Chasing the moon along CA Hwy 395

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If you have been paying close attention here or on my Facebook page, you know that I am a lunatic (literally, “crazy for the moon”).  We do not always plan our photography trips around the full moon, but this time, the convergence of the full moon and peak color in the Eastern Sierra was a welcomed treat.  Here is what it was like to chase down the moon while driving north on 395. Continue reading

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Photography Project: Natural Abstracts with a Twist

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Peter and I went to the Eastern Sierras to photograph fall color.  Peter created the punch list, and I went along for the ride.  I should have known better.  Peter’s preferences are grand landscapes – sometimes the same location over multiple days at different times.  I get bored.  Oddly, boredom helps with my creativity.  As I’m standing in the bitter cold before the sun comes up, camera on tripod, pushing the shutter over and over to capture the same scene in different light, all the while knowing that Peter is making a better image……I start to look around and play. Continue reading

Fall color on the Eastside (eastern Sierra Nevada)

GO NOW.  Here is what we saw last weekend in the eastern Sierra Nevada in Bishop and June Lakes area.  We think the best color right now is along South Lake Road.  With a bit of wind and rain, the leaves will be knocked down soon, so go now if you can.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Playing with the Canon G7X MII

Sometimes you just need a play day, no serious photography, no pressure, no early or late hours.  Just good old fashioned snapshots with a little creative interpretation thrown in.  I had been looking for a great point and shoot I could throw in my purse and just have when easily available when I wanted to capture the moment.  I finally found it with the Canon G7X MII, and stumbled on a photography playground with their creative modes. Continue reading

He saw. She saw. San Diego Zoo Edition

Mary I spent a very long weekend in San Diego to beat the heat.   We always like going to the zoo there, especially to see the Pandas.  In this edition of He saw…She saw, we visited our favorite animals.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creative Zoo Processing

Photography renewed my love for the zoo.  I used to think it was a kid’s thing that parents had to begrudgingly do as part of the qualification of being a good parent.  Now I find myself jockeying with the kids for prime viewing spots (I do try to find a mutually agreeable arrangement, however sometimes it can be challenging when they are scrambling around my legs and monopod).  Our recent trip to the San Diego Zoo was a complete bust for me (as you can see from my “before” shots).  We had great overcast skies, but I couldn’t seem to find the zone.  So I thought I would turn my creativity to the processing side of the equation.  So here is my take on “zoo life”. Continue reading

Photography Project: Adding Texture to Photographs

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Texturing an image is something that requires not only time, but heavy creative mental space.  Its not easy to do, especially with hundreds of interesting textures, and a lot of “what-if” thoughts running through your mind. Continue reading

Photography Processing: Creative effects with Flypaper CEP recipes

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I can easily get distracted by the next new thing – a new set of Lightroom presets, a fun Photoshop action, a new plug-in…..that I forget about the great stuff I fell in love with before.  As I started processing my Oxford photos, I rediscovered Flypaper’s recipes/presets for Google’s NIK product (and also managed to rationalize buying a couple of new sets of recipes). Continue reading

He Saw…She Saw…Lower Cataract Lake, CO

As you all know, one of the great joys of being a photography couple is seeing the world through each other’s eyes.  Usually, Mary is tight and telephoto, and I am wide-angle.  Here, we got crossed. Continue reading

Photographing with one lens

Flowers and old building in Oxford England

If you’ve been following us here long enough, you know that I love my toys.  I get excited about using different lenses, filters (yes Jack I still use my blue/gold filter), and gizmos (like a child’s prism).  You can probably imagine how I felt, when I found myself only being able to take one camera and one lens for a week in Oxford, England.  I was there for work, and had to limit my photography to the transition time to walk between buildings.  So here is what I learned, when I pushed out of my comfort zone of nature photography…..one camera, one lens, and the street.

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