Mark Balcom  Photography

Mark Balcom Photography

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

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, “Sometimes there are no tracks at […]

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Bankruptcy and the ceasing of production of instant films by Polaroid could have left only Fujifilm as a producer of peal apart instant film for Land Cameras, but no integral instant films for classic Polaroid cameras. However, in 2008 The Impossible Project was conceived and funding was found to purchase the last Polaroid film manufacturing […]

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The naming scheme for digital camera sensors is derived from old television camera sizes expressed as the diameter of the tube through which light enters to strike the sensor at the end of the tube. The sensor’s diagonal measurement is about one third less than that of the tv camera tube so camera sensor diagonal […]

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As I said in an earlier post, several years ago I resumed shooting and printing a lot. With some review at the Worcester Craft Center I went back out with my cameras and into the darkroom with less pain and more joy than ever. I changed formats from 35mm to 645 medium format when I […]

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My friend, Tom Wyatt, has exhibited some lovely color photographs of reflections on various kinds of natural and human made surfaces. His metal prints of these subject materials are amazing to see, if you get the chance. I recently received a Groupon deal by email for $5 metal prints that includes a limited time offer […]

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When I was a kid, somewhere in high school, I probably thought sixty-somethings were from prehistoric times; I also bought my first serious camera, a Mamiya-Sekor DTL 2000(?) 35mm SLR (Mamiya only makes medium format nowadays)–on lay-away from Denholm & McKay. Before recorded history cities mostly had local department stores; and Macy’s was in New […]

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