A weekend in Cambria, CA

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Bluffs hike in Fiscalini Ranch

During July 4th week, Mary and I escaped the heat in LA by heading up the coast to Cambria, the sleepy sea-side town just south of Hearst Castle.  We were really there to relax rather than a hardcore shooting vacation, but we found many good subjects, nonetheless.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

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How to make better photos

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Big Sur

I was on a workshop one time and someone asked the great photographer Bill Fortney, “how do I make great photos like the ones you have?”  Bill replied, “well I guess, first you have to go to great places four or five times a year for twenty years and hope you have some good weather.  I think you’ll get a few good ones.”  I might add, practice being a photographer for 50 years like Bill.  You could also try this. Continue reading

Why buy a macro lens?

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I have to admit, every time Mary says “let’s go to a garden,” I hesitate.  I gravitate toward the large one-shot grand landscape and find small subjects and flowers uninspiring.  Yet, each time we do this type of photography, I end up loving it.  Here’s why: Continue reading

Back to Bryce and Zion

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Inspiration Point

For her college graduation trip, my daughter Arden and I spent a long weekend in Zion with a quick trip to Bryce  Here is what you might see in a three day weekend. Continue reading

Photographing the Gila Cliff Dwellings near Silver City, NM

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One of the joys of focusing on being “photographers of the southwest” is the chance to visit many of the American Indian cliff dwelling ruins dotted around the southwestern United States.  These are not the biggest or most frequented, but were interesting and beautiful, nonetheless.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Other things to see on the Big Island after you visit Volcanoes National Park

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Tree Tunnel on Pohoiki Road near Hule Beach Park

Our last blog post was about Volcanoes National Park which is making all of the news right now.  We stayed on the Big Island for almost a week and were able to do several other things besides Volcanoes.  The Big Island is hurting for tourists.  You can get a really great deal right now.  Here are a few other interesting places to see. Continue reading

Photographing Volcanoes 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 Volcaneos 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

Missed Opportunity – The Milford Sound in New Zealand

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A cold and windy sunset

I really wanted to make the iconic photo of the Milford Sound that I had seen many times in books and on-line.  We planned our New Zealand trip with a 4 hour one way drive and 24 hour turn around just so we could “get the shot.”  It did not quite work out for us.  Here’s what happened. Continue reading

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

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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