Missed Opportunities

Sometimes I get a case of tunnel vision and miss opportunities right behind my back.  Such was the case a couple of weeks ago.  I had the opportunity to be in the vicinity of Lake Powell for work and took advantage of my time in the evenings to go shooting.  I’ve visited the lake a number of times (sadly, only from the shore) and have always returned home with new ideas to experiment with the next time I’m there. For this excursion I wanted to capture a very specific image.…

Spring Flowers

In the front yard of my house there grows a large and (I like to think) magnificent purple pricklypear.  Every year, late in the spring before the heat of summer descends in earnest, it puts on a lovely display of yellow blossoms.  Every year when the flowers come back I tell myself I’ll take some pictures.  But it seems I’ve always got something going on, though, and I never do.  Before I know it, the flowers vanish and the opportunity is past.  This year, however, I finally decided to seize the…

Glen Canyon Dam at Night

There’s a picture of Glen Canyon Dam that I’ve been wanting to replicate.  In this picture it appears that you’re hovering directly over the river at night, level with the top of the dam.  With the main light source at the base of the dam the canyon, normally lit from above, takes on a different character.  There’s something otherworldly about the composition: the unusual lighting, the dramatic color gradients, the symmetry of the dam and bridge.  Normally I shy away from the mark of man on a landscape but I…

The Backyard

I don’t manage to get out and take photographs as often as I’d like.  When I do have time there’s generally not enough of it for an extended trip to exotic locations and breathtaking vistas.  No, most of the time when I do get out I’m sticking within a day’s drive of home at the most.  It’s easy to wish for more time and money to visit faraway places.  But wishing doesn’t get any pictures taken.  And I’ve found that sometimes the most unexpected opportunities can arise quite close to home, if…

Horseshoe Bend

I happened to be in Page for work a couple of weeks ago and took the time one late afternoon to walk out to Horseshoe Bend.  I’d been here once before, many years ago when I was new to photography.  I don’t recall where I was traveling from, but I do remember stopping by Horseshoe Bend as a side stop on my way home.  It was a hot summer day and the walk, though short, was pretty toasty.  I hung out on the rim for a while to cool off…

Patience and Planning: Four Peaks Moonrise

Some photographs seem to be a matter of luck.  Luck is nice, but it’s also pretty fickle.  If you want to increase your yield of good photographs with luck as your mantra, you’re going to end up taking a lot of photographs (and spend more time in post processing as a result).  A much better alternative is to spend some time planning and preparing.  Understanding landscape dynamics and familiarity with your equipment will go a long way towards producing better photographs, and you’ll be all the more ready when luck swings your way.…

Hazy Superstitions

Sometimes you spend a good deal of time searching or waiting for that perfect shot: for the lighting to be just so, for the clouds to line up just right, whatever it might be.  At some point you realize that it’s never going to be just the way you want and you have to work with what you’ve got.  So you do.  And it turns out that amazing things can happen even when conditions aren’t perfect.  It’s about looking for the picture that’s there, not the picture you want to be there.…

An Introduction

Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years.  I’ve sold a few prints and I’ve been paid for a few sessions but primarily when I shoot, I shoot for fun.  I’ve had many people tell me that I should take it up as a business, but I fear that would ruin the fun and add an element of stress that it currently lacks.  I’m not averse to the idea of selling enough prints to subsidize the hobby in part or in full, but it’s not something that I want to worry about…