Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2016

Sunset in Saguaro National Park

Sunset in Saguaro National Park, AZ

Mary and I had a great travel year in 2016.  We took 11 named trips including many weekend jaunts.  We had major trips to Tucson, Maine, Page (AZ), Death Valley, and New Mexico.  We had a variety of locations that were in major cities and in pretty remote locations.  Here are my favorite photos from 2016. Continue reading

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Another fabulous weekend in Death Valley

Zabriskie Point Sunrise

Zabriskie Point Sunrise

Mary and I just came back from our 5th Death Valley trip.  We have been to this national park more than any other.  It is not the closest to our home, but it is near enough, interesting enough, and varied enough to deserve many multiple trips.  We had two great sunsets, a spectacular sunrise, and a Desert Gold flower “super bloom.”  Here is what we saw. Continue reading

A Weekend in Death Valley: Our 4th Trip

Mesquite Dunes

Mesquite Dunes

We have been to Death Valley, now, four times.  Because of wind and rain, weather and erosion, it always looks the same and it always looks different.  We were there the week after Christmas and it was cold with clear skies until our last morning.  Here is what we saw: Continue reading

Peter’s Favorite Photos from 2015

#2 Lone Cypress, Monterey, CA

#2 Lone Cypress, Monterey, CA

It’s that time of year to take stock of 2015 and make plans for 2016.  In 2015, Mary and I took 11 named trips and various other weekend activities.  We made about 10,000 photos in the field and kept around 1,500 of them.  Most of my favorites came from three big trips: Olympic, Rainier, and Death Valley.   Here are my favorite photos of the year. Continue reading

Photographing Sunrise at Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, CA

Zabriskie Point Panorama

Zabriskie Point Panorama

Zabriskie Point is the most popular spot in Death Valley for good reason.  Besides the spectacular view, it is easy to get to; has a large parking lot; it is a very short walk; it has a large viewing platform, and is near the Furnace Creek resort.  It is also an easy sunrise shoot, if you plan for it.  Here’s how: Continue reading

What is “combat photography” and how to survive it

Zabriskie Point Sunrise, Death Valley, CA

Zabriskie Point Sunrise, Death Valley, CA

First, this blog is in no way disrespectful to actual combat photographers past, present and future.  If you are the average photographer, your battles will be more close to home AND will be with other photographers.  You know what I mean.  When you go to popular spots or been on a photography workshop, no doubt you have experienced “combat photography.”  If you have not had this experience, here is what its like AND what you can do to survive it. Continue reading

A Weekend in Death Valley National Park

Badwater Sunrise Reflection

We have been to Death Valley, CA the last two Decembers and plan to go again this year, weather and schedule permitting.  The trips were very different, both for how the Valley looked, but also how we planned and approached the trip and how our photography skills changed from 2009 to 2010.

Death Valley is a place of extremes.  It is the largest National Park in the contiguous United States.  It includes Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.  It is the hottest place in  the USA with summer temperatures reaching 120 degrees.  Many sites in Death Valley invoke evil or the devil:  Dantes View, Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater, Devil’s Cornfield, and Furnace Creek to name a few. Continue reading