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 Birds at Bosque del Apache in New Mexico

 

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Mary and I were at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge about a month ago to photograph snow geese and Sandhill cranes.  This was our second try here at bird photography.  Whether you are a birder or just a curious outdoors person, this place is a must.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Postcards from Maine

Otter Beach, Acadia

Otter Beach, Acadia

After reviewing our photos from our ten day trip along the coast of Maine, we picked out a few that we thought would be great postcards.  You know the type of photograph – “hey, ma, look where I am.”  They may not be the most artistic, but they help tell the story.  Here are some of our favorites. Continue reading

Fall Color Close-ups

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This is our fourth blog post about our ten day trip along the coast of Maine.  We did some hiking in Acadia and around Camden.  One of the most enjoyable challenges is finding and making close-up images.  Some of these were done with leaves on or close to the ground and some were made with telephoto lenses from afar.

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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

Photographing Fall Color in Maine

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A small pond in Acadia

This is our third blog in a series about chasing Fall color in Maine.  Mary and I spent ten days travelling from Camden to Bar Harbor and Acadia.  Here are some of our favorite Fall color photographs.

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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

Photographing the San Diego Zoo

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Mary and I spent three hours at the San Diego zoo last Saturday test driving our new Fujifilm X-T2s.  What a treat.  We got there early and we left before it got to hot.  We were there for “feeding time” so most of the animals were pretty active. Here are some of our favorite images. Continue reading

Why We Love Square Photos or 1:1’s

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Sunrise in Healdsburg, CA

Most of us are shooting a 3:2 aspect ratio which is equivalent to a 35 mm full frame sensor or film.  Some micro four thirds and point and shoots use a 4:3 aspect ratio. Common cameras do not come with a native 1:1 aspect ratio, but here are a few good reasons to shoot 1:1 or crop 1:1. Continue reading

Scanography as a creative outlet

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Last year, I attended a photography workshop and one of the participants showed her scanography work.  I was dazzled, and thought I would dip my toes in.  Throwing some interesting things on a flat bed scanner seemed simple, as I learned scanography is an entirely different technique that requires different skills. Continue reading