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

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Photography Project: Creating a painterly photo effect with textures

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I just completed my first online video course from CreativeLive Online Course.  The subject was creating painterly effects, and the instructor is Kathleen Clemons.  Kathleen inspired me to push past my comfortable habits, get reacquainted with my Lensbaby gear (yes, I’m going to try again), and find new ways to use software that I left behind.  This week, I’m focusing on that last item.  I purchased Topaz Texture Effects a couple of years ago, did not understand how to take advantage of the software, did not like the preloaded textures, and quickly went back to my old way of importing textures into Photoshop.  I have no realized that I have made my post-processing harder than it needed to be. Continue reading

Photography Project: Photographing Abstracts Through a Child’s Prism

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Last week I shared my airport saga, and after seeing my post, Peter reminded me, in that way only a true partner can, that the images I shared were not my strongest.  He preferred my abstracts.  So here it goes, round 2 on the child’s prism play experiment.  Continue reading

Photography Project: Photographing through a child’s prism

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If you’ve been following us for awhile, I have often lamented about the creative Sahara that I’m experiencing.  I’ve tried to jump start things a few times over the last year, but without much success.  I’ve decided to revisit the world of “play”, to try to stop taking my photographs (and myself) so seriously, and get back to the joy of discovery.  So here is the first in what I hope to be a long-running creative series, focused on play and discovery. Continue reading

Working with your Partner (spouse) – Photographing Lake Matheson in New Zealand

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As Mary and I planned our epic trip to New Zealand’s South Island last year, we negotiated where we would go and what we would photograph.  Mary needs a lot of subject variety.  I, on the other hand, want to get the iconic shot which often times means going to the same place over and over until we get it right.  Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier is a good example. 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

Tips for Photographing Icons

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I have a colleague who is an inspiration, when he travels for work he makes it a point to explore (Jim, I’m talking about you).  I decided on a recent work trip to Chicago, I would try to channel his adventurous spirit and make the most of “transit times” between work functions.  It seems like when you are in Chicago, you MUST see The Bean.  So there I was, early evening, freezing temperatures (at least for this LA girl), and enough wind to take your breath away (I think Chicagoans call it a “breeze”). 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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What a mess. Isolating flowers at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

We read that Lake Tekapo had some beautiful flowers on its shores.  So after a long drive, we thought we would take it easy and have a leisurely sunset shoot.  When we showed up to a full parking lot, we knew we were in for some “combat” photography.  Here’s what we did. Continue reading