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Jim McKinniss

Pro Member, Orcutt

About me

I'm a digital photographer and use the Canon 5D Mark III.

In my past life, I taught university mathematics and owned a small company that provided database design and programming services to large corporations and medium size businesses.

My photographic interests include everything. Past and continuing projects include the study of ghost towns, all things old, motion studies and abstracts of the designs of naturally occuring processes.

Currently I dedicate most of my time to travel and photography and the digital darkroom.

Comments 361

  • paul blieden 04/23/2017 16:35

    Hey Jim...than you for your comment of my sexy image of Wenona !!
  • Jack Humphrey 04/22/2017 7:13

    Jim, your work is in a class way above mine, and to have you appreciate my work (accidentally appealing perhaps to to the educated eye) really means a lot! Your praise and your superb portfolio give me motivation and inspiration. Thanks!
  • fata07 04/18/2017 17:54

    Thank you very much for your comment and your appreciations. I'm most honoured. I admire your work so much.
    Have a nice day
  • Stoni. 02/09/2017 17:57

    These are great pictures!
    I will follow you...
  • Fausto Vacca FILLO 02/09/2017 14:45

    Mio figlio Valerio quando era piccolino...
    Mio figlio Valerio quando era piccolino...
    Fausto Vacca FILLO

  • Kerstin Niemöller 02/09/2017 13:18

    great Portfolio....
    I'll look around and stay a while....
  • Natalia 5 01/24/2017 4:35

    Good time Jim! Thank you for your attention and feedback to my photo! I wish good mood! With respect and appreciation,Natalia.
  • paul blieden 01/10/2017 16:22

    hi jim...
    what is the difference between liking and appreciating ??
    and liking public and private ?
  • paul blieden 01/07/2017 4:47

    Jim..thank you so much for your comment on my image of took several attempts to get the final image
  • Günter Graph-Photo 12/29/2016 19:48

    Ich wünsche dir ein glückliches,erfolgreiches und vor allem gesundes Jahr 2017 lieber Jim.

    Euch allen ein gutes 2017
    Euch allen ein gutes 2017
    Günter Graph-Photo
  • Ernst Lipps 10/09/2016 12:47

    Jim, you are a passionate photographer and a fine artist.
    Your portefolio gives a subtle glance you see points in human themes. Wish you good luck in your new approach.
    Thanks for your comment, concerning Olya.

    als sie aus dem Dunkeln trat
    als sie aus dem Dunkeln trat
    Ernst Lipps

  • Thomas Heartfelt 10/07/2016 10:54

    Thanks Jim for your attention to this portrait, it means a lot to me.

    It’s authentic street. At that time, in 2006, memorycards were still really expensive, so it’s jpg, not raw. I like this potrait, because of the hat and the innocent feel it has. Hats seems not to be in fashion any more. What a shame, today it’s shoes and bags. A hat can make a beautiful woman even more pretty. A hat will emphasize, a scarf or a cloth wrapped around 2-3 times is only a disguise : )
    1. Tre età a Venezia (Drei Lebensalter in Venedig)
    1. Tre età a Venezia (Drei Lebensalter in Venedig)
    Thomas Heartfelt
  • Thomas Heartfelt 10/07/2016 10:53

    Thanks Jim,
    how nice of you. Yes, I agree. Using a particular effect, make sure it will emphasize your work. Some say that a bad picture can be ‘salvaged’ by a good effect. Wrong.

    Yes, its true about the math. The Danish high-school is 3 years. She in the last year class. Calculus, Differential eq are in the curriculum. It’s her pet subject. Why-, because there is one and only one right answer to the quizzes : )
  • Jim McKinniss 09/23/2016 18:13

    Thomas - I left comments on two of your Mermaids photos. I really like what you've done using textures. I think you understand that for portraits the texturing should be subtle so as to not draw attention from the subject but enhance the overall presentation.

    I'm impressed that she is studying advanced mathematics. Differential equations can be a difficult subject for many as I know from teaching the subject.
  • Thomas Heartfelt 09/23/2016 15:40

    Dear Jim,
    I would so much like to know what you think about this one.
    Clearly it is inspired by your series from Iceland. I ought to have said thanks.
    The posibility showed up when I found a bunch of grunge backgrounds on my archive drive. Why nor put them in front instead, and make them transparent with multiply. I really got myself a surprise! That was all it took.
    Indeed this one is my grandchild. Today she is struggling with differential equations and all.
    Greetings, Thomas
    A series of Mermaids I - III
    A series of Mermaids I - III
    Thomas Heartfelt
  • Thomas Heartfelt 09/08/2016 17:16

    Dear Jim,
    thank you so much for the analytic approach to this picture. You are truly gifted in this department too. You are right about every observation. I just wasn’t aware of it. This was very much on my mind that day. Children grown up, not as much contact as you would like, etc..

    Illustrationen der Kinderbücher No. I
    Illustrationen der Kinderbücher No. I
    Thomas Heartfelt

    They say that making pictures has some therapeutic benefits.
    Greetings, Thomas
  • Thomas Heartfelt 08/18/2016 16:44

    Beim Schlafengehen
    Beim Schlafengehen
    Thomas Heartfelt

    Thanks Jim for your nice comments. It means a lot. The square root of minus one divided by the square root of minus one, equals one. Can one argue against that? So, two wrongs make one right, sometimes : ) I checked your website. awesome.
    Greetings, Thomas
  • CarmenV 07/03/2016 1:25

    Thank you so much Jim :)
  • CarmenV 07/02/2016 15:41

    Thank you so much Jim :)
    B/W SHE
    B/W SHE
  • Natalia 5 06/21/2016 19:09

    Good timeJim ! Thank you for your attention to my photos!I'm happy with it! Joy!Sincerely,Natalia.
  • Gabe M. 06/20/2016 21:01

    Thank you so much dear Jim for your beautiful comments, I feel really honoured. Many dear greetings Gaby
  • CarmenV 06/19/2016 20:20

    Thank you so much Jim for your very supporting comment, my best regards to you :)
  • CarmenV 06/11/2016 22:56

    Hi Jim, thank you so much on your beautiful and kind comment on my photo GOLDEN GIRL, I very appreciate it
  • Thomas Heartfelt 05/07/2016 16:44

    hello Jim, photographer of the month, - wow. How about that, man. Congrats :)
    Greetings, Thomas
  • Thomas Heartfelt 04/29/2016 14:08

    Thanks Jim for your nice comments. Love your street shots !
    greetings, Thomas

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