Photography Tips

Light Painting at Night

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All photography is really painting with light for without light, conventional photography is impossible. But light painting has come to mean using an artificial source of light to paint a subject into life out of darkness.. Kinda sounds like Dr. Frankenstein, doesn’t it. Well, it’s not as scary as what he was up to and […]


Water portraits. 7 tips to take to the field.

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Water is all around us and a frequent subject for nature photographers. Since much of my photography is close to home that means I’m usually taking pictures of water, as the Cumberland Plateau and the southern Appalachians have abundant provisions of the wet stuff. I get asked all the time how I get the look […]


10 Tips for Cold Weather Photography

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Since we just experienced one “Polar Vortex“, I thought I would write about some tips for venturing out during the next cold snap to photograph. Extreme cold is great for water falls, snow, and icicles. Plus, most other people won’t venture out, so you will have a lot of solitude!   Dress warmly and in […]


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. […]


Drive by photography of the Smokies

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Traveling along Little River Road on Monday and seeing just occasional color, I decided to get my camera out  and try some drive by photography..  Rebecca asked if I was really driving and shooting- well, it’s not called a stop and shoot.. I used a 28-70 at about 70mm with manual focus set at about […]


Light Painting with Glow Sticks

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  This past weekend we spend time with Rebecca’s lab and her grad students (and 1 undergrad) at the UT Field Research Station in the Smokies. The Smokies may be closed, but areas around are open and we walked up into Greenbrier without any problem. Night time was fun because I brought along some glow […]


Building Blocks of Photography Composition: special lines

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From Ireland Lets talk about special lines.. Why are the special? Unlike diagonal lines which you can create by perspective, these lines are found in nature. They are the C shaped curve and the S shaped curve. We will talk about how to take advantage of them. A C shaped curve can be a trail […]


Building Blocks of Photography Composition: more lines

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  Ok, yesterday was about horizontal lines. In nature, not as easy to find, but you have to consider whether your horizontal line is level or not and why. To me vertical lines and diagonal lines are more inviting and easier to find in nature.   First, vertical lines. Very powerful. Pointing up into the […]


Trip to Comet Falls

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Rebecca and I decided that our legs were recovered enough from our trip to Paradise Glacier to hike up to Comet Falls. It looked like there were several falls on the way and the trail would follow the stream. Great decision. We hiked up and up, following the stream and shooting the various falls and […]


Mt Rainier and Water

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Flying into Seattle and staying on Whidbey Island for the first part of our trip, the lack of precipitation was evident. Fields and grass were brown. Locals told us they hadn’t had rain in over a month. Then we headed to Mt Rainier NP. Wow. It seems that there wasn’t evidence of a lack of […]


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 […]


Creative Photography Page 6: Multiple Exposure Rotate and Zoom

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Expanding on what we learned with Multiple Exposure Rotate. You still need a lens with a tripod collar. Mount the lens to your tripod. Compose your image.   Technique: set ME to On: Autogain on; Number exposures 8. ( you notice that I use 8 images a lot, but you can use whatever number you […]


Creative Photography Page 5: Multiple Exposure Rotate

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Today’s technique will expand your multiple exposure toolbox.. This one is rather simple but it does require a lens with a tripod collar. (Sometimes, I’ll show you one freehand shot with 16mm fisheye!) To use this technique, find a subject you like ( bright colors and striking patterns work well). Compose your image. Now, set […]


Creative Photography Page 4: HDR Effects

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While I was going through some of me images from Ireland, I came across image of a cross with an abbey in the background. I had shoot this as a 3 image HDR. When I was putting them together, I was playing with the different renderings and what to show how different each one could […]


Creative Photography Page 3: Multiple Exposure Monet

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Claude Monet had a way of expressing his subjects with a subtleness of brush stoke that still captivates me. Maybe that is why I have fallen in love with this photographic technique that allows me to capture a feeling of time or place with a subtleness of a Monet painting.. This is actually using the […]


Creative Photography Page 2: Multiple Exposure

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My first installment talked about drive by shootings, slower shutter speed images taken out of a moving car ( like texting, this is not something you should do while driving). We will be exploring the various methods of using multiple exposure over the next several installments. Today we will begin with a simple 2 exposure […]


Creative Photography Page 1

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We all would like to be as creative as possible when taking images. Sometimes you just don’t feel the creative juices flowing and it seems that your images are bland. Any time I travel to a new place, it talks a day or 2 or 3 before the novelty of newness wears off and I […]


New clamp for Outdoors

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I have always had some type of clamp or support device with me when shooting outdoors. Sometimes it is as simple as my hands (or, when I’m fortunate to have Rebecca along and she isn’t absorbed in her own photography, her hands) to sticks and branches to twist ties to string to tie things back […]


HDR: It is all about your mood!

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HDR (High Dynamic Range) combines the best exposure areas from numerous photos to create one image. Since our eye can see about 20 stops of light from dark to light and the camera can see 5-7 stops of light from dark to light, there is usually a difference between what we see and what the […]


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 […]


Wacom Intuos 5 Pen Tablet

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At the NANPA Summit in Jacksonville, I was fortunate to sit in on a demonstration of the new Wacom Intuos 5 Tablet. I didn’t need any convincing since I have been using a medium size Wacom Intuos 5 tablet since Christmastime. Wacom Tablets have been part of my workflow in Photoshop and also Corel Painter […]


Orionid Meteor Shower this weekend October 2012

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Arizona Night Sky  Meteor Showers can be spectacular or a bust. I remember my first encounter with meteor showers was in college backpacking in Colorado in the Maroon Bells. It was in August, so it was the Perseid Meteor shower. Up at 12,000 feet, the view was spectacular. It was like God was setting off […]


Shooting for HDR

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HDR. It is not your typical grunge HDR anymore. HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging can represent anything from artistic grunge to an image that no one will recognize as HDR. The premise of HDR is combining multiple images so the information from the dark areas is not all black and the information from the light […]


Less is More

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After a 14-year presence in multiple sites on the Web, I decided to consolidate my presence (and my life). I had a website to premiere my images, a website to present my workshops, a website to sell my books, a presence for my video, a website to sell prints, and a blog to talk about […]