Stone's Blog - Stones Throwe Photography

Some of the random thoughts of a photographer in central Iowa ...


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Made this 3x3 of marigolds to specs for a customer ...

I've been quite surprised by the interest in, and the number of sales of, this size image.   Click on the image for other 3x3's ...


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02 Aug 19


Computer color isn't quite at 100%, yet, but things are working out. Speaking of "out", went out with a camera today to get away from the internet and such problems and ran into photographer Erin McCullough [sp?] and her kids walking the bike path in Southwoods Park.



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09 Jul 19


Well, the tale of the studio computer became one of woe and wonder ... the first replacement machine wouldn't spool up at all right out of the box, so I had to take it back and get another. Getting files and folders back in familiar places has been fun ... best way to describe the ordeal is it was like someone had taken all the files & folders from the old computer and tossed them around a baseball stadium and one had to wander around picking them up and putting them back in their correct spot to be found & become useful — stuff I could've sworn had been over by third base was really out by the fence in right-center field, etc.

Again I must honor the designers and builders of my ancient Gateway laptop [model # NV77H05u] for creating the reliable machine that has lasted so long and held the whole operation together for me when the more modern machines failed.

Computer troubles aside, did still find some time to work with the cameras. Below is my favorite 'out with a camera' shot from the last couple of weeks:


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12 Jun 19


Well, the motherboard on the main computer fried itself a few days ago so I'm running things from the ancient [yet quite powerful] Gateway — yes, Gateway, [you remember them … the world's greatest computer manufacturer that was born right here in the Heartland] — laptop. The workflow will be running a bit behind as it's a one screen setup 'til the new gear arrives.     


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07 Jun 19


Hoping Getty Images has a sense of humor ... they rejected a shot for the writing & decal on the sign, so we did a bit of Photoshop work and ...........


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18 May 19


Last Monday this little character kept an eye on the photographer from a nearby pine tree & did such a professional job of modeling that he or she made it as "Monday's Squirrel" in the new "projects gallery" ...


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08 May 19


A sunset from Chicago area photographer Lexie Reynolds ...


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03 May 19


GASP!! Someone actually reads the blog!    :-)

When I trimmed the last year or so of stuff off this page it deleted links to a book I recommended as a basic photographer's manual. Per readers' requests here is the information, reposted:

The original book recommended in those comments is John Hedgecoe's "The New Manual of Photography", published, I think, around 1986. [the blue cover below]. If you want the basics of photography, this is the book to get you there, even though it doesn't have a lot on digital in it, you can't beat it for the basics.

Checking with some of the other photogs I work with, they point out another Hedgecoe book, "The New Photographer's Handbook" from the 90's they say [pictured below – disclaimer: I have not read it.] is a great update of the 80's manual.

While not the newest manuals out there, Hedgecoe gives you the basic "how to's" and "what are's" of photography [handling the camera, lighting, portraiture, f-stop, landscape, etc] clearly and distinctly ... and if my quick search of Barnes & Noble, Amazon, & the internet in general is correct, you'd find it hard to beat the wealth of information in these books with the price of some of the used copies around $5.

Think you'll find both these manuals cover the basics, and I leave it to the reader's search engine to find the right link and a copy that's the right price for them.


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13 Apr 19


Catching up on some workflow found this shot from Southwoods Park taken last week ... where was this shot a couple of years ago for the "Office Without Walls" project??  Guess there's just never a pink office chair in the woods on the day you need it ...   :-)



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07 Apr 19


Got this shot a couple of days ago while out with a camera in Southwoods Park ... like it for the distant contrast between the perspective of the tiny cardinal and the leafless trees ... 



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23 Mar 19


Sometimes photographers work the scenes of aircraft accidents ...

luckily, it is believed the penguin pilots ejected safely .... 

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06 Mar 19


We were talking about our favorite black & white images ... of mine, I picked this one – not really sure why I like it, but if I have to pick one ...



