Park and Point: Sunrise at Convict Lake, CA

We just stayed in Bishop for a long three day weekend to capture fall color in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, the first weekend in October.  We made photos at Convict Lake for two sunrises.  Thankfully, it was not that cold and not that crowded.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

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Moon and Mono Lake

While we were in Bishop Oct 6-8, I knew we would have two mornings of moon sets.  Though the sunrise and sunset times change only a minute or so each day, the moon set changes as much as an hour each day.  On Oct 7, I figured we could get the moon setting over Mono Lake.  Here is what we got. Continue reading

Mono Lake Sunset

Whilst in the eastern Sierra Nevada, you should always visit the Mono Lake tufas.  We had one sunset shoot there and one mid-morning set up.  There were no clouds in the sky, so we opted for mostly infrared photography.  Here is what you might see. Continue reading

Chasing the moon along CA Hwy 395

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If you have been paying close attention here or on my Facebook page, you know that I am a lunatic (literally, “crazy for the moon”).  We do not always plan our photography trips around the full moon, but this time, the convergence of the full moon and peak color in the Eastern Sierra was a welcomed treat.  Here is what it was like to chase down the moon while driving north on 395. Continue reading

Photography Project: Natural Abstracts with a Twist

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Peter and I went to the Eastern Sierras to photograph fall color.  Peter created the punch list, and I went along for the ride.  I should have known better.  Peter’s preferences are grand landscapes – sometimes the same location over multiple days at different times.  I get bored.  Oddly, boredom helps with my creativity.  As I’m standing in the bitter cold before the sun comes up, camera on tripod, pushing the shutter over and over to capture the same scene in different light, all the while knowing that Peter is making a better image……I start to look around and play. Continue reading

Playing with the Canon G7X MII

Sometimes you just need a play day, no serious photography, no pressure, no early or late hours.  Just good old fashioned snapshots with a little creative interpretation thrown in.  I had been looking for a great point and shoot I could throw in my purse and just have when easily available when I wanted to capture the moment.  I finally found it with the Canon G7X MII, and stumbled on a photography playground with their creative modes. Continue reading

Photography Project: Creative Zoo Processing

Photography renewed my love for the zoo.  I used to think it was a kid’s thing that parents had to begrudgingly do as part of the qualification of being a good parent.  Now I find myself jockeying with the kids for prime viewing spots (I do try to find a mutually agreeable arrangement, however sometimes it can be challenging when they are scrambling around my legs and monopod).  Our recent trip to the San Diego Zoo was a complete bust for me (as you can see from my “before” shots).  We had great overcast skies, but I couldn’t seem to find the zone.  So I thought I would turn my creativity to the processing side of the equation.  So here is my take on “zoo life”. Continue reading

Photography Project: Adding Texture to Photographs

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Texturing an image is something that requires not only time, but heavy creative mental space.  Its not easy to do, especially with hundreds of interesting textures, and a lot of “what-if” thoughts running through your mind. Continue reading

Photography Processing: Creative effects with Flypaper CEP recipes

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I can easily get distracted by the next new thing – a new set of Lightroom presets, a fun Photoshop action, a new plug-in…..that I forget about the great stuff I fell in love with before.  As I started processing my Oxford photos, I rediscovered Flypaper’s recipes/presets for Google’s NIK product (and also managed to rationalize buying a couple of new sets of recipes). Continue reading

He Saw…She Saw…Lower Cataract Lake, CO

As you all know, one of the great joys of being a photography couple is seeing the world through each other’s eyes.  Usually, Mary is tight and telephoto, and I am wide-angle.  Here, we got crossed. Continue reading