For me photography's first about framing. I'm certainly aware of color, exposure, depth of field, and focus, and I definitely give them thought, but what I see, and try to capture, is objects and context.

I've been taking pictures for most of my life; there've been times when I've taken lots of pictures. And I've often owned very good equipment. Nonetheless, photography's my hobby, and I don't claim any special talent.

My LibraryThing profile's probably my best online self-portrait.

General technical notes: I often crop my photographs. All my other habits change over time; if you look you'll find I tend to adopt a processing practice for a year or two before migrating to something else. These days I'm processing photos mainly using Optics Pro and Affinity Photo, but most of the pix in the stream were originally processed using either Bibble Pro (now called Corel AfterShot Pro) or Adobe's Photoshop Elements.

I occasionally experiment with these tools--those experiments may or may not get described in my captions. (Some, but not all, of this shows in the EXIF data, which is always worth looking at if you want to know how someone took a picture.)

Compare this photo with its original for a fairly typical treatment.

I'm slowly mastering a Nikon D500, these days; it's an upgrade from my D300. My main camera was a Nikon 1 V2 for a couple years and I expect it will be again since for most of my purposes it's sufficient. (I usually carry a Sony CyberShot, too.) I've been shooting Nikon for a couple decades, now, but that's lens lock-in more than a preference. There's a Minolta SR-T 101 in my closet, a Chinon Genesis III in my history, and I've worn out a slew of pocket cams over the decades.

The skinny black-line frames are a personal preference, but I picked the preference up from Bob Hundman's Mainline Modeler. Were Flickr not so relentlessly white, I might not be adding them. [No longer relevant, methinks. joel 5/20/13]

I've also got my father's photo collection. I scan and post those from time to time, too.

Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoy.


I've a second Flickr account, which is reserved for baseball pix. There's some overlap with this site, but it's only a slight overlap.

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    "Jowo's photos of the Upper Peninsula make me miss Michigan so much. Living down in Wichita, Ks and seeing these photos brings great memories of back home."

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Joel Dinda
April 2005
Mulliken, Michigan, USA
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