Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!

As the year 2014 fades in the rear view mirror, and 2015 looms ahead, I hope everyone had a wonderful year.  May the next year be even better, full of wonderment and good photography.

Happy, Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Collected Links

I'm still collecting links.  Here are a few that have popped up lately.

A Kodak Instamatic commercial.  Film in a cartridge and flash cubes.  What more do you want?

Using a 8x10 film camera in the field.  Everyone should try this at least once.

 Mythbuster's Jamie Hyeman gets his photo taken.  A tintype.  Almost 7 minutes, but it is a good overview of the wet plate process.

Understanding curves in Photoshop.

Since it is the holiday season, here is the Avengers singing Christmas carols.

From DIY Photography.  20 Kickass projects from 2014.

Batch processing raw time-lapse images.

That's all for now.  I hope your day is going well.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Keywording my Photos

I'm really bad at keywording my photos.  While I know I should, it's usually a afterthought.  That can make it problematic sometimes when I want to find a specific photo.  It's something I keep meaning to go back and start building lists and keywording  the photos. 

One of the issue I have is coming up with a complete set of keywords for a photo.  Recently I found out that there are keyword list available to download.

If you are a Lightroom user, there is a list available at  This one is free, but is just starting out.  Installation instructions are available on the site as well.

If you use more than just Lightroom, there are sets of lists available at  While these are not free, they are far more comprehensive.   There are also subscriptions so you can keep up to date.  If you need more info, look under the resources item for links to books and articles.

Another site is  This is another list for sale, thought somewhat cheaper than the one above.  While they just mention Lightroom by name, they have instructions on importing the list into other programs.  They also have a set of free lists at, though they only have instructions on importing them into the list they sell.

There are other lists available, a simple Google search will bring them up.

Since I primarily using Lightroom, I'm downloading the free list.  I'm going to try to start using it on the next set of photos I import.  Hopefully, I can then go start keywording  all the rest of my files.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Monday, December 1, 2014

O'Neal Lake

O'Neal Lake was a man made lake on the southern end of  Wilderness Park in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Formed by damming a small stream, it was a place for canoeing, wildlife and especially birding.   It was a popular migrating bird stop and a Loon nesting area.

Access to the lake was a small two track dirt road that several people had issues with.  I was there for the first time in June, and found a beautiful area with a small ghost forest, and a quiet lake that was a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Unfortunately, sometime in late summer, the dam failed.  The DNR ended up draining the lake while they figured out the issues.  It turns out the dam was ok, but some of the surrounding dirt berms had failed during heavy rains.  As of October of 2014, there was a promise to fix the berms and restore the lake.  Hopefully by the time I get up to that area early next year, that will have happened.   I would like to explore the area more.