Weekly Photo Challenge: Balance

This week, the theme is to:
Photograph Balance
This week's challenge is an opportunity to look for balance in your life. This balance can be symbolic or actual balance. The cairns are really both. Stones literally balanced on top of each other, but also a symbol of balance in my life.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Things in a Row

Row of deck chairs at the beach

This week, the theme is to:
Photograph Things in a Row
This week, the theme is to photograph things in a row.

Once you start looking, you’ll see rows everywhere. Think chains, trains, and lines.

Explore rows of seats in a theatre, rows of people waiting for a show, rows of flowers waiting to be picked, rows of flags honoring veterans.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mundane

Kitchen in Havana home

We're photographing the mundane this week - something everyday - something ordinary.
This is all up for interpretation as what I think of as ordinary maybe extraordinary to others.

Creating WOW Sunset Photos

Photo Lake 33

The light and color in the sky at sunrise and sunset can add a lot to your travel shots. In this post, I’ll talk about what goes into making that great sunrise or sunset photo – the type of photos that people love to like!

In this post, I’ll talk about the “wheres”, “whens”, and “hows” of taking quality sunrise and sunset photos.

Photographing the Everyday

Photo Schoolhouse in the Rain

Recently*, a podcast that I listen to fielded a question about staying photographically motivated. The question was – and I’m paraphrasing – “Help! I’m a photographer living in boring Nebraska. What can I possibly photograph?” The podcasters gave some advice, but I think there is more to say to this photographer who, like me, lives… Continue reading Photographing the Everyday

Competitions: Pros & Cons

Photo Manarola Night

Competitions have upsides and downsides so it’s important to try for a personal balance. 

I originally published the gist of this post about competitions back in March of 2017 on my old blog.

I have much more experience with competitions, now. I’ve been participating in my local camera club and their weekly competitions as well as a number of local and regional competitions. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don’t. That’s the way it goes with competitions. I’ve had my share of award winning photographs so I can’t complain – or maybe I can and I will.

I'm revisiting my thoughts a year later I find that by and large my views have changed very little in the intervening year. So, let’s talk about some of the upsides and downsides of photography competitions.

Traveling Social

Photo Tower Bridge Sunset

I sometimes travel alone, but often I'm with family or friends. Traveling is generally more fun with other people, there is a community and a sense of sharing that heightens the experience. But there are compromises that need to be made as a photographer traveling with others – especially others who are not photographers. In this article, I’ll explore some ideas on how I balance social traveling with my travel photography.

Street Photography Meets Travel: Composition Cuba

Photo Street Scene Old Havana

I specialize in Travel Photography, which means being a proficient landscape photographer as well being able to photograph cityscapes, architecture, and people on the street.  I went to Cuba specifically to focus on improving my street photography. In this article, I’ll talk a bit about how to improve your street photography, specifically focusing on composition,… Continue reading Street Photography Meets Travel: Composition Cuba

Top Ten for 2017

It's always hard to choose just 10 photos that represent a year's work, but that's precisely why I do it! Each year, I look critically at a year's worth of photos, roughly 1200 published photos - ! it's been a busy year - and decide on the best of the best. This year, I created… Continue reading Top Ten for 2017