This and That by Steve Shor - Some Photographic Reading

The winter is always a good time to read a few books about photography. This can be quite inspirational and gets you all psyched up to go out and try your own hand with some renewed energy and anticipation. Typically at this time of year several of the major photographic magazines publish their lists of photo books they would recommend. I am citing some of the ones I thought sounded most interesting. A few of my personal favorite photographers are Art Wolfe and David Stocklein, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition from England. Hopefully some of these books can be previewed online so that you can get a flavor for the content. [...]

This and That by Steve Shor - Photo Back Packs

I have found that finding and choosing a back pack to carry my camera gear was much harder than I anticipated. It would seem that with the plethora of manufacturers and styles it would be much easier than it actually is. However when the rubber hits the road as they say, many of the options just don’t make the grade. This is also a very personal decision as every one is different in body type and needs. [...]

This and That by Steve Shor - Brookfield Zoo

As many of you know I greatly enjoy going to zoos and aquariums to observe the behavior of the many animal and sea creatures that populate our earth. For many of these creatures I might never get to see them at all without zoos. And in many cases they are on the endangered lists and the zoos offer one way to actually keep them from going extinct. Some of my favorites are the San Diego Zoo, and the Washington DC Zoo, mainly because of their Giant Panda exhibit. Also the Newport Aquarium in Oregon and the LA Aquarium in Long Beach because of their excellent sea creature exhibits. [...]

This and That by Steve Shor - Country Roads

For me the topic of “Country Roads” brings to mind many fond memories I have of touring the countryside in New England, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These are places that I lived or had summer jobs or went to college. More often than not these excursions were solitary and was a way to get out of the city and re-vitalize and re-energize. The curvy roads and scenery of trees or bluffs or creeks or rivers all float back to mind and I can vividly recall the thrill of expectation as I rounded the next curve or came to an area I had enjoyed before. I was even fortunate enough to have owned a convertible sports car for some of these memories. Yes, drives or walks or biking out into the scenic, more rural areas has always been a treasured activity for me. What a great topic to have for our October salon. And it is even more special at this time of year since the Fall colors will be starting to emerge. [...]