Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Dan Zarlenga: Night Visions

Posted in art, Hike, Jason Gray, photography, technique, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 30, 2016

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I have been curating the exhibitions at The Dark Room Photo Gallery and Wine Bar for a year and a half, and I am pretty excited about the next exhibit opening on Friday, June 3rd (more info in the link above).  Dan Zarlenga: Night Visions has the ability to appeal to a really wide audience, with some stunning images of landscapes that you are likely to never have seen in exactly this way.

From Dan:

“Under the dark cloak of night, the world becomes an open palate upon which you can play with light in new and creative ways.  When it comes to photography, daylight is merely an option.”

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Interlude: Walking Distance

Posted in art, awareness, family, Jason Gray, perception, Photo Walk, photography, prime lenses, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 27, 2016

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Like most neighborhoods in St. Louis, there is a lot to photograph within a short walk of my front door.  As a colonial city (that’s right, STL was founded during the time of the 13 colonies), there is more than two and a half centuries of history bottled up in this city, and that is if you are only counting since the time of French settlement.  It is no wonder then that a short stroll can reveal countless insights into the idiosyncratic nature of this town’s architecture, natural landscape , and people.

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My Son, Ellison

Posted in Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 25, 2016

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I am very excited to announce that my second son, Ellison River Gray, was born on Saturday, May 14th.  He is another healthy, beautiful boy, and we are so delighted to have our family grow again.

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Shutter Speed

Posted in 35mm, art, family, Jason Gray, learning, links, perception, photography, science, technique, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 21, 2016

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A beginner’s guide to shutter speed.

What is shutter speed?

When the photographer aims the camera at something and takes a picture, he or she is making an exposure.  An exposure is the net result of a combination of several mechanical, chemical or electronic factors working together in unison.

An exposure fixes an image in time, and can be considered “proper”, “under-“ (meaning too dark), or “over-“ (meaning too bright).

Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are the three primary adjustments that affect exposure.  In a proper exposure, a change to any single one of these will necessitate an equal and opposite change in at least one of the others.  This truth is known as equivalency.

The simplest definition of shutter speed is that it is the length of time that light is allowed to enter into a light-tight box (known as a camera) in order to produce an exposure.

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Nikon D7200-A Compromise?

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I recently updated my primary camera body to the Nikon D7200 (my first real update in over 8 years!), but before I explain my rationale for that, let me tell you a bit about my DSLR evolution.

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F-Stop Gear Loka

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Over a year ago, I switched from using the rugged Pelican 1510 roller to the Loka, by f-stop Gear. For the most part, this has been a happy trade off (with a few caveats), which has given me more flexibility for how and where I can take varying volumes of photo equipment.

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Interlude: Tidying Up

Posted in art, Arts Writing, awareness, family, Jason Gray, links, photography, Review, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 11, 2016

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I finished tidying up the sidebar today to make searching for what you want to read easier and quicker (especially on a smart device).  I apologize to subscribers for the litany of post updates that you were probably sent, but it was a necessary process and well worth it moving forward.

Please take a moment to peruse the newly organized content under “Arts Writing” and “Gear Reviews”, which now directs you to the topics you want more efficiently.  Sometime in the near future I will also fix the broken image links in some of the interviews, and then this battle station will be fully operational!

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Accessories, Bags, and more

Lenses

Cameras

Posted in 35mm, film, Jason Gray, learning, links, photography, Review, Uncategorized, What's in My Camera Bag? by Jason Gray on May 11, 2016
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