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06 Feb 19


As we stumbled around the first month or so in this new year, buried in a polar vortex of Iowa snow & ice, dealing with  balky distant internet servers and nearby kids that didn't want to smile or sit still for their portraits, we wandered the internet to find some inspiration and found some at the Brooks Jensen Arts page — http://www.brooksjensenarts.com ... thank you, Brooks!

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Working usually results in, well, results — photographs that very likely may not mean anything to anyone. Ever. But to me, they are, at the very least, evidence.  [Brooks Jensen]


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09 Jan 19


Put the "ice" on 2018's workflow ....     :-)

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15 Dec 18


Up to some "dicey" work in the studio this week ...



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07 Dec 18


Latest sale came from two images of a beehive ... made them into this composite for the customer ...


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26 Nov 18


... November reflections 


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28 Oct 18


... and a couple images from the "bullets & pills" shoot this weekend -- no pun intended  :-)  ...



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26 Oct 18


Chatting with another photographer today at Subway about cameras & LensWork Magazine made me realize I hadn't made a blog entry lately.  Here's one of the latest light table images  ....


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14 Sep 18


Worked a shoot with author/novelist L. M. Elm [Lisa Taber] last Sunday ...



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15 Aug 18


A couple of shots from the last month or so ...



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12 Jul 18


Worked on limes today ...



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29 May 18


Big news this week is the Christmas cookies & candy shoot - workflow on that continues.  The biggest dust-up of the long weekend was the still continuing disagreement [which Larry the photographer has remained carefully out of] on whether the bloom pictured below is a 'crabapple' [all one word] bloom, a 'crab apple' bloom [two separate words] or a 'prairie fire crab apple' bloom.  The main disagreeing parties have retired to a local air conditioned wi-fi hot spot for some adult beverages and internet research to solve the mystery while Larry stays behind to tap out this entry, then finish the assignment workflow.


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30 Apr 18


Made a variant of the usual Crestbruck Park tree for a customer ....



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20 Apr 18


Another busy photo month down ... best combat story of the month is arriving at a house for a realty shoot and finding out the place had sold 15 minutes before, the new owner was standing there smiling ... :-)


Latest sale is a 12x09 crop of the image below.


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20 Mar 18


There went another month and a bit more "unblogged".  Spent most of the time at/on the computer instead of behind the lens & did a bit of looking around for a replacement for the now dead spare camera back. Like the looks of the Nikon D850, but Trev, of course, suggested the Hasselblad X1D and few Broncolor extras to go with it.  How many megapixels & lights does one photographer really need, my brother?


Well, I just dropped in to blog what condition my condition was in on the chance someone out there wondered.  Back to the .pdf projects.  


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04 Feb 18


Well, January was a fast and ghastly month.  One of my favorite camera bodies fried out & turned itself into a paperweight, the office printer is slowly dying [pun intended], and, well, I won't bore you with other fun parts of owning a business, I'll just leave it to your imagination.  My favorite shot of the month is the sunrise shot of the barn below.  I like the effect of the slightly out of focus clouds on the silhouette of the tree line giving the image an almost 3D effect.  Clicking on the image below should get you to the full version in its' gallery.

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06 Jan 18


Happy New Year!  All kinds of year end work, including catching up the books, is keeping the photographer busy.  Favorite sale in the last couple of weeks was a modification of one of my farm sunset files which was turned into a 3' x 3.75" print by a customer.

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05 Dec 17


Not much to report that would mention anything other than having, again, been chained to computer workflow between assignments for a month.  Did, however, meet GiGi the dog out walking with her human friends and enjoying the fine weather in Southwoods Park between shoots at the end of November ...

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03 Nov 17


October seems to have dashed by with computer work and a few shoots.  Found a "tiny" flaw in the way I cataloged "some" [about 4K] of my older images during the transition from film to digital waaaaay back at the turn of the century.  Must say Lightroom simplified finding & straightening out the flaw ... it was definitely built with sorting and classifying  many images at once in mind.


