Photographing Alcatraz

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Though I have lived in California my whole life, I vaguely remember my parents taking me and my brother to Alcatraz once when we were very young.  I have failed to find any photographs from this visit, so I might be making it up.  Mary also lived in San Francisco for years and failed to take the trip.  We finally made it last month.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

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Photography Project: Photographing Abstracts Through a Child’s Prism

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Last week I shared my airport saga, and after seeing my post, Peter reminded me, in that way only a true partner can, that the images I shared were not my strongest.  He preferred my abstracts.  So here it goes, round 2 on the child’s prism play experiment.  Continue reading

Photographing the Gila Cliff Dwellings near Silver City, NM

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One of the joys of focusing on being “photographers of the southwest” is the chance to visit many of the American Indian cliff dwelling ruins dotted around the southwestern United States.  These are not the biggest or most frequented, but were interesting and beautiful, nonetheless.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Photography Project: Photographing through a child’s prism

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If you’ve been following us for awhile, I have often lamented about the creative Sahara that I’m experiencing.  I’ve tried to jump start things a few times over the last year, but without much success.  I’ve decided to revisit the world of “play”, to try to stop taking my photographs (and myself) so seriously, and get back to the joy of discovery.  So here is the first in what I hope to be a long-running creative series, focused on play and discovery. Continue reading

Other things to see on the Big Island after you visit Volcanoes National Park

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Tree Tunnel on Pohoiki Road near Hule Beach Park

Our last blog post was about Volcanoes National Park which is making all of the news right now.  We stayed on the Big Island for almost a week and were able to do several other things besides Volcanoes.  The Big Island is hurting for tourists.  You can get a really great deal right now.  Here are a few other interesting places to see. Continue reading

Photographing Volcanoes 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 Volcaneos 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

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