Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Lights

Thursday morning. 12/15/11

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Square Trees

Thursday morning. 12/15/11

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dress on Yellow Corner

Wednesday Night. 12/14/11

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How to Take a Photograph

Sometime in 1972.
Start with 5 cans of soup.

Monday, December 5, 2011

How To Use Chopsticks

Saturday Evening. 12/3/11
Now you have no excuse.

Friday, November 25, 2011


Thanksgiving Day. 11/24/11

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New camera - old lens

1pm Wednesday, 11/23/11.
New Canon 5DII + 2003 Canon 17-40.
Using a full-frame camera to shoot something for the web is pretty much overkill. 20+ MB files reduced to 500kb is severe shrinkage.

However I have a need for this new tool. It will provide me with almost two more stops of high ISO shooting over what I'm shooting now plus a larger file that can be chopped and cropped while retaining good image quality. Having three different format sizes in the toolbox gives me excellent flexibility for assignments.

And the view through FF! The large optical viewfinder of the 5D compared to slectronic finders is like a picture window next to a security camera. The image quality of the larger file seems to add a bit more dimension than the smaller sensors. I'm looking forward to work!

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Trellis Bridge

Sunday afternoon. 10/30/11
Just kind of a snapshot as the sun came out a half minute later and then a few minutes passed before the rain came. I'll be back.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

UC Homecoming

Saturday a week ago. 10/22/11

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Friday morning. 10/21/11

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Sunday afternoon. 10/23/11

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Manitou Island

Sunday morning. 10/16/11

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Garden Theater

Saturday late afternoon. 10/15/11
The Garden Theater in Frankfort, Michigan was built in 1923, then renovated several years ago and is having a film festival next weekend.

I was on the lakefront off of Frankfort but I decided not to shoot with the 40 mph winds picking up the top layer of sand and becoming Mother Nature's sandblasting machine. Leaving the lake, I see the Garden marquee and jump out to take pictures. Seeing the glow of the golden hour I was distracted from the settings on the camera which were set to interior shooting. This was the first shot and it confirms what my old editor Dudley Green would say (with his Texas accent), "Al, the best shot will be your first one or last one."

Monday, October 17, 2011

Glen Harbor

Sunday morning. 10/16/11

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sears Tower Loading Zone

Friday about 4pm. 10/14/11

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ex-Felons over Sears Tower

Wednesday afternoon. 10/12/11

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Roots in Training

Tuesday around 6pm. 10/11/11

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Sunday afternoon, 10/2/11

Friday, September 30, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Photography Is Not Paintball

If Photo was Paintball, I bet I would have won this round.

Is it enough to spontaneously hit the shutter as the mind decides that a subject has photogenic qualities? Following that enter the machine gun approach to photographing - shoot the subject and get a few more shots in there that might be better. Or as camera tech gets faster, spray the image area with multiple shutter activations and pick later. That is, quicken the mechanics of picture taking and thus improve the chances of getting a picture.

But as we all know - more pictures does not mean better pictures.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fallen Crown

Monday afternoon. 9/19/11
If a crown falls in a forest of students, will there be a camera to capture it?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Navy

Friday, 9/23/11
One of my college roommates, Jack Molchan served in the Navy during the Viet Nam years.
My cousin Richard Loon also served in the Navy and I believe he was an officer who came out of ROTC.
My uncle Gee Hoe Sue served during WWII. He looked like a hero in his uniform, just as it should be.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Guerilla Photography

Monday afternoon. 9/19/11
The strategy of "Shoot first, ask questions later" did not work well for me in this situation.
Here's what happened:
I see a girl with a sign, one of the words being photography. Next I see a girl in red standing next to someone in a monkey suit. I usually don't add things up when I'm shooting fast (the time between these two pictures is 2 seconds). I didn't realize that these people were connected - I should have done the math.
Being a practitioner of the "Go with the flow" theory of image making these several seconds of recording simply morphed into another display of student life at the University.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Thursday afternoon. 9/22/11

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fifteen - 15

Class of 2015. 09-19-2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Straw Man

Saturday morning. 9/17/11

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Van Buren Badlands

Wednesday morning. 9/14/11

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Argyle and Broadway

Tuesday morning. 9/13/11

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fanny May

Monday, 9/12/11
So the lot is the future site of a Target.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wood's White Knight

Monday 9/5/11
To me, it' s important who leads me to a photograph. Many people fail as a photo guide, confusing popular "photogenic" sites with photographic content. My mother's fifth uncle was a great photo guide in Guangzhou, introducing me to street scenes that became my own. Silence is also important to allow me to share the moment and space. Some guides just won't shut up.

My daughter took me to this shot.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chicago Daily News 1875 - 1978

Chicago Daily News. Thursday afternoon, 9/8/11.
My grandfather would have me pick up the Sun-Times and Daily News for him when I was in grade school. He would read the business section and I would read Royko's column. I never realized until recently that I have to respect him, an immigrant from China, for learning how to read.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Three Victoria Lily Pads

Labor Day morning. 9/5/11

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Utah 12 Hogs Back

The Hogs Back on Utah 12. 7/29/11
Highway 12 in Utah is one of the great scenic roads in America. Though only two lane, it's not heavily traveled except for a section near Bryce Canyon National Park and Red Canyon. Much of the road is challenging simply because you have to keep your eyes on the road and not on the scenery.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Tropic, Utah

Tropic, Utah. Friday morning, 7/22/11

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Factory Butte

Factory Butte. Friday afternoon, 7/29/11.
Roughly halfway between the small town of Hanksville and the even smaller town of Caineville, Factory Butte is a little more than 5 miles north of Utah 24 near a dirt road called Coal Mine Rd.
The area that I shot from is an off-road vehicle playground - you can see tire tracks in the foreground.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sky Over Mesa Verde

Above Mesa Verde, Saturday morning, 7/23/11

Friday, August 26, 2011

Waiting for Redmoon

Peoria near Randolph, Thursday night, 8/25/11.
What is it that takes you a place to photograph?
In my case, the reasons will vary from assignments to road trips and my favorite, the unexpected.

Well last night, Redmoon was expected to have a guerilla performance of its Celebration Vehicle at 8:45. My daughter, a big Redmoon fan joined me along with my wife who I'll describe as an interested fan. I'd estimate that 60-70 people were waiting along Randolph Ave. for the evening's event. Being as it was a school night, we had to leave after 30 minutes of waiting, but I did get this shot just before departing.