Glenn Charles


Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

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Portland Photo Walk - 2/08/14

I am planning a photo walk, this coming Saturday, 2/08 in downtown Portland Maine.  The goal is to simply walk the city, sample some of the local beers, and have fun taking pictures.  Any and all are welcome to join in.  Start time will be 6:00 and we will meet at Eventide.  Please email me or comment here if you are planning on attending. 

Below are some images captured on my last Portland Photo Walk.  A beautiful city to photograph at night.

Into the Light

I through out a challenge the other day to push yourself as a photographer and try shooting into the light.  Most amateurs tend to shy away from this style, instead opting to shoot the safer route, with the sun over your shoulder.  Shooting into the light can create drama in your images especially those destined for Black & White. 

My shot above was captured in downtown Bangor Maine.  I located a small park bench that had the light coming directly into my face.  I could see that the tree and the other bench would provide some very compelling contrast, but it was not enough to make a worthwhile picture.  Instead, I sat patiently waiting for something interesting to enter the scene, something that would add meaning to the image.  

Shooting Small Jpegs

Traveling with a DSLR that uses both CF and SD cards may allow you the utmost flexibility in capture format and processing requirements. My Nikon allows me to save full Raw files to the CF card while also writing Jpegs to the SD card. An added bonus is the ability to control the size of the Jpeg files, with a setting of Jpeg Small.

In my case I stored them as small jpegs that would be easy to edit from my IPad Mini and also require minimal storage requirements. For my 8 week trip I used more than a dozen CF cards but only a single 16gb SD card. I was able to use the IPad Mini to cobble together a workflow that allowed me to do basic edits and then social media sharing of images to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and my Squarespace blog.

 Importing small jpegs into the Ipad Mini

Importing small jpegs into the Ipad Mini

I am still searching for the optimal way to do this processing and once I get it sorted out I will do a separate post on UL travel photograph with an iPad.

 Snapseed (Nik/Google) is by far the best editing app on the Ipad

Snapseed (Nik/Google) is by far the best editing app on the Ipad