What happend to April?

We are nearing the end of another month. I'm sitting here asking myself "What happened to the month of April?"
This month has flown by.  This is the view from the airplane that I took to Las Vegas
This month has flown by. This is the view from the airplane that I took to Las Vegas.
It seems like I just got started on this month's topic of lighting, and it's almost time to wrap it up. Sorry I didn't post more about my experience. It was one of those things where either I take my time to learn about lighting or I spend my time writing about it... which is hard to do if I haven't learned what I was going to write about. I was also planning on working my way completely through the Lighting 102 course... but due to traveling and loosing some of my lighting equipment, I haven't had the chance to finish that yet. I do plan on spending my time between now and then to finish the 8 DVD set that David Hobby of Strobist.com put together. Continue reading What happend to April?

Panasonic Lumix LX3 vs. Canon G10

slrSo, you have a digital SLR but don't find yourself using it as much as your point-and-shoot because it is just too big to be carrying with you all of the time... or, you don't have a digital SLR and can't justify spending the money on one, or you just don't want a big camera. Don't worry, there are other options for getting the flash off your camera besides using big digital SLRs. I recently had a friend ask me about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. I did a little reading on it along with a good competitor that looks just a bit cheaper... the Canon G10. Continue reading Panasonic Lumix LX3 vs. Canon G10

If you’re going to do something… take the time to do it

I found Bucky the Beaver in a restaurant in Washington D.C.

So, this last week I went out to Washington D.C. to support my alma mater, Bemidji State University, as they were playing in the NCAA "Frozen Four" Division I Men's Ice Hockey National Championship Tournament. Since I was going to be road tripping out of Northern Minnesota to a place like Washington D.C., I was excited to try out some of the new photography techniques that I've been learning about... controlling lighting foreground/background using the inverse square law and off camera flash, controlling the light angle and getting more depth and dimension in my photos. Continue reading If you’re going to do something… take the time to do it

Lighting 102: Distance

Lighting 102: Distance, originally uploaded by timothylarson.
I'm not rushing through these exercises, partly because I've ordered a second light set-up after Sam Parsons, a friend of mine, expressed some interest in going through the Lighting 102 exercises as well. But I had enough free time today, that I figured that I had to do at least the next short section... distance. Continue reading Lighting 102: Distance


Vision is what allows you see the path ahead.
Vision is what allows us to see the path ahead.
"Having a long term vision makes dealing with every day decision making surprisingly easy. Things that may have seemed complicated problems become just little annoyances once you’ve developed your vision." ~ Bert Stephani (Squeeze the Lime) I was reading a blog entry today on Squeeze the Lime written by Bert Stephani talking about "Vision." Today I am looking at just a short excerpt from that entry.

I believe you should have two kinds of long term vision. The first is your LIFESTYLE VISION. Try to picture yourself at different ages. What kind of life would you want to lead by then? Where would you live? What kind of futuristic hovering car would you fly? What kind of values do you hope your kids will have learned from you? … Just imagine what you would do in an day or week...

The second long term overview you’ll need to find for yourself is CREATIVE VISION. What does photography mean to you? Is it about creating an ideal world or is it about shaking up the world with the raw truth? Is it about capturing romance or is it about documenting rare poisoned frogs with five legs? You’ll get my point and if you take a good look at your own favorite pictures, you’ll probably find your vision.

Continue reading Vision