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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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

Photographing the Lunar Eclipse from Huntington Beach, CA

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If you slept in or do not live on the west coast of the US, you missed the super blue moon eclipse.  Here is what you would have seen.

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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

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

Park and Point: Sunrise at Convict Lake, CA

We just stayed in Bishop for a long three day weekend to capture fall color in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, the first weekend in October.  We made photos at Convict Lake for two sunrises.  Thankfully, it was not that cold and not that crowded.  Here is what you might see. 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

Mono Lake Sunset

Whilst in the eastern Sierra Nevada, you should always visit the Mono Lake tufas.  We had one sunset shoot there and one mid-morning set up.  There were no clouds in the sky, so we opted for mostly infrared photography.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

He saw. She saw. San Diego Zoo Edition

Mary I spent a very long weekend in San Diego to beat the heat.   We always like going to the zoo there, especially to see the Pandas.  In this edition of He saw…She saw, we visited our favorite animals.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading