At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. ~ Plato

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Happy Valentine’s Day!


Colors & Contrasts of San Antonio – April 20-22, 2018

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Join me for a three-day photographic sojourn to explore the colors and contrasts of San Antonio, Texas.  A vibrant city with a rich culture that facilely blends the sights, sounds and flavors of a modern city, old Mexico, and Texas heritage. Travel and Leisure recently listed San Antonio as one of the “Top 15 Cities in the United States” to visit, according to its readers.

Our photographic foray will take us to 18th century Spanish missions, San Fernando Cathedral, historic Alamo site, a colorful Mexican market, the picturesque River Walk, and time to engage the charming locals with your camera.  Emphasis during the photo workshop will be shooting with natural light (available light from any source) and finding the spontaneous revelatory moments that many photographers miss.

During the workshop, I will provide instant feedback while shooting in the field, which will allow for real time advances in seeing and shooting techniques.  Class size is limited to only eight participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding workshop experience.  More info here:

Turn up the quiet with Quiet Nights

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This CD by accomplished jazz musician Diana Krall, is a must have when editing your photographs at the end of the day. Her artful, inventive piano style and lush voice will caress and sooth your artistic soul. Let her music transport you to meditative equilibrium, as you search for that next great image that defines you as an artist.


You’re Invited . . .


The Granbury Camera Club is honored to present natural light photographer Randy Ziegler on Tuesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shanley House (224 N. Travis St., Granbury, TX.) His lecture, Revelatory Moments: Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary will give you insights into his visionary process as he captures the moments of life that most people never notice. His photographs will captivate and inspire you, which will elevate your seeing of the world around you.

The event is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

A place to be MERRY . . . Italy

Beautiful cypress-lined road in the light of the setting sun

Give the gift of a unique travel experience to photograph the artistic wonders and culture of Italy, October 2-13, 2018. I will take you to favorite locations in Florence, off the beaten path hill towns of Tuscany, and the colorful canals of Venice. There are interesting aspects of Italian life waiting to explore at every turn. This tour is limited to only 12 participants to allow for a more intimate and rewarding experience. We always welcome tour companions who are not photographers. Whether you are an emerging photographer or seasoned shooter, I will be there every step of the way to encourage, guide, and inspire you to capture artful images in this enchanted region of Italy.

Give as a gift or spoil yourself, and embark on a memorable Strabo photographic tour adventure! Find more info here: Enchanted Italy


Gesture: The Essence of a Photograph

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What is that illusive quality that defines an image and gives a photograph its essence? In color photography, most photographers are aware of the importance and influence of light and color in their photograph. However, another constituent is important though less understood . . . gesture. It is a common theme in my workshops. Gesture is what gives a photograph, painting, sculpture, or any work of art its unique expression and characteristic. Gesture can be subtle or obvious, and is not only in people’s mannerism, but also in virtually everything.

Every day we are a witness to the more obvious forms of gesture in people. The way a person walks or how they stand, use their hands when they talk, or a particular sitting position. How people display, signal, and express themselves are all components of gesture. However, gesture is also expressed in the flow and reflectivity of water, peeling paint on a weathered door or building, a tree that is bent over by the wind or after a storm, a dog curled-up taking a siesta, the pattern and shape of clouds in the sky, etc. Gesture is everywhere when we look for it. Think of gesture as a kind of visual fingerprint that gives a photograph its own unique imprint or essence.

On your future photographic wanderings and travel adventures, look for the moments of gesture that will define and express your visual story. It will elevate your images to a higher level that can leave an indelible impression on your viewer. Put your heart into everything you photograph!


Sometimes sitting on your butt pays off!

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The Monarch butterflies at a Texas state park seemed to be everywhere fueling on the flowers for their journey south. I shot the lone Monarch butterfly from a sitting position, which allowed me to add the soft, blue sky as a contrasting color element.  As a result, the yellow flowers and Monarch pop in the photograph.  Captured with a Nikon D850/Nikkor 300mm Phase Fresnel lens @ f4.