JAMES CRAIG PHOTOGRAPHY

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First Snow – Snow Walkers

First snow of the year – I Gallery sat until 6, by which time it stopped snowing. But it started up again after we got home and ate – so I grabbed the camera and went back out into the cold and wet. I caught a couple of shots of people cautiously making...

B&Ws – Havre de Grace Christmas Parade and iPhone Video Set-Up

Tis the season to be busy. This is the B&W version of the color shot topping the last posting. Yes, I like it much better, especially viewed large – in spite of the fact that when shooting action in the dark one is lucky to be able to use an ISO as...

Havre de Grace Christmas Parade and Rogue Swan Christmas Video

I'm putting off for a couple of days working on my new B&Ws. So, in tune with the season, here are a couple of color exposures of the Havre de Grace Christmas Parade – we do seem to like our night parades – and  video of one of the numbers from Rogue...

From Just a Power-House to BEAST

and "There and Back Again" with the old iMac. There was about a month between postings recently – a couple of (minor, major, exasperating, fun) computer issues contributed to that. the short version is that both hard drives in my 27", 3TB Fusion Drive...

Anatomy of a Rock Shoot – Wind Up Toy at the Havre de Grace Opera House (Part II)

This concert was so appropriate for Halloween, if quite tricky to photograph with the swirling, shifting colored lights. In this scene, the lead singer’s head is being deposited in the bucket below – looks pretty real too. Nothing to worry about though,...

Anatomy of a Rock Shoot – Wind Up Toy at the Havre de Grace Opera House (Part I)

I was excited to be asked to shoot a rock performance at our Havre de Grace Opera House. It's a newly restored nineteenth century venue that seats around 275 pretty comfortably. The group: Wind Up Toy, a local Alice Cooper tribute group that, to be...

The Moon has been Eaten Volume II – More Images from Easter Island

…from BayPhoto Books comes a work of art. I am using Bay Photo Books for the ultimate in quality photo-book printing, for which the word "book" is something of a misnomer. They are high resolution fine art B&W prints done straight from my print files,...

Zipper Spider and Notes

I do realize that I call this a site/blog for my B&W photography. But, like with the bluebird shots a couple of weeks back, I occasionally aim my camera at something that needs to be seen in color. This is Nan’s new pet Garden or Zipper Spider. She’s...

September First Friday in Havre de Grace

On First Friday in Havre de Grace, the three main blocks in town are closed off to traffic, along with a number of side streets for one block. Lots to see and do, lots more to eat. My into picture shows one of the “street” artists doing a sketch of...

MixBook for B&W Photo Books – a Tale of two Failures

I thoroughly expected to be announcing this conclusion to the Easter Island project this week. Instead I'm using the time and space to relate my very unsatisfactory experience with the printer MixBook. A year ago the world of photo-books had one clear...

August First Friday in Havre de Grace

…man, the sax player was good… I'm a little late posting August First Friday – September's is less than a week away. We only had time for a quick run-through – one of those ill planned days. Nan had something for supper going in the crock-pot because...

Our Eldest Puts out Her Third Children's Book

Caron's first two books – The Last Flower and Slim – both received awards. I liked both but Slim is one of my favorite kids books of all time. This third effort is longer, about fifty pages, and a much more ambitious undertaking – something for young...

Rogue Swan at Artists Emporium

Tricky shots in very low light of a great little show… Artists Emporium is the gallery next door to RiverView, the one where Nan and I both exhibit. One of the main differences is that A. E. has enough room to hold musical events regularly, able to...

A Short Bluebirds Tale

or – as we watch a curious family dynamic… One would think from the pictures that the explanation was pretty straightforward… but it's not. We watched as a female bluebird built a nest in our birdhouse and began sitting on her nest. Already very different...

July First Friday – Street Painting

…and progress on book. metal prints.  We might have been able to spend more time out for First Friday except we had to park so far away and, because of the recent hernia operation, I decided to cut out a little early. As it was, I covered a lot of territory...

Recovery, Pirates and Whats New

Recovering and Posting – I'm recovering enough from my hernia operation to sit at the computer at least a little. It was an inguinal hernia – and I opted out of the Oxycodone pain killers afterward. Probably a big mistake. Good darn thing the doctor...

Joelle

Confronted with one of those people who, even though the camera obviously likes them, believe firmly that they are not photogenic and do their darndest to sabotage any pictures. I kept at it, telling the young lady that she probably couldn’t look bad...

