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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 …

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Blue Hour Over Trillium Lake

Even though most photos from Trillium Lake tend to look somewhat similar—with the beautiful Mt. Hood standing regally in the background—a big variable that I always enjoy is the weather. After visiting the lake yesterday, I was reminded about how whimsical Mother Nature can be. When I arrived, about 90 minutes before sunset, there were hardly any clouds in the …

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First Look at the new Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens!

Back in December 2015, my main contact at Zeiss gave me a call and said six words that, when arranged in this particular order, made me giddy with excitement. “I’ve got a surprise for you,” she said. A week or so later, I had one of the only samples of the Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens in the world to play …

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All The Colors Of The Rainbow

Me and colors have a history together… sort of a sibling rivalry. I’d love to be able to see all of them but it’s just not in the cards for me. In almost all cases when I’m out with my camera, my inability to see the full spectrum doesn’t really play a factor but when I photographed these tulips and …