Friday, October 19, 2018

Lunch in the Park

Madison Square Park, New York, New York

Update on HDR

New Preston, Connecticut

Back in August I posted some pictures using the relatively new HDR function in Lightroom, not available at the time in Photoshop itself. Just the past couple days a slew of Adobe CC updates have been released, including PS, ACR, and Bridge. The new ACR has the same HDR function. You highlight the set of bracketed exposures in Bridge and hit command+R to bring into Adobe Camera Raw in filmstrip mode. Highlight the set there, open the filmstrip dropdown, and select merge to HDR. As in the previously available Lightroom version, the data from all the pictures is merged into one file that you then save as a new, gigantic DNG. Then you can open the DNG and use all the normal ACR controls, but working on the data from the whole set of captures.

I don't often find myself wanting to use HDR—but that could be because I never much liked the results until this new DNG approach. I might begin to use it more often now that it's available directly in my normal Bridge/ACR/PSCC workflow.

Thursday, October 18, 2018


SeaTac, Washington

We were scheduled for an eight AM flight Saturday, 9/15, so quite early Friday afternoon we checked in at a Motel 6 just ten minutes from the SeaTac airport and rental car return. I decided to go for a little walk, partly to see if there was a nearby gas station. Our car had developed a not so slow leak in the right rear tire overnight Wednesday, and I'd been having to stop and buy air at least once a day. I wanted to overfill the tire when we went out to find dinner, instead of dealing with a nearly flat tire at 5:30 Saturday morning. I didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find this place, which I kind of like. Something about the sky and the trees tells me immediately that we're in the Pacific Northwest, not New England or, say, West Virginia, where you also find hilly land with evergreen forest. I pulled up Maps on my phone and saw that I needed to turn around, or walk for several miles through a probably dull residential subdivision to make a loop of it, so back I went.

In the morning, having pumped the tire up to 40 pounds on the way to dinner the night before, the car told me the tire was down to 17 pounds, so I reported this to the efficient and friendly Hertz agent at the rental car terminal. I also reported that the car's trunk didn't lock. Lock up the doors, and you can still go hit the release and open the trunk. I'd left my carryon bag with the temporarily useless, $2K+ MacBook Pro in the unlocked truck for several nights before discovering the problem. Luckily, nobody else did either. Then I told him how the left rear seatback latch was broken, causing the seat to shake and rattle annoyingly. He rolled his eyes and silently mouthed, "whoops," while entering data into his tablet, before sending me my receipt by email. The Chevy Malibu had less than 6,000 miles on it when we picked up—1,616 more when we turned it in. Rental cars lead a hard life, I guess.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Drive-in Theater Presentation in Woodbury, CT

The Warner, Franklin, West Virginia

In case anyone interested might have missed the first announcement—


Drive-in Theaters in the Regional American Landscape

Sponsored by Flanders Nature Center

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT 06798

The presentation will feature photographs of about 100 of the 250+ drive-in theaters I’ve photographed over the past twenty years across the country. The talk will give a brief history and timeline of the drive-in, along with extensive stories and anecdotes collected from the scores of theater owners I’ve interviewed in the course of the project.


Olympia, Washington

Monday, October 15, 2018

Bright Tomorrows

Shelton, Washington

Busy teaching a platinum workshop at The Penumbra Foundation in New York this past weekend, so back to regular posting today.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Thrift Store Shopwindow, and Back Alley

Shelton, Washington

As I was shooting this window display, a young man walking down the sidewalk stopped and asked what I was taking pictures of—in a friendly, completely non-belligerent way. I answered, "anything that looks interesting." He said, "then be sure to go around to the back alley behind these buildings, there's all sorts of interesting stuff back there."

He was correct.