Mark Balcom  Photography

Mark Balcom Photography

Nature, Rural and Urban Landscape, and Infrared Imagery. Information and Opinion about Photography.

Okay, I have a digital camera converted to capture infrared light. I’m ready to go out and shoot pictures, right? My camera is ready–Is my lens? Light is bent when it passes through transparent materials such as air, water, and glass. However, different colors (wavelengths of light) may not bend at the same degree so […]

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Yesterday, I put my old Polaroid SX-70 camera to use with a pack of Impossible Black and White instant film. The irony is that instant photography takes more time per capture than digital cameras do when I count shielding the film from light for a few minutes while it develops and the capacity of my […]

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Holly Fischer hand builds ceramic sculptures with white stoneware clay. I set the aperture of my telephoto lens wide open in order to shoot close to the objects using ambient gallery lighting and to create an ambiguous sense of scale with a narrow depth of field. Her work in the exhibit represented here is all […]

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I’ve learned not to think when I run out with my camera to take some pictures. I may have a feeling about a place, a time of day, a sense of perfection or ruin in mind, but I am looking in my camera for something that just feels right. When I began as a photographer […]

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I believe digital cameras, their sensors, lenses, and image processors have evolved and multiplied enough that I can buy equipment to make “fine art” for not a lot of bucks. However, I don’t think full frame cameras, professional lenses and the like are without value. They’re tools in talented hands for making extraordinary images.   […]

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I am confused by the choice between physical and digital media for photography and all the visual arts these days. Perhaps this is because I grew up in a time of print and physical media as the prime way to present and distribute publications and visual art; and this shaped my aesthetic with a bias […]

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Sensitivity is defined by the International Organization for Standards (ISO) in its abstract thus: “ISO 12232:2006 specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings, ISO speed latitude ratings, standard output sensitivity values, and recommended exposure index values, for digital still cameras. ISO 12232:2006 is applicable to both monochrome and colour digital still cameras.” […]

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Sometimes I understand the way one person says things better than others. So here in my words are a few comments about camera settings that may help us know our cameras better. Photo editing software may allow me to compensate for less than¬†ideal exposures, but better results come with good initial captures. Loosely defined, these […]

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I find that looking at a thing is not seeing, that I had to learn to see. I think photographers are not alone in this perception. Paul Rezendes, the well-known tracking expert and, coincidentally, nature photographer writes about his ideas in his book, Tracking and the Art of Seeing, ‚ÄúSometimes there are no tracks at […]

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