When you are living in your sweet spot you feel . . . calm and energetic, accomplished and joyful. ~ Deepak Chopra

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The Palo Duro Canyon State Park (located in the Texas panhandle) was the perfect place to live in my sweet spot embracing the wonder and austere beauty of this majestic place.  As the second largest canyon in the United States, there is plenty of visual possibilities to explore with your camera.  Just find your own path and step toward joyful discoveries!

 

Reflections . . .

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I recently had the pleasure of viewing the current art exhibition at the Kimball Art Museum, Monet: The Early Years.  The exhibition includes paintings that concentrate on the first phase of Claude Monet’s illustrative career.  The young genius was well on his way in artistic development and imagination as is evident by the caliber of the paintings.

I was most captivated with Monet’s paintings of water and reflections given my own enjoyment of capturing reflections with my camera.  Monet’s obsession with the painting of water and reflections was apparent by his keen ability to capture its many changing effects and moods.  Something I can truly appreciate as the slightest change in your camera position or the wind on the surface of the water can produce a profound change in your image.

I would like to believe Monet would have appreciated the photograph that you see.  It is a reflection of a stone building on a meandering stream.  Captured during a partly sunny morning using a Nikon D810 camera with a Nikon 300mm f4 Phase Fresnel lens.  Exposure was f10 @1/25 second; which was slow enough to allow the ripples on the water to create the intent I desired.

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky

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As photographers, we should follow this advice from legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky.  When you feel that inner artistic spark igniting inside of you, take the shot!  Actually, take as many as you can!  They may not all be great shots, but if done with an unrelenting passion and focus, chances are there will be some winners.  However, if you hesitate the opportunity will be lost and the moment gone forever.  There is no going back when you are capturing unplanned moments of life with your camera.

Certainly, Gretzky learned this while going for all those shots on net over his illustrative career.  He was known for his intelligence and unrivaled reading of the game.  He saw an opportunity and went for it!  Sure, he had some misses but his record of successful scores tells the story.  He was focused, disciplined, and did not hesitate to go for the shot even though all the stars were not in perfect alignment.

I believe this is the reason for my own success as a photographer.  I am not afraid to go for the shot even though the scene or subject may not be presenting the defining moment at the time.  If I do not seize the opportunity and take the shot(s), I miss any chance of recording what is unfolding around me.  More times than not, something wonderful happened during the process.  It all starts with putting the camera to your eye and taking the shot.  The more you shoot the more success you will have.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~Thoreau

Doonagore castle at sunset

Doonagore castle near Doolin – Co. Clare – Ireland

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

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