Photographing the Garden of the Gods

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This is the “classic” photo from the visitors’ center (Pikes Peak hidden behind clouds)

We had a short weekend to visit with Mary’s parents and decided to meet in Woodland, CO near Colorado Springs.  Neither of her parents, native Coloradans, had visited the Garden of the Gods, so that was a natural destination for us.  We photographed it twice with mixed results.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

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How to make better photos

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Big Sur

I was on a workshop one time and someone asked the great photographer Bill Fortney, “how do I make great photos like the ones you have?”  Bill replied, “well I guess, first you have to go to great places four or five times a year for twenty years and hope you have some good weather.  I think you’ll get a few good ones.”  I might add, practice being a photographer for 50 years like Bill.  You could also try this. Continue reading

That “Oh shit!” Moment

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Pismo Beach Pier

Have you ever made a plan for sunrise/sunset where you have picked your location and time and you are all set up and ready to go and you realize you are in the wrong spot?  You see the first hints of pink in the sky and its not where you thought it would be.  Then you know how that moment feels, as you rush to try and still “get the shot.” Continue reading

Back to Bryce and Zion

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Inspiration Point

For her college graduation trip, my daughter Arden and I spent a long weekend in Zion with a quick trip to Bryce  Here is what you might see in a three day weekend. 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

Photographing the Lunar Eclipse from Huntington Beach, CA

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5:52 AM

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

Photography Tip: Photographing in morning light

I hate mornings.  Let me clarify, I hate early mornings.  Which is an issue for a nature photographer.  Peter tries every persuasion technique to get me out of bed on cold, dark mornings, hours before the sun comes up (and it is usually 1 1/2 -2 hours because the best light is around 30 minutes before sunrise and it seems to take us an hour to get to wherever it is we need to go).  So we get there (in plenty of time in my opinion), I’m ready, and the amazing light is over in minutes.  Now what?  Its usually too early for breakfast, I’m awake so going back to sleep is not going to happen…. Continue reading