About pamphotography

Husband and wife nature photography team.

A boat tour of Prince William Sound

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The highlight of our trip to Alaska last month was an all day small boat tour in Prince William Sound.  I was hoping for a few good subjects, and we hit the jack pot.  Here is what we saw: Continue reading

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That magic moment: Whale tail in Prince William Sound

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This is Dopey.  He/She is a humpback whale.  I am not a wildlife photographer, so it was very special to see this whale.  It was also special because we were on a small boat with good friends.  Here are a few more photos. Continue reading

Photographing the Garden of the Gods

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This is the “classic” photo from the visitors’ center (Pikes Peak hidden behind clouds)

We had a short weekend to visit with Mary’s parents and decided to meet in Woodland, CO near Colorado Springs.  Neither of her parents, native Coloradans, had visited the Garden of the Gods, so that was a natural destination for us.  We photographed it twice with mixed results.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

A weekend in Cambria, CA

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Bluffs hike in Fiscalini Ranch

During July 4th week, Mary and I escaped the heat in LA by heading up the coast to Cambria, the sleepy sea-side town just south of Hearst Castle.  We were really there to relax rather than a hardcore shooting vacation, but we found many good subjects, nonetheless.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

How to make better photos

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Big Sur

I was on a workshop one time and someone asked the great photographer Bill Fortney, “how do I make great photos like the ones you have?”  Bill replied, “well I guess, first you have to go to great places four or five times a year for twenty years and hope you have some good weather.  I think you’ll get a few good ones.”  I might add, practice being a photographer for 50 years like Bill.  You could also try this. Continue reading

30 day creativity challenge – what did I learn?

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Friends and co-workers engaged on a 30-day creativity challenge.  We were inspired by Matt Cutts 3 minute Ted Talk.  The gist:  30 days are going to go by, so why don’t you try something creative?  My personal challenge was an iPhone photo a day… with a twist.  I was going to revisit some of the apps I had on my phone that I haven’t used in a long, long time.  One co-worker asked…..”do you have that many apps”?.  Unfortunately, yes.  Yes, I do.  And I realized after 30 days, I only scratched the surface. Continue reading

Flower Photography: Why I (respectfully) disagree with my husband

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Last week Peter wrote a compelling argument on why you need a macro lens for flower photography……he made several points, a couple of which I completely disagree with.  I guess it is a wife’s prerogative to disagree, respectfully of course, on rare occasions.  For those of you who know me, you can stop laughing now.  So in this episode of He Said/She Said (or our version “He Saw/She Saw”), I’ll be providing a point-by-point counterpoint to Peter’s last blog. Continue reading

Why buy a macro lens?

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I have to admit, every time Mary says “let’s go to a garden,” I hesitate.  I gravitate toward the large one-shot grand landscape and find small subjects and flowers uninspiring.  Yet, each time we do this type of photography, I end up loving it.  Here’s why: Continue reading

That “Oh shit!” Moment

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Pismo Beach Pier

Have you ever made a plan for sunrise/sunset where you have picked your location and time and you are all set up and ready to go and you realize you are in the wrong spot?  You see the first hints of pink in the sky and its not where you thought it would be.  Then you know how that moment feels, as you rush to try and still “get the shot.” Continue reading

Photography Project: Painterly effects with Topaz Impressions

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I’m focused on rebooting my creative muscle, and I’m currently in my flower/software phase.  You’ll see a lot of flowers, and special effects.  I have started working to Topaz Impressions, and as I get a feel for the power of the software I am liking it even more. Continue reading