Sometimes all one has to do is venture into a neighbors pasture! When we look, we begin to see photo possibilities are really everywhere. Such was the case the other evening at sunset walking our neighbor’s back pasture. The small vine entwined in the fence caught my eye. To bring attention to the leaves and vine I used a Nikon D850/Nikon 300mm Phase Fresnel f4 @ f7.1. A sweet lens to help isolate the background and bring attention to your subject. Use the tool that helps you make your strongest statement in the simplest terms.
Thanks Lee and Cindy for providing a beautiful place where a photographer’s mind can wander!
This was the end of a glorious day chasing the sweet light as we drove to the highest point in the Julian Alps. It was surreal to be above the clouds photographing the blue light! I captured this image with a Nikon D850/Nikon 18-35mm @18mm. The ultra-wide setting on my Nikon lens allowed me to capture the expansiveness and expression of what I envisioned.
Learn the vision of your lenses, and use the right one for your photographic narrative.
Thanksgiving is a time to look at the beauty around us and to be thankful for it.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Autumn is a great time to photograph the changing colors in the Julian Alps. This image was taken in the breathtaking Triglav National Park of Slovenia. Early afternoon light was a bit too harsh for my liking, so I waited for some clouds to pass overhead. As a result, it gave a softer, painterly quality to the scene before me. Which is exactly what I had visualized in my mind’s eye. Thank you nature for cooperating!
I recently led a photo tour to the inspiring European country of Slovenia. Our first stop was the colorful city of Ljubljana. A mixture of green spaces, outdoor cafes, a meandering river, and friendly people. There were so many photo possibilities to entice the artful photographer.
I captured this image of Ljubljana from a rooftop restaurant during the last kiss of the evening light. The ensorcelled scene had a very settled effect on my being. I was lulled into a calm repose while capturing this image. A memorable experience not soon to be forgotten!
During the month of October, I feel a renewed sense of purpose and energy. I am forever refreshed by the every-changing colorful tapestries that are painted for me each day. Go out and celebrate the wonder with your camera!
During our travels through some west Texas towns, we stopped at an eclectic antique warehouse. This abandon truck on their front lot garnered my attention with its weathered colors and the warm, mellow light falling on it. Many points of view were possible with this subject. If you have time, keep exploring the possibilities that are open to you. After several attempts, I settled on this perspective. I included part of the truck with the silver hubcaps in the background, which gave the image a fresh, lyrical perspective.
I love shooting in all types of light! A storm had just blown through Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which resulted in blanketing the area with the most exquisite light. My wife and I quickly headed to our Jeep and took to the back roads reveling in the transformed landscape. With only a few minutes of daylight left, I discover a hidden photographic gem that took my breath away! I quickly composed the scene to preserve the magic moment, before the scene was lost to the blue monotone of impending twilight.
The quiet of this particular morning in the Mojave Desert was balm to the soul. The desert has a way of casting its own spell on a person. We had the road to ourselves and stopped frequently to amble about and embrace its enchantment and peaceful serenity. This image was a literal expression of those feelings, and now a part of my photo diary.
Learn to unclutter your photographs to produce images with greater visual stopping power and impact. Less can often be more, as in this image captured in New Mexico. I simply moved to my left to avoid distracting elements. As a result, a much stronger photographic expression happened.