The Colors and Contrasts of Cuba – March 9 – 18, 2018

Blue classic car in Trinidad, Cuba

You are invited to join me on a one-of-a-kind photographic travel adventure to Cuba through a licensed ‘People to People’ Program, with activities that will immerse you in to the heart and soul of this intriguing and colorful country.  This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience.

The focus of the tour is cultural and historical in nature, while providing a plethora of dramatic photographic opportunities each day.  From the indefinable magic of old Havana with its vintage cars, to the contemplative countryside of the Pinar del Rio and Zapata Provinces, with an overnight stay on the southern coastal beach at Playa Larga, this and more awaits to enlighten your senses and via for your camera’s attention.

Mark your calendars and let’s make a memorable photographic tour adventure together! For more information on my Strabo Cuba Photo Tour, click the following link:

Cuba Photo Tour


Paint Brushes and all Those Lenses . . .

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While visiting an art museum and looking at the painted masterpieces, do you say to yourself, “I wonder what brush or tools the painter used?”  Most likely not.  I would surmise that the majority of people would respond to the painting first and foremost on some basic, human emotional level elicited by their personal worldviews, beliefs and values.  In my opinion, it does not matter what brushes or tools the artist used.  The important question to ask yourself is “why” the painting or photograph captivated your attention, and why it made you feel something.

Over the years, as a professional photographer the most vexing question I often hear is, “What kind of camera or lens did I use to capture a particular image?”  Unfortunately, I feel too many photographers have not freed themselves from the technical grasp of photography.  The art got lost in all those shiny lenses and sophisticated cameras, f-stops, shutter speeds, color gamma, bit depth, Photoshop and so much more.  To quote renowned photographer Edward Weston, “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.”  How true!  It never is just about the camera or number of lenses you own.  They are the tools that allow us to create visually.  Where the photographer leads, the camera follows.

Let your personal vision, passion and self-expression create the masterpiece!

Angular Departure. . .

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This building in downtown Austin, TX was similar to other glass enclosed structures I had seen during my photographic foray.  It was not until I deviated from a more traditional point of capture that things began to reveal themselves.  After walking around the building for several minutes, this angle captivated my attention.  I used a Nikon 18-35mm lens.  A sweet, lightweight “walkabout lens” that was the perfect solution to record my photographic intention.

Color Forms . . .

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This image happened when the sun’s rays were illuminating an adjacent sandy cliff.  As a result, the warm colored sunlight reflected on the water to create a vibration of golden tones with the blue water (reflected skylight).  I wanted a more abstract feel to my photograph so I chose a slower shutter speed (1/13 sec.) to allow the color forms to create different streaks and shapes.  I used a Nikon 300mm f4 Phase Fresnel lens (an amazing lens – lightweight and super sharp!) to further compress the scene and bring a closer color relationship.

Street Art . . .

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Last week I was in downtown Austin, Texas capturing the pulse of city life with my camera.  Austin offers the color shooter a plethora of things to photograph.  This intensely painted abstract mural was a few blocks from the capital building.  A bit of patience paid off as the two women walked by, which added to my visual commentary.

Celebrate Earth Month!

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Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the forest and fields in which you walk.  Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience.  It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.  ~ Fred Bear

The photograph of bluebonnets was captured not far from my home in Texas.  Go out with your camera and celebrate the wonders of nature!

Spring . . .

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Go out and capture the essence of the day with your camera!  This image of a flowering dogwood was taken near Nacogdoches, Texas.  The air was filled with the sweet perfume of wild dogwoods and azaleas . . . pure delight!

Colorful Flower Pots – Chefchaouen, Morocco


I captured these brightly colored flowerpots during a photo tour I led to Morocco. Chefchaouen is a great place for the obsessed color photographer!  Around every corner is a colorful artistic expression waiting for your photographic interpretation.  A great place to get lost in time and just enjoy the art of mindful capture.

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