Fun job of the week, though, was when a customer's son asked for a picture of the moon for his dad's Facebook page, then, when he saw it, said to "share it with everyone"  ... and we did.  It's in the Free Clip Art Gallery or click here to go directly to the image ...


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30 Sep 17


Busy month or so ... added a bit to the sunset collection ...



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19 Aug 17


Last Tuesday there was this forgotten baseball on the bench in Centennial Park, Huxley, Iowa ... I just did what any photographer would have done ...


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28 Jul 17


Feel like I've been chained to this desk, this computer & the internet for the last three weeks or so ... the escape plan involves the D4, the 28-300 zoom ... &, perhaps if my old P/SAF check pilot remembers me kindly, some loggable flight time in a C208?


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06 Jul 17


Well, the changes are, of course, taking longer than planned ... specific images might disappear for a few minutes, then re-appear, but most of the gallery name changes are done.  Thanks for visiting, buying, and enjoying our work!


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28 Jun 17


You'll probably notice we're moving some of the galleries around and renaming others.  It should all be over by the 4th of July, internet permitting.  Hopefully it will make things easier to find when we're done.


Thanks for your patience.


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15 Jun 17


Tinkered around a bit with a b&w image from last month ... went with a sepia version ...

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09 Jun 17


Some discussions over the last week or two got me thinking about passed over projects.  These personal projects are themed on words or phrases and are a way for us to keep the creativity going.  I flipped through some old notes and came up with this project theme:   "Exoteric or Esoteric?"

Turned to one of my recent shots to see if I could measure up.  The effort resulted in:

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24 May 17


Customer asked for a landscape with "emerald water" in it and went with this one.  Tweaked the vibrancy a bit to bring out the sky and they were happy with it.


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17 May 17


Worked on the logo a bit ....

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07 May 17


Lots of workflow and some portrait work.  Even got some new sunset shots in on May 5th ...

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26 Mar 17


Time flies when you're having fun ... hmmm .... what to blog about a mere three months after the last entry ???   Lots of workflow completed, a couple of new lenses purchased -- do like the Nikon 28-300, fast to focus and sharp through the whole range, it could turn into my most versatile one -- my favorite informal portrait so far this year is from the 10th of February at a Southwoods Park shoot, see it below .... sadly, the photographer had no treats ...

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24 Dec 16


Was able to stop and try some morning sunrise fog shots on the way home today, one of them below ... still workin' remotely on other photog's stuff from the last week.  Have a happy holiday season!  [or, as pilot Sara says ... "Have a 'Bloody Mary', Merry Christmas!"  ... only if, of course, you are of legal drinking age where ever you may be.]


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02 Nov 16


Sooooo, softened up the next one .... REJECTED ... "out of focus" ... sheesh ...


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29 Oct 16


You photographers might sympathize with this ... doing workflow on some out with a camera sunrise images I found one that, while "o.k.", seemed a bit bland and in need a bit o' lab work to perk it up a bit.  Tinkered around with it ... played around with turning on or off in just about every Lightroom and Photoshop tool to see if it could be saved ... finally settled on adding some grain, brushing out some odd reflections from a street light or two, sharpened it a touch to bring out the clouds, got it to really 'snap'.  Submitted it to Adobe Stock and a couple of the other usual places.  Results? [insert a drum roll] ... REJECTED .. Adobe Stock - "grain problems" ...  multiple other usual places - "over sharpened" ... you just can't please all the people all the time ...


"Learn by doing or, even better, unlearn by doing the opposite of what you learned."   [Ernst Haas]


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17 Oct 16


Met photographer Kelsey Opague [www.kelseyopague.com] while she was at work in Quail Cove Park on Sunday. Check out her website, she creates great photos.


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Figure October of '16 is as about as far back as anyone would care to go ... thanks for stopping by!


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