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

Lensbaby Challenge: Week 4

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This week I tried to face down my nemesis….the dreaded Plastic optic.  I had to find peace with the fact that nothing would be sharp, I’m shooting through plastic after all.  And then I remembered, some of my favorite photos of all time, I took in my early days as a photographer with the Plastic Optic (focus has always been a challenge for me, so it was freeing). Continue reading

Photographing South Kauai, HI

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The Kalalau Valley from the Pu’u O Kila Lookout

Mary and I have been to Kauai a few times, but have always spent most of our time on the North Shore.  On our last trip there, we spent a week in the South seeing many of the local sights and enjoying some down time.  Here are some of our favorite photography locations on the South shore. Continue reading

Photographs from the San Gabriel Complex Fire in CA

Something you don't see everyday...A DC-10 a couple hundred feet off the deck

Something you don’t see everyday…A DC-10 a couple hundred feet off the deck

Mary and I love where we live, just inside the Angeles National Forrest, in Azusa, CA.  Unfortunately, we live in the “fire zone.”  This past Monday, we evacuated as the Fish Fire and Reservoir Fire exploded around us.  We always take our cameras, as you never know what you will see.  Here are a few photos from our week holed up in a hotel, including a massive and dramatic retardant drop by a DC-10 Supertanker. Continue reading