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Goodby to an old friend

Thought I’d post a quick one. My 1997 Pathfinder is due to be donated in tomorrow. It’s given 12 year of amazing service and has 235k miles. It’s a bit got more life in it, but the new boss, a 2011 Honda Ridgeline by it’s side, is it’s replacement. Goodbye old friend. You’ve been a great ride.


What’s TSM-Photography up to of late?

Been more than just a little while since my last post on photo stuff. Still shooting of course but over the past half year, I’ve been more concerned with wrapping up stuff and other issues in preparation for my coming retirement from my day job. OTOH, I’ve felt that 2015 wasn’t as productive a year for my photography as I would have liked. Haven’t even done a ‘best of 2015’ listing yet. Clearly blog’s need care and feeding, and this one has been starving of late. This Summer, I do promise to catch it up and as I have a number of cool trips planed in the Fall, I should have more posts to share with my readers.

Stay tuned, I’ll be back.

Blog name change

I’ve decided to shorten the name of my blog to simply – TSM-Photograpy. It was headed that way anyway and I’ll be changing my watermark as well. I feel I need to separate my photography from my web design biz. So, as of today. That split has been made.

No change in content or focus of this blog. Just the simpler name.


Speaking “Photographer” – the Basics

This was such a good article that I thought it might be useful to post a portion of it here.

Deciphering Photo Jargon – Learn to Speak “Photographer”

by Darlene Hildebrandt

These are the terms you’ll find in your camera’s manual and in most beginner tutorials on how to use it. Hopefully this will help you get a better grasp on them so the manual isn’t quite so foreign.

  • Photography – the word photography comes from two old Greek words “phos” meaning light and “graph” meaning to draw.  So photograph literally means to draw with light, or a drawing made with light.  So photography is the art of drawing with light.
  • Aperture – the variable opening in the lens through which light passes to the film or digital sensor.  Measured in  f-stops. I like to compare it to your pupil which opens and closes to allow more or less light to enter your eye depending on the brightness level of the room.
  • Bracketing – taking a series of images at different exposures or EV. You may see a setting on your camera that says auto exposure bracketing. This is often used when creating HDR images or in difficult lighting situations where you may want to have a range of exposures from light to dark.
  • Bulb – the “B” setting on your camera where the shutter remains opened as long as the button or cable release (remote trigger) is pressed. On a Canon it may be on your mode dial on top of the camera, or at the low end of the shutter speed settings (also where it is on a Nikon)
  • DSLR – digital single lens reflex camera. Any digital camera with interchangeable lenses where the image is viewed using a mirror and prism, and the image is taken directly through that lens. What you see in your viewfinder is what the lens sees.

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Rework of this blog

Well, from its brief and interrupted start last June, the TSM-Solutions Photography Blog is re-launching to something more real and sustained thanks to CS 57.11 from SRJC. It’s already advanced beyond my last effort as I have a plan, well…er…a proposal and lots of friendly students to look in on this puppy. So, here goes.