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Frank J Casella


  • Going Deeper

    - 23 months ago - 4 comments
    Bird Cottage
    How to communicate your work.

  • The Importance of Writing, and Reading

    - October 14, 2019 - 9 comments
    Talking at the Park
    I make a case for writing my thoughts on ipernity, and bringing my readers here to then share it. (updated August 21, 2020)

  • Shadow Light and Lines

    - October  6, 2019 - 2 comments
    Shadows, Light, and Lines
    Shadows, light & lines captures the eye from this weathered wall. Believe it or not, this photo was made with the iPad Mini camera. Something that I always love to see is elements that create strong composition in the square format. The morning sunlight through the trees casts a shadow onto the wall of this vintage garage in my neighborhood. The vertical lines provided by the plants create an added touch of the grid pattern needed to complete this moment in time. I chose black and white bec…

  • Why I Use A Pentax Camera

    - September 24, 2019 - 9 comments
    I am usually asked quite often what is the best camera to buy or give as a holiday gift, even though most of us have some type of mobile phone in our pocket. My answer is always Pentax or Ricoh, here's why: PENTAX is owned by Ricoh, who has great (All-in-One) compact cameras that are Water PROOF. Shock PROOF. Kid PROOF. Pentax / Ricoh has an incredible line-up and it seems they think of every need. Bottom line is with PENTAX you get more bang for your buck, so why spend more than you need…

  • How to have true joy

    - September 13, 2019 - 3 comments
    If there is one thing that makes me smile is that when I see people with true joy. When we smile with joy, it makes people wonder what we're up to. This is because many of us need more joy. We tend to focus on our problems, and not so much our blessings. Would you agree? As a photographer who 'studies' body language, as this is what I use for the story telling in my pictures, I find that many of us try to live life in our own strength. For those of us who believe, our conversion to God…

  • Watermark Myths

    - September  6, 2019 - 12 comments
    There has been some talk around here about the use of watermarks. I have never had to use them, so I thought I would look into it and let you all know what I found out. Firstly, at present all of the websites that I post my images on are for photography or photographers, so they have the security measures of the right-click-save disabled, and so forth. But after this was brought up here, and I looked into it, I decided it might be about time I start doing adding a watermark also. One myth…

  • WordPress Aquires Tumblr

    - August 13, 2019 - 9 comments
    Sports Half-Time
    Micro blogging site Tumblr was recently bought by the comany who owns WordPress. But, I maintain that having a blog on ipernity is best of all.

  • Do Pro's Make Better Pictures?

    - July 29, 2019 - 6 comments
    I've been a photographer for several decades, not counting from when I was a kid, and I've heard many myths and truths about what and who makes better pictures.

  • Picture of Hope Day 2: Waiting

    - July  8, 2019 - 10 comments
    Dog Waiting at the Door
    Day 2. I will share a blog post here every day for one week, and I will do this on Monday, 8 July, 2019 through Saturday, 13 July, 2019. I invite you to come back and follow this blog for some uplifting pictures, inspiration, and hope.

  • The 5 Best Quotes On Art I've Ever Read

    - June 23, 2019 - 6 comments
    In any profession it's common to learn from those who've gone before us, through their words or experiences. As an artistic photographer, here are the five best quotes on art I've ever read in random order, followed by how they speak to me. “I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people” ~ Vincent van Gogh If you have come to appreciate my photography, then you know that I try to incorporate humanity in some form or way. Most of my life and childhood I would st…

  • Planting Seeds

    - May 24, 2019 - 6 comments
    When it comes to plants, there is a certain way to plant seeds that will produce abundant growth and life from the plant. In life, whether we plant seeds with self or others, the results can be the same. For example, I belong to this ministry at my church that the pastor started a few years ago. Now it is time for him to move to another parish, and someone mentioned how the pastor will be missed .... and he will be. However, I brought up the importance of noticing the seeds he planted, and…

  • Every great movement has visionaries

    - April 25, 2019 - 2 comments
    I saw this statement on an art website and it got me to thinking .... "Every great art movement is the story of small groups of visionaries working together to change the system. In 1867, Claude Monet saw that the fine art business was tilted against artists who were doing original, innovative work. He got together with then-unknown artists like Degas, Manet, and others to put on their own show, outside the French Academy, and it was a huge success, birthing Impressionism. This story…

  • ipernity Copyright Protected vs. All Rights Reserved

    - April  2, 2019 - 14 comments
    Questions about our works since the European Parliament adopted the copyright reform

  • Photo Sharing, Following, and Making Contacts

    - January 24, 2019 - 9 comments
    Youth. Basketball. Making Connections.
    Basketball is not exactly at the top of the list for contact sports. However, it is, like all sports, as much about making contacts as it is about the game. How we treat our teammates, and other teams we play, says a lot about our character, integrity, ethics, and morals. And we need to be the same off the court, field, etc. as we are on it. It's all about developing relationships, and helping each other make it through life .. some people call it teamwork or networking. For example, y…


    - January 22, 2019 - 8 comments
    "Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." --Ansel Adams I don't believe in coincidence. That beauty and timing like this is to me a sign of God's love in the world. As only He can do. Whenever I try to do two things at the same time, they both fall short of their full potential. Things line up for a reason, with God there is no coincidence. I mean, I was walking my dog when I made this picture. But I had to stop walking and make the d…

  • Being Thankful

    - January 10, 2019 - 2 comments
    Being Thankful
    When the paths that we take in life become overshadowed with obstacles, the best route to take is to be optimistic and thankful. The people who become successful use their struggles to become stronger, and surround themselves with others who see opportunities from each failure. Know too, that when we focus on God instead of self, and tell our obstacles about God, instead of telling God about our obstacles, we see tiny bits of progress each day as if there is light at the end of the tunnel.…

  • Art Is Not A Luxury .....

    - January  4, 2019 - 6 comments
    …. but a necessity. Because society needs images …. through works of Art. …. That are examples of Goodness and Hope. …. That share the Love of God in the World. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Photography is a major force in explaining man to man -- Edward Steichen ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For this reason, I believe in the universa…


    - December 19, 2018 - 4 comments
    Old Water Tower Christmas - City of Chicago
    I've titled this photograph - 'City of Chicago Old Water Tower Christmas' - because looking at this scene tells me about living with strength and faith. Strength because the tower, built in 1869, gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In the years since the fire, the tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and of the city's recovery from the fire. Faith because of many Christians who are missing out on many of the religious Christmas symbols that permeate our society th…

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