Fall Photo Tips
Sep06

Fall Photo Tips

Fall is my favorite time of year – the temperature is pleasant and the air is refreshing. The sun is lower on the horizon during the day, leading to more opportunities to shoot in dramatic light, and the leaves turn to brilliant hues of red and gold. Fall is also a great time to travel as summer tourism drops off and destinations are uncrowded. Some of the best deals I’ve found abroad have been in the fall.   In...

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Some trips stick with you.
Sep03

Some trips stick with you.

How long does a vacation really last? There have been several articles which claim that the benefits of a vacation fade quickly after it’s over. While I’ve found that to be true for short, easy trips, I’ve also found longer and more challenging trips stick with me for far longer after I return home. I think that’s because the more difficult trips force us to think and to immerse ourselves in the experience...

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Exploring Hawaii with Film
Aug13

Exploring Hawaii with Film

Hawaii was the first trip I’ve done while shooting exclusively on film, and I loved it. I like film because of it’s simplicity and because it makes me think. Shooting film is like playing a game of chess or playing a musical instrument: anybody can learn the basics, but dig deeper and it becomes as complex as you choose to make it. Film is easy; anybody can shoot film. But there are subtleties and complexities which make...

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Photo Essay: Getting away from it all in Hawaii
Aug07

Photo Essay: Getting away from it all in Hawaii

I’ve done some pretty crazy trips recently, but I still love getting away from it all. Aloha, Hawaii.       I finally managed to get some time off in late July. With memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit still fresh in my mind, I spent much of the month racking my brain eagerly planning another grand adventure. Late nights and countless hours of internet searching yielded few results, and I eventually...

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7 biggest mistakes new and amateur photographers make
Jul27

7 biggest mistakes new and amateur photographers make

Thinking you need to use manual mode all the time If your subject matter sucks, it sucks regardless of how much effort you put into shooting in manual mode. Sorry. Auto is smarter than you are. It knows what kind of aperture/iso/shutter speed you need to take the picture. Don’t worry about it. Point your camera at something interesting and press the button, even if you’re in “dreaded” AUTO. That includes...

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Mamiya lens comparison: 80mm f1.9 vs 80mm f2.8
Jul10

Mamiya lens comparison: 80mm f1.9 vs 80mm f2.8

A normal lens Normal lenses free the photographer from the complexity and distraction of zoom lenses. When I walk around with a normal lens on my camera, I see things in an everyday kind of way. My photographic vision moves from “???, wtf do I take a picture of?” to one of clarity, seeing exactly what I can capture with the normal lens. While you might be able to photograph more with a zoom lens, you can see more when you...

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