Discovery’s Final Voyage


Yesterday, NASA’s Discovery Space Shuttle made its last flight, piggy-backing upon a 747 from Florida to our nation’s capital.  Before touching down at Dulles International Airport, it took some low and slow final victory laps around the Washington, D.C. area.  Shortly thereafter, Facebook and the rest of the internet was saturated with onlookers’ snapshots.  I […]

Becoming Poseidon


I used to hate science. I did poorly in high school biology and by the time I reached college, the only science class I took was Astronomy with Lab. The lab portion was just going out to Emory’s Lullwater Park at night to watch the sky with our telescopes. It was an awesome cakewalk. Seattle […]

Steel Wool Photography Tutorial


Kicking light painting up a notch, steel wool photography fires up the imagination by making sparks. While steel wool photography appears to have an underground following, I’ve combined it with flash photography to introduce models into the composition.  First I’ll explain the artificial light set-up that I used to light up my friend Mike.  Then […]

I’ve Evolved…to a Point-and-Shoot!


For years, I have been asked: “What camera should I buy?” Invariably, I first determine whether they want just a simple point-and-shoot or the more complex digital single lens reflex (DSLR). Ninety percent of the time, they just want to take photos of their kids. Or of the sites while on vacation. They never want to […]

Photographing Firenze

Red rooftops and the Basilica di Santa Croce, a view from the to

One of my favorite cities to photograph is Florence, Italy, known locally as Firenze.  The city is a living museum with gorgeous architecture, incredible artistic history, and the food, oh my god the food. The last time we ventured to Firenze, we stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast, La Residenza del Proconsolo, which includes […]

Look eye! Always look eye!


One of the first things I notice ruining an otherwise perfect animal or portrait photograph is improper focus.  I’ll see someone photographing their dog with a focus on the tip of its snout.  While I’ve done this to convey humor when my own pup’s nose is sniffing the lens, this normally turns people away.  Your […]

How to Shoot a Sunset (or Sunrise)

Sunset over the Arno River, a view from the Piazzele Michelangel

Sunsets are a wildly popular photographic subject. And for good reason. Sunlight pouring in from the horizon, bouncing off clouds in a myriad of colors, is a feast for the eyes. But how many times have you looked at a sunset photo, ooh’d and ah’d at the colors, and then moved on with little memory […]

Shooting a Moving Landscape

Sawyer Glacier reflecting in the ice peppered river, Inside Pass

Nature photographers love capturing that iconic mountain-lake landscape. We all know that image of dramatically lit mountains reflecting in the still waters of a lake or pond. Clichéd? Perhaps. But that has not prevented photographers (including myself) from trying. While in Alaska, I tried shooting the Sawyer Glacier from a moving cruise ship. Here are […]