Photographing Saguaros in Tucson, AZ

We had a great sunset our last night

We had a great sunset our last night

If you like cactus, especially the majestic Saguaro, Tuscon is the place for you.  There are three parks full of Saguaros – Saguaro National Park East and West, as well as the Catalina State Park.  They are all a bit different, but we loved them all.  Here’s why: Continue reading

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

Once again, how to photograph cactus.

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Sometimes a part is more powerful than the whole.

The desert always provides plenty of opportunities to make photos of cactus and succulents.  In the spring, flowing cactus are an annual event, not to be missed.  Here are a few hints for making the most of your spring cactus shooting. Continue reading

Photography project: Create a gritty monotone

Monotone of hiker and saguaro

Monotone of hiker and saguaro

Sometimes I get an image, that has the right feel, but has a lot of things against it technically speaking.  I actually tossed this image, and then resurrected it from the recycle bin after reading how to do a gritty monotone technique.  The article suggested working with a street scene; being a nature photographer I used what I had…. Continue reading

A hike in the desert – He Saw. She Saw.

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Peter’s

When Mary and I get home from a trip and download our photos, my favorite thing to do is compare our compositions.  I am the wide angle person and she is the one who sees the details.  Our Scottsdale trip was no different.

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Look. See. Imagine. Create. A walk through the desert.

Infrared processed in Color Efex Pro Bleach By Pass

Infrared file processed in Nik’s Color Efex Pro Bleach Bypass

Mary and I went to Phoenix for the weekend to see family and scout sites in case the wild flowers take off this spring.  We had a good walk at the Desert Botanical Garden in Scottsdale and a good hike at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Continue reading

What does it really take to make a landscape photograph?

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Peter has written a couple of times about why photographs cost so much, and what is involved in making a great image.  Below is a link to a short 4 minute video made by one of Jack Graham’s workshop participants.  She does a wonderful job illustrating the long days driving on jarring roads, hauling 20-30 pounds of gear through rough terrain, and spending every minute of the day, from pre-dawn to post-dusk, with people you just met.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P4sjh5p9KM&feature=youtu.be

How to Photograph Cactus

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Close-up of a Prickly Pear

We fashion ourselves as photographers’ of the southwest.  As such, we often times have the opportunity to photograph cactus.  Cactus comes in all shapes, sizes, and even colors.  Here are some tips to get your best cactus shots. Continue reading

Photographing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

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The Main Building from the Bow of the Property

Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school in the desert near Scottsdale, AZ from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  The complex drew its name from Wright’s summer home, Taliesin, in Spring Green Wisconsin.  Here is what you might see: Continue reading