Photographing Volcanos 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 Volcanos 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

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Revisiting an Old Friend at Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ

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“Mr. Akimbo” January of 2011

One of the joys of photography is going to the same beautiful place multiple times over many years and in different seasons and weather.  I was reminded of this when we were in Tucson in December and visited my favorite saguaro.  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

What a mess. Isolating flowers at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

We read that Lake Tekapo had some beautiful flowers on its shores.  So after a long drive, we thought we would take it easy and have a leisurely sunset shoot.  When we showed up to a full parking lot, we knew we were in for some “combat” photography.  Here’s what we did. Continue reading

Mary’s Favorite Photos From 2017

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Well, that time of year has come again.  It’s the time when Peter insists on engaging in some sadomasochistic form of torture by insisting I cull through 1000+ photographs and pick my favorites.  Its akin to asking someone to pick their favorite child.  At least this year he gave me 15, instead of the usual 10. Continue reading

Why wait? Photographing Hooker Lake in New Zealand

Hooker Lake is the one of the best views in all of New Zealand and is a must see, if you can swing it on the south island.  The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is 3 hours from Queenstown and 4 hours from Christchurch.  Here is what we saw.

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The power of chiaroscuro in monochrome photos

On cloudy days, I am always looking for the chiaroscuro.  You know it when you see it – the high contrast light and deep shadows that create distinct areas of light and darkness that can be especially exploited with monochrome photos.  Here are a few favorites from our New Zealand trip. Continue reading

One more time – How do we compose a photo?

If you want to make better photos, they have to have the right exposure in interesting light.  They should also be focused correctly.  Finally, you need to have an interesting subject, composed well.  I was reminded of these things when we visited the world famous Wanaka Tree in New Zealand.  Here’s what we did. Continue reading

Photography Project: Natural Abstract. Another exercise in boredom at Convict Lake

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Continuing on from Eastern Sierra posts.  So there I was at Convict Lake in the early morning hours, with freezing thumbs and freezing toes, bored out of my mind after taking 500+ images of the iconic shot.  Trying to figure out how to keep myself entertained, and distracted from the ache in my fingers and toes, and then I thought about one of the assignments in Henry Carrol’s photo journal.  Make something beautiful ugly. Continue reading

Alabama Hills in Monochrome

The night before we drove home from Bishop, Mary convinced me to “sleep-in” until 7 AM because there was not going to be any good sky the next morning.  We decided we would photograph the Alabama Hills the next morning in infrared.  Our “go-to” sunny day solution.  Here is what we made. Continue reading

Moon and Mono Lake

While we were in Bishop Oct 6-8, I knew we would have two mornings of moon sets.  Though the sunrise and sunset times change only a minute or so each day, the moon set changes as much as an hour each day.  On Oct 7, I figured we could get the moon setting over Mono Lake.  Here is what we got. Continue reading