I've never made a secret of the fact that I suffer from a bit of wanderlust. I love getting in the car and exploring, whether it's a spot more or less local and only an hour away, or across the country and I'll be on the road for a couple of weeks. I thought I'd offer some of my own tips for a successful trip, from a photographer's perspective.
When I visit a location, I try to come away with a few different images when I can, to try and show the whole scene through my eyes and lens. This morning, I ventured to Old Orchard Beach to capture the sunrise. Read on to see what I got and how I got it.
Photographing landscapes can be an inexact science. There's no way to know with 100% certainty whether the sunrise is going to be fiery red or if the sky will be blank. Checking the weather gives you some indication, but even that's never completely accurate. In this blog post, I talk about ignoring the weather reports and taking a chance.
Last week, I spent two days exploring Boston with my camera. It's funny, but quite often when I head somewhere to photograph, a theme will emerge that I hadn't anticipated. It's not generally a conscious choice, but just the way my eyes choose to see the scenes. This week, I went into Boston thinking of the usual things, the history, old vs. new, and change. Instead, my old nemesis from high school came into play- geometry. Read on to see how.
On my recent road trip that ultimately led me to the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, I planned for a quick stop at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on my way back. I'd never been there, but it's such an iconic spot that I thought even a taste of it would be worth it. The question was, how much could I actually capture? Would I get good light for long enough? Read on to find out...
I recently took a cross-country road trip to the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. And while I saw a wide variety of sights and photographed many of them, I wanted to get right to the meat of the trip. I spent 5 days exploring the Sawtooths, Sawtooth National Forest, and Challis National Forest. It was an incredible adventure that really reminded me why I pick up a camera and photograph what I see. Read on to see some of what I captured.
There's nothing quite like a road trip for me. I relish the planning- where will we go? What will we see? What times to do we want to be in which places? The road is a second home to me, and it's exciting to me to get out on the road to go explore with my camera. I thought I'd write a quick blog about the preparation that's going into this next road trip, which will be unique compared to past trips. Read on...
While there's always some amount of luck involved in getting a great photograph, as a landscape photographer I've found I can improve the odds greatly with some careful planning and research. In this blog post, I'll share some of what I do to try and ensure I'll get the best conditions possible. Read on for the details!
I've always been a firm believer that the camera is just a tool, and what really matters is the person holding it. I still believe that, but I also believe in having the best tools I can and the right tools for the job. I always keep an eye on what's out there, but don't often make a system jump from one brand to another. But I recently made the switch to Sony, and several photographer friends have asked me for my thoughts. Here they are.
Every spring, the mountains of northern Maine shed their snow pack, and fill the rivers, brooks, and streams with melt water that pushes the various waterfalls to overflowing. Seeing these waterfalls in action is a rite of spring, and people plan roadtrips to see how many they can visit in a day. Last week, I took a day to visit three waterfalls and photograph them. This is the story of the spectacular sunset I captured.
My photo excursions have been very limited in the past two months, due to social distancing measures because of the virus. Many of my favorite spots had been closed because of their ability to draw crowds on nice days. This month, however, things have been easing up a little and I've begun looking for opportunities to go photograph. For my latest image, I went to a location I hadn't heard of until a few days ago.
As you may know, I've been offering unsigned, open-edition prints via my website (and other outlets) for several years. But for those who prefer a signed print from me, I am now offering signed, limited-edition prints for purchase. Read on to see the details!
This great country has so many beautiful and picturesque locations to photograph. Like many that live on either coast, I never really imagined that Kansas had much worth seeing. But back in 2015, I found myself spending a few days in Topeka, Kansas on business for one of the companies I used to work for. On one of those days, I had the better part of an afternoon and evening free, so I took off to explore, and ended up taking one of my favorite images. This is the story of that image.
I've mentioned before how, every so often, I go back through older photo trips to find images I may have missed and not yet edited. It's a fun way for me to relive the trip and remember the best moments. These days, with everyone social distancing due to the pandemic, I'm not getting out as much to photograph, so I'm my time looking through my archives for hidden gems. Here are two from a trip to Arches National Park.
There's something magical about the night sky. In this day and age of bigger cities and towns, where the ambient light of street lamps and exterior lighting on housing drowns out our view of the night sky, it's simply amazing to go someplace with a dark sky that allows the stars to be so bright, it looks like you can touch them! In this entry, I'll detail a recent trip out to Acadia National Park to capture the Milky Way.
This past week, the weather report kind of kicked my butt into gear and I headed to Acadia National Park with hopes of seeing the northern lights. My plan was to arrive in time to catch sunset somewhere first. I had no idea I'd catch this...
