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Telling a story without words
Wildflowers of the southwest
Human costs of fracking
The secret life of insects
Victoria, Australia
Death Valley
Ohio River floodwall murals
NASA's new airborne observatory SOFIA
Bicycling the C&O Canal towpath
Weather and atmospheric optics
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In fall 2010, thanks to the support of a National Association of Science Writers career development grant, I was able to take a superb class in black-and-white film photography (yes, chemicals in trays) taught by Chris Holley-Starling. The entire semester was directed toward creating a portfolio of about 15 mounted prints, using fully manual mechanical film cameras (I used a Canon FTd that had belonged to my late father) with a 50mm fixed lens, and Tri-X film shot at ISO 200 to capture many of the advantages of Ansel Adams's zone system. Students also were to study the work of a b/w photographer of choice and produce an image in that style. I chose to study the work of noted Time/LIFE and Scientific American science photographer Fritz Goro; this image, in the style of Goro, shows the anatomy of a 19thC bicycle candle lantern.

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