Revisiting an Old Friend at Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ


“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


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

When in Tucson, Mary and I strongly suggest you check out this museum.  It is not so much a museum, but a zoo, aquarium, and museum rolled into one.  Here is what you might see: Continue reading

Photographing the Tumacacori Mission near Tucson, AZ


Mary and I love visiting and photographing old missions.  We have photographed all 21 of the CA Missions.  When we were in Tucson in December, we made the 50 mile trek down to the Tumacacori National Historic Park.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

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

Photographing Window Reflections

Old Mormon Schoolhouse  in Capitol Reef National Park

Old Mormon Schoolhouse in Capitol Reef National Park

As photographers, we all are always looking for interesting and even arresting images.  Mary has written here before about capturing water reflections.  Another interesting situation are window reflections.  You need to have some ideal conditions, but when you do, window reflections are easy to get and provide a lot of creative options. Continue reading

Go. See. Photograph. Remember.

The Mittens at sunset – Monument Valley, UT

We all should go on vacations and trips.  We also should make photos on these vacations AND we should look at them often.  Here’s why. 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