Rain, Rainbows and Sun

…plus a new exhibit print, site updates and a big deal for Fuji RAW conversion. To be frank I don't really know what I'm going to do with this one. It's a B&W iPhone shot – will stand up to a 12x16 image, where it's most effective. Nan likes it – not...

A Big Giant Raspberry

Again the Question comes up – why B&W. This is a short rant in response  to recent "advice" that I might want to work-up for sale some "color" images from my thousands of Easter Island exposures At the same time a good friend and really fine photographer...

Jet Blaq and Red Alert

As I mentioned in the last posting, on First Fridays in Havre de Grace, there are one or two bands on every block. By far our favorite to stop and watch as much as listen to is Red Alert – sponsored by Joseph’s Department Store (a very old fashioned,...

First First Friday of the Year

First Fridays in Havre de Grace can be a lot of fun, and hold numerous opportunities to shoot. It had poured rain here for two days, ending just a couple of hours before 5 when things come alive on the streets. It remained a little cloudy, but nary...

Nan

In the process of converting my folios to the new system, I finally came to the Portrait section, and this shot of Nan from 1978. I can’t believe I’ve never made it the subject of a posting. It’s my absolute favorite – I’ve kept a darkroom-printed copy...

Children Swimming Hanga Roa O Tai II

Plus:  Island folio conversion finished – includes this additional Image, by request. Even though I have thousands of exposures I was thinking that 150 B&W images was enough. But this one isn't "my" fault. Nan was looking over my shoulder and jumped...

Morning Havre de Grace Railroad Bridge

And Folio Image Updates Update • Camera Notes – I just had to see what my new toy could do. This is a hand-held shot at F22, in poor light. Darned if it didn't work. And I get an easy 18x24 image from it, whew. If it comes across a little muted here...

First Warm Day in March Stroll into Town

Took another crack at this “Street” type stuff, roaming around looking to see what I can aim the camera at – not the way I’m used to working but I’m getting a little used to it. Walked down the shore first – saw these guys fishing under the RR bridge....

First of the New Folio Pages Done – Check it Out

I've began updating my Folio image pages from the plain format I was forced to set up a decade ago – and kept up simply because I was too busy to tackle the job of upgrading – to something much more up to date and effective. It will be slow going though...

First Fridays Flashbacks

As I await my next foray into the streets of Havre de Grace, work diligently at making the new camera an intuitive extension of self, change my shooting perspective to match my new subject matter, scan event calendars, etc. I thought I'd review any...

It Rained on Our Parade

I hate it when the weather prediction is spot-on! Havre de Grace likes to hold its own Mardi Gras Parade. Never could figure out why – how often is it good weather the last Tuesday in February? Well, this year was no exception. The weather forecast...

Updating Nan's Painting Web Site

…and a new slide show on the RiverView Gallery site. I try to update the RiverView Gallery web site every few months with a new slide show. The site is my contribution – usually that amounts to posting the Saturday sitting schedule. I took advantage...

If I Didn't Already Know the Year and Season…

First of all this is 2017, not the sixties. Second, it's over 70 degrees in mid February in Havre de Grace – just two of the many ways the world seems turned on its head right now. We were delivering some new pieces to the Gallery and saw this scene...

Moon over Maunga Tea Tea 2

Naturally as I was working up the newer versions of the Catalog and Book PDF files I found one I missed posting here. Oops. Nan likes this and wanted it included. We were setting out for a long, grueling day on Poike. I stopped and braced the camera...

Birdman

Grabbing that peak-of-the-moment action shot, at night, on a stage sporatically lit with shifting color lights, is quite a challenge. This one tells a story that I feel is needed – it's a Tapati Rapanui 2007 reenactment of the Birdman cult contest where...

Island Flower and Bee

…for lack of anything else to call it. I shot this with my iPhone as a TIFF. It was windy and I wasn't sure I got it, even after a few tries. In the end two were sharp – surprisingly sharp. I used the other good exposure in a posting from the Island...

Rano Raraku Vaka Ama Race

The first leg of the Tapati Rapanui "triathlon" is rowing a reed canoe that one has made oneself across the lake in Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater. If that isn't tiring enough, each contestant will then hang 44 pounds of bananas around his neck and...

Home-made Mat Cutting System

Inexpensive, easy, convenient –  There are a couple of reasons to go this route: money – good mat cutters are expensive, especially if you don’t really need to use one all that often; and simplicity – my reason. I have never appreciated the fine craft...

Vivi

…and a new RAW conversion app that ROCKS. Holidays and our trek around the country to visit our kids is over - so I'm back to my "final" review of the Rapanui images for printing. Again, this last trip, while rough in some ways, somehow gave me a revitalized...

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