Photographing Volcanos National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii

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The money shot: Halema’uma’u crater during the blue hour

For our anniversary in March, Mary and I went to the Big Island of Hawaii.  We stayed at Volcano House in Volcanos National Park so that we would be in position to photograph the crater.  It did not quite turn out the way we planned.  Here’s what happened. Continue reading

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Big Foreground – How to make one of the “classic” landscape photographs

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Temple of the Moon, Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, UT

When I first decided I wanted to be a better nature photographer, I started looking at all of the images of the world’s best and famous photographers.  One kind of photo that always appealed to me (and many other people) is the near-far wide angle view popularized by David Muench.  Here is how I try to get that look. Continue reading

Working with your Partner (spouse) – Photographing Lake Matheson in New Zealand

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As Mary and I planned our epic trip to New Zealand’s South Island last year, we negotiated where we would go and what we would photograph.  Mary needs a lot of subject variety.  I, on the other hand, want to get the iconic shot which often times means going to the same place over and over until we get it right.  Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier is a good example. Continue reading

Missed Opportunity – The Milford Sound in New Zealand

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A cold and windy sunset

I really wanted to make the iconic photo of the Milford Sound that I had seen many times in books and on-line.  We planned our New Zealand trip with a 4 hour one way drive and 24 hour turn around just so we could “get the shot.”  It did not quite work out for us.  Here’s what happened. Continue reading

Revisiting an Old Friend at Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ

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“Mr. Akimbo” January of 2011

One of the joys of photography is going to the same beautiful place multiple times over many years and in different seasons and weather.  I was reminded of this when we were in Tucson in December and visited my favorite saguaro.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

Tips for Photographing Icons

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I have a colleague who is an inspiration, when he travels for work he makes it a point to explore (Jim, I’m talking about you).  I decided on a recent work trip to Chicago, I would try to channel his adventurous spirit and make the most of “transit times” between work functions.  It seems like when you are in Chicago, you MUST see The Bean.  So there I was, early evening, freezing temperatures (at least for this LA girl), and enough wind to take your breath away (I think Chicagoans call it a “breeze”). Continue reading

Photographing the Lunar Eclipse from Huntington Beach, CA

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If you slept in or do not live on the west coast of the US, you missed the super blue moon eclipse.  Here is what you would have seen.

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What a mess. Isolating flowers at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

We read that Lake Tekapo had some beautiful flowers on its shores.  So after a long drive, we thought we would take it easy and have a leisurely sunset shoot.  When we showed up to a full parking lot, we knew we were in for some “combat” photography.  Here’s what we did. Continue reading