Fall has arrived, its beginnings are everywhere

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This image was captured at ground level looking up.  There are great things happening up there:)  For this image I used a Nikon D3 (I currently shoot exclusively with Nikon D810’s, because of its lighter weight and unsurpassed dynamic range) and a Nikon 70-200mm.  One of my favorite lenses among my arsenal for all around shooting.

Wishing you many wonderful captures as you chase the autumnal tints with you cameras!

And the beat goes on . . .

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I captured this image while meandering the streets of Florence, Italy.  The moment I saw the woman and the wonderful background, I knew how I wanted to frame the shot.  She continued to talk on the phone with little interest in what I was doing.  I captured several frames, gave a smile and nod of appreciation, and continued my foray for the next image that would reveal itself to me.

With my camera, I am expressing my response to what is naturally there in the world.  The images will find you if you let them, and for me that has always been the thrill of photography!

Ireland . . . Picture Perfect!

Swans on sea with ships and houses in the back

Come share the wonders of Ireland as I lead a 10-day photo tour (June 15 – 25, 2017) to experience and photograph some of the most beautiful and intriguing scenery in all of Ireland!  This incredible tour will concentrate on western Ireland with its rugged pristine coastlines, unspoiled villages, ancient abbeys and castles, and pastoral settings.  We will also take time to slow our pace and embrace the ambience of some classic Irish pubs that will have you singing the night away!

For more information on my Ireland Strabo Photo Tour where you will be treated to true Irish flavors just click on the following link: http://phototc.com/tours/details/natural-wonders-and-the-creative-spirit-in-western-ireland

That magic moment . . .

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I like when my street photography contains a sense of action or serendipitous movement (the act, process, or result of moving).  Think of movement as adding energy and life to your street scene.  I found this image during an early morning saunter in the “blue town” of Chefchaouen, Morocco.  A great place to get lost in time and find magical moments.  Seconds count with this type of unplanned composition.  The cat moved from its sitting position and I quickly fired three frames and could only hope the person walking would be in the right position within my frame.  Fortunately, it all came together in that fleeting moment with the right composition, subject arrangement, gesture and movement.

Ireland . . . Seeing Green!

Farmer and Donkey with Buggy Walking Down Rural Road

Come share the wonders of Ireland as I lead a 10-day photo tour (June 15 – 25, 2017) to experience and photograph some of the most beautiful and intriguing scenery in all of Ireland!  This incredible tour will concentrate on western Ireland with its rugged pristine coastlines, unspoiled villages, ancient abbeys and castles, and pastoral settings.  We will also take time to slow our pace and embrace the ambience of some classic Irish pubs that will have you singing the night away!

For more information on my Ireland Strabo Photo Tour where you will be treated to true Irish flavors just click on the following link: http://phototc.com/tours/details/natural-wonders-and-the-creative-spirit-in-western-ireland

Autumn Foray . . .

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Everyone needs a place to celebrate the extravagance of autumn!  It is a rewarding time to venture out with your camera and capture the tapestry of colors that blanket the hillsides, forest and small towns in southern Minnesota.  During this time of year, the quaint town of Lanesboro is awash of vibrant reds and oranges and shimmering golden hues.  The limestone bluffs surrounding the charming town is the perfect backdrop for this fall photography workshop.

To be a part of this photography adventure (September 30 & October 1, 2016), and for more information visit: http://www.randyziegler.com

Thank you for walking into my frame . . .

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Sometimes everything just seems to go your way when looking for that next great image. Such was the case with this capture yesterday in downtown Fort Worth.  What intrigued me was the strong design elements of this scene and the reflections in the windows.  I composed several frames from different angles that were good, but felt I needed something more to add extra pizazz to my visual commentary.

I do not know who this woman was, but I am thankful that she spontaneously walked into my frame!  The fact that she was wearing an ensemble that complimented the scene was a gift.  This woman was so engrossed with texting and was completely oblivious that she just completed a nice compositional bonus for me.  Thank you!

To seeing possibilities and capturing unexpected moments!

Wandering . . .

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I captured this image while on-assignment in Saint-Tropez, France.  An enchanted seaside town on the French Riviera that makes my heart sing and camera happy!  This particular morning during my photo “walkabout” was most serene and transforming; all around me the morning sun was kissing beauty.  I embraced the magical moments!

There are amazing possibilities to capture with our cameras when we wander freely and let the day lead us to new discoveries.

Find the Stage . . .

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I captured this image near 7th Street in Austin, TX.  It is an area that affords many opportunities for expressive street photography.  During my early morning outing I saw this brightly painted alley and I found the narrative intriguing.  Photographically, it was a good stage but I still wanted more visual content.  I always want more!

As I tell photographers, “Find the stage, and the actors will come.”  When I saw this person walking from my left, I quickly re-framed the shot I had envisioned and shot a motor drive sequence to capture the best gesture.  The result for me turned out to be a fine performance!

Less can be more . . .

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Photography isn’t always about inclusion; what you reject as a photographer is just as important, if not more so.  I captured this image of a vendor’s fruit cart during my time in Africa.  I could have chosen to photograph the entire cart brimming over with ripe oranges and the street vendor, but there were too many distracting elements within my frame.  By refining my framing and showing less, I was able to create an image with more visual impact.