Photographer's Journal (Photography)

Welcome to my online journal, otherwise known as a blog. Here I'll be sharing pertinent information, inspirational stories, trip reports, behind-the-photo stories, photography tips and techniques, and various random thoughts that you might find interesting. If you have any questions or comments regarding the opinions and information shared here, feel free to contact me. Thanks for your interest in my work!

Preserving The Past
January 24, 2024

This winter has been a strange one here in Maine. We haven't had much snow, it's been warmer than it normally is, and to top it off, we've been getting hammered with vicious nor'easters that have battered the towns up and down the coast...

Capturing the Lowcountry of South Carolina
January 22, 2024  |  South Carolina

I recently had the opportunity to travel to South Carolina to visit a friend near Charleston. Thankfully, this friend is also a photo enthusiast so we spent most of our time chasing the light and visiting various locations around Charleston and the Lowcountry to photograph...

Revisiting Mesa Arch
January 12, 2024  |  Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

A quick Google image search for Mesa Arch, easily the most popular feature in Canyonlands National Park, will bring up no shortage of spectacular sunrise photos. Often, the sun has just risen over the La Sal Mountains, in the distance, and the photographer has gotten a sunstar somewhere under the arch...

2023 Year In Review
December 27, 2023

It's hard to believe 2023 is winding down, and 2024 is right around the corner. 2023 was an amazing year for a lot of reasons, photographically, for me. I did more teaching than ever this year, with online workshops mixed with some in-person workshops, but I also did a lot of photographing for myself...

Into The Storm
December 21, 2023  |  Portland, Maine

Last year, just before Christmas, a historic nor'easter hit Maine, bringing high winds, towering waves, and torrential rains with it. The photography that Maine photographers produced of the storm was simply epic...

Exploring The Swamps in Louisiana
November 28, 2023  |  Lake Verret, Napoleonville, Louisiana

Back in the spring of 2021, I made the drive from Maine to Louisiana to visit my friend Andy Crawford. Andy has lived in Louisiana all his life, and we met through a Facebook page for artists that was hosted by the website company we were both using at the time...

Ain't They Grand? A Review of My Recent Adventures in the Tetons
November 24, 2023  |  Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyoming, is simply stunning. I've visited twice now, but since the first time was only for about 16 hours, I hardly count that, except that I did manage to make a few good photographs in that time...

5 Reasons Why Art Makes a Great Gift
November 22, 2023

At any gift-giving time of year, whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, a birthday, wedding, or anniversary, we are often stumped as to what to give someone for a gift. Somehow, it seems art is often overlooked, but art, and specifically landscape photography, makes a great gift! Whether it's a collectable museum-quality print, or a household item such as a throw pillow, coffee mug, or jigsaw puzzle, art often is a gift that goes above and beyond a normal gift...

2023 Holiday Gift Guide
November 7, 2023

It's that time of year again! The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us, as evidenced by all the TV and internet advertisements playing Christmas music. It occurred to me that despite all those who follow my work on social media, not everyone may be aware of all of the different ways my work can be purchased, and thus given as gifts...

A Change in Perspective
November 6, 2023

The surest way to take something familiar and make it new again is to look at it from a new point of view. This is true of anything in life, whether it be a TV show that we've seen that we suddenly watch with a different point of view, a social or political issue we never considered except from our own perspective, but now look at in light of someone else's concerns, or simply considering a new use for a room that you've always used another way...

A Grizzly Encounter
October 20, 2023  |  Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

I have often said that I am not a wildlife photographer. I simply don't have the patience to stake out a location in the hopes a wild animal decides to show up there when I'm there. I'm more than happy to photograph animals that I come across by accident, while I'm out taking landscapes, but that's pretty much the extent of it...

Maine Portraits: Getting Outside of My Box
September 30, 2023

One of the things I'm thankful for in my photography career is that I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best photographers in the world. While I was at Canon, I had the opportunity to work with and learn portrait and lighting techniques from photographers such as Bruce Dorn and Bob Davis...

Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints
August 31, 2023

Like most photographers, I share my work on Instagram and Facebook as well as a few other social media platforms. This makes it very easy to reach people who might be interested in my work, to network with other photographers, and just plain keep in touch with friends and family...

Making the Most of Your Visits to National Parks
August 22, 2023

National Parks have been called America's "Best Idea". Over the past decade, the number of visitors to our national parks has grown immensely. Some of the most crowded parks now require entry reservations to help manage the crowds and traffic, in an effort to ensure that our natural resources within the park are preserved...

Trip Report: Yellowstone National Park
August 19, 2023  |  Yellowstone National Park

Last month, along with a stop in Red Lodge, Montana to explore the Beartooth Highway, I also headed to Yellowstone National Park, about two hours from Red Lodge. Yellowstone is enormous- larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined...

The Most Beautiful Drive in America
July 27, 2023  |  Beartooth Highway, Red Lodge, Montana

There are no guardrails in places where you might prefer them. Driving from east to west, starting in Red Lodge, Montana, you'll climb nearly 5,700 feet, to a total elevation of 10,947 feet over the course of 12 miles...

The Creative Decision Behind Lens Choice
June 25, 2023

When I started taking photos way back when, I thought of lenses the way most people who are new to photography, or who aren't photographers at all, think of them. Specifically that telephoto lenses are used when things are far away, and wide angle lenses are for tight spaces or wide vistas...

Nature's Allure
June 18, 2023

I’ve always found myself drawn to the outdoors. When I went away to college at SUNY New Paltz, one of the draws was the small town with close access to the Catskills. I would often venture to Minnewaska State Park on days when I didn’t have afternoon classes, or when I just decided being outdoors was more important than my class...