Upcoming Christmas ad

I know it isn't even Halloween yet, but unfortunately for me I have to begin planning the Christmas retail season weeks and even many months in advance. This year I negotiated some free ad space in a Montana magazine and decided to use it for Christmas time. Here is the ad I made that will appear in the December issue of at least one Montana magazine


Digitally remastering unseen photos

There are those who say you should delete all of your unedited photos right after you make them. Do not clutter yourself with images that didn't work. Move on. They say it make you become a better photographer. I was never one of those photographers.

I purchased my first network attached storage (NAS) server in 2007, a mere two years after I began making photos. The primary reason was to protect the photos I made. It was a two terabyte NAS. I couldn't believe I was working the realm of terabytes. What is the size of the NAS server I use today? 24 terabytes. And it's already half full.

Yes, I'm a bit of a pack rat when it comes to old photos. I never really bought into the idea that I should delete the photos that didn't work. I wasn't sure why I made that decision, but I sure am glad I made it.

While my photography skills have improved since 2005, so too has my editing skills. Photos I would never even thought about retouching back in 2006 I have been able to turn into masterpieces today using some simple digital editing techniques. Above are four examples of photos from 2005 that have come to life in recent weeks with some Photoshop trickery and a greater attention to curating my collection of unseen images.

This winter I am embarking on an effort to resurrect those photos on my hard drives that have never seen the light of day. I guess you could say I am "digitally remastering" them. Most of them are Wisconsin photos, but almost all of them are examples of my early rural photography. And I hope my Montana family and friends will appreciate them nonetheless.

Have you seen my photos of farmers' markets yet?

I spend a lot of time at farmers' markets. It is one of my favorite places to be. There is nothing like fresh vegetables in the summer and a good farmers' market is the best place to find them.

Bringing my camera with me to farmers' markets is commonplace. I like making ag related photographs at farmers' markets. The myriad of vegetables at a farmers' market offers tantalizing patterns to photograph. And all of the people crammed together offers a great opportunity to practice street photography, too.

Have you seen my gallery of farmers's market photos? It is still a work in progress, but I plan to spend much more time at farmers' markets making photos next summer and expanding this gallery significantly over the years. If you haven't see my photos of farmers' markets yet, why not check them out? Here is the link:


Nature's Shed

An old shed shrouded with trees on a cold winter landscape near Plain, Wisconsin. → Buy a Print or License Photo

Useful USGS website


The Internet is littered with useful websites, apps, and tools. So many that I gathered quite a collection of them. Some get used occasionally, and some get used all of the time. One of my new favorite tools from from a board governed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) called the United States Board on Geographic Names. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?

Don't let its staid and conservative name fool you. If you are into Montana history and geography you'll love this website. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names was created in 1890 and established in its present form by law in 1947 to maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the Federal Government. On their website they allow you to search their extensive database of of geological names and features. You can search by name, type (i.e. stream, airport, forest, range and much more. For example, I wanted to research the name of every butte in Blaine County recently and the database performed flawlessly, providing me with a spreadsheet of every butte and their coordinates in Blaine County, Montana.