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!
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.
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.
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.
The lovely country of Slovenia is a photographer’s paradise with the surrounding snow-capped peaks of the Julian Alps, iridescent green-blue lakes and rivers, and a colorful Venetian influenced coastline. While the emphasis of this photo tour will be on photographing Slovenia’s natural treasures, there will be ample time to embrace the well-preserved architecture, charming culture and locally sourced cuisine. All of this and more is waiting to create a lasting travel adventure you will treasure for years to come, with the pictures to prove it!
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My wife and I enjoyed a nostalgic stay at the historic Blue Swallow Motel on Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. A perfect stop after a fanciful day photographing the New Mexico landscape. Of course, I had to take an evening photograph of this iconic motel dating from 1939 with its neon glow. A perfect ending to a beautiful day!
After spending several days photographing the enchanted red rock canyons at Sedona, AZ; I notice these brightly colored adobe buildings as I was driving to our next photographic adventure. Of course, when color like this jumps out at me, I’m in!
This year, our pasture is a sea of color from the Indian paintbrush. I love the soft, enveloping light of an overcast day to show the delicacy of the blooms. While it can be wondrous photographing the entire scene before you, I decided to concentrate on small, rhythmic groups of flowers. One of my favorite Nikon lenses for this purpose is the Nikon 300mm f4 Phase Fresnel lens. A great lens to facilitate selective focus of the subject, while softening the background. Yes!
~ To chasing the sweet light
Recently, I spent time photographing in the arid Mojave Desert. One of my favorite places to photograph was at Joshua Tree National Park, California. I fell in love with the many Joshua trees that grow in the northern section of the park. The magnificent trees with their varied gestures are ingeniously orchestrated to dazzle! The play of light toward evening produced some of my favorite images. The one shown here is my last capture of the day. I walked back to our Jeep basking in the glow of the desert’s last light, as I said goodbye to the captivating Joshua trees that guided my path.
We are experiencing a mega bloom of wildflowers in Texas this spring. The image of Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush was captured in our pasture. I was lost in time photographing poetic moments that allowed room enough for my imagination. Go out and photograph the hidden splendors!