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First blog by Diane Smook

This is my first blog entry.  Ever.   I already have a website for my exhibited portfolios.  The reason for this blog is personal.  I need to focus on photography after a long period without shooting new work.  If I am the only one reading this, it is OK.

After a botanical project (ongoing) using a Mamiya 6×7 studio camera, where I scanned the film and printed digitally, using my Nikon D300 feels very liberating.  Also no exquisite chrome or negative, but you can’t have everything.

I just finished laying out photographic diary of a trip to Africa I took 2 years ago.

Took me that long to keyword, organize a work flow and figure out which book company to use.  After attending a fabulous event sponsored by ASMP in NY where 20 book companies were sent the same variety of images to print in book form, I became aware of A and I Books in CA.  They will print books more than 100 pages and have a decent help line.  I used their design program so that I could create my own templates and adjust for my own crops.  They have called me with questions on the material I sent them.  I have hopes for a beautiful book.

Here is one image of an elephant.

I was a little closer than I had planned.  The lens is only 200mm (although in the D300 it acts like a slightly longer lens).  Can you see the eyelashes on this little thumbnail of a photograph?

  1. Vivek Bandhu
    March 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Diane,

    We met at Table d “Hote restaurant last week and I told you I’d check your blog. Well, I loved your pictures, specially the ones of the winter landscape. Good luck with your project.


  2. Patti Lory
    March 23, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Good first blog, your photos are amazing. Good luck.

  3. March 23, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Bravo for finally starting a blog! Wonderful image.

  4. melva estreich lambert
    March 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Hi Diane, Your blog was interesting (I wish I understood the photography language better) but that being said, it was wonderful seeing your work. I hope you are well and look forward to seeing more of your fotos. Take care.. Melva

  5. March 25, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Hi Diane,

    I was looking at photographers’ works online, since I am a photographer/hobbiest, and came across your name. Are you are a cousin of Dayle Smook? If you are the person I am thinking, you shot an actor’s headshot of me in NYC in 1979. I can probably dig out a copy of the picture you (probably) shot and scan and send it to you, but I don’t see any way to attach it here. If I remember correctly, we went to a SAG Film Society screening of “Yanks”. My wife and I have been married since 1983, live in Los Angeles and have three teenagers, one to start college next fall. Anyway, if you are the person I am describing and care to get in touch, please do. Send my regards to Dayle.

    Best wishes,


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