Once again, how to photograph cactus.

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Sometimes a part is more powerful than the whole.

The desert always provides plenty of opportunities to make photos of cactus and succulents.  In the spring, flowing cactus are an annual event, not to be missed.  Here are a few hints for making the most of your spring cactus shooting. Continue reading

Photographing Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ

The money shot.

The money shot.  We had a pretty bald sky this night and it never got much better.

Five years ago, Mary and I saw Horseshoe Bend for the first time.  We photographed it twice, I believe.  There might have been one or two other people around us.  Boy, have times changed.  We did a sunset and sunrise shoot there on our recent trip to Arizona and were joined by well over a hundred people for sunset (and about ten people at sunrise).  Here is why people come. Continue reading

Photographing Native American Ruins in Arizonia

Mary at Wuptaki National Monument

Mary at Wupatki National Monument

Mary and I had a chance to visit three Native American ancient dwellings on our last trip to Arizona.  We visited Tonto National Monument near Apache Junction; Walnut Canyon in Flagstaff; and, Wupatki between Flagstaff and Page.  We are always inspired by the ingenuity of these ancient people and the beauty they left behind.  Here is what you might see.

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Photographing the Carrizo Plain

 

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The wild flower season in Southern CA started off so promising with good rain in December and January.  However, a persistent “high” over the Pacific Southwest has kept most of the El Nino rain since then in Northern CA and the Sierra Nevada.  There is some color on the Grapevine near Gorman, but it is not a big bloom.  We also just heard that the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is a total bust this year.  So, Mary and I made the long 3 hour drive up to the Carrizo Plain to find some flowers.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Carrizo Plain Wild Flowers – Look. See. Imagine. Create.

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Because of drought conditions in CA, we have not had a good wild flower season in 5 plus years.  With some good rain in December and January, we are getting some blooms here and there.  Mary and I have been chasing the flowers as best as we can (given our full time jobs) the last month or so.  We made the 3 hour drive up to the Carrizo Plain last weekend and found a few good patches. Continue reading

Photography Project: Capturing the surreal

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Surreal

I’ve been working on a special project for the last few years, and haven’t shown this collection of images to anyone except Peter.  I’ve always been fascinated with the weird and bizarre things you can encounter in everywhere America, so I decided to capture this weird stuff using both my color and infrared cameras, and then flood the foreground to really emphasize the craziness.  Peter has been a willing model, always standing there, in a pool of water gazing up at the silliness.

A Quick Trip to Valley of Fire, NV

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Mary and I have been to the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada three times.  It is easy to get to as it is only an hour north of Las Vegas.  It is an easy and fun way to get back to nature while you are in glitzy Las Vegas.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Quick trip to Anza Borrego State Park

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Approaching storm from the west

Mary and I have been out to Anza Borrego State Park a few times.  We planned this latest trip to coincide with the wild flower season.  There were some wild flowers out, but a blustery 20+ mile an hour wind kept us from getting any photographs.  The highlight was a fun walk through “The Slot.”  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creating Natural Abstracts

Rock Mosaic Triptych

Rock Mosaic Triptych

Peter and I recently took the harrowing 4×4 drive through Death Valley’s Titus Canyon.  After careful research, I declared it “won’t be that bad”.  Two hours later, sitting in the car most of the time, my fitness monitor said I had met my step goal for the day.  I think it was all of the vibrations, and my elevated heart rate that tricked the device.  I did have one good thing come if it, a natural abstract triptych. Continue reading