Mary’s Favorite Photos from 2018

Well its that time of year again, when Peter forces me to choose among my babies.  The compulsion is so strong for him to close out the year with these posts, that he woke me up early on a Saturday to confirm that I was ready to write and publish mine.  So out of the thousands of photos I made, these are the ones that stood out for me, not because of photographic merit, but because of sentiment and the memories they evoke. Continue reading


Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2018

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The Halemaumau Crater in the Kailauea Caldera from Volcano House, Volcanoes National Park, Big Island of Hawaii. We tried this shot four times and were rained out and fogged out thrice.

In 2018, Mary and I went on 13 trips with highlights being the Big Island of Hawaii, Alaska, Yosemite, and Death Valley.  Between the two of us we made about 20,000 images in the field and kept 2,300 photographs.  About half are mine and half are Mary’s.  Most of my favorites are from our trips to Yosemite and Death Valley.  So here are my 15 favorite photos in chronological order. Continue reading

What is the photo? How to pick an image

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Have you ever become so enamored with something, that you take 500 pictures of it, get home, and then wonder which one, if any, is THE photo?  This happens to me all the time.  I make it more challenging for myself by always trying to find a different composition with each shot.  Then I have 500 photos that are slightly different, and comparing them against each other seems impossible.  Below I will show you my process for picking an image.  Continue reading

Alaska in Infrared


Downtown Anchorage from Earthquake Park

While in Alaska a few months back, we had pretty bad weather the whole time we were there.  With the weather, we had few chances to make colorful sunrise or sunset photos, so we made a lot of infrared photographs and processed the images into monochrome.  Here are some of my favorites: Continue reading

Quick stop at Turnagain Arm near Anchorage, Alaska

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We made our way south from Anchorage to Seward a couple of times along the Seward Highway.  We stopped at several spots along the Turnagain Arm which is at the northern end of the Cook Inlet.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Photography Project: One subject three ways


Lately, I’ve been watching Frans Lanting’s CreativeLive class The Art of Seeing:  Macro Techniques for Flowers and Plants.  Seeing him work is a helpful way to expand my perspectives and ability to see everyday life in different ways.  Frans shares that photographing a subject can take different forms:  Finding, Influencing, and Creating.  This is my interpretation of his idea. Continue reading

The view from Flattop Mountain and Blueberry Hill in Anchorage, Alaska


On the first night of our Alaska trip, we headed out to this short hike and look-out after a fantastic salmon dinner with Mark McDermott and Cat Larrea.  This look-out is only a few minutes from their home and has spectacular views.  Here are a few: Continue reading

A boat tour of Prince William Sound


The highlight of our trip to Alaska last month was an all day small boat tour in Prince William Sound.  I was hoping for a few good subjects, and we hit the jack pot.  Here is what we saw: Continue reading

That magic moment: Whale tail in Prince William Sound


This is Dopey.  He/She is a humpback whale.  I am not a wildlife photographer, so it was very special to see this whale.  It was also special because we were on a small boat with good friends.  Here are a few more photos. Continue reading

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