Cormorants at Niagara Falls

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Cormorants at Niagara Falls

Sometimes the challenge in creating impactful travel photography is to isolate the photo from the environment. Originally I was taken by many cormorants occupying bare trees along the Niagara River. Try as I might, I could not compose a decent photo as the background and the subject matter were much too busy. Finally, I decided …

Kingston, on the Hudson

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Kingston, on the Hudson

Sometimes life throws you fog. When that happens it’s best to get out your camera. For this image, I used the old, trustworthy Nikon N90, Kodak Portra 400 Film, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 lens. The camera did a great job of metering a fairly tough image despite the fact that it is more than 30 years …

Open to Suggestion

Open to Suggestion

There’s this guy in my monthly photo workshop that is intrigued with reflections in an urban environment.  Most of his images come from what appears on the glass surfaces of buildings in the city – and he gets some amazing stuff. I prefer shooting reflections on water because.. why not?  Water is where I ground, …

Nature Photography with SmartPhones

Nature Photography with SmartPhones

Probably the most alien, yet accessible world available for one to photograph is the Pacific Tide Pool.  Every square inch of one of these little ecosystems brims with beautiful, indescribable treasures. Somewhere around 13 years ago, I started shooting underwater for my second time – This time with digital cameras.  I started with an Olympus …

Salad Days: Storytelling With Fuji XT2 Color Rendition

Salad Days:  Storytelling With Fuji XT2 Color Rendition

Doing a photoshoot in a supermarket was never high on my list, but there I was on vacation, three thousand miles from home, with only a travel camera and a kit lens. Luckily the camera was a Fuji XT2, and lens was Fuji’s XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4, the most capable kit lens I’ve ever used.   …

The Three Tenors

The Three Tenors

‘Even a fish would not get in trouble if it kept its’ mouth shut.’ – My Dad (Who once worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency.) At the docks in Garibaldi, Oregon, after the fishing boats come in, I used a Fuji XT2 – the perfect travel system – to capture these stunning, back lit, dinner-to-be’s. …

Got to Shoot With a Master

Got to Shoot With a Master

Meet Jose ‘Tutes’ Tutiven, an Ecuadorian-American who is getting a ton of great commercial photo work and a lot of acclaim for his abilities. On a whim, I trekked up to Brooklyn to attend the Photoville Photo Festival in Dumbo, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. This is he sixth year running and it was held …

Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance With That Seagull

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Sometimes You Just Gotta Dance With That Seagull

Seaside Beach, Oregon

Gallery: Brooklyn as Rendered by Leica

Gallery: Brooklyn as Rendered by Leica

My Eclipse Photo – Albany, OR – 21 Aug., 2017

My Eclipse Photo – Albany, OR – 21 Aug., 2017

Give the astrophotographers their due.  They deserve creds for all the great shots we’ve seen of the 2017 total eclipse.  They’re pros and advanced amateurs who work hard and produce great results. During the eclipse, I was doing more important work – for me, anyway.  I was being a dad, a husband, a son in …