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Table of Contents for Essays

Essays are generalized as relating to the philosophy of photography and commentary about current issues.  

  • Telling it like it is - Whom Do You Trust to give accurate and reliable information? How do you decipher their biases?

Essays on Understanding Light and Selecting Focal Lengths
Focal Length Comparison — Six photographs showing the coverage of different focal length lenses
On Photography  — Why We Pursue Our Passions 
The Cost of a Photographic Adventure — How to plan a major photographic trip for under $1000 
What Photography Isn'tAn essay on the art of exclusion in photography
Same Old Shot, Different Day Revisiting familiar locations for better photography
A Parable — Some thoughts on the importance of high-end equipment
Veracity — A rebuttal to an anti-digital-image-processing debate
Epson as Art — A commentary on The New York Times review of Epson's traveling exhibit of inkjet prints
Practice Makes Perfect — A essay of the issue of practicing our art and craft
On Location — Thoughts on the dangers and rewards of wilderness photography, along with some suggestions
The Project — Some suggestions on how to motivate your photography, along with two linked Projects
Where & When — An essay on Photographic Control
Leica Lens Compendium — A review of a major new (2001) book on lens design in general and the history of Leica lenses in particular. 
Country Fairs and Midways — A photo essay from the Canadian National Exhibition
A Midway Portfolio — A photo essay by John Brownlow done at the same time as the above.
Variations — Looking at how photographic variations of different sorts change the outcome
B&W Revival — an exploration of the effect that digital image processing has had on B&W photography
Selling Your Photographs — an insightful article by Alain Briot on selling ones photographs
Is Large Format Really “Best”?  — A controversial look at the issues involved with large format photography
Handmade — An examination of the status of inkjet prints as Objet D'art 
Image Security — Protecting your negatives and slides from disaster
In Memoriam My first photograph taken after the World Trade Center tragedy — one that attempts to summarize my feelings
Ansel Adams At 100 — A review of a significant new book about America's foremost landscape photographer 
Dream Street — A review of a book and exhibition of work by W. Eugene Smith
Backpacking Photography — how to reach remote destinations with all your gear, by Jim Chow
Trekking Photography — shooting in the Himalayas, by Dave Thompson
The Three P's and L's of Photography — six rules for producing quality images
Parade photography — a street shooting portfolio and how-to
Twin Sons of Different Mothers — a look at both the conscious and unconscious elements that contribute to how photographers create images
Digital Camera Resolution Demystified — by JR Geoffrion
Procession — A street photography opportunity
Making Mega-Prints — how one photographer makes 15 foot-wide prints, by Nick Rains
Been There, Done That — an exploration of the weltschmertz occasionally felt by all photographers
Pervasive Photography — cameras are now built into almost everything. What are the uses and implications?
Self Critiquing — The making of a photograph
Racing Photography — photographing professional auto races, by Lee Carney
Night Landscape Photography — using the digital Canon D60 to photograph moonlit and starlit scenes
Enigma Variations — Analyzing a critical factor in successful street photography
Why Don't They Get It? — thoughts on the foibles of the photographic industry
The Art of Photography — Why we do it



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Concepts: Photography, Focal length, Optics, Photographic lens, Photograph, F-number, Depth of field, Image

Entities: America, World Trade Center, image processing, Canadian National Exhibition, Michael Reichmann, Epson, Alain Briot, Ansel Adams, John Brownlow, W. Eugene Smith, Dave Thompson, Twin Sons, Jim Chow, The New York Times

Tags: photography, essay, focal length, inkjet prints, photo essay, large format, different focal length, photographic, images, large format photography, Focal Length Comparison, major photographic trip, Leica Lens Compendium, Same Old Shot, street shooting portfolio, wilderness photography, photograph, B&W photography, Canadian National Exhibition, Parade photography, Trade Center tragedy, New York Times, digital image processing, significant new book, review, photographic variations, Photographic Adventure, Photographic Control, Leica lenses, anti-digital-image-processing debate, reliable information, different sorts, Different Day, familiar locations, John Brownlow, Different Mothers, insightful article, lens design, Country Fairs, Midway Portfolio