Commentaries

Nature Photgraphy Day 2014

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My images for this blog take you from Alaska to Florida to California and a secret ( well, not so much now) spot in between)! In 2006 NANPA established Nature Photography Day to be celebrated each June 15. This celebration day has caught on with more than just NANPA members, and many people who love […]


Aerial Photography – Drone Style

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I become interested in aerial photography some time ago and have done some from small airplanes. When a friend of mine, Bill Fortney, did his book, America from 500 Feet, from an ultralight airplane, I was even more intrigued. After several of Bill’s close encounters, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go the ultralight route. […]


New Apple Products!

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Rob Sheppard photographing along the Tellico River in the Cherokee NF, TN (taking with my iPhone and edited on my MacPro) Well, besides the new iPhone 5S (which I haven’t gotten yet), Apple just introduced a bunch of new products and their new operating system. To give you some background about my experience with computers, […]


National Geographic got it wrong!

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I ran across an article on camera traps in an online article by National Geographic  where they claimed that George Steinmetz was the first photographer to use a digital camera trap in 2006. I don’t want to detract from George or his work because I really admire his photography, but I was using a digital […]


Photography as art: Involve me and I learn

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Photography is an art form, just like painting or drawing or sculpture. It uses your imagination and creativity to express yourself with the tools at hand. These tools may be difficult and complex to use or very simple. Art is not the tools but the expression from the artist. When looking at a Van Gogh […]


Where is photography headed?

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A friend of mine shared a link to a Guardian article  about Kodak and photography. (Thanks Jack Graham). For all of us who grew up on Kodak film ( and then Fuji Film), it was very poignant. The author discussed the demise of Kodak and film and cameras. And tried to make the point that digital […]


Tennessee Wilderness Bill S. 1294

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This commentary goes hand in hand with the release of my book, Areas Overlooked East Tennessee Wilderness: A Taste, on the Apple iBook store. In my book, we started exploring wilderness areas in the Cherokee NF, the TN Cumberland Trail and the TN Cumberland Plateau. A little over a month ago, U.S. Senators from Tennessee, […]


New Book

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I have just released my third book. But this one is special. It brings me into the digital age. My new book (which is free) is only on the iBookStore and only for iPads. I created this book with iBooks Author 2, as Rob Sheppard and I have been going back and forth on how […]


Climb For Captives

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  Mt Rainier My good friend and fellow adventure photographer, Paul Hassell, has embarked on adventure that is noble to say the least. He and some of his friends have gotten involved in helping out young women who have been rescued from the human trafficking trade around the world. They did a climb of Mt […]


Wilderness Medicine and Photography FAWM

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The is no set pathway to becoming a nature photographer ( well, other than taking pictures and loving to be in nature). So many of us have come from a biological or environmental  sciences background. Some have come from business. Some have actually gotten degrees in photography. We all gravitate toward what we like best […]


Challenge Yourself

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How often do we schlep a heavy pack of gear around into the woods and then complain about not getting the image that we want? Sometimes having a lot of gear is a hindrance, not a help, when it comes to creating great images. Why? Because image creation doesn’t come from the equipment but from […]


Ireland: my car experience

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  We just returned from a nice long visit to Ireland. This was not part of a tour or group. We went to visit family and explore the country for ourselves with no preconceived ideas except that family lived in Donegal town and we wanted to spend most of our time on the western side […]


Photography or Art

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Photographers have fought the notion from other art forms that photography is not art. Maybe that is because those artists can’t create art with a camera the same way they can create art with something else. Art is an expression of emotion using a tool. Whether you layer color and form and composition with a […]


Work a great location from multiple vantage spots!

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Today I wandered into the Smokies to see what was happening with Spring. Rebecca and I were at the Cherohala over the weekend and spring seems pretty far behind with flowers just starting to come out and trees just barely thinking about budding out.. I decided to head into Tremont area as this is usually […]


NANPA Summit 2013 Jacksonville

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  NANPA Summit 2013 Jacksonville, FL It has been 2 years since we last all convened together for sharing. It was like a family reunion with everyone catching up with each other on what they were doing, where they were going, how life was treating them. Even with the advent of social media and keeping […]


HDR. Is it a special effect?

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I have many friends who poo poo the idea of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography? “It’s not real.” “It doesn’t look real.” So, what is real? We all process information differently, even colors mean something different to each one of use when viewed with our eyes (and brain). Our eyes alone don’t process color, it […]


Happy Friday

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I think that everyone should carry a camera with them wherever they go. Oh, wait, almost everyone does now. Camera Phones. If you have a cell phone that was made in this century, chances are that you have a built in camera. These cameras vary in resolution (megapixels), quality of lens, low light capability, speed […]


Can you shoot on vacation?

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Well, if your wife is a biologist who loves to get her own camera out and walk around in the forest, YES. My wife used to be my best scout for finding great things to shoot. Now that she has her own good camera (Sony NEX 5N), she shoots what she finds and tells me […]


My Nature Photography Day Shoot

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To celebrate Nature Photography Day, I initially was going to Colditz Cove on the Cumberland Plateau. Then I realized that I had plenty of subjects in my own front yard in our wildflower garden. So, about 630am, I proceeded down the steps with a 200 Micro lens, Nikon D4 and my tripod. At first, I […]


Fear the Okra

I just returned from visiting my Mom and friends in the MS Delta. These are my roots. I grew up walking and riding along gravel roads, cotton turn rows and the MS levee. My first introduction to the outdoors was through the eyes of my grandfather. He was a consummate outdoorsman. He hunted and fished […]


Christmas Cheer

A little deviation from thoughts of photography to thoughts of the holiday season. I remember when I was about 8 years old, my grandmother would receive a package from my aunt in Kentucky. It would always be some type of cookie tin. Fortunately it was NOT filled with fruitcake, but Kentucky Colonels. Well, these type […]


War on Photography

IF you care about Photographers’s Rights and our rights as US Citizens, please read. You can go to the bottom for a call to action and a link to Photographers’ Rights. “All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke I […]