Photography is about feeling and sharing

A personal blog post from Pierre P. His more recent photos have been on Lyon, his home city — it’s always interesting to see how a photo person sees their own home turf.

Pierre P. Photography

Look up Look up

When I was around 8, my parents bought me my first camera. It was a disposable camera, that I used to take photos of my little brother, my grandparents, and also on a trip to the Alps. Back then, you had to develop the films before enjoying the results of your efforts.

Then, later, I was offered my first digital camera. I remember it well : it was for my first school trip abroad, to the UK. I was not that fond of photography back then, but I enjoyed trying to get some nice compositions.

The first time I really found myself enjoying photography was around my twentieth year I still had that old Olympus of mine that was as easy to use as a car without steering wheel. I didn’t know anything about photography, composition, light, and so on. I just wanted to take pictures of what…

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Path to Pico Ruivo – Madeira

Nice post on a good photo path in the mountains of Madeira, the island off the coast of Portugal and Morocco.

Bruno Biancardi

Pico de Arieiro – Madeira

After a short summer break here we are again! I’ve still a couple of gorgeous photographic spots from my last trip to Madeira I want to share before going back to wandering and photographing Ireland!
This is the the path of the beautiful hike from Pico de Areeiro to Pico Ruivo, at about 6000 ft, they are two of the highest and most impressive peaks of Madeira.

Ideal time to shoot: Every time of the day and night. Sunrises and sunsets offer an amazing atmosphere, rich in colours and details. Broad daylight is rarely my favourite but here clouds can play a great role creating interesting skies and surprising light conditions. Night photography is also a possibility.

Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms. At night a very bright wide angle give you the possibility of capturing the starry sky as the light pollution is…

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The Search for Sky Rock

I like this blog post by Hank Cristensen, kind of a personal account of finding a “secret Native American petroglyph.” Plus, the picture of the petroglyph itself is quite lovely, taken at dawn somewhere in the Owens Valley.

This is just the kind of thing I like to throw into my writing. In fact, my piece on searching for the “False Kiva” archeological site at Canyonlands (it’s in, Photographing Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef National Parks) is done in the same style. That chapter of  fairly personal travel-photo writing was fairly long and I like how it came out even now.

But this blog post by Hank Cristensen is detailed and personal in it’s own way with lots of insight… the right style for that moment — and a photo that takes the travel experience to a deeper place.

The image makes that purple, varnished petroglyph the foreground — and this complex foreground choice totally dominates the image — a big compositional choice. The image lines up the Native design and boulder with a warm splash of the distant mountains, lit with the dawning. A nice piece of work (be sure to see it full size).

… an Update

Hank’s post caught my eye because of the work I’m doing now (working title, Road Trip into the Sacred Southwest). It will be my first piece of writing that tries to fully wed a personal, travel writing style with photography. It’s a tricky style for a full length travel-oriented book.

My book concept is still a bit unmanifest. But the book is starting to shape itself into a  thoughtful puzzle of chapter ideas that mix culture, image and the personal moment. Stylistically it will probably be in the road trip genre but with a patchwork plot structure. The reason: because any personal narrative that includes the Native voices and arts of the Arizona/New Mexico should be written to reflect the varied cultural experiences. (Yes, my eyes are bigger than my stomach with this writing idea.)

My point, any photo blog piece I come across that explores that side of the writing/photo arena is of interest. So check out Hank’s piece, it’s worth it:
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More Cute Fawn Overload!

Another painfully cute fawn pic from Bear Woods. And as always, excellent composition. His focus point is the center fawn, most probably on the baby’s eye. Aperture is set to f-8. So the fawn next to it is still in relative focus. But with the telephoto effect, the third fawn is clearly seen (and looks closer than it is in reality) but in soft focus — which I like since the creature is drifting into sleep.

Bear Woods Happenings

More Cute Fawn Overload!
I took a one day hiatus from the cute fawn overload, but they are back for another day. These 3 took turns napping while one would stay on alert. That is common among herd animals for their safety and protection. This was the rare moment when all 3 were mostly awake, the one in the back is fading quickly again.
If you get a chance, stop by my website,, for the latest updates on lectures, presentations and workshops. I will be presenting to the Big Canoe Photographers July 8 on Landscape Photography. I will be at NECCC in Amherst in a few weeks doing my “Designing a Landscape” presentation, and at SWMCCC in Holland, MI a couple weeks later doing several different presentations. I have lots of local Georgia presentations on the calendar and would love to see some old friends there…

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Need Boots Dude?

