Too Powerful To Not Be Seen

Sometimes I ponder different subjects for my blog and when I come up with an idea I’ll start an article with the expectation that I’ll return to it later and finish it up. That approach to writing works about one third of the time. More often than not though, my blog posts are spontaneous in…

Rejection and Redemption

Nobody likes to feel rejected. If you are in to stock photography, you will be rejected and more than once. It is a fact of life and I don’t normally dwell on the images that are rejected by any particular stock agency. Sometimes, you’ll find redemption. As in the case of today’s photograph of a…

Monte Vista – After Action Report

Every photography trip is different. This year’s Monte Vista trip was no exception. The story starts over a week before my friend Tim and I leave town.  I normally schedule this trip for the week following the annual Monte Vista Sandhill Crane Festival. Mother Nature had a different idea. The “Bomb Cyclone.” Spring snow storms…

Rituals

I’m probably not alone but I have the same repeating process I go through for every photography road trip I take. A mental checklist, barely deviated from, hardly ever discussed and seldom thought about. Trudy’s mother announces that she’ll be making egg salad in honor of my leaving. I don’t eat egg salad, the girls…

I Have To Ask Myself These Questions

I’ve been in such a production mode on my photographs since January, I haven’t really taken the time to sit and analyze my portfolio of images.  I have a few basic guidelines I try to stick to when considering an image that I’ll use as a stock photograph. I try not to over-think things, but…

Synchronicity

I’ve been debating purchasing another tripod for my night photography equatorial drive. I have several tripods, most of which are quite suitable for the type of work I normally do, however, the night photography rig can be quite heavy and while my best tripod will handle 26 lbs of overall weight, I’m pushing it to…

Winter Doldrums

While I don’t mind Winter in Colorado, it’s still my slowest time of year for photography. I spend most days puttering around the house, taking care of the odd chores, here and there. Meet up with friends for lunch. Visit with family. Play with the dogs. Watch a lot of movies. Things like that. But,…

Oh, Those Stars at Night

I’ve always had a fascination with night photography. Most of the photographs I’ve taken of the night skies over the years have been fairly simple. A wide angle, fast aperture lens mounted to a camera, supported by a sturdy tripod. Great for landscape photos, star trails, Milky Way galaxy. But this is a fairly limiting…

Mastering Photography – Those Pesky Power Lines

Bison At Rocky Mountain Arsenal I’ve noticed over the years, the tendency of landscape photographers, including myself, to lament the presence of power lines in their composition. Power lines are just about everywhere one goes. They are a byproduct of human civilization. As a photographer, sooner or later, you’ll have to make a decision on…