Light & Color Interaction . . .

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As a photographer, I am always intrigued by the affect light has on a subject. The way it can accentuate and express the color medium. Earlier in the day, I gave this scene little notice as I strolled the beachfront while visiting northern Florida. An unattractive scene given the time of day and harsh light on the buildings. Such was not the case when I noticed this colorful scene bathed in the warmer, soft light of early evening. The scene before me was transformed into a color expression that held me captive. I framed the image to allow the colors to have a playful hand.



Charlottetown . . .

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Strolling the harbor of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island proved to be a photographic delight with the many colorful weathered buildings. This image is the backside of two different buildings. I decided to frame the intersection of the two buildings, which created for me greater visual interest and compositional appeal.


Enchanted Prince Edward Island . . .

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While on Prince Edward Island (one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces), my wife and I submersed ourselves in its many moods and manners. A place where sunlit skies, fog, mist and sea storms can happen in quick successions. It was a wondrous time chasing the ever-changing light that quickly would transform the landscape.

This particular image was captured near Cape Bear lighthouse on the eastern shore of the island. The rust tinted water is due to the iron oxide present in the soil. A striking contrast to the blue-gray Atlantic waters on this windy, rain swept day.

Ode to a Sunflower . . .

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I captured this lovely at our neighbor’s sunflower garden. Thank you Robby and Jamie for allowing me to photograph your ‘garden of delight’. What a grand place we live in! I used a Nikon D850/Nikon 300mm Phase Fresnel lens. A wonderful focal length to maximize subject separation from the background.


Peggy’s Cove – Postcard Pretty

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A quaint fishing village on the south shore of Nova Scotia proved to be a wondrous place to get lost in time photographing moored lobster boats, weathered buildings, and rugged shores with the blue Atlantic waters beyond. It is a color photographer’s paradise that I highly recommend!


Color Vibration . . .

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I was enamored with the colorful buildings and homes in this small New Mexico town. This particular building with its richly saturated colors captured my attention. I shot the image across the street using a Nikon D850/Nikon 70-200mm @82mm. I love this lens for travel photography. A real gem!


Viewpoint Shift . . .

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I am always amazed how a slight shift in a photographer’s viewpoint can reveal new, unexpected photographic possibilities. This photograph is part of a glass entry door to a business. At the outset, the bubbles intrigued me. The result of plastic window film on the inside glass panel that had bubbled over the years from the Texas heat. By itself, just another photograph. I felt it needed more intrigue to elevate it to the next level. As I moved slightly to my left something wonderful happened . . . my reflection was included! I angled myself to show only my legs and shadow, which added the “visual zing” I wanted. The photo happened by looking for a better solution to what was first visually presented to me, a perspective change, and being open to new possibilities.


Sands of Time . . .

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My wife and I had a surreal day ambling among the gypsum sand dunes at White Sands National Monument this past spring. It really is a special place, especially if you hike a bit and find your own solitary oasis. Which we did, barefoot of course!

I captured the image above with a Nikon D850/Nikon 18-35mm @ 35mm. I increased the exposure by +0.3 via the exposure compensation button (a handy button every photographer should be using in auto exposure settings), which elevated the total scale and prevented underexposure due to the brightness of the white sand.



Grand Canyon surprise . . .

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In April, my wife and I spent time exploring the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park. I was hoping for a sunny day to photograph those late afternoon shadows chasing across the canyon walls and valley. What a surprise I got! The entire day would only give me a soft blanket of diffused, overcast light. Only when I changed my point of view did things begin to reveal themselves. Instead of lamenting about the present situation, I chose to embrace the soft, painterly light and explore the visual possibilities!

My favorite image of the day is this one! I saw the image in my mind’s eye even before I lifted the Nikon to my eye. It spoke to me in its own canyon way, even with the hordes of people around me. I was lost in time with the artistically colored tapestry before me.

In the end, photography really comes down to letting go of our preconceived expectations, and embracing the natural, wondrous moments before us. It always leads me to the next great image.