Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2016

Sunset in Saguaro National Park

Sunset in Saguaro National Park, AZ

Mary and I had a great travel year in 2016.  We took 11 named trips including many weekend jaunts.  We had major trips to Tucson, Maine, Page (AZ), Death Valley, and New Mexico.  We had a variety of locations that were in major cities and in pretty remote locations.  Here are my favorite photos from 2016. Continue reading

What is “combat photography” and how to survive it

Zabriskie Point Sunrise, Death Valley, CA

Zabriskie Point Sunrise, Death Valley, CA

First, this blog is in no way disrespectful to actual combat photographers past, present and future.  If you are the average photographer, your battles will be more close to home AND will be with other photographers.  You know what I mean.  When you go to popular spots or been on a photography workshop, no doubt you have experienced “combat photography.”  If you have not had this experience, here is what its like AND what you can do to survive it. Continue reading

Why and How to go on a Photography Workshop?

Horseshoe Bend outside Page, AZ

Mary and I have been on seven photography workshops in various guises over the last three years.  There are many many photographers and companies that do these workshops.  They vary widely in agenda, process, experience, cost, and ultimately quality.  Our experiences are not exhaustive, but we have learned quite a bit along the way.  Here are some things for you to think about as you choose to go on a photography workshop and then how to pick one.

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Photography as a Practice (Praxis)

Mary Andrade and Greg Duncan at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, CA

Praxis is a way of learning that involves a recurring passage through a cyclical process of experiential learning.  Another way to look at praxis is a cycle of experience, reflection, generalization, and application – Then do it all again – experience, reflect, generalize, and apply.  This is the best way to learn to be a good photographer. Continue reading