Before digital cameras came along, you had to set your "F stop" to the proper setting to have the right exposure for your photos. There was a saying among photojournalists: "F8 and be there."--set your camera to F8, and get to the scene ready to go. Not that much has changed, really.

Welcome to the Observer's Photo Blog

Truth be told, I wanted to be a photojournalist when I grew up.


"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."

"The pictures are there, and you just take them."

WW II photographer Robert Capa

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Can't Go Wrong With A Sunset

Love sunsets--I do enjoy sunrises too, but they are the province of those who are truly awake in the early morning. I leave them to the early risers.

Monday, May 9, 2011


When I was young I drew a lot from photographs. Usually, I used colored pencils to add color to my pictures. This is one of the few that survived, mainly because I made off with it. (Parents just have no idea what they throw out!) It is nice that it is one of my favorites. It is unique in that the color is from watercolor paints.

I have to say that this is one of the best drawings I ever did.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

1976: High School Hoops

This is one of my favorite photographs from my days photographing sports in high school. I love how you can see all 10 players on the floor, and how the break is developing. This was the year that our boys were playing in away jerseys all year, except in this game the opponent, another blue team, was not reminded to bring their white jerseys. We scratched together enough stuff for the boys to wear for this game.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Easter Sunday Worship

It was almost completely dark except for the cross illuminated in red and red letters: "Three days later..." You can see the hint of light starting as Pastor Shoup and the acolyte start lighting candles. By the time they make their way to the Christ candle, it is brightly lit throughout the sanctuary, including the congregation, bathed in yellow light.

Christ has risen.

Just Another Day at the Cat House

Hadn't posted here for a while--have a lot of material. Here's something new to look at from the endless collection of cat photos. Taken with the Blackberry.


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