Total Solar Eclipse As Seen in South Carolina USA

The total solar eclipse over the South Carolina capitol building on August 21, 2017. Canon 5DS R, 28-70mm 2.8L

I’ve been discussing the limitations of language for some time, actually. If you stop on my home page at www.jimmyslens.com, the first image you see has the words, “There are some experiences for which there are no words.”  That’s been my experience. In the English language, we tend to overuse certain words. “Awesome” is a prime example. Most events to which that descriptor are applied aren’t really awesome at all, but are Continue reading

Focus Stacking a Peacock Feather With Helicon Focus

Peacock feather copyright James Henderson

Several years ago, when I first began photographing feathers, I tried some software called Helicon Focus. It was good, and I used it for a while, then switched to another program. Time passed, and I don’t even remember why I first switched. But I was successfully using the other software and Photoshop to stack my images. Recently, however, I was preparing to be a guest lecturer Continue reading

Giving Away Your Energies

A number of  years ago I read an article about Yousuf Karsh, the great portrait photographer. He was doing a workshop in some place I don’t recall, and was walking and talking with a few of the participants. They walked along the beach. At some point some tourists interrupted them, handing a camera to Karsh and asking him to take their picture. I can imagine the short exchange, Continue reading

The Feathers Travel to South Florida

photo copyright Valerie Lockwood Moran

The opening reception at Studio 18 In the Pines. Here I am talking about feathers. Photographer Sunny Bak is on the far left. Photo courtesy Valerie Lockwood Moran.

My feather photographs were incorporated into a show called Rock, Paper, Photo at Studio18 in the Pines in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The show opened September 5 and closes October 16. The great Beastie Boys photographer, Sunny Bak, also has photos Continue reading

Time: Chaos and Serenity

A 30 second exposure of the Morris Island Light. I used a 10 stop ND filter to give me the exposure time I was after. Converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro.

A 30 second exposure of the Morris Island Light. I used a 10 stop ND filter to give me the exposure time I was after. Converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro.

You can’t stop time. Much like the wind, you can’t even capture it. The best you can do is to immobilize that fleeting impression.  Time passes. The Morris Island Light now stands in the water where  it once stood on dry land, a keeper’s house standing nearby. The keeper’s house is long gone and without preservation efforts now underway, the lighthouse would soon fall into the ocean as well. Time passes, so greet her warmly as she does so.  Continue reading

Whales and Elephants and The Sound of a Voice

The sunrise at Mamaroneck, New York. A color infrared image.

The sunrise at Mamaroneck, New York. A color infrared image.

Years ago I began a project called “Around One: Images Along US 1.” It was, and is, a photographic journey along US 1 from the Canadian border in Maine to Key West, Florida. Before then, I had never been out of the Southeastern United States. Driving up through the coastal states I couldn’t help but notice the changing geography. The people, however, seemed pretty much the same–until  I stopped to talk. Continue reading

Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134

Endeavour sits on the launch pad in the predawn hours of May 16, 2011.

Endeavour sits on the launch pad in the predawn hours of May 16, 2011.

 

It was May 16th, 2011.

I was somewhat nervous as I drove in the early morning darkness at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I had been granted media credentials for the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, and didn’t know what to expect.  I had already discovered that NASA is a big family. Space flight is a family business. They are all excited about what they do there, and they are happy to explain anything or just share their enthusiasm.

I stopped at the guard gate and presented my credentials. “Thank you, Mr. Henderson. Enjoy your day!” Continue reading