A Springtime Hike with ...

From the Best of Mark Toal Here in Portland, the weather is showing signs of an spring so Jasmine and I decided to take a hike.  I grabbed a Panasonic Lumix G5 and two kit lenses, the Lumix 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 (28-84mm equivalent) and the Lumix 45-150mm f/4.0-5.6 (90-300mm equivalent.)...

Signals of Spring

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern “Little faces looking up Holding wonder like a cup,” a variation on Sara Teasdale’s poem, Barter Signs of spring are popping up, and the best way to spot them in New York City is to casually walk the side streets of a local neighborhood where residents...

What is a Cine lens?

From the Best of Mark Toal Everyday mirrorless camera are becoming more popular  for shooting video the Cine lens is getting more notice. Cine lenses have been around for as long as movies have been made but there are new, less expensive ones coming out almost monthly for mirrorless...

People Make Photographs...

Today’s Post by Joe Farace I’ve said this before and it’s worth repeating for any new readers of the blog: I am not employed, under contract, or sponsored by any camera company. The ads you see at right are from companies that Mark and I know and trust and go to pay the...

Keeping Your Photograph...

From the Best of Mark Toal, photography by Joe Farace KISS is an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid” that was  associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson. The KISS principle states that systems work best if when they are simple rather than complicated;  simplicity...

Functional Sculptures i...

Today’s Post by Mildred Alpern “Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun”—Lew Brown, J Vejvoda Resembling big wooden barrels topped off with cylindrical hats, they stand on wide platforms supported on metal legs secured with cross braces. Amidst the graceful towering towers of the...