favorite travel photography apps

My Favorite Travel Photography Apps

What apps do you use most when you are traveling and photographing? Here are my most frequently used ones, either during planning and preparation or during and after a shoot. The Photographer’s Ephemeris The dean of sunrise and sunset (plus moonrise and moonset) planning apps, The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE in short, iTunes, Google Play) lets you quickly determine the azimuth …

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI

Let’s party like it’s 1976!

1976 is the year this lens, a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, was made. This is the time when lenses were just metal and glass, with no electronics or motors. The lower ring had apertures engraved on it, going from 1.4 (its maximum) to 16 (its smallest). The aperture ring had quite noticeable clicks at those f-values, but no intermediate clicks at …

Philadelphia in Black and White

Philadelphia in Black and White

By Bob McCormac. Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and the fifth largest city in the United States.  It is the hub of the Delaware Valley (the area where the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers merge) and the recognized center of the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Philadelphia has been called both the “city of neighborhoods” and …

Street musicians in Lisbon, Portugal

The Golden Mean (in Defense of Mediocrity)

Auream quisquis mediocritatem diligit, tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda sobrius aula. – Horace, Ode 2.10 (“Whoever values a golden mean is safely free from the squalor of a worn-out house, is soberly free from an envious palace.”) If you are reading this article because you read the title and thought it might be about composition in photography, the Golden …