Canvas Prints – another finishing option

I love canvas prints, but what I am not a huge fan of is the gallery wrap look.  There are a lot of reasons for this but it is mainly the cost to produce the print and the no frame look.  Sure they look great when first produced but after being on the wall for a while they start to look like something is missing (just my opinion) without the frame.  So for years I have recommended that instead of the wrap that people mount to foam board then frame the print.  To me this is the  best way to display a canvas and as far as cost it can be less then the wrap.

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Sensor Dust

The stages of sensor dust denial and cleaning!

– There is a spot on my image…… cannot be sensor dust, I just cleaned it!
– A week later – The spot is still there, that is strange!
– A month passes – The spot is still there, it is not so bad I can live with it.

Sensor Dust

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Van & NO SNOW – White Turtle III

Spring – no snow!

If you do not live where the temperatures drop crazy low and the snow piles up you may not get this but today I got to take the van out without snow and cold!!! Don’t get me wrong the van works great in both but it is SOOO nice to be able to open the doors and windows or to get into the van and not worry about the cold or the snow.  This is really the first time since bringing it home that I could do that!!!

White Turtle III
White Turtle III – NO SNOW!!!!!!

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Storm chasing season is coming!!

I love chasing storms!!!

I am not a fan when storms come and chase me, but if I can go after them it is AMAZING!!!!  Below is some information on my storm chasing gear so you can be ready when things heat up!

Lightning storm
Evening storm


It is great to get some amazing storm pictures but be careful!!!  If you are not familiar with storms find someone to go out with for the first few times or take a course.  No picture is work a death!!

Lightning Set-ups

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Is it right or is it right


I love listening to people discuss things on forums but my love can easily turn to frustration when they start to argue that they are right without taking into account everything in the argument.

As an example in the RV world there is a difference between a vehicles starter battery and the RV house battery.  A starter battery is designed for high output in a short time and a RV house battery is designed for a sustained output over a long time.  In a lot of people’s worlds the two should never be mixed and they are right to an extent.  Years ago my Dad had an electric trolling motor for a boat.  He would get a good car battery and charge it up and away we would go for a day of fishing.  We had lots of fun and at the end of the day he would charge up the battery and we would be ready for the next day.  In reality the battery was not the right kind, it should have been a Marine or RV battery but for us it worked and we had fun.  Same with RV’s, I have seen people use car batteries hundreds of times and had more fun then you could imagine even with the “wrong” battery.

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Teaching Tip – bring on the bad!

Getting to the issue when teaching

Whenever I am teaching I always ask students to bring me their bad images.  If I am critiquing work to help improve someones photography I ask to see the unedited images.  WHY?  Because anyone can luck out and get a great image, or spend enough time in Photoshop to fix an image.  But seeing the bad or unedited images will show what a person does most of the time.  This is true in other areas as well.  I don’t care what you are like when everything is going perfect, but what are you like when things are going bad?  You may be a great wedding photographer when the temperature is 20C and there is no wind or bugs, but what are you like in -10C and a 100k wind, or with a bride that is in a miserable mood?

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