Journal Entries

I try to do or make interesting things on a regular basis. Here are some words and photos about my exploits.

Ash Island

Here’s an example of the difference shifting about 15 feet to one side can make for a composition. The shot above and the shot below were taken within those few feet of each other, and ...

Drunk varnish

Here is an example of what happens when the varnish eats your image (above). In this case I had just added (too much) Everclear (190 proof alcohol) to the varnish to try and solve a ...

Owl’s Head Tintypes

A while ago Kari started doing one-on-one tutoring for Lightroom and photography in general, and we have become friends with several of her students. One, Ed, lives down the coast in Owl’s Head, right on ...

Exquisite Corpse 2015, part 2 of 2

In addition to the game of photographic telephone I wrote about earlier, Maine Media Workshops+College (MMWC) also had artists pair up to collaborate on one piece of artwork, as part of the larger Exquisite Corpse ...

Exquisite Corpse 2015, part 1 of 2

Maine Media Workshops+College (MMWC), the school where I used to work, has decided to start a hopefully-annual fundraising project called “Exquisite Corpse”. As when the surrealists first started these types of things, MMWC has asked ...

The Seaquelle

Gordon, a friend of mine, is overhauling his boat The Mistress (which he will then re-christen Seaquelle…it’s his second boat, get it?). A few days ago he showed me a picture of the big diesel ...

Exhibition: Salt, Silver, and Sun

Two of my alternative process prints have been selected to be included in an exhibition of Maine-based photographers working in these historical processes. The show at the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, Maine, opened last weekend ...

DAM stuff: the big data reorg of 2015

I’ve spent the most of the past two weeks doing some one DAM thing or another. No, not cussin’, but rather Digital Asset Management – it’s a fancy way of saying I’ve been organizing my ...

Lasers!

For a while now I’ve been watching various laser-cut objects appear on Etsy, in friends’ constructions, or in cool products being made by small businesses here locally – and watching with envy. I know laser ...

Sound trigger revisited

I started this project about exactly five years ago, back in graduate school. I was in a class on “Small Systems Lighting”, learning to use small on-camera strobes in our photography. One assignment was to ...

New Lens Boards

Yes, despite the recent posts about electronics hacking and hard drives and data organization, I do still have interest in photography and making photos. To that end, over the past couple of months I’ve had ...

Geek Christmas

Back in November I got into making things with electronics and teeny tiny microcontrollers. If I haven’t written the post yet, here’s a brief summary: I wanted a reliable and programmable remote control for my ...