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I Am Thankful

I know, I know. Thanksgiving Day was last week but that doesn’t diminish the importance of wanting to be more mindful of being thankful, right? It’s certainly easy to write about how thankful I am for having cameras, lenses, and computers to work on my photography. I guess that would be a given. I am very thankful for all of that …

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Manarola: By Day and By Night

One advantage to scouting a location early is that you can usually secure the best spot to get a great composition of an iconic place such as Manarola, Italy. I remember visiting Cambodia several years back and was intent on capturing the sunrise over Angkor Wat. I remember hearing the 2:30AM alarm and immediately cursed myself. I’d never get my …

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Glory in Infrared

When you find yourself in Oregon in late October and the weather forecast calls for temps in the mid-50s with party cloudy skies, you don’t waste time sitting at home. A plan to visit Silver Falls State Park took form quickly and with Saturday morning kicking off, Nicole, Jess, and I beelined it to there. I packed my Sony a7R II …

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Photo Tip: Simple Is Beautiful

I’ll be the first to admit that I fall into the common trap of overcomplicating my composition when a simple one would be just as effective, if not more so. It’s an easy thing to do and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it. We’re so driven to create unique compositions that it can cloud the intent of conveying the …

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Photo Tip: The Benefits of Compression

The first few times that I photographed this footbridge at Gorton Creek, I used an ultra wide angle lens and was very close to it. While doing it that was let me fill the frame with the bridge, it also added a bunch of distortion. By using a longer focal length (in this case, I used my Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 telephoto …

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Photo Tip: The Bridges of Little Zig Zag Falls

I love Little Zig Zag Falls and it’s mostly because of the challenges that the area has. Walking in either direction from the makeshift parking area, you immediately become aware of the sheer busyness of the creek. But it’s not a busyness caused by people. Rather, it’s a product of the vast number of fallen tree trunks and branches that you’ll see …