Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2017

Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park

It’s that time of year again, to reflect on all of our trips and pick my favorite photos from 2017.  We went on 11 “named trips” including our epic two weeks in New Zealand.  I tried to pick at least one photo from each of our trips.  Here are my favorite 15 photos in chronological order. Continue reading

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Photography Tip: Photographing in morning light

I hate mornings.  Let me clarify, I hate early mornings.  Which is an issue for a nature photographer.  Peter tries every persuasion technique to get me out of bed on cold, dark mornings, hours before the sun comes up (and it is usually 1 1/2 -2 hours because the best light is around 30 minutes before sunrise and it seems to take us an hour to get to wherever it is we need to go).  So we get there (in plenty of time in my opinion), I’m ready, and the amazing light is over in minutes.  Now what?  Its usually too early for breakfast, I’m awake so going back to sleep is not going to happen…. Continue reading

Why wait? Photographing Hooker Lake in New Zealand

Hooker Lake is the one of the best views in all of New Zealand and is a must see, if you can swing it on the south island.  The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is 3 hours from Queenstown and 4 hours from Christchurch.  Here is what we saw.

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Composing an image when a stranger walks into your frame

I’ll own it, there are times when I become one of those angry photographers and raise my voice to complete strangers.  And sometimes, I try to channel a more positive spirit and figure out how to work around them.  Sunrise and sunset can be a stressful time, the light is fading, you’ve been in position for awhile just waiting for the few seconds that will make your image come alive……and someone walks into your frame….and sits down.  Continue reading

The power of chiaroscuro in monochrome photos

On cloudy days, I am always looking for the chiaroscuro.  You know it when you see it – the high contrast light and deep shadows that create distinct areas of light and darkness that can be especially exploited with monochrome photos.  Here are a few favorites from our New Zealand trip. Continue reading

One more time – How do we compose a photo?

If you want to make better photos, they have to have the right exposure in interesting light.  They should also be focused correctly.  Finally, you need to have an interesting subject, composed well.  I was reminded of these things when we visited the world famous Wanaka Tree in New Zealand.  Here’s what we did. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creative Photo Processing

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Sometimes you get a subject that inspires the question:  What if I did this?  And its usually a subject that I find uninspiring from a creative standpoint.  The Church of the Good Shepherd in New Zealand was that subject for me recently.  And then I started playing….. Continue reading

Photography Project: Natural Abstract. Another exercise in boredom at Convict Lake

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Continuing on from Eastern Sierra posts.  So there I was at Convict Lake in the early morning hours, with freezing thumbs and freezing toes, bored out of my mind after taking 500+ images of the iconic shot.  Trying to figure out how to keep myself entertained, and distracted from the ache in my fingers and toes, and then I thought about one of the assignments in Henry Carrol’s photo journal.  Make something beautiful ugly. Continue reading

Alabama Hills in Monochrome

The night before we drove home from Bishop, Mary convinced me to “sleep-in” until 7 AM because there was not going to be any good sky the next morning.  We decided we would photograph the Alabama Hills the next morning in infrared.  Our “go-to” sunny day solution.  Here is what we made. Continue reading