Photography Project: Infrared flamingos at the zoo

 

Flamingo couple

Flamingo couple

As Peter knows, I have these weird infatuations…..and one of them happens to be flamingos.  There is something about them that will captivate me for hours (if Peter would let me stay that long).  I used to be really frustrated photographing them, until I discovered the power of infrared at the zoo.  Now, I don’t shoot with any other type of camera at the zoo. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creative photography at amusement parks

Amusement park swing ride

Amusement park swing ride

As a nature photographer, I find amusement parks to be overwhelming – too much sensory stimulation.  I stopped trying to get the quintessential photographs, and decided to try my hand at creative interpretation.  I had an opportunity recently at Pleasure Pier in Galveston, TX.  There were a handful of rides, just enough for me to dip my feet in. Continue reading

The Postcard Shot of the Huntington’s Japanese Garden

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My favorite composition and treatment

Mary and I are fortunate to live a few miles from three great public gardens – the Los Angeles Arboretum, the Descanso, and the Huntington Library and Gardens.  The Huntington is our favorite and we have been there at least a hundred times.  Here is how to make one of the iconic photos there – the Japanese Garden.

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Photography Project: Photographing Tulips

Yellow and red tulip

Yellow and red tulip

I love tulip time. My bucket list includes going to Holland to see the tulip fields.  In the meantime, I’ll make do with what I can find at the grocery store.  I tried a few different techniques, some new and some my old standbys to create these images. Continue reading

Photography Project: Botanical Abstracts

Botanical Abstract

Botanical Abstract

A friend of mine took me to her local gardens for a couple of hours.  I often wonder, if the magic of flower photography will start to wear off, and I’ll get bored with taking close-ups of a single beautiful flower.  Then I go to the gardens and find an entirely new angle, like the patterns on the underside of a leaf. Continue reading

Photography Project: Photographing Soap bubbles

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This was one of those “roller-coaster” projects where delight and extreme disappointment mixed by the minute.  I started simple, and proceeded to tear apart my house, before I found something that worked….for about 25% of the time.  The only thing that was truly successful about this project, is that there was so much soap on my counter, when I finished, it has never been cleaner. Continue reading

Look. See. Imagine. Create. – Palouse Barn

 

Monotone

Monotone

I wanted to print a few of my favorite photos from last year so I went through my top ten or so and decided I just loved this barn in the Palouse.  Here is how I made this photo. Continue reading