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

Once again, how to photograph cactus.

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Sometimes a part is more powerful than the whole.

The desert always provides plenty of opportunities to make photos of cactus and succulents.  In the spring, flowing cactus are an annual event, not to be missed.  Here are a few hints for making the most of your spring cactus shooting. Continue reading

Photography project: Create a gritty monotone

Monotone of hiker and saguaro

Monotone of hiker and saguaro

Sometimes I get an image, that has the right feel, but has a lot of things against it technically speaking.  I actually tossed this image, and then resurrected it from the recycle bin after reading how to do a gritty monotone technique.  The article suggested working with a street scene; being a nature photographer I used what I had…. Continue reading

A hike in the desert – He Saw. She Saw.

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Peter’s

When Mary and I get home from a trip and download our photos, my favorite thing to do is compare our compositions.  I am the wide angle person and she is the one who sees the details.  Our Scottsdale trip was no different.

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Look. See. Imagine. Create. A walk through the desert.

Infrared processed in Color Efex Pro Bleach By Pass

Infrared file processed in Nik’s Color Efex Pro Bleach Bypass

Mary and I went to Phoenix for the weekend to see family and scout sites in case the wild flowers take off this spring.  We had a good walk at the Desert Botanical Garden in Scottsdale and a good hike at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Continue reading

How to Photograph Cactus

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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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The Golden Hour and Photography

The Mittens at Sunrise, Monument Valley, UT (HDR)

We just came back from a weekend in Monterey, CA.  Our trip reminded me, once again, about how our vacations have changed since we began to be serious about photography.  The biggest change is that we wake up early and usually miss happy hour.  Let me explain. Continue reading

How to Make a Great Nature Photograph – Analyzing a scene

Black and white image of saguaros

I chose the words in the title of this post intentionally I did not say “how to take a great nature picture” because making a photograph involves deliberately conceiving and executing a set of actions to create the image you envision.  Part one of this series involves how to break down a scene or situation to capture the essence of what appealed to you enough to stop in the first place. Continue reading