Glenn DiPaola

Glenn DiPaola



Straight shooter since 1974 - "You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams "Regardless of how successful you are, it’s important for you to spend your time photographing things that matter to you. You need to understand the things that have meaning to you, and not what others think is important for you." - Steve McCurry
  • Canon DSLRs, Fujifilm X-E1, Lumix LX-5, Canon A720, Galaxy Tablet, iPhone 5
  • Clean
  • Eyes, brain, hands, legs, cameras


Published January 15th, 2012

I had to know what was being done with post-processing, there is so much of it in here. So I bought Photomatix and have been playing with it. What a major time suck that is. That said, the more I use it, the more it reminds me of my days printing color photos. It feels like going back to that control over an image, even more than working in photoshop.

I don't have many bracketed shots, or raw images, to experiment with, so I have been trying single images and false brackets done in photoshop. There are so many controls, such fine tweaks, that arriving at a final image takes some doing. I am amazed at the level of details it can pull out while not destroying other levels.

Glad it's winter and I don't feel guilty sitting on my computer for hours.

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What I've learned

Published December 30th, 2011

I've been in 500px for over a month now and have observed a few things.

- There are photographs. I prefer them, it's what I know. I'm drawn to documentary work and photos that reflect thought at the time of capture.

- There are images. Some are very nice, some are out of my "Like' range because they exceed what I relate to. I don't think I can cross that line with what I post. Enhancing is different than altering. I want to accept it but I'm struggling with this difference and how those decisions are made.

- The amount of Likes and Favs and such can effect a person. Yet, in spite of being new in here, and having lower "numbers", I look at the photographs that I post and get excited about them. They mean as much to me now as when I took them. Only I know the back-story of each photo, and that matters, that inspires.

- I still like black & white very much, even though I have not shot it for decades.

- I can get zero views in this site, but if I tweet an image, I'll have 20 views in ...

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