It does not always take much

September 25, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
It does not always take much to make a pleasing image. We may want to give up on photography because we do not have access to famous iconic locations. What if you don't live near majestic landscapes? We often think that the place makes the difference. Yes, the location and scenery does help but you are not stuck without it. My wife and I visited...
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Dawn

September 14, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Shooting before sunrise can be tricky but rewarding. The tricky part is that such images may look a bit lifeless without sunlight. At times they may look flat. These images may also appear cold. This is why the time before sunrise is called the blue hour. If we photograph scenes that should look warm and vibrant this time of day is probably not bes...
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Botswana Workshop

August 28, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
If you want to enjoy a river cruise while photographing wildlife, this workshop is for you. Each participant has a swivel chair that can turn 360 degrees. There is no one in front of you or behind you when you shoot because the boat is always positioned in such a way that you have a clear, unobstructed view of the wildlife. We are on the boat fo...
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Namibia Photography Workshop

August 21, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Namibia is a fascinating country. It is one of the least populated countries in the world, per square mile. It has the some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Its quiver trees look as if they belong to some ancient time. The country offers very diverse photographic opportunities. There is good reason why this is one of the top photographic loc...
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HDR

August 14, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
When people started tinkering with HDR long ago I hated it. Just about all the HDR images had a similar look. The sky/clouds were gray-ish. Yes, back in the day you could spot an HDR from a mile away. Since then things have improved radically. Today, I too use HDR and love it. The results look natural and colors are vivid. My go-to app for process...
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Dragonflies

August 07, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Other than on one previous occasion I have never really made an effort to photograph dragonflies. But in the absence of what I normally shoot... Yet, I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with these guys and plan to do so more often. I have challenged myself to try to catch these guys in flight. But for now I am learning to know them better. Y...
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Bees

July 31, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
They say, if there nothing to shoot, shrink your world. Shoot that which is small. This is a valuable tip that has helped me many times in the past. Sometimes a scene just does not speak to me and I simply don't "see" the shots. Nothing stands out and I struggle to find any good compositions. Perhaps this is similar to writer's block. When that hap...
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Watch the western horizon

July 24, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
My wife and I were out sitting on a ridge, about an hour or so before sunset. I was ready to go home. My son was visiting from California and I felt bad that he was home alone. After taking a shot or two we pack up and got into the car. There was quite a bit of cloud cover, so I did not expect a great sunset. My conscience wanted to go home to b...
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Framing the scene for lightning composition

July 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
How do you compose an image for lightning when you don't know where the lightning is going to strike? If lightning is going off left and right, and all over the place it is not much of a problem because sooner or later you will get it in the right place. But what if that is not the case? What if you only have a strike every now and again? Is there...
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Know your surroundings

July 10, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
It is strange how, here in Nebraska, the storms (lightning storms) only tend to come an hour or so before sunrise. I am out to photography before that as I want to photograph the storm rolling in. Once the storms gets close, I go home for safety's sake. Being new in the area, I spend time getting to know my surroundings. Most of the images that I l...
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