Great little visual poem from Bear Woods. You can almost see the Tack Room with boot sets of every attitude and color — perched on rough lumber.

Bear Woods Happenings

Need Boots Dude?
If you show up at the Lazy L and B Ranch and you forgot your boots, they have about 40 pairs for the Dudes to choose from during your stay. I always enjoy visiting the Tack Rooms at Ranches to see the saddles, reins, boots, hats and everything else they have inside. There are so many stories sitting on those selves just waiting to be told, waiting to be recorded, wanting to be shared. For me, its not always about the horses, but the stories around the folks that ride them as well.
Tamron SP 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f2.8, ISO 450, shutter speed of 1/30th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens due to space limitations, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster,

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Rainy Day Ride

Bear doesn’t say much in his photo blog posts. He probably does a more personal description for his posts on birds feeding their chicks in their backyard than this post of their trip to the Teton area.
…But I like all of these posts because his shots are always nicely composed and more important, I like the way he connects those shots with the personal experience that was driving his interest.

A good [photo] blog post should do that… describe/capture a moment as well as an image.

Bear Woods Happenings

We are in Wyoming at the Lazy L&B Ranch with the Bent Tree Saddle Club. What a beautiful place, and someplace new in Wyoming for me to explore. The riders got up this morning for their ride with a little rain, mist and lots of great views. Evelyn is in the blue jacket, what a trooper. Me, I am just relaxing chasing birds with my camera!

Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-750, Manual Exposure mode, f4, ISO 100, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui N3204X tripod and K30 ballhead, MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #MindShiftGear

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“Got Bugs?”

Bear Woods has been doing some fun shots of the birds feeding their newly hatched chicks.

Bear Woods Happenings

“Got Bugs?”
I spent some time at the American Redstart nest yesterday morning after the rain stopped. Lighting under a canopy of trees on a cloudy day can be a challenge, but it can also offer nice lower contrast light. In order to maintain a decent shutter speed over 1/250th of a second for stopping action and to get a little more depth of field with f8, most of the time my ISO was over 2500. Thank goodness the Nikon D-500 handles low light so well. I set up my tripod and gimbal with a nice view of the nest and would just wait for the adults to come into feed the babies. Mom comes in, feeds and leaves quickly most of the time. Dad will feed and hang out for a few additional seconds usually. I waited to capture this image where a baby was looking up at…

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Ponta de São Lourenço – Madeira

Brubio covers a nice photo spot on the island of Medeira, off the coast of Portugal.

Bruno Biancardi

Ponta de São Lourenço – Madeira

Here we start with our mini photographic guide to Madeira.

Ponta de São Lourenço is one of the most photographed seascape of this fantastic Island. It is the most eastern part of Madeira and juts out into the Atlantic ocean with its volcanic rock formations offering an amazing opportunity for a hike or for a photo session. I thought it would have been great at sunrise, so I set my alarm very early in the morning and drove the 40 minutes to the car park. Unfortunately, the sun never really broke through the clouds, but the experience was absolutely worth the early wake up!

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Delivery Service

Great shot from Bear Woods, f8, 1/500 sec.

Bear Woods Happenings

Delivery Service.
Yesterday was the first day that 5 of the youngsters came down to the feeders for their mealworms. It was a lot of fun to watch as they pleaded their case to Dad as he got a mouthful of worms. The others were on a flat branch but this one didn’t budge from its perch and finally was rewarded with a flyby feeding from Dad. Hopefully as the weather improves over the next few days, I can capture a few images in better light. I love watching the behavior of the babies as they position themselves for that meal. They are pretty good fliers at this point and could easily fly down and grab a worm for themselves but haven’t figured that out yet. I had just watched on in the front yard hunting insects on the ground. Cute kids, tired Dad.
Thank you to all…

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Mountains, Lakes, Creeks and Weeping Wall

A nice set of images of Glacier NP by Stephen Hung.  Another spot I really need to spend time at. My focus now is on writing my Sacred Southwest book and doing a few more visits in Iceland.  The challenge with visiting Glacier is that it’s really not open for long. 

In a four-day tour of Glacier National Park that we had planned year ahead gave us a glimpse of the immense and wild landscape of wonderful photographic dimension. We enjoyed the rugged mountain te…

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