Photo Links Wednesday

Celebrating Spring with Window Display Color!

Colorful Window Display at Crate and Barrel

I love these spring colored banners at this store entrance on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. And all those curves and lines makes me smile at all the energy. I always find so many things to photograph when I visit Chicago!

As far as photography goes, I read dozens of articles a week on photography and such. There is always much that I’d like to share, and so I’m going to start posting a list of links every Wednesday.

Photo Link Day!

  • Joe McNally’s article, We Just Can’t Help it! Are we photographers different from regular folks? Here’s a quick quote from the article, but the whole article is worth a read:

“We [photographers] don’t stop seeing things.  We try to push reality into a better composition.  We keep shooting until we’re satisfied that we captured the story we’re trying to tell.”

  • I know it’s a little late in most areas of the country to be photographing snowflakes. Still…it HAS been a crazy winter and March generally has a storm or two saved for many of us, especially in the northern states. Here is an article from EarthSky, in case you want to know the REALLY cool way to photograph snowflakes. It’s either now or wait ’til next December.
  • Anyone ready for Baseball’s Spring Training? (Me! Me!) These great photos from of  baseball players in their spring digs sure got me in the mood! (You’ll have to click the link after you click this link–I don’t know why!) Spring Training starts. . . TODAY!  (But the Milwaukee Brewers don’t play their first game until tomorrow. Boo hoo!)

People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”  —Roger Hornsby  (Roger must have been very single minded – perhaps he would have enjoyed a Polaroid.)

  • PhotoCritic talks about a subject that I used to feel guilty about, because I hadn’t done it – yep, backing up photographs! – but I’ve finally gotten my act together. Now I’ve backed up ALL my photos. In two places! Here’s a good article, and a good reminder, on backing up your photos properly.
About Bo Mackison

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  1. Interesting photo and great idea linking to articles.

  2. Joanna Young says:

    Bo, thanks for the links – it’s a nice addition to your material – and useful for the likes of me. Re the quote on not being able to help it… I’m no photographer but I know I can’t help it either! Looking, searching, trying, climbing down into ditches, lying in the mud to get that little bit closer up… I just can’t help it 😉

  3. Bo Mackison says:

    Yes indeed, Joanna. I so get that. I can’t help taking photographs –anywhere, everywhere. And yes, Joanna, you too are a photographer. Stop denying it! 🙂

  4. This is a great idea! Thanks for the links, Bo. I read a lot too and it’s great to add even more photo sources. We can’t learn too much, can we? Nope.

  5. Excellent image, Bo! The scene has a wonderful fresh and bright look to it!

  6. Love the lines..the curves..the color. What a wonderful architectural image rendered abstract!!!

  7. Anna Surface says:

    Oh, I really like the sweeping and colorful curves. I read a lot in photography too.I appreciate these links and I’m bookmarking Joe McNally’s article. Great idea, Bo. 🙂

  8. I love the lines and light of this shot.

  9. I love the lines and light of this shot.

  10. Beautifully composed image. Love it! And, thanks for the links. I’m off to check them out!

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