As much fun as landscape photography is, it has it's maddening moments. Times where images just don't look right, where the light won't cooperate, or where the light in a scene is just more than a camera can handle well. This is the story of one of those images.
Wow. Somehow the month of January has flown by. When New Year's arrives, while I do enjoy a brief look back, I take a lot of joy in looking ahead to the new year. Normally, I would have already posted about my plans for the coming year, but somehow, it got away from me. 2020 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting one. I thought I'd share some of what I already have planned. Read on!
I love photographing in winter. I hate photographing in winter. But because I love the scenes, the stillness, the smell of fresh snow, and the sound of a winter landscape, where you can hear the individual flakes land on the ground, I eagerly bundle up and head outside, camera in hand, to capture the magic of the winter landscape.
Some might argue whether the decade ends this week, or whether we have another year to go until the decade ends. Personally, I prefer to start the new decade when the tens number in the year changes, so as far as I'm concerned, the roaring 20's starts this week. With that in mind, I decided to go back through my archives and choose one photo from each year as my favorite, to kind of mark in time where I was. I'll include a little bit about why I made that image, or where I was in life at the time. These aren't so much a "best of" as they are my personal favorites.
Now that we are down to the last week of 2019, it's time I deliver the last entry for my Best of 2019 images. This entry covers from October through December. October was busy chasing the foliage as peak color moved from north to south. November was pretty subdued as I caught up on editing and other things, and December granted me a few nice opportunities. Overall it's been a great year. Read on to see my Best of October through December!
There are a plethora of options available for buying art. And when you purchase online, it can be difficult to determine what options are right for you. With this guide, I hope to simplify the buying process. Read on to see how to determine what size to buy, what print options are best for you, and what style finishes work best.
Here is part three of my four part series, reviewing my favorites of the images I captured in 2019. This entry covers July, August, and September. I spent most of the summer at home in Maine, with a few outings to Massachusetts. I always enjoy exploring New England, as the landscape is varied and the history is inescapable. Read on to see my best images from Summer 2019!
Last week I began my annual year in review of my favorite images that I made in 2019, covering January, February, and March. This week, I'll cover April, May, and June. I was busy last spring! I had a workshop in Rockland, Maine, I had a workshop in Letchworth State Park, New York, and then there was the trip I took out to the Palouse and Montana! There's lots to review, but I tried to keep it to only my absolute favorites. Read on to see what I picked!
For the past several years, I've been doing a year-end review of my work. For me, it's a way to look back on the year, remember the various happenings of the year, and kind of collect these images all in one place. Last year I did it as a two part blog entry, but this year, I've been so busy that I have a lot of images to share for my "Best Of", so I've decided to break it up into 4 entries. I'll start with January to March, and over the next six weeks, I'll post the other three quarters of the year. So here it is, my best of 2019, part 1!
I try to travel as much as I can, to photograph as much of this country and this world as I can. While I love what I do, these are most definitely work trips, with a job to be done and a set list of things to accomplish. I thought I'd share what a day was like on my latest trip to West Virginia, to capture the fall foliage there, chase down some historic barns, and find some pretty cool waterfalls. Read on to see what my day was like.
This year was probably the most active I have been in quite a while in capturing the autumn foliage. I started the season in northwestern Maine, continued to Vermont, and photographed a little in southern Maine before I headed off to Acadia for 5 days. But the capper for the season was definitely my road trip chasing the foliage as it moved south!
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days exploring Acadia National Park at the height of autumn. It was an amazing time to be in the park, and I was treated to a wide variety of weather conditions while I was there. I never cease to be awestruck by the beauty Acadia presents, so I wanted to share some of my experience while I was there.
Last week, I headed to Vermont to chase the autumn colors and capture some quintessential New England scenes. While all of New England has a certain charm, Vermont is unique with its small towns, dairy farms, mountains, and waterfalls. Read on to see what I found there...
One of the things I love about Maine is how different each of the four seasons are. Yes, the winters are cold, but when everything is freshly blanketed with snow and ice, it can be stunningly beautiful. Spring is colorful and filled with wildflowers. Summer is punctuated by stunning sunrises and sunsets. Autumn though, is by far my favorite time here. The air gets crisp and cool, and the landscape is filled with color- bright yellows, oranges, and reds. Recently, I headed up to northwestern Maine, near Rangeley, to capture some of the fall color. Read on to see what I got!
Last week at Portland Head Light gave me a lot to work with. Which is funny, because I will often avoid photographing there, for several reasons. But last week? Last week, Portland Head Light put on a show. Here's what I saw...
