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

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

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

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

Creating Infrared Portraits

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I have been shooting with a converted infrared camera for a few years, mostly landscape.  I’m always struck by the other-worldly quality of infrared portraits, but mine have always turned out on the vampire side, and a bit creepy.  A few weeks ago, I took a 30 minute 1:1 tutorial with Dan Wampler from LifePixel, and he set me on a new course for this journey. Continue reading

Photography abstracts from the airplane

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I’m an aisle seat kind of gal, but every once in a while I’m in a window seat (and I try as hard as I can to avoid the dreaded middle seat near the bathroom).  When I know I’m sitting near the window, I’ll ask Peter if I can borrow his point and shoot that has been converted to an infrared camera, and I will pass the time staring at the scenery below me. Continue reading

Creatively Photographing Zebras

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I will be the first to admit, I’m not a wildlife photographer.  But I do like to watch animals, and re-imagine new ways to photograph them.  The abstract quality of zebra stripes combined with a high-key image approach keeps me behind my camera for hours. Continue reading

Photographing Wahweep Lookout in Page, AZ

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Besides the ever popular slot canyons in Page, there are a couple other subjects to photograph after you have finished your slot canyon tours (see last weeks blog about the Page slot canyons).  Here is one of our favorites: 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