New Work: Advanced Photography

With a new school year well underway, the first round of critiques for the advanced photography students have already come and gone.  I am teaching 3 very large advanced photography classes this semester and they definitely have me running every minute of the period!  This semester's batch of students have already proven that they are ready to maintain the high levels of creativity and technique that have become the standard at Topeka West High School.  Take a look at a small sampling of the images that were presented at last week's critiques...and remember that you can click on each image for a larger view. 

 Dalton Lierz, senior

 Natalie Bender, senior

 Danielle Phelps, junior

 Melanie Yates, junior

  Bianca McClure, junior

 Jonathan Brooks, senior

 Michael Keatley, senior

 Megan Ayers, senior

 Isaac Hockenbarger, junior

Brittney Childers, junior

 Cloe Evans-Wenger, senior

 Mitch Montague, senior

 Sarah Press, senior

 Shonna Harris, senior

 Savannah Hays, senior

Kelsey Farley, junior

Please feel free to walk into C building and view these photographs first hand and if you feel like it leave a comment at the bottom of this post...the students would enjoy reading the feedback!


Photographing Fall Foliage

photo by Zach Wallace ('05 Topeka West)

[via The Photo Argus]:  Capturing the color of autumn is a unique window of opportunity for any photographer – vibrant colors can transform an otherwise mundane scene into a blanket of red, yellow, and orange hues.

So how does a professional photographer take advantage of this breathtaking season? There are many things you can do to set your images apart from simple snapshots – some are easy, and others a bit more advanced. Click this link and find a detailed guide to photographing autumn foliage – covering everything from light to composition, as well as a few other helpful tips which will improve your fall foliage techniques this coming season.

 photo by joiseyshowaa via Flickr

 photo by ecstaticist via Flickr


September 11th: Ten Years Later

"The city is going to survive, we are going to get through it, I don't think we yet know the pain that we're going to feel when we find out who we lost, but the thing we have to focus on now is getting this city through this, and surviving and being stronger for it." 

-former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

 Please click here to view an amazingly poignant video produced by Reuters TV 


Dear Photograph

I read a little blurb about a new photography blog over the summer...Dear Photograph.  The author of the blog invites you to "take a picture of a picture from the past in the present."

I like the idea.  So I do it.  And, it was fun!  (And, unexpectedly, more difficult to photograph than I thought it would be!)

 The Kids                                                      J. Berryman

1995                                                               J. Berryman

To view many more incredible images submitted by viewers from around the world, click here!!! --------------------->  Dear Photograph