Controlling the narrative
Photography is visual communication. What we put into the photograph communicates what we see in the scene or situation. We control the story through. . .
Autumn is Coming!
The colors in Autumn are either amazing or subtle in the Pacific Northwest. After a long hot summer, the weather is turning to rain, cooler temperatures, and the days seem darker. The reds, yellows, and golds are beginning to peek through, and shine on these shortening days. There are 2 different weather conditions I prefer…
Architecture & Gardens. . .
Architecture lends itself to both color and black & white photographic images. Often times, it becomes a composition of lines, shapes, and color / tone. The photograph above shows a modern building with the reflection of historic architecture. The old and the new sit across the street from each other. This is the story of…
Great Photography Weekend Destinations
Leavenworth is a wonderful day or weekend adventure for all ages. The town schedules year-round festivals, and is located in the scenic eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Highway 2 travels through the town, and is the easiest way to reach this beautiful destination. On the way to Leavenworth, Stevens Pass is a beautiful area…
Great Time of the Year to Photograph the San Juan Islands
The San Juan Islands sit in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and receive less rain than Seattle 65 miles to the south. Explore 172 islands, which up the archipelago highlighted by Fidelgo, San Juan, Orcas, Shaw and Lopez. The islands are home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in the lower 48 states, three pods of…
Northern California Coast Adventures
Here is my latest article on the northern California coast. It is part 1 in a series. For the entire article, please visit Northern California Coast Adventures.
It’s a Small World. . .
Macro photography is the art of seeing the small. It is taking the miniscule, and making it the subject of a photograph. The subject could be printed larger than life-size, and it’s details could be tack-sharp. It requires a macro lens or extension tubes for true macro photography. These tools allow the lens to be…
Rainy Day Photography
With outdoor photography, it is inevitable that we get caught in the rain. I always enjoy those moments, because it adds a different “feeling” to my photographs. The weather greatly influences the final photograph. This one of the Great Blue Heron rookery was taken in March, during a rain shower. The sun behind me created…
Shooting Nature in a Crowd
Event provide a great opportunity to photograph nature, though they can be very crowded with people. There are a few techniques that can be used to create the photograph that shows the elements the photographer wants his/her view to enjoy. First, it is important to control the aperture or depth of field (DOF). Many times,…
Small Things in a Big Way. . .
Macro is taking something very tiny, and composing a complete photographic image from the subject. I love macro. It helps change my perspective of all the “big” things that I photograph, such as birds, people, landscapes and. . . Macros are mini landscapes. The composition comes from the lines, shapes, colors and textures. It becomes…