Fall is my favorite time of year, and I know many others love this time of year as well. The cool, crisp air, the smell of leaves as they drop, the smell of spices and pumpkins, and of course, the brilliant colors of the foliage as the leaves change. I've always loved finding nice spots to photograph and get the brightly colored landscape. I thought I'd put together a quick post with a few tips to help you get better photos of the foliage, whether you're using a camera on your smartphone or whether you're using a camera with interchangeable lenses. Read on for more!
On one of my early visits to Maine, and just as I was beginning to be interested in landscape photography, I visited an art fair in Portland with my then-wife. I saw a photo of Portland Head lighthouse with seas violently churning as a storm moved through, and that photo has stuck with me since then. I'd long wanted to make my own images of Portland Head Light in similar conditions, and this past Saturday, with Hurricane Dorian passing off the coast and high tide due at sunrise, I had my chance.
A week or so ago, I was leading a photo walk to the three lighthouses that mark the entrance to Portland Harbor- Portland Head Light, Spring Point Ledge, and I planned to finish up at Portland Breakwater Light, better known locally as "Bug Light." It was a strange afternoon because the light was in and out while we were at Portland Head Light. Then at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, the sky went almost completely gray, and the light went flat. Then it became time to move on to Bug Light, where magic happened.
One of my favorite signs of summer slowly fading is the blossoming of sunflowers. Wherever I lived, be it New Jersey, New York, or Maine, sunflower fields pop up every year in late August, just in time for back-to-school shopping, late summer trips, and the last few warm sunsets. Going in search of the sunflower fields is one of my favorite things to do in late summer. Here's the story of one I stumbled upon last week.
It takes a special kind of person to get out of bed before it's light out, throw their camera bag over their shoulder, and head out into the darkness, only to stand someplace waiting for light. Here's a look into my mind when I do just that.
This past weekend I was at the Art in the Park art festival in South Portland, showing my work. One conversation started out like many others, when the person asked me, "Do you Photoshop your images?" As the conversation progressed, we got more to the heart of the matter, and as I better understood what she was asking me, I thought it would be good to explain things here.
Capturing the Milky Way over a well-known landmark is always fun, and the lighthouses in Maine offer plenty of opportunity to do so. So last night, with the weather cooperating nicely, I headed to Marshall Point Lighthouse to see what I could get.
Every place I've visited or lived has a defining characteristic that leaves a lasting impression. New York City has its skyscrapers. Yosemite has the granite walls of Yosemite Valley. Long Island has its never ending line of traffic. In the Palouse, the defining characteristic is without a doubt, the rolling hills. They are seemingly never-ending. Mile after mile of green, brown, and yellow hills, undulating over the landscape, like waves on an ocean. As soon as I arrived, I couldn't wait to point my camera at them.
On a recent trip to Washington, I was treated to the beauty of Palouse Falls. I spent several hours with a friend, watching the sunset, listening to the rumble of the falls, and photographing their beauty. It was an amazing experience I wanted to share.
Last week I made my first ever visit to the Rocky Mountains. A few months ago I had planned a trip to the Palouse in eastern Washington, and decided I'd carve a few days from that trip and head a little further east, to Glacier National Park in Montana.
As much as I wish it were that simple, my images don't come out of the camera looking the way they do. Much like during the film age, a little darkroom is required to really get the images to look the way I want them to. I thought I'd take you inside my process.
Just over ten years ago, I took my first ever photos of Boston from Fan Pier. It was a beginning of sorts for me, though I didn't know it at the time. On Monday, I returned there and took more time to explore this time around.
I recently watched the Oscar-winning documentary "Free Solo", about the first man to climb Yosemite's El Capitan, without using any ropes. Watching the beautifully shot footage, I was reminded of my visits to Yosemite National Park, and the images I made of El Capitan.
When I posted my image "The Magic Bus" last week on Facebook, the response was tremendous. I made this image four years ago this week, and it remains one of my most unique images. I've also gotten some questions as to how it was done, so I thought I'd go into detail with the process here.
This winter has been a difficult one for me in terms of photography, so this past weekend I headed to the easternmost point in the United States (and even into Canada) to try and find some winter scenes.
I've never been much for photo contests or competitions. I've always been happy with just capturing images and sharing them, and as long as I'm happy with what I capture, that's all that really matters.
In my time as a professional photographer, I've gone through more websites than I've gone through cameras. There's always been something missing, or something that could be better. So without further ado, let me introduce you to my latest website.
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