what…

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How to focus stack in Photoshop CS6 for tack-sharp images

I’ve spent time working on focus stacking my macro images.  But I’ve been inconsiderate.  I should share my techniques with you, my blog readers, in case you want to try this on your own. So here’s my first-ever tutorial on how to use Photoshop (I have the CS6 version) to take multiple images and convert…

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So where’s my paid-for portfolio review, LensCulture?

I hate feeling cheated.  I really do. Here’s the thing.  I enter photography competitions with the understanding that if I get any of my artworks to the award stage, I’m happy, and if I don’t get them to the award stage, I try harder for next time. Last November, my friend Melissa Simser Iovino (she’s…

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So about those three roses and a bottle of mineral water…

Last week, I showed off some lenticular-like photos – the subject was three home-colored roses that were arranged in a bottle of Saratoga Vichy mineral water.  Looked sorta like this. It looks nice …kinda funky … but, as you can see, a small breeze kissed some of the blue petals during my shoot, which caused…

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My 2019 Iowa State Fair entries are …

And the game begins.  Iowa.  The de facto start for my Competition Season 2019. Yesterday, I mailed a package of four prints to Des Moines. Last year, I claimed my first blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair when my photo The AGFA Bridge Over Ansco Lake claimed silk in the “Anything Goes” category.  That…

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88 Minutes in Chinatown

When I get a photo concept in my head, I won’t let the concept go until I’ve actually achieved successful results.  I don’t care how long it takes – weeks, months, years – the journey is just as important as reaching the destination. Here’s my concept.  I want to take a picture with one type…

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The “Rainbow Roses” growing technique – guaranteed to work! (Sorta)

I see these ads on my Facebook feed.  They’re usually from a company called Jack Seeds, whose advertisements claim that gardeners can grow exotic plants with vibrant, never-before-achieved colors – all the gardeners need to do is buy these magic seeds from Jack Seeds. Right.  And then the beanstalk grows and you get to find…

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The results of the Jericho Drive-In photo experiment

There’s an old but strong rule in experimental photography.  Part of getting the best photo involves lots of trial and error.  You never get it right the first time, but what you learn from that first time will make your last picture awesome. And this is doubly so when you use old film.  Depending on…

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