After forty years in photography and over half of
that doing business under the name of Photowest, we've finally
decided to come to the web. Over the years the techniques of
photography have changed very little since Adams and Weston. With
the advent of digital photography we have eliminated the chemical spills
and smells but we must still follow the rules laid down by the masters.
"Encouraging excellence in digital photography,"
is our motto. What we propose to do here is form an online photo
club. When this site is completed our members will be able to upload
shots in various categories. Those shots will be exhibited in a "public"
online gallery. If there is interest among the members, we will start
a forum here (not on some other forum site) and maybe even a chat center.
There may also be an advantage in forming an actual "photo club."
We are very pleased to present the work of Anthony
Monterotti <www.amonterotti.com>, our first submission. Most
of these pictures were taken with very high grade professional digital equipment.
In addition all of the pictures were taken in public places under uncontrolled
conditions. Any of you that have visited Hollywood will recognize some
of the shots and understand the difficulty of working in this environment.
Click on the image on the left to start your visit to this 12 picture
gallery. Each shot is between 50KB and 150KB.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR SHOTS?
We would love to display your work. Simply attach
your picture to an e-mail addressed to us. As a courtesy to others
on slower connections, please try to keep the JPEG's under 100 KB.
In the e-mail tell us a little about yourself and the circumstances
surrounding the capturing of the image.
Great digital photography comes our way from many
sources. Each of the shots below represent different aspects of the
This first shot came to us via our e-mail friends
who received it through several forwards. We are leaving it up because
it is a very good example of combining the elements essential to great
photography. It was taken in Bitterroot National Forest in Montana on
August 6, 2000 by John McColgan, a fire behavior analyst from Fairbanks,
Alaska, in the course his work. Click on the picture to see it full size
We would always prefer to show your pictures rather
than ours. In this case the cat's pose was irresistible and the
light was just right. The window screen kept the cat from seeing
us which allowed us to move around without distracting the cat. The
camera was an old floppy disk digital with only 80, 000 pixels and
no manual controls. Another hindrance was that the camera took precious
time to record the image while the cat thought of other things to do.
Notice that if you enlarge the picture it doesn't break up, which it should
with only 80,000 pixels. Click on the picture to see it full size (51KB).
There are some very expensive digital cameras for sale. We prefer to
work with good quality pocket sized camers. We took this shot with a 5
megapixel Minolta. Proving once again that where your two feet are planted
makes all the difference. Click on the picture to see it full size (45KB).
One of the problems plaguing all photographers is the theft
of images, especially now that we've entered the digital age. Our
lawyers (in various countries) stand ready to get you a proper payment
for those shots. Don't sit there and groan thinking your one shot
won't be worth the trouble or expense of hiring a lawyer. Even though
you have only one shot on that CD or web site you can bet the other shots
are stolen as well. On that basis we will build a case. If we all do nothing
the thieves will only become richer from our creativity.
For any information, questions, comments, tips, or to send your best digital
shots, please write to <photo_editor (at) photowest (dot) net>
which is our current email address. This address will change in the
future depending on the volume of spam received. Always use the current
address posted here to reach us.
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