Location Scouting

Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park

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Now a crown jewel of the Missouri State Park system, Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park (N37° 32.952’  W90° 50.912’) has some of the most spectacular shut-ins that Rob and I experienced.  The East Fork Black River was flowing enough to allow numerous waterfalls through the small potholes and chutes within the igneous rock. Rob opted to […]


Castor River Shut-ins Natural Area, MO

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After our venture to a creek bed with no creek, Rob and I decided to venture to other areas with creeks/ streams/ rivers and see if the drought had effected them in the same dramatic manner. We chose the Castor River Shut-ins Natural Area (N37° 34.128’ W90° 09.299’). Shut-ins? We didn’t know either, having never […]


Exploring Southern Missouri wild areas

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Several weekends ago, Rob Sheppard and I met to explore wild areas in MO south of St Louis. We were both attending Board Meetings for NANPA and NANPA Foundation and used the opportunity to meet early and visit and shoot together. Neither of us had ever been to the area so we used a guide […]


Where to photograph Red Efts!

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I was first introduced to Colditz Cove almost 25 years ago. A friend said it was a great place for a hike with a nice waterfall. I went out to explore and the first time there I was amazed to see many small Red Efts climbing around on the moss. This intrigued me and I […]


Weather and Lightning Safety Outdoors (Hoping for a safe Friday the 13th for everyone!)

I’m writing this for all those outdoor photographers out there who want more information about weather and safety while we are out shooting. But much of this applies to anyone who ventures outside during possible inclement weather. As outdoor photographers (this might even include portrait or wedding or commercial photographers when they are outside), we […]


iPhone for Scouting

iPhone for scouting I have always carried my phone with me when shooting, Especially when hiking. I really don’t want to be one of those people who call 911 when I run out of water or get lost, but if something bad happens when I am alone, I will use it to facilitate a rescue. […]


Scouting Report Smokies March 28

This day was spent up in Greenbriar area. With numerous spots to pull off and shoot the Little Pigeon River or go up to the confluence of the Little Pigeon River with the Middle Prong, the shooting was great. I walked up the trail, past Porter’s Flats and up Porter Creek trail. After Porter’s Flats, […]


Spring Flower shooting tips- Multiple Exposure

Spring has come to the Smokies extremely early this year. I am hearing from friends around the country that they are experiencing an early spring also. Some teaching tips for spring wildflowers from today’s shoot. Consider using multiple exposure to achieve a dreamy look to go along with your images. Flowers images look good when […]


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 […]


Desert Southwest

I have traveled to Tucson for a Wilderness Medical Society meeting on Desert Medicine and decided to come a few days early to shoot and visit with my friend Jack Dykinga. I got in so late last night that I didn’t get out this morning until about 1 hour after sunrise into the Saguaro NP […]


HBO Day for shooting

Cold. Wet. Raining. This is the kind of day that John Shaw (nature photographer extraordinaire and author of John Shaw’s Nature Photography Field Guide, John Shaw’s Closeups in Nature, John Shaw’s Landscape Photography, John Shaw’s Business of Nature Photography and several eBooks on Lightroom Workflow and Photoshop Techniques) would call and. HBO day. So what […]


Last Chance

The color in east TN has been spectacular this year. It still has not peaked along the Cumberland Plateau except for areas with high elevation. I have been back and forth between the Smoky Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau and the Cherohala Skyway. For my money, this year, the Cherohala Skyway and the Cherokee and Nantahala […]


More Fall Color

Today I left early and was up at the peak of the Cherohala Skyway, on the North Carolin side. The Cherohala Skyway runs 52 miles up over 5300 feet in the Cherokee National Forest and the Nantahala National Forest. It starts at Tellico Plains, TN (ok, I’m from TN so why should I have it […]