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Big Ben Tower House of Parliament London England UK

Big Ben Tower with buildings of House of Parliament, London England, UK



























With a name like Big Ben I figure the image needs to be equally big and bold…

This shot was from across the River Thames with a long lens – 280mm to be exact.


Autumn in Paris

One of the most photogenic cities in the world – Paris!  Add the flavors, colors and feel of autumn, and you have a photographers dream.

For the months of September and October, 2012, I will be joining Better Paris Photos in guiding photographers through this beautiful city.  We have a full range of photo-tour options including classic and iconic scenes as well as images and locations that are known only to locals.

Come join me for a photo tour that fits your interests and experience.  Not only will your images improve, but you will also come away inspired, with a fresh desire to continue your artistic journey.

Paris France Cathedral Notre Dame River Seine

Twilight over Cathedral Notre Dame and River Seine, Paris France

Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation Place de la Concorde Paris France

Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation (1840), Place de la Concorde, Paris, France

Musee du Louvre Jardin des Tuileries Paris France

Setting sunlight on Musee du Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries, Paris France

Stained Glass windows chapel Sainte Chapelle Church Paris France

Stained Glass windows in the upper chapel, Sainte Chapelle Church, Paris France

Arc de Triomphe Parc Monceau Paris France

Arc de Triomphe framed by the entry gates to Parc Monceau, Paris France


Window display Laduree Bakery Patisserie Tea Shop Saint-Germain-des-Pres Paris France

Window display of Laduree Bakery, Patisserie, and Tea Shop, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris France

Basilique du Sacre Coeur Montmartre Paris France

Early morning below Basilique du Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, Paris France

Equestrian statue King Louis XIV Musee du Louvre Paris France

Equestrian statue of King Louis XIV at the entrance to Musee du Louvre, Paris France

Cathedral Notre Dame Paris France

Setting sunlight glows on the facade of Cathedral Notre Dame, Paris France

Shops tourists Rue Saint-Severin Latin Quarter Paris France

Shops and tourists along Rue Saint-Severin in the Latin Quarter, Paris France

Cafe tables chairs Place du Tertre Montmartre Paris France

Cafe tables and chairs waiting for customers in Place du Tertre, Montmartre, Paris France

Statue Jardin des Tuileries Musee du Louvre Paris France

Statue in Jardin des Tuileries with Musee du Louvre beyond, Paris France

Palais Royal Paris France

Evening at the Palais Royal, Paris France

Paris Arc de Triomphe Paris France

View over Paris from the top of Arc de Triomphe, Paris France

Twilight Arch de Triomphe Paris France

Twilight at Arch de Triomphe, Paris France

Eiffel Tower Ecole Militaire Paris France

Eiffel Tower with Ecole Militaire beyond at twilight, Paris France

Cathedral Notre Dame River Seine Paris France

Twilight over Cathedral Notre Dame and River Seine, Paris France

Interior lower chapel Sainte Chapelle Paris France

Interior of the lower chapel, Sainte Chapelle, Paris France

Eiffel Tower Paris France

Setting sun illuminates the Eiffel Tower and the buildings of Paris for a brief moment under heavy clouds, France

Metro stop Saint Michel Latin Quarter Paris France

Evening at the Metro stop Saint Michel in the Latin Quarter, Paris France

Chapel Notre Dame Cathedral Paris France

Maarten de Vos - "The Virgin" Chapel in Cathedral Notre Dame, Paris France


Palais du Louvre twilight Paris France

Palais du Louvre at twilight, Paris France

Carousel Eiffel Tower Paris France

Carousel below the Eiffel Tower at twilight, Paris France




Keeping it Simple

Lone Pine Tree Calanques Cassis Provence France

Lone pine tree growing out of solid rock in the Calanques near Cassis, Provence France























One very effective way to make your photographs bolder and stronger is to Keep It Simple.  We’ve all heard this advice from all sorts of sources relating to all sorts of life’s situations.  But it often applies – and particularly when it comes to photography.

