Posts Tagged ‘Composition’

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 […]

Skip the Zoo. Go on Safari.

Family of giraffes, Kruger National Park, South Africa

I’ve been spoiled.  After seeing the real deal, the miniature, packaged product has less appeal to me.  I would rather go on a safari than take a trip to the local zoo. Now, don’t get me wrong. The zoo is a wonderful place. It brings to our urban centers a piece of the natural world […]

Zen and the Art of Photography

Cool rider, Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado

There’s a great book from the ’70s called Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  The author, Robert Pirsig, purportedly knew nothing about such engineering, but used the storyline to promote a rather insightful philosophy: that to enjoy something fully, you must embrace its classical and romantic attributes.  In other words, appreciate the creative and […]

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 […]

The Tao of Photography

Tao Te Ching

While I first began taking photography classes in high school, I started coming into my own during college.  In my freshman year, I happened to take an upper level course called Metaphysics.  While the word escapes definition, it is commonly understood as a branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and […]

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 […]