Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Review of SanDisk 16 GB Extreme Pro CF90 Compact Flash Memory Card

Gets the job done!!

By MusicShooter from Asheville, NC on 1/7/2013


5out of 5

Pros: Reliable Performance, Large Capacity, Writes/Reads fast

Best Uses: Write Speed, Read Speed, Portable images/multimedia

Describe Yourself: Professional

Primary use: Business

Was this a gift?: No

Gives me the needed speed and capacity for live music photography.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Table and Two Chairs

Two years ago I started a project of shooting a table and chair setups in some of my favorite eating places in and around Asheville, NC. These images capture that project to date, however, it is an ongoing project so I'll be adding to it as I find more subjects.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Live Music in Asheville, NC

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Scenes from Asheville

The Images below were made on Christmas Day at the Biltmore Estate.
The drive through was like being in a winter wonderland.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Scenes from Western North Carolina

I have recently moved to Asheville, NC and a whole new landscape is beginning to refocus my view of photographic subjects and opportunities.
These images were made recently of my new environs.

(The image above was made from the top of a hill less than a mile from my house, which is
a little left of center in front of the first mountain range)

(The beautiful Biltmore House...America's largest castle.)

(The images here and below were made from a little known spot off the traveled road on the Biltmore Estate.
The water was not completely still but you can still see the reflection of the back of the house.
I'll be back to this spot again.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Recent Black & White Photos

Stairway to Abandoned Quarters

Asymmetry - West end of the East wing of the National Art
Gallery, Washington, DC.

Symmetry - West end of the East wing of the National Art
Gallery, Washington, DC.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

I made this picture as a self assignment for an NYIP photo class many years ago. The object was to use converging lines to lead the eye into an image. Although I had never visited the Wall before, I decided to check out the location. It was a perfect day to avoid crowds of tourists...wet, miserable and chilly. After looking at the possibilities, I set my camera on a tripod at the apex of the wall to capture the Washington Monument at the converging lines formed by the Wall and the sidewalk. Just as I was about to release the shutter, that lone visitor appeared from seemingly nowhere at the point of convergence. Sometimes I guess we just get lucky.

After I had captured the image and was preparing to leave, I turned to the left and there on Panel 1 of the Wall I saw the names of some of my aviation unit buddies from 1964-65, at eye level, right in front of me. The sight of those names brought on emotions that I had not expressed since the day they were killed in Vietnam. I have been back several times since then and am always overwhelmed by the tremendous loss those pieces of black granite represent.

Earlier this month another name was etched on the wall. The addition brings the number of names on the wall to 58,261.

Frank Z

Saturday, May 9, 2009


In photography as art, what do we really mean by "original" anymore? It's pretty clear when you are talking about original or vintage prints made from the film negative of the masters of yesteryear. But does it even make a difference as to who makes the print or is it who made the image that is on the negative that results in an original photograph? I'm pretty sure there were prints made by master printers for photographers and not printed by the photographers themselves. Just as is the case of photogravures that were pulled by master artists, using original negatives, either with or without the photographer's guidance...such as this Jon Goodman gravure of Edward Steichen's "The Flatiron."

And then what about the future? There will come a time when there are no negatives in the process. Already has to some degree. Then what is the original...the raw file of 1s and 0s? Or the processed and converted file suitable for printing...or the first print made and signed by the photographer? Further, which file is the original...the one on your hard drive or the two or three exact duplicate backups of the file on removable media. I think a lot of my questions about this subject really started after seeing the Robert Frank exhibit at the National Gallery of Art recently. It was a great experience overall, but particularly to me, that we were able to see his marked up negatives as a first cut, then the printed contact sheets, then the 8x10s with his notes and crop lines pinned to a bulletin board and then finally those magnificent 83 prints that ended up in "The Americans." It dawned on me that future generations will not be able to experience being immersed in the step-by-step work of the photogs of today who will at some point become the masters of tomorrow.

What are your thoughts on the subject?