One of my favorite photos from a recent visit to the coastal areas of Provence France is this one.  It’s just a simple pine tree.  There are very few elements to this photo and because of that it has strength and appeal – at least to me.

This is an area in the Bouches-du-Rhone near Cassis.  The rocky wall formations and watery inlets are called the Calanques.  It’s a very impressive area.  I’ve seen and made hundreds of photos here – most of them fairly dramatic.  It’s not hard to capture dramatic photos in this environment.  But it was the very un-dramatic shot here that stood out for me.

Why?  Because of it’s simplicity we get a chance to see the calm beauty of the area, the determination of this little tree growing out of solid rock, the amazing colors of the Mediterranean – all of this without the distractions of too many objects in the image.

Never leave anything in the frame that doesn’t deserve to be there.  If there’s a distracting object, try to move and adjust your composition so it can be left out.  Your images will be stronger and bolder because of it.




When Plans Go Wrong

Wrought Iron Cross Les Baux Provence France Saint Vincent Church

Wrought Iron cross at Place de Saint Vincent, Les Baux de-Provence, France
























Canon 5d MkII EF 17-40 at 22mm f16 ISO 100 25 sec.

Just when you think you have it all figured out…  Sometimes it just goes wrong.

I was planning a twilight shoot across the valley from this wonderful medieval town – Les Baux de-Provence.  I had mapped it, studied the angles and new the exact moment of sunset and twilight.  I arrived at the trail head with plenty of time to make the 1 1/2 mile hike to my chosen spot.  Everything seemed perfect.

Oops – it turns out that the trail I was hiking on wasn’t the one I was supposed to be hiking on.  After wandering around for about 45 minutes I decided I needed to make something out of the evening so I gave up on the hike and headed directly into town.

I walked past the touristy restaurants near the entrance and headed toward the end of town.  With no one around – except for a stray dog that took a liking to me, I rounded this corner and saw the shot.

In about 30 minutes I had made a number of images from this little corner of town – some very interesting ones, but this one is my current favorite.

Sometimes you have to give up on the immediate plan in order to find something that may in fact turn out to be better than you would have imagined.

Now where’s that trail I need to be on?

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Dead Horse Point Canyonlands Moab Utah Landscape Photography Photo Tour Tours

Sunrise over the Colorado River below Dead Horse State Park near Moab Utah

Persistence, determination, tenacity – all terms that apply to the way a landscape photographer has to go about his (her) business.  It HAS to be that way, or they will spend most of their time disappointed at the quality of their images.

This point was driven home to me recently on a trip to the National Parks in Southern Utah.  Sunrise can be so spectacular against the backdrop of red rock formations and I knew that the view from Dead horse Point near Moab was amazing.

Sunrise was 6am.  It takes nearly an hour to drive to Dead Horse from Moab, plus I needed my cup of coffee – so alarm clock set for 4:15a.

On my first morning there, I arrived at about 5:30a – enough time to locate some good viewpoints and chat briefly with a few other intrepid souls – all of us shivering behind our tripods and waiting for the light.  It never showed up.  The thin layer of cloud at the horizon soon became a sky full of light cloud cover – the photographers nightmare.

Second morning I arrived at 5:40a – located some additional foreground interest and made note of several other photo possibilities.  A significant portion of the sky was cloudy, but the horizon looked like it might give us enough sunlight for one of those magical moments.  The sun rose – lit the tops of the red rock like they were on fire – it was truly amazing.  Then it went away – gone, behind an endless wave of clouds.

The third morning I trudged to my spot – the tripod holes were getting well worn by now.  The sun rose, but was behind a bank of clouds.  Slowly the photographers around me packed up their gear and drifted away.  Looking at the cloud pattern and the wind-flow, it seemed possible that in the next few minutes it might pop out – but probably not for long.  This just might give me enough angle on the sun to light up some of the deep canyons that lay before me.  My stubbornness kicked in.

Out of the dozen or so photographers that stood on the ledge that morning I was the last to leave – and the only one to get a shot.  Some would say it was total chance, but really it was all about persistence and determination.  It might not be the best shot from the trip, but it’s definitely the one that left me with the most impact.



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