Photographing Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park – Look. See. Imagine. Create.

The "classic" shot

The “classic” shot

One of our favorite locations in Joshua Tree is the Jumbo Rocks campground and trail to Skull Rock.  This has one of the most picturesque rock walls in the park.  Here’s how to photograph it.

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24 Hours in Joshua Tree

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We had a bald sky, but calm winds.

Because of all of the rain in Southern CA, the Barker Dam area of Joshua Tree has a lot of water for the first time in about eight years.  Mary and I made a trip out there just to get that one shot.  There’s a lot you can do in Josh in one day.  Here’s what we did. Continue reading

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

Mary’s Top Photos of 2016

Winter sunset in Tucson

Winter sunset in Tucson

What a great exercise to look back at a year’s worth of images, re-live the moments when I pushed the shutter, and reflect on the variety of experiences I had.  Every year when Peter asks me (or rather forces me) to do this, I always think “I didn’t really shoot much this year that would make my top 10”.  When I had gathered 25 images and was still adding I realized that I rarely left home with out a camera (or two) in hand.  I think maybe I will post a top 10 iPhone photos of the year too! Continue reading

Photography Project: Patterns at the Zoo

Zebra patterns

Zebra patterns

Even though nature photography is our thing, Peter and I are continuing to practice our wildlife photography.  I’m a believer in transference, what you learn in one discipline helps you be better in others.  We were at the zoo recently, and as usual in moments of dearth, I went to the extreme of my zoom lens to try to see the world differently. 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

Photography Project: Inspiration from Vivian Maier

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Peter and I have been taken with the story of Vivian Maier.  We watched one of the documentaries with the girls, and they also seemed to be fascinated.  As a family, we even started deconstructing the technical elements that she used to capture her compelling images.  On a recent trip to Disneyland, I thought I would channel Ms. Maier as a I tried to develop my street photography skills.  It was harder than I could have imagined. Continue reading

Photographing White Sands, New Mexico

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You have to hike a bit to make a photo of the dunes without footprints.

The White Sands National Monument is 300 square miles of a white gypsum dune field located in Southern New Mexico between Las Cruces and Alamogordo.  It is the largest gypsum dune field in the world.  Mary and I have photographed here a half dozen times as her parents live nearby.  Here are a few photos and hints. Continue reading

Photographing sand dunes

White Sands New Mexico

White Sands New Mexico

Peter and I have been fortunate to visit many different types of sand dunes.  Some of our favorites are the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley, the Great Sand Dunes in Southern Colorado near Alamosa, and White Sands in New Mexico near Las Cruces.  We visited White Sands over the holiday weekend on a beautiful (and photographically challenging) sunny day.  I decided to use a very long telephoto lens and see if I could capture light and shadow from the different shapes of the dunes.  It was difficult. Continue reading

Boats and Bays on the Coast of Maine

Camden from the top of Mount Battie

Camden from the top of Mount Battie

A few weeks ago Mary and I spent 8 days photographing Fall color from Camden to Acadia.  Besides great trees, lakes, and lighthouses, there were numerous large and small bays.  Here are some of our favorite photos: Continue reading