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


Mary’s Top Photos of 2016

Winter sunset in Tucson

Winter sunset in Tucson

What a great exercise to look back at a year’s worth of images, re-live the moments when I pushed the shutter, and reflect on the variety of experiences I had.  Every year when Peter asks me (or rather forces me) to do this, I always think “I didn’t really shoot much this year that would make my top 10”.  When I had gathered 25 images and was still adding I realized that I rarely left home with out a camera (or two) in hand.  I think maybe I will post a top 10 iPhone photos of the year too! Continue reading

Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2016

Sunset in Saguaro National Park

Sunset in Saguaro National Park, AZ

Mary and I had a great travel year in 2016.  We took 11 named trips including many weekend jaunts.  We had major trips to Tucson, Maine, Page (AZ), Death Valley, and New Mexico.  We had a variety of locations that were in major cities and in pretty remote locations.  Here are my favorite photos from 2016. Continue reading

How to Photograph Cactus

Close-up of a XXX

Close-up of a Prickly Pear

We fashion ourselves as photographers’ of the southwest.  As such, we often times have the opportunity to photograph cactus.  Cactus comes in all shapes, sizes, and even colors.  Here are some tips to get your best cactus shots. Continue reading

Why and How to go on a Photography Workshop?

Horseshoe Bend outside Page, AZ

Mary and I have been on seven photography workshops in various guises over the last three years.  There are many many photographers and companies that do these workshops.  They vary widely in agenda, process, experience, cost, and ultimately quality.  Our experiences are not exhaustive, but we have learned quite a bit along the way.  Here are some things for you to think about as you choose to go on a photography workshop and then how to pick one.

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A Weekend in Tucson, AZ and Saguaro National Park

Tony Redhouse at Dusk

Mary and I just returned from a photography workshop in Tucson, Arizona with National Geographic Traveler photographer Catherine Karnow and another instructor from the Sante Fe Photography School, Jennifer Davidson.  The workshop plan had three shoots: a “walk around” downtown Tucson; a dusk shoot of a Native American medicine man; and a morning in Saguaro National Park photographing cactus.  Even before we went, I knew the landscape shooting would be more natural and easy for me, but the other two would be a challenge,because I do not like to make photographs of people.  I looked at Catherine’s work on-line before the workshop and did not immediately connect with her style.  To see how we did go to our photoshelter site to see our creative southwest  nature pictures. Continue reading