Photographing Nelson, NV

There are a lot of old cars and trucks

There are a lot of old cars and trucks

Sometimes, we photographers can act like a herd when someone finds a “new location.”  Once found, it’s the hot spot for a year or two and then its off to the next “hot” location.  Nelson is not “new”, but has been a “hot spot for a while.”  See why. Continue reading

Tips for Taking Great Photos with Your Iphone

San Diego Skyline with Flowers

San Diego Skyline with Flowers

A friend of ours recently suggested I write a post with tips for taking great iPhone pics.  I’ve always been enamored with my iPhone, two days after I got my very first iPhone, I started Project 365.  How I use my iPhone to support creativity and making photos has evolved over the last few years, but it really comes down to two things:  tools and techniques. Continue reading

Photographing the Neon Sign Boneyard in Las Vegas

1512_PSA_Las Vegas_062Everyone loves a pretty neon sign, but have you ever seen a neon sign boneyard?  We went to Las Vegas last month and visited the Neon Sign Bone Yard.  When they demolish a hotel in Las Vegas, inevitably, the old neon signs end up here.  The Neon Sign Bone Yard may be the most fun a photographer can have in 60 minutes.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

Photography Project: Natural Abstracts

Rainbow Eucalyptus

Rainbow Eucalyptus

I always get really excited with color and abstract forms come together.  Peter was a good sport and agreed to go on adventure with me to find an isolated strand of rainbow eucalyptus trees.  Once we forded the river, I was in heaven (until the sun came out). Continue reading

He saw. She saw. A walk around San Francisco

Pier 7

Pier 7

A couple of Saturdays ago, Mary and I went on a great six mile walk through the east side of San Francisco.  We started in Union Square, walked down to the Ferry Building, then along the water to Fisherman’s Warf and Ghirardelli Square, through Little Italy and finally through Chinatown.  There was a lot to see and photograph.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

Photography Project: The postcard look

Waimea Canyon and the Waipoo Waterfall on Kaui

Waimea Canyon and the Waipoo Waterfall on Kaui

I have this weird thing about postcards…..I love them.  My friend Renee taught me a long time ago to look at postcards when you are traveling.  For me personally, I love adding the vintage feel. Continue reading

A Weekend in Death Valley: Our 4th Trip

Mesquite Dunes

Mesquite Dunes

We have been to Death Valley, now, four times.  Because of wind and rain, weather and erosion, it always looks the same and it always looks different.  We were there the week after Christmas and it was cold with clear skies until our last morning.  Here is what we saw: Continue reading

Mary’s Top 10 Photos from 2015

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Every year Peter asks me to put my picks together, every year I think “there is no way I have 10”, every year I have more than 10 and then have to go through the agonizing process of culling down to just 10.  This year I realized part of the reason its so hard for me, are the memories, experiences, and associations I have with my photos.  You may look at them and think “meh”, for me there is always a story that makes it much more.  Bill Fortney says there are two reasons to make a photo:  1)  to share with someone else 2) to keep for yourself.  Most of my 2015 photos I made for myself; it was a year of struggle to find my vision, challenge to find the time, and a search for the creative tsunami that just never seemed to roll in. Continue reading

Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2015

#2 Lone Cypress, Monterey, CA

#2 Lone Cypress, Monterey, CA

It’s that time of year to take stock of 2015 and make plans for 2016.  In 2015, Mary and I took 11 named trips and various other weekend activities.  We made about 10,000 photos in the field and kept around 1,500 of them.  Most of my favorites came from three big trips: Olympic, Rainier, and Death Valley.   Here are my favorite photos of the year. Continue reading