Posted on July 31, 2017
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.
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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Posted on July 23, 2017
Nice post on a good photo path in the mountains of Madeira, the island off the coast of Portugal and Morocco.
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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Posted on July 16, 2017
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:
Source: The Search for Sky Rock
Posted on June 30, 2017
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.
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Posted on June 20, 2017
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.
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Posted on June 12, 2017
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.
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
Posted on June 5, 2017
Bear Woods has been doing some fun shots of the birds feeding their newly hatched chicks.
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Posted on May 31, 2017
Brubio covers a nice photo spot on the island of Medeira, off the coast of Portugal.
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!
Posted on May 25, 2017
Great shot from Bear Woods, f8, 1/500 sec.
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Posted on May 22, 2017
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…