I love see­ing my old pro­fes­sor Les Stroebel (left in the pho­to) at the RIT Reunion each year.

Les was one of my profs for ‘Mate­ri­als & Process­es of Pho­tog­ra­phy’ (known as M&P, it was every sci­ence rolled into one class… we learned pho­tog­ra­phy down to the atom­ic lev­el!)
So Les and John Comp­ton did a great job mak­ing a tough class inter­est­ing and use­ful and when we had our final class, we cre­at­ed a ‘Les is More’ ban­ner that hung in the class and we all wore sim­i­lar but­tons.

One les­son I have today from that class is that the real, sol­id basics will nev­er go out of fash­ion. The same his­tograms we learned (and hon­est­ly thought we’d nev­er use, are part of my every­day life in Pho­to­shop and in-cam­era, judg­ing expo­sure… the his­togram is the hills and val­leys plot of how bright/dark a pho­to is).

This year Les beat me to the punch, he said:
‘Hi Ken, You looked sur­prised when I beat you to the punch and took this pic­ture.’

and sent me this pho­to:

and here’s my pho­to of him at the same time… OK, Les won…


I’ll get him next year  🙂

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