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Welcome! I don't know about you guys, but I plan on having a good time. It's a lot of work putting together each episode, but photography has been in my life — work and play — since I was a strapping sapling simpleton. And that's saying something (especially if you try to say it through thrice).

Connect or comment, please. Each episode will have a conversation, and I'll be glad to strike one up with you, too!

- Mark

Dec 13, 2018

How can 50 not look like 50? How can 16 act like 1? How many McDermotts does it take to make an episode? All those questions, and not much else really, will be answered in Episode 37. Hopefully, those are the questions you've been yearning to ask…

How Full is Your Frame?

When photography was invented, the size of the...

Nov 18, 2018

"Once in a blue moon you find a lunar cavity worth barreling into." Thus spake Zarathustra, or someone who looked like him. What that has to do with a quarter-gross will become evident anon.

A Needle in a Barrelstack

Optical distortions are sometimes brought about by natural phenomena, from commonplace mirages on...

Sep 11, 2018

Quick brown foxes jump over the lazy doges. Amiright? And on that note, let's see what such an enumerated episode has in store. Might it include jackdaws or vexing? Probably.

Also, amazingly, a few discotheques provide jukeboxes, but there's more here than meets the, yeah, I got nuthin'.

Waltz, Nymph, for Quick Jigs Vex...

Aug 25, 2018

You can count on one hand how many Pulitzer Prize winning photographers we've had on the show. Actually, you can count them on one finger, and that makes for one lucky finger. Who is it? Well, you'll just have to wait your turn to find out. (Spoiler Alert: It's Jack Dykinga.)

I Say "Focus"…You Say "Scheimpflug!"


Aug 16, 2018

Palindrome. Palindrome. Palindrome. Too bad the word itself is not an example, 'cuz that would be amazing. Still, if there is one tenet I abide by, madam, it is to avoid distractions and keep the podcast focused on photography in word and deed.

Shifting The Level

In Episode 32 I described view cameras. Not in depth;...