My shot of the week is taken from one of my daily walks at work.  My new job in downtown Cincinnati allows me to walk in any direction for 10 to 15 minutes and find an interesting architectural shot or two, 

This is a shot of a relief over one of the entrances to Tower Place, at the base of the Carew Tower in Cincinnati. The tower was constructed near the beginning of the Great Depression and was Art Deco in design.

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Soybeans at Dawn
Okay, this is my first image under my new plan. I visited the Oxbow conservation area in Lawrenceburg, IN last week when I got the idea for this shot. In the background, between the soybeans and the sun, is a local power plant. That is what is creating the columns of vapor surrounding the sun. I used the Photographers' Ephemeris to locate the point of sunrise behind the power stacks.

I didn't anticipate the fog, which I should have, because it's a floodplain in early autumn. The band of fog did provide some character to the horizon, because there were no clouds in the sky at all.

I took the shot because I was fascinated with the existence of crops and bountiful wildlife in the shadow of such a prominent sign of industrialization.

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One Shot Per Week


Like many beginning photographers, I have been guilty of taking hundreds of shots at a time and posting as many of them as I possibly could. I still haven't learned to "kill my darlings"--excellent advice from William Faulkner. I take this to mean that I should learn to let go of those images that aren't quite up to snuff, but that I have developed some emotional attachment to them.

I can usually identify these when I look at an image and say to myself, "this is soooo close to being a great shot. If only this wasn't wrong with it." I usually end up posting these all at one, or during a slow day.

Anyway, I wan't to limit myself in some way, so that I am not putting a mass of awful shots out there. My goal is to limit myself to one published shot per week for a while. I hope that this will accomplish two things: first, I will become more selective about what I add to my online presence. Secondly, I hope that this will help me to research, plan, and edit my shots more thoroughly.

I will also treat this as an assignment, or commitment to publish one shot per week. This should help me be more focused on a weekly basis. If I don't give it some thought, and I don't take many photos, I'll be stuck with a crappy shot.

So this is my first week trying this method, and I will post my first shot in a little bit. Wish me luck.

Rebuilding a Site


Hello, I'm Rob Amend, and I am a photographer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am in the process of rebuilding my web site. My previous site became a bloated malware infested mess. I'm hoping to keep this one running a bit better. Once I get everything in order, you can expect to find a variety of things at this site, including latest photos, stories, and project